Genre guide – Horror fiction

This page links to recommended reading lists for a range of horror fiction sub-genres as well as other horror resources. It also lists horror authors whose work you may like to try - including familiar names and some that may be new to you.

What could be more terrifying than the unknown threat? And what shape might that threat take? A haunting of spirits, a demonic presence, a killer on the loose -  it is all meat to the sinister, creative mind of the horror author.

Authors who write horror

Recommended reading

Body horror

Exploring subjects such as pregnancy, illness, aging, sexuality and desire, body horror examines human existential anxieties, played out upon the flesh.

Classic horror

These classics have helped to shape the genre and will no doubt be enjoyed by generations of horror fans to come.

Killer and hardcore horror

Sex, violence, blood everywhere, slashers on the loose, and demented human beings doing horrific things to others. You'll need a strong stomach for these titles - they're adult only explorations of violence. 

Monster horror

This sub-genre includes tales about killer-beasts, mutations of nature, vampires, zombies, killer clowns, aliens...and the most monstrous monster of all - the human kind. Monster horror often crosses over with other genres and sub-genres, particularly sci-fi and supernatural horror.

New Zealand Fantasy/Horror/Sci-fi

A selection of titles celebrating Fantasy, Horror, and Sci-Fi born from the minds of talented, sometimes legendary New Zealand authors. There are epic quests, magical happenings, ghouls, and supernatural creatures from Māori myth, as well as slashers and killers. Some stories have distinctly Kiwi settings, others a more international flavour.

Sci-fi, Horror and Fantasy short stories

A selection of short fiction anthologies by influential authors of science fiction, fantasy and horror. Consult this list for short but affecting tales of the supernatural, the dark arts, space exploration, alternate worlds, or horrific goings on.

Sci-fi horror

What could be more terrifying than the unknown threat from a dominant species from the depths of space? Or perhaps the violent invasion of a race of super-beings, the biological threats of widespread infection, the unknown consequences of relic discovery - it all looks bad for us puny humans facing the unknown of the deep black universe.

Supernatural horror

Looking to get spooked? If demons, witchcraft, curses, spirits and ouija boards are your thing then you're in the right place.

Loathly ladies: Women writing horror

Women are often overlooked as horror writers, despite always having a strong and terrifying presence in the genre. From psychological thrillers, supernatural suspense, brutality, gore, and good old fashioned ghost stories, these monstrous madams will unsettle, disturb and horrify.

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