Tuesday, October 2

Authors We Would Love To Plot A Creepy Novel With

I am so darn excited to put out today's post, because this is our first official Spooky October post, and damn, Clare and I have been working hard on these, and it's NICE to finally put something out!! 

Well, okay, originally, this is a Top Ten Tuesday (hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl) topic, but we've put our own little spin on it, so it feels like its ours too. At least on some level. Maybe.

ALSO, if you're wondering what Spooky October is?? Fantastic - here's a link to our opening post where you can (1) learn more about the event, (2) enter our INT giveaway! ISN'T THAT AMAZING!? 

Khm, but now, we should finally get to today's post where we've shared 5-5 authors we'd love to plot a creepy novel with. There are authors from multiple genres here, so even if you don't like horror this list might be something you enjoy. 


Shirley Jackson
author of The Haunting of Hill House and We Have Always Lived in the Castle
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I only recently discovered Shirley Jackson but oh boy do I wish I could write a book with her. Full of morally ambiguous (or straight up bad) characters and creepy things round every corner. This is definitely for anyone who loves psychological horror (which I obviously do).

Kendare Blake
author of Anna Dressed in Blood


Ok so I actually read this a fairly long time ago back when everything scared me, but even so I remember Anna being absolutely terrifying. I have a lot of love for someone willing to make even their main characters so horror inducing.

Amy Lukavics
author of Daughters Unto Devils


Another author who was fully capable of scaring me out of my mind. I feel like this would wind up being a super gruesome book but still with that psychological touch I enjoy so very much. She is excellent at making sure you don't trust anyone.

Katie Alender
author of The Dead Girls of Hysteria Hall


Finally throwing in one that isn't so scary! OK so its a little scary. But mostly this was sort of sad. I've read so few books that are from the perspective of the scary thing - and I love the idea of writing from the ghosts viewpoint. I feel like I could have a lot of fun with that. 

Courtney Alameda
author of Pitch Dark


I recently read Pitch Dark and fell instantly in love. It has a certain cinematic aspect to its horror, the characters were all incredible and there were so many gaming references! Of all the authors on the list I feel like Courtney is the one I would most click with!


Gillian Flynn
author of Gone Girl and Dark Places


Gone Girl is one of those novels I've been recommending to everyone since I read it, and I don't see myself stopping. It was more or less my introduction into psychological thriller, and it made me obsessed with this genre... and forever dissatisfied, because I can't seem to find a novel that FULLY lives up to Gone Girl. Dark Places was cool and all, totally deserved five stars, but it wasn't quite there yet, and I haven't gotten to Sharp Objects.

Flynn is one of the most talented writers when it comes to creating fleshed out and complex characters, and that is what makes her the queen of psychological thriller, and would it make it fun to write a novel with her. (To avoid misunderstanding - there is no king here, folks, she is the sole ruler of the genre.)

Riley Sager
author of Final Girls and The Last Time I Lied


Like I said, no king in the psychological thriller genre, but Sager could easily be the prince of it, in my opinion. What I love the most about him is how he is able to grab a trope (=final girls and summer camp mysteries) and elevate it completely, creating something unique and fascinating to read. His mysteries have kept me guessing until the very end, and I cannot wait for the next adventure he has planned for us. 

Honestly, I'm not a writer, and it shows here, because instead of writing with Flynn or Sager, I would much rather push them together to co-write a novel. Thing is, they are both excellent at every aspect of their stories, but still, seeing them working together would be mesmerizing. Especially because what grabs me the most in Flynn are the characters, while in Sager it is the plot and story that keeps me truly occupied. 

Cat Winters
author of In the Shadow of Blackbirds and Yesternight


It feels a little repetitive calling everyone on this list the best in their genre, but IT IS TRUE, I swear! Cat Winters is the absolute queen of historical fiction - specifically of the paranormal/ghost kind, although not all her novels fall under that category. 

Her atmospheric writing and vivid descriptions of past eras will make you SHIVER, because boy, is she good at being mysterious and spooky! I mean, take a look at Yesternight - a story about reincarnation. It's not exactly a scary topic, is it? Yet, I found myself switching on the lights in the whole damn house while I was reading it. 

Rebecca Schaeffer
author of Not Even Bones

The fact that Schaeffer is the only 2018 debut author on my list who only has one (!) book out, goes to show how incredibly impressed I was after reading Not Even Bones, a book that has EVERYTHING my dark heart could desire. Gore! Villains! Murder! IT IS ALL THERE.

The reason why writing a creepy book with her is so desirable is that she is not afraid to go there and be dark. I mean, read her goodreads review of her book, and tell me you don't want to work with her:

Daphne du Maurier 
author of Rebecca and My Cousin Rachel


Daphne du Maurier is the only author on my list who it would be impossible to even meet with, because, well, she is dead. But let us be honest - the chances of working with any of these authors is roughly the same as working with Maurier, so I okay-ed the addition of her to my list.

Now that that's out of the way, here is what she excels at - she is tremendously talented at creating Gothic mysteries that won't leave you alone even after you put down a book. It's not even that they have unclosed endings - Rebecca surely doesn't - but there are so many aspects of these that can be discussed. 

Let's chat!
Do you plan to read creepy books for October? Will you be joining us for Spooky October? Not to sound like I'm ordering you, BUT YOU TOTALLY SHOULD OK. Have you read anything by the authors we mentioned?


  1. Ooh fun! I've only read Blake's Three Dark crowns series but having just finished the third book I can safely say she'd be a great choice! And Gillian Flynn- I need to read Gone Girl so bad!

    1. Yes, you *must* read Gone Girl, especially if you love psychological thriller - it is hands down one of my all time favorite books & not just from this genre.

  2. Yes, Shirley Jackson would be a very interesting person to meet.

    Here is our Top Ten Tuesday.

  3. I haven't read any of these authors books but they sound like the perfect reads for Halloween. And all those covers are so spooky looking!

    1. Hope you've found some that sound promising to you. :D Also, totally agree about the covers.

  4. I'm not much into Halloween but I do plan on reading Slasher Girls and Monster Boys this month. I have one of the Three Dark Crowns books but I haven't read it yet.

    1. I highly enjoyed Slasher Girls and Monster Boys, and I hope you'll love it too. (Also, Cat Winters has a story is that - if I remember correctly - which was SO GOOD)

  5. Oooh these are FABULOUS choices! I love Cat Winters and would be all OVER this. I still need to read Anna Dressed in Blood, but I love Kendare's other stuff so YEP. And totally agree with Rebecca Schaeffer- how is that even a debut!? Talk about creepy! I enjoy Amy Lukavics's books too. Now I need to check out the other authors, too!

    1. Thank you, Shannon! I can't wait for Cat Winters' newest title, it sounds fantastic. As for Schaeffer, I have no idea either! Her story is excellent, and I can hardly wait for the sequel.

  6. Fun topic, and I love your commitment to spooky October! I never intentionally try to read a scary book, and therefore have read none of these.

    1. Thanks, Sam! I do hope you'll still enjoy some of our posts this month. :)

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    1. Yay, always nice to find other fans of hers!!

  8. I just met Kendare Blake last week and bought the second Anna book (though I still haven't read the first). I think that series will be a perfect October read for me. And plotting a creepy novel with her would be AMAZING (though I learned that she doesn't do much plotting---she figures her story out as she writes!).

    Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction

  9. You have several of my favorite authors listed here (Shirley Jackson, Gillian Flynn, Cat Winters and the classic Daphne du Maurier. What a cool idea!

  10. I read "My Cousin Rachel" years ago, but I haven't read any of the other authors. I think I'd be most intrigued to try Cat Winters!

  11. I haven't read anything by these authors, although I do have The Last Time I Lied on my TBR and I'm adding Not Even Bones to it because YES, yes to everything the author said on the goodreads review!
    Other than that, I looove Seanan McGuire/Mira Grants brand of spooky, because magic or zombies aside, she makes it all so Real. The ugliness of society, how people can manipulate one another, etc... she does it so well.


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