Summertime Horror Book Recommendations

I’ve heard a lot of people say that they save all of their horror for the fall. And I have to admit that I’ve been guilty about that the past few years. But I’ve been in a horror mood the last few months and I’ve been loving the spooky summer feeling. So today I just wanted to share some of my summertime horror recommendations.

The Last House on Needless Street

The Last House on Needless Street was a unique read. I’m not going to go too deep into it because the less you know the better. But it’s set near a lake in Washington, and it just has a nice summer atmosphere that turns unsettling at times. This one isn’t an edge of your seat horror. Instead, it creeps up on you when you least expect it.

Little Girls

Set in the summertime, the tension of Little Girls crackles like a summer storm. Our main character, Laurie returns to her childhood home to settle her father’s estate after his suspicious death. After years away, she is shocked to see just how much the house has changed, all except the girl living next door.

When her daughter, Susan, brings home a new playmate she is shocked by the uncanny resemblance to her own playmate that died when they were just little girls. This story builds upon itself from the very beginning as the secrets pile up. It will keep you on the edge of your seat.


I don’t have to say much about this iconic story. IT is about a group of kids that stumbled across a horrible terror one summer in their home in Derry, Maine. Twenty-eight years later that terror has returned, and they made a pact to put an end to it for good.

Don’t get me wrong IT is terrifying. But like I said about Christine somehow Stephen King makes horror nostalgic. I mean don’t we all have memories of playing with our friends in the summer. Hopefully, minus some of the questionable parts. No judgement though, lol. And I also hope no one stumbled across an evil clown demon thing. But seriously though, this one feels like a hot summer day until you throw in all the spooky stuff. It’s perfect for summer.

The Sun Down Motel

Summer is vacation season and what’s better for vacation season than a book set in a haunted motel? This dual timeline story follows Viv Delaney in 1982 when she takes a job at The Sun Down Motel in hopes of funding her dream of living in New York. But the longer she’s there she starts to notice that the motel is quite strange. Years later in 2017, her neice Carly returns to the motel in hopes of finding out what happened to her Aunt Viv who went missing years ago.

The Sun Down Motel was spooky. And I read it in the middle of the night in an actual motel and that upped the creepy factor a ton.

So that’s a few summertime horror books that I loved. And I hope you’ll love them to.

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