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Best Horror Romance Books

Where love and terror blend, these are the foremost horror romance novels making waves on the web. Ranked by their presence across notable book lists.

Recommendations from 11 articles, Shonda Rhimes, Glen Mazzara, Amy Cuddy.
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Mexican Gothic
Silvia Moreno-Garcia - 2020-06-30
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Step into the eerie world of glamorous 1950s Mexico, where a socialite receives a frantic letter from her newlywed cousin, begging for someone to save her from a mysterious doom. Against all odds, the courageous Noemí Taboada ventures to High Place, an isolated mansion in the Mexican countryside, to uncover the family's treacherous secrets. But as she delves deeper, she unearths stories of violence and madness, and finds herself mesmerized by the terrifying yet seductive world of High Place. Will she ever be able to leave this mysterious house behind?
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Dead Until Dark
Charlaine Harris - 2001-05-01
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Small-town Louisiana cocktail waitress Sookie Stackhouse meets her dream man - a vampire. But as one of her coworkers is found dead, she begins to wonder if this is a mistake. Can a relationship with a vampire end happily ever after?
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There's Someone Inside Your House
Stephanie Perkins - 2017-09-26
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This thrilling young adult novel follows Makani Young, who is adjusting to life in Nebraska after moving from Hawaii. However, her new life is disrupted when students in her high school begin to be murdered in gruesome ways. As the hunt for the killer intensifies, Makani must confront her own dark past. From author Stephanie Perkins, this fresh take on a classic teen slasher story is impossible to put down.
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The Hacienda
Isabel Cañas - 2022-05-03
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This captivating debut novel follows Beatriz, who seeks refuge in the countryside after the overthrow of the Mexican government leads to her father's execution and her home's destruction. Despite rumors about the mysterious death of her husband's first wife, Beatriz accepts his proposal for the security it provides. However, Hacienda San Isidro proves to be full of sinister hauntings and strange occurrences. With no one to turn to for help, Beatriz clings to a young priest who must rely on his witchcraft to fight off the malevolent presence plaguing the hacienda. This supernatural suspense novel is perfect for fans of Mexican Gothic and Rebecca.
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Daphne du Maurier - 2013-12-17 (first published in 1938)
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An orphaned lady's maid is swept off her feet by a dashing widower's proposal of marriage. But upon arrival to his country estate, she realizes his late wife's shadow looms large, threatening to destroy their relationship from beyond the grave.
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The Very Secret Society of Irregular Witches
Sangu Mandanna - 2022-08-23
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In "The Very Secret Society of Irregular Witches," Mika Moon, an isolated witch, receives an unexpected message to teach three young witches at the mysterious Nowhere House. As she becomes entangled in the lives of those around her, including the handsome and prickly librarian Jamie, Mika begins to feel like she has found a place to belong. But when danger comes knocking, she must decide whether to risk everything to protect her newfound family. This warm and uplifting novel is about the power of love and unexpected connections in changing the course of one's life.
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Cry Wolf
Patricia Briggs - 2008-07-29
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A young woman discovers the existence of werewolves after surviving a violent attack and becoming one herself. After years of mistreatment, she meets the son of the leader of the North American werewolves who claims she is not only his mate, but also a rare and valuable Omega wolf. Together, they hunt a rogue werewolf whose dark magic threatens the entire pack. A must-read sequel to the prequel "Alpha & Omega".
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Bird Box
A Novel
Josh Malerman - 2014-05-13
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In a post-apocalyptic world, something terrifying lurks outside that must not be seen - one glimpse drives you to deadly violence. Malorie and her children must navigate a twenty-mile journey blindfolded down a river. But what's following them? Is it man, animal, or monster? This harrowing odyssey takes them into an unseen world, surrounded by darkness and frightening sounds, and back into the past where they must confront the ultimate question - in a world gone mad, who can really be trusted? Josh Malerman's Bird Box is a gripping and horrific debut that will have you racing to the final page.
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The Other Side of Midnight
Simone St. James - 2015-04-07
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This historical fiction novel takes place in London in 1925 and follows Ellie Winter, a woman who can miraculously find lost items, as she investigates the murder of her former friend and sole rival, glamorous medium Gloria Sutter. Along with a handsome war veteran, Ellie uncovers sinister secrets and visions that suggest the murders of others in Gloria's circle. As they delve deeper, they must fight against an evil force determined to bury the truth.
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The Wicked Deep
Shea Ernshaw - 2018-03-06
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A cursed town haunted by three sisters condemned as witches; a dark history that comes alive every summer as they possess the bodies of young girls to exact their revenge. But when a newcomer arrives, tensions rise and secrets are revealed, and Penny must decide whether to save him or herself. This haunting tale of love, mistrust, and betrayal will keep you on the edge of your seat.
The Widow of Rose House by Diana Biller
Darkhouse by Karina Halle
Lord of the Last Heartbeat by May Peterson
A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness
My Roommate Is a Vampire by Jenna Levine
Beloved by Toni Morrison
The Exorcist by William Peter Blatty
Minion by L. A. Banks
'Salem's Lot by Stephen King
Enchanted to Meet You by Meg Cabot
Interview with the Vampire by Anne Rice