Readers, you probably weren’t expecting a horror novel book list from me. While I’m a confirmed scaredy-cat and Highly Sensitive Person, I enjoy a good spine-tingling read, especially this time of year. I’ve also noticed that, like many readers, I’ve been reading more books with horror elements since the pandemic began. By their very nature, horror novels take our deep-seated internal fears and make them external—and then, crucially, bring them to some sort of resolution. I doubt my timing is coincidental.
On a simpler note, I also enjoy branching out into less-familiar genres. I’ve learned over the years not to discount any outright. The truth is there’s a lot of range within horror, even for wimpy readers like me. Do I sometimes have to skim scenes that are a bit much for me? Sure. But I’m still able to get lost in a page-turning, suspenseful read.
I might not ever be an avid horror reader but these books (with one feverish exception, as you’ll see) struck the right balance for me. Of course, not all wimpy readers have the same concerns so do your own due diligence when it comes to any triggers or concerns. (As you’ll see, there’s a book on this list that was perfect for a wimpy reader on the MMD team but it wasn’t the right timing for me. Maybe this year I’ll give it another try!)
If you’re looking for a scary book that isn’t likely to induce any nightmares, I hope you’ll find just what you’re looking for on this list.
12 gently scary novels for scaredy cats like me
Do you have any wimp-friendly horror novels to recommend? Please share them in comments!