Best Horror and Thriller Books to Have on Your Radar This Fall

Fall is almost here and we are ready for it! Pumpkin patches, homecoming, Halloween, and costume parties—what’s not to love about fall? And for fans of horror and thrillers, there’s even more to love as the spookiest season draws near. Not only will we have scary movies like The Thing Behind the Door, Summoning the Spirit, and Voyage of the Demeter to look forward to, but there are plenty of terrifying YA books coming this fall, too! Here are some of the best horror and thriller books to check out while sipping your PSL in your coziest oversized sweater.

There’s No Way I’d Die First by Lisa Springer

Scary movie buff Noelle knows horror inside out—every trope, every red flag, and every survival tactic. She’s totally the perfect girl to throw the ultimate Halloween party with the most exclusive guest list.

At least until her bargain-bin creepy clown axes one of her classmates. And then Noelle’s got a new mission: use all her knowledge to become a real-life Final Girl.

There's No Way I'd Die First

There's No Way I'd Die First

A spine-tingling contemporary horror-comedy novel that follows a scary-movie buff as she hosts an elaborate Halloween bash but soon finds the festivities upended when she and her guests are forced to test their survival skills in a deadly game, from debut author Lisa Springer.

The Society for Soulless Girls by Laura Steven

“Back to school season” has a totally different meaning for Lottie and her new roommate, Alice—incoming freshmen at the elite Carvell Academy of the Arts, finally reopening a decade after the unsolved murder of four students on campus.

After Alice discovers an unsettling ritual in a book hidden in the library, another body appears. Can Lottie and Alice find the killer before another student falls victim? Even worse—is the killer one of them?

The Society for Soulless Girls

The Society for Soulless Girls

A sapphic enemies-to-lovers retelling of Jekyll & Hyde, this dark academia thriller follows two roommates who must solve an infamous cold case of serial murders on their campus after an arcane ritual gone wrong prompts another death.

The Black Queen by Jumata Emill

Duchess Simmons’s best friend Nova was murdered the night she was crowned the first Black homecoming queen at Lovett High. And she’s sure she knows just who did the deed: Tinsley McArthur, the wealthy white Lovett legacy who comes from a long line of homecoming queens.

As the daughter of Lovett’s first Black police captain, Duchess is determined to prove Tinsley’s guilt, even if her father won’t do anything about it. But Duchess isn’t the only one with a secret agenda.

The Black Queen

The Black Queen

Nova Albright was going to be the first Black homecoming queen at Lovett High—but now she’s dead. Murdered on coronation night. Fans of One of Us Is Lying and The Other Black Girl will love this unputdownable thriller.

Win Lose Kill Die by Cynthia Murphy

A historic school for high achievers, Morton Academy is notoriously cutthroat. It’s just that no one quite expected that to turn out to be so literal. As the bodies of the already competitive school’s best and brightest start piling up, the competition to become Head Girl starts to seriously heat up.

Five students sworn into a secret society are determined to get to the bottom of the serial killings. Is their secret society responsible? A cult that’s plagued the school for years? Or is there someone else taking out students one by one?

Win Lose Kill Die

Win Lose Kill Die

A high-school slasher with a lethal twist, perfect for fans of Holly Jackson! The students at Morton Academy are high-achievers, selected based on academic excellence. So when a series of murders target the school’s best and brightest, the pressure is on.

Failure is fatal . . .

The Wicked Unseen by Gigi Griffis

Audre sticks out from the moment she moves to her new rural town. A nose ring and an obsession with horror movies doesn’t endear a girl to a town where everyone’s convinced there’s a Satanic cult doing rituals in the woods.

But when the preacher’s daughter goes missing on Halloween, Audre is the number one suspect. Desperate to find her friend and crush, Audre sets out to investigate where the local cops won’t—but the deeper she gets into her investigation, the more she’s convinced something much more sinister is going on in town.

The Wicked Unseen

The Wicked Unseen

The new girl in town is having trouble fitting into a community that believes there’s a secret Satanic cult conducting rituals in the woods. When her crush goes missing, she starts to wonder if the town’s obsession with evil isn’t covering up something far worse. Perfect for fans of Fear Street!

The Haunting by Natasha Preston

Penny’s parents have forbidden her from seeing her ex, Nash, after Nash’s father was arrested for the murder of four students the year before. As the anniversary of the killings comes closer, it’s hard not to think about what happened.

Especially when Penny walks into a Halloween store in search of a costume and discovers one of her classmates stabbed and bleeding out on the floor. As the adults search for the killer, Penny starts to search for the truth on her own. . . .

The Haunting

The Haunting

#1 New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author Natasha Preston is back with another pulse-pounding, twisty read!

Haunted by the past . . .

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