Best Horror Novels of the 2000s

Enjoying a weekend alone?

Is there a soothing thunderstorm rolling through your region?

Or do you just really need a little bit of fright?

Horror novels seek to unnerve us. Yet, that is what we like about them. If you are looking for something out of the ordinary that keeps you on a knife’s edge, then you need to check out our list of the best horror novels of the 2000s.

Bird Box

Josh Malerman’s “Bird Box” explores a world where people try not to see what’s in front of them. When they can’t look away fast enough or cover your eyes, you go crazy, commit homicides, or just kill yourself.

Nobody knows why people are driven mad, but you need to trust all of your other senses to survive in this new world. Now five years later, a handful of survivors live along an abandoned river and set out on a journey to join a new community. The only problem is they must go blindfolded.

It is do or die, but something is following them, and they can’t look to see what it is. The group that includes kids must trust those around them, and they can make it without looking.

Broken Monsters

In Lauren Beukes’ “Broken Monsters,” detective Gabriella Versado is thrust into the midst of increasingly abnormal crimes. Bodies that aren’t quite human start appearing around the city. At the same time, the public is ready to tear itself apart; and Versado’s daughter has met an online predator.

This book is billed for those looking for something that pushes beyond traditional genres, failed dreams, and people looking to rebuild themselves. Crime scenes are rendered realistically, the detective work is thoughtful, and there is an atmosphere that will put the most hardened horror fans on the edge of their seat.

The Passage  

Justin Cronin’s “The Passage” opens in a world amid the apocalypse that leads to a world overrun by beings that are part zombie and part vampire. Unfortunately, the apocalypse is brought about by humans when researchers try to develop a new immunity drug based on a species of bat found in South America.

Interestingly, the novel is broken into many parts to cover the ninety-year story. Readers will follow several protagonists who were directly and indirectly associated with the apocalyptic event. 

The novel is billed as an exploration of human endurance in the face of seemingly impossible odds.

A Head Full Of Ghosts

Paul Tremblay’s “A Head Full Of Ghosts” is perfect for the reader looking for psychological suspense and supernatural horror. Fans of “The Shining,” “The Haunting of Hill House,” or “The Exorcist” will find something familiar and lovely in this novel.

The story follows the Barretts, a family that is torn apart when their teenage daughter shows signs of schizophrenia. Doctors offer no hope, so the family turns to a Catholic priest who suggests performing an exorcism.

Things take a turn when the family agrees to and discovers that their lives are being put on a reality show known as The Possession. Now, more than a decade later, one of the family members is being interviewed and revealing the insights behind what happened, the painful memories, and family drama.

The Abominable

Dan Simmons’ tale, “The Abominable,” is about a race to the summit of Mount Everest in 1924 is equal parts historical fiction and horror. 

One year after two people go missing, a year later, a poet, veteran, and an idealistic young American start their journey to the top with the hopes of finding one of those people who went missing.

Except something isn’t right. The reason for the missing people soon becomes clear when something strange begins following the climbers. 

The Fisherman

The Fisherman” by John Langan takes place in upstate New York in the surrounding woodlands and follows a fisherman who just wants a good time. 

This fast-paced story isn’t just about fishing. It is about something more. Something based on second-hand accounts and rumors. But there is also loss, secrets, and a mysterious figure.

Final Thoughts

Horror novels are, thankfully, very diverse. The characters, creatures, and situations often feel fresh and new. You never quite know how the story is going to wrap up. And when you think it is the end, you get thrown off the trail.

Give some of these a read – preferably alone and in the dark!