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Chilling Chapters: The Best Horror Fiction of 2021

Posted on 5th October 2021 by Mark Skinner

2021 has been a gruesomely glorious year for horror, with the first instalment of a spectacular new vampire series from Jay 'Nevernight' Kristoff, a deeply disturbing dystopia from the visual storyteller behind Tales from the Loop and an anthology of eerie ghost stories from eight of our finest fantastical writers to name but three essential volumes. In time for Halloween, this blog presents the cream of this year's devilish crop for you to sink your teeth into.      

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A deliciously wintry collection of ghostly and gothic tales, The Haunting Season boasts spine-chilling stories from eight bestselling authors including Bridget Collins, Kiran Millwood Hargrave and Elizabeth Macneal.

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From the author of the bestselling Nevernight series comes a gripping new saga to sink your teeth into, as a lone warrior captured by victorious vampires tells his chilling, unputdownable tale.
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A freewheeling, fantastical spectacular set on the streets of an alternate Mexico, Certain Dark Things finds the bestselling author of Mexican Gothic smuggling an unconventional love story into an exhilarating page-turner about vampires on the run.
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The challenge taken on by a group competing in the chilling Quigley House escape room takes a truly sinister turn when one of the contestants is murdered in this page-turning slice of psychological horror, dripping with acerbic social commentary.
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Mixing fantasy and psychological horror to mesmerising effect, Elwood’s deliciously gothic novel sees an enigmatic care home resident take a sinister interest in the young woman working there.
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This enthrallingly dark collection brings together wild, stunningly crafted short stories about family dynamics, small-town frictions, motherhood and change from the author of Water Shall Refuse Them.
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The artist and author behind Tales from the Loop, Simon Stålenhag is no stranger to creating the hauntingly uncanny with words and images, and his latest book - which follows three people as they navigate the world after a catastrophic event - is a masterclass in dystopian science fiction anchored in disturbingly recognisable landscapes.
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A gloriously gruesome story of headless corpses and small-town superstition, this chilling slice of period horror is a devilishly clever twist on The Legend of Sleepy Hollow from the author of Near the Bone.

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From the author of the bestselling Horrorstör, The Final Girl Support Group delves into the deep darkness of a therapy group unlike any other.
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The bestselling historian applies his impeccable knack for narrative drive in this scintillating retelling of an eerie medieval ghost story.

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Fuelled by slow-burning dread, Such Pretty Things places Clara and Stephen in the care of their Auntie who has always longed to have children of her own in this disturbing and evocative slice of modern Gothic.
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A high-school student enmeshed in research for an epic essay on the unifying theory of classic slasher films starts to notice a disturbing pattern in recent events of her hometown in this petrifyingly suspenseful read.
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