Ten Diverse Horror Books You Must Read

Horror is such a beautiful and expanded genre, yet we still end up reading the same books with all white characters. If there is going to be another diverse character, then it is probably going to be a stereotype.

The problem with horror is not only about the race, but the gender, the cultures, and the sexual orientation also.

I cannot call myself a horror blogger, if I don’t inform my readers that there are horror books out there, which feature diverse characters, and are not written only by the same white males.

A lot of people argue that there are white males only as horror writers, but that’s not the case really. These white males authors are the most popular, mostly because of that reason.

Without further a do, here’s the list of 10 diverse horror books you must read. Enjoy!

31.The Girl from The Well By Rin Chupeco

Book Description: You may think me biased, being murdered myself. But my state of being has nothing to do with the curiosity toward my own species, if we can be called such. We do not go gentle, as your poet encourages, into that good night.
A dead girl walks the streets.
She hunts murderers. Child killers, much like the man who threw her body down a well three hundred years ago.


 42.The Suffering by Rin Chupeco

Book Description: Seventeen-year-old Tark knows what it is to be powerless. But Okiku changed that. A restless spirit who ended life as a victim and started death as an avenger, she’s groomed Tark to destroy the wicked. But when darkness pulls them deep into Aokigahara, known as Japan’s suicide forest, Okiku’s justice becomes blurred, and Tark is the one who will pay the price…



53. Goth by Otsuichi

Book Description: Someone had taken apart her body in the forest. Her eyes, tongue, ears, thumbs, organs–each was nailed to a tree.

One tree had, from top to bottom: the left big toe, the upper lip, the nose, and the stomach. Another had other bits of her arranged like Christmas tree decorations.

The murder was soon the talk of the nation…

Otsuichi-san’s GOTH comes at you with a relentless awe and a taste for the twisted. In this truly shocking tale of terror, two high school sociopaths become fixated on a local serial murderer. But rather than trying to prevent and solve the next murder, their obsession grows, taking them on a descent into a maniacal darkness in which the most nightmarish acts occur.

Psychologically twisted and emotionally wrenching, this compelling story takes Japan’s horror tradition to a whole new level of fear.


64. The Girl with Ghost eyes by M.H.Boroson

Book Description: It’s the end of the nineteenth century in San Francisco’s Chinatown, and ghost hunters from the Maoshan traditions of Daoism keep malevolent spiritual forces at bay. Li-lin, the daughter of a renowned Daoshi exorcist, is a young widow burdened with yin eyes—the unique ability to see the spirit world. Her spiritual visions and the death of her husband bring shame to Li-lin and her father—and shame is not something this immigrant family can afford.


15. Horror Stories by Tunku Halim

Book Description: Over 15 years in the making, this is a mid-career retrospective by Malaysia’s prince of darkness Tunku Halim.

Featuring twenty of his best short stories such as Biggest Baddest Bomoh, Mr Petronas, The Rape of Martha Teoh, Night of the Pontianak, Malay Magick and Gravedigger’s Kiss, this is a collection that will make you tingle in all sorts of places.



26. The Silver Codex by Emily Ann Kirby

Book Description: All Xarissa Silverstone wanted to do was to survive high school by keeping her head down. Yet somehow she has been chosen by the Muse of Horror to collect the horrifying true stories of her hometown, Centerville. These stories included a haunted drive thru, why vampires should never ever ever drink animal’s blood, in addition to the town’s inhabits of Hellions, Bronies, and spiritual leaders. As Xarissa writes more stories she is slowly noticing just how messed up her home really is, and what happens when evil is allowed to roam unopposed. She is going to have to find courage or all will be lost.


77. Another by Yukito Ayatsuji

Book Description: In the spring of 1998, Kouichi Sakakibara transfers to Yomiyama North Middle School. In class, he develops a sense of unease as he notices that the people around him act like they’re walking on eggshells, and students and teachers alike seem frightened. As a chain of horrific deaths begin to unfold around him, he comes to discover that he has been placed in the cursed Class 3 in which the student body head count is always one more than expected. Class 3 is haunted by a vengeful spirit responsible for gruesome deaths in an effort to satisfy its spite. To stop the vicious cycle gripping his new school, Kouichi decides to get to the bottom of the curse, but is he prepared for the horror that lies ahead…?


88. Let’s play white by Chesya Burke

Book Description: White brings with it dreams of respect, of wealth, of simply being treated as a human being. It’s the one thing Walter will never be. But what if he could play white, the way so many others seem to do? Would it bring him privilege or simply deny the pain? The title story in this collection asks those questions, and then moves on to challenge notions of race, privilege, personal choice, and even life and death with equal vigor. From the spectrum spanning despair and hope in “What She Saw When They Flew Away” to the stark weave of personal struggles in “Chocolate Park,” Let’s Play White speaks with the voices of the overlooked and unheard. “I Make People Do Bad Things” shines a metaphysical light on Harlem’s most notorious historical madame, and then, with a deft twist into melancholic humor, “Cue: Change” brings a zombie-esque apocalypse, possibly for the betterment of all mankind.


99. Minion (Vampire Huntress Legends #1) by L.A Banks

Book Description: All Damali Richards ever wanted to do was create music and bring it to the people. Now she is a spoken word artist and the top act for Warriors of Light Records. But come nightfall, she hunts vampires and demons – predators that people tend to dismiss as myth or fantasy. Damali and her Guardian team cannot afford such delusions, especially now, when a group of rogue vampires has been killing the artists of Warriors of Light and their rival, Blood Music.



1010. The Damned (Vampire Huntress Legends #6) by L.A Banks

Book Description: Damali Richards knows all about a blood rush. The kind that happened when she first went skin-to-skin with former vampire Carlos Rivera. Or the kind that happened on the streets of Philadelphia, when her crew took on the devil’s own. Now, Damali, Carlos, and the Guardian team are recovering in the Arizona desert, trying to hold it all together and find out how much love, and how much war, they still need to make…until the demon consort Lilith changes everything.



Make sure you check these books. They are incredibly scary and gruesome.



4 thoughts on “Ten Diverse Horror Books You Must Read

  1. I should have told you how much I appreciated this post when you first wrote it up. When people ask for diverse horror, it’s my go-to list! Thanks for that. I will be reading The Girl From The Well next year and Another also sounds excellent. I’m sure I’ll pick it up sometime.


    1. Thank you very much! The Girl From The Well is brilliant. Another recommendation would be “Another”. What I like about Japanese horror is that it is related to psychological issues and a lot of real life problems and tragedies mixed with supernatural. 🙂


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