What are the best female-written horror books?

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    Frankenstein is a science fiction book written by Mary Shelley which centers on scientist Victor Frankenstein who creates a grotesque and cognizant being through a scientific experiment. 


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    Carl Ryan
    Written on May 14, 2018
    "Frankenstein is an old work of literature, written by a young Mary Shelley. It is definitely one of the oldest horror books out there, but that does not mean it is outdated. It still holds up, and tells a great story about Frankenstein's Monster. I read this for school way back, and just recently picked it up again. It is a great read."
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    #2The Mysteries of Udolpho

    The Mysteries of Udolpho

    Emily St. Aubert is an orphan who finds herself in a castle she doesn't want to be in and separated from the man she loves. In that castle, owned by Montoni who is her aunt's new husband, she will have to face many challenges, both real or coming from her imagination. 


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    Eric Lynch
    Written on April 28, 2018
    "Hayley Matthews is determined to be the best cheerleader she can. She works hard and pushes herself 110% all the time. Then Hayley finds a lump on her leg. The diagnosis is cancer. The prognosis is unclear. She could lose her leg. Or maybe her amzon purshe amount."
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    Fledgling is a science fiction and fantasy novel by award-winning author Octavia Butler. The story is considered as an allegory of the human mind, particularly on racism, sexism, poverty, and ignorance.


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    Gary Guerrero
    Written on May 6, 2018
    "This is the story of an apparently young, amnesiac girl whose alarmingly unhuman needs and abilities lead her to a startling conclusion: She is in fact a genetically modified, 53-year-old vampire. Forced to discover what she can about her stolen former life, she must at the same time learn who wanted-and still wants-to destroy her and those she cares for and how she can save herself. "
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    #4The Woman in Black: A Ghost Story

    The Woman in Black: A Ghost Story

    The Woman in Black: A Ghost Story is modern gothic novel written by Susan Hill. First published in 1983, it is the first book in the The Woman in Black series.


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    Jason Morris
    Written on May 17, 2018
    "This book was written in a very antique atmosphere. It was released in the 1980s but it sounds like it's from the nineteenth century. It has a gothic and dark feel to it. I normally am not drawn to books written in this style but it did keep true to the movie. I recommend you see the movie if you don't end up enjoying the book itself. It has Daniel Radcliffe in it. He does an amazing job. As a bonus, there is a cute dog in the story that kept my attention going. I am a dog lover so that appealed to me."
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    #5Feed (Newsflesh)

    Feed (Newsflesh)

    Feed is a horror science fiction and the first book in Newsflesh trilogy written by Mira Grant. This dystopian fiction book is first published in 2010. 


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    Ajay Jayaraman
    Written on May 8, 2018
    "This book is so intense. I suggest reading this book during free time at home, and i am sure you will like it. It has very exciting stories and situations with charismatic heroes, with other many colorful characters and it will engages your imagination in maximum. I think is one of the best fiction books I have read. "
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    #6The Little Stranger

    The Little Stranger
    One summer day, Dr. Faraday is called to see a patient at Hundreds Hall, a Georgian house that is in terrible shape. There are only three persons living there, despite being huge, and Dr. Faraday will soon discover that they are dealing with something much more powerful than the course of time. 


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    Ruth Wilson
    Written on May 7, 2018
    "It started with Frankenstein and evolved from there, my unquenchable thirst for female-written horror! There's just something a woman can capture that male authors can't. Or maybe it's my imagination! This book is a little low on the rating side, but Stephen King likes it, so how bad can it be?"
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    #7Sunglasses After Dark (Sonja Blue)

    Sunglasses After Dark (Sonja Blue)
    Sunglasses After Dark, the first book in the Sonja Blue series, is a sensual fantasy thriller by Nancy Collins for young adults. It is one of the first urban fantasy books and was originally published in 1989.

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    Raymond Ferguson
    Written on May 5, 2018
    "While this book is female written I don't think it would be considered horror given the "sensual fantasy thriller" description. It has above average reviews but with it not being the correct genre it doesn't look like a good fit and I don't think it would be the best even in the fantasy genre."
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    #8Sharp Objects

    Sharp Objects

    Sharp Objects is a contemporary crime mystery thriller novel written by Gillian Flynn. It is first published in 2006 by Broadway Paperbacks.


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    Benjamin Matthews
    Written on May 9, 2018
    "My mom is having foot surgery and is going to have a lot of down time soon. I know she likes to read horror books so I wanted to find her something interesting to read. I looked for the best female-written horror books to see what I could find. I stumbled upon "Sharp Objects" and was completely blown away by this book from author Gillian Flynn. It is a contemporary crime mystery thriller that was first published in 2006. My mom will love it."
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    #9Interview With the Vampire (The Vampire Chronicles)

    Interview With the Vampire (The Vampire Chronicles)
    This thriller written by Anne Rice combines terror, suspense and erotica. The first book of The Vampire Chronicles tells the story of Louis de Pointe du Lac, a vampire who tells the story of his life to a reporter.


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    Margaret Curtis
    Written on May 7, 2018
    "Here are the confessions of a vampire. Hypnotic, shocking, and chillingly erotic, this is a novel of mesmerizing beauty and astonishing force—a story of danger and flight, of love and loss, of suspense and resolution, and of the extraordinary power of the senses. It is a novel only Anne Rice could write."
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    Working as a lady's companion, the heroine of Rebecca learns her place. Her future looks bleak until, on a trip to the South of France, she meets Max de Winter, a handsome widower whose sudden proposal of marriage takes her by surprise. She accepts, but whisked from glamorous Monte Carlo to the ominous and brooding Manderley, the new Mrs de Winter finds Max a changed man. And the memory of his dead wife Rebecca is forever kept alive by the forbidding housekeeper, Mrs Danvers...

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    Brian Knight
    Written on April 29, 2018
    "this book is in first person narrative, and that is awesome because you really get to connect with the writer and enjoy the book more. it is a very good book. i love it. "
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    #11My Life as A White Trash Zombie

    My Life as A White Trash Zombie

    My Life As A White Trash Zombie by Diana Rowland is a horror fantasy about teenage delinquency. The protagonist then became a zombie and her old habits were gone, but find out what stayed from all those that are needed to be stopped.


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    Kathy Williams
    Written on May 3, 2018
    "This is an interested premised zombie book. Much fun to go on this adventure of waking up a zombie and trying to exist in the real world. "
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    Annabelle is a standalone horror fiction novel written by Ruby Jean Jensen which is about a story of haunted dolls and the old store they are residing where strange things happen. 


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    Jose Moreno
    Written on May 14, 2018
    "Playing in an abandoned mansion, Jessica encounters some eerie dolls that seem to have a life of their own and whisper the name, Annabelle"


Best What are the best female-written horror books
1FrankensteinBooks 30 Paid
2The Mysteries of UdolphoBooks 28 Paid
3FledglingBooks 26 Paid
4The Woman in Black: A Ghost StoryBooks 23 Paid
5Feed (Newsflesh)Books 22 Paid
6The Little StrangerBooks 21 Paid
7Sunglasses After Dark (Sonja Blue)Books 19 Paid
8Sharp ObjectsBooks 19 Paid
9Interview With the Vampire (The Vampire Chronicles)Books 14 Paid
10RebeccaBooks 13 Paid

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