The American Horror Story Book Tag | Tag Thursday

This tag is brought to you by Susan at Novel Lives. She made this tag and you should click the link to check out the original tag and her blog!

This tag has been on the back-burner for me, but I knew when I cam across it that I really wanted to do it, because I love American Horror Story and this tag looks like so much fun!

So let’s get going!

Murder House | A Book with a Haunted House

This House is Haunted by John Boyne

This was an enjoyable read for me. Unlike the “murder house” in AHS, Boyne’s haunted house is not quite as scary. There is a malevolent spirit, death, attempted murder, but this book is pretty tame compared to other haunted house stories. It’s much more of an atmospheric, creepy house.

I liked it most because it was a well-written period piece with a really likable main character. I would definitely recommend it!


Asylum | A Book Where Someone is Possessed

A Head Full of Ghosts by Paul Tremblay

I had to choose a TBR book for this prompt. I really haven’t read many horror books and only one that includes a possessed character, but I’m using it for a later prompt.

This book is also about exorcism and while I think it doesn’t necessarily claim the person is really possessed, it’s the conflict of the novel. I am interested to see how Tremblay handles mental illness and if I’ll enjoy his writing. Maybe I’ll pick this up for next Halloween.


Coven | A Book with Witches

The Witches by Roald Dahl

This is the epitome of a witch book. Dahl has created a tale both creepy and gruesome. And it’s for children. The witches in this book are child-eating, clawed, creatures that are definitely evil and will kill you if you get in their way.

I remember reading this book as a child and I strangely liked it and was not frightened by it. It’s definitely a strange mixture of horror and humor, like most Dahl books.


Freak Show | A Book with a Circus or Carnival

Something Wicked This Way Comes by Ray Bradbury

Talk about creepy! This book is pure horror and nightmare-inducing. Bradbury knows how to write scary antagonists, that’s for sure. The carnival in this book is magic, it’s got evil running all up in it. It’s definitely one of those books that’s a perfect Halloween read. I

‘m a big Bradbury fan and I definitely recommend this one, especially if you’re into a more atmospheric horror story.


Hotel | A Book with Vampires

Dracula by Bram Stoker

The ultimate vampire book!!! I know Stoker gets all the credit for laying out the vampire cannon and making vampires a thing. Honestly, I think his book is awesome and I love his version of vampires. Many people seem to forget that Dracula, as such an old vampire, has so many powers – the ability to turn into a bat, a dog, mist, the ability to compel people to do things. This story is dark, it’s full of atmospheric creepiness, and it has a whole cast of awesome characters. I love recommending this one.


Roanoke | A Book that is Period Piece Horror

Carmilla by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

It’s kind of funny that I’m talking about Carmilla right after talking about Dracula, since many bring up the fact that Carmilla pre-dates Dracula as the first vampire book. It’s more of a short story, but I read after picking up a collection of horror short stories that were re-tellings of older short stories. Carmilla was one of those re-told in that collection and I wanted to read the original before seeing a re-incarnation of it. I thought it was okay. It’s definitely atmospheric and creepy. Give it a look!


Cult | A Horror Book with a Message

Frankenstein, Or the Modern Prometheus by Mary Shelley

Like with Dracula, Frankenstein is one of those Gothic horror stories that are so classic that it’s hard not to think of them for prompts like these. Shelley’s book is fraught with the struggles between man and nature, between power and responsibility, and, ultimately, science and religion. It’s kind of the ultimate “man should not try to play God” story. I love this book and it’s definitely more my speed as far as horror books go, being mostly just creepy and tense.


Apocalypse | A Dystopian Book

Battle Royale by Koushun Takami

This book kind of exists on the border between dystopian and horror. It’s a world where whole classes are selected each year and dumped onto an island and made to kill each other until there’s only one survivor (if you’re getting Hunger Games vibes, this book predates that story and is probably a major influence of it). It’s brutal, it’s horrific, and it’s definitely worth reading. The writing, the character development, all of it make for a wild, page-turning ride.


1984 | A Horror Book From or Set in the 1980s

My Best Friend’s Exorcism by Grady Hendrix

This book was all kinds of creepy! It takes place in the late ’80s. I wanted to hurl or cower while reading most of this book. It definitely gave me the creeps and I was visibly affected by it while reading.

It’s a good book, though! If you’re into horror, definitely check it out!

Thoughts & Tags

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