Riffle Editor Picks: The 15 Best Horror Books of 2014


This is my end-of-the-year pick of the 15 best horror books published in 2014.

Selecting just 15 of the best horror books published this year was surprisingly hard. I spent days narrowing a long list down and I still feel like I left books off that deserved to be mentioned.

This just goes to show you that 2014 was a tremendous year for horror. You'll find a variety of different kinds of horror fiction represented in the list below. I think this list speaks volumes to the health of a genre which is often cast in serious doubt.

I'm pleased that my book list has a number of books written by women as well as those by men. I'm disappointed in the lack of African-American authors and that is mostly my fault.

I read a lot of horror books this year (more than any other year -- ever) but I didn't really go looking for any author in particular or any type of author. So they're mostly white guys and gals.

In 2015, I'll do better. I'll read more small press books and seek out more diverse authors. I want to try and read more foreign horror in translation, too.

The first fifteen book in this list are the best picks for 2014. But the value doesn't end there as I include a few books that may not qualify for the best picks but deserve to be mentioned. You'll find them at the end of the list.

So there you are. My picks. What do you think? Did I miss any? Feel free to leave me a note in the Discussion section below the list.

For a very different perspective on the best horror of 2014, check out this book list:

Matt Molgaard's Top Ten Horror Novels of 2014

This book list is now complete -- no more titles will be added. Published 1/6/2015.

Updated 8/28/2017 -- updated the book list post.

-- Gregory Fisher, Riffle Horror Editor and Undead Rat