Horror Books to Bring into the Dark Wood

Horror Books to Bring into the Dark Wood

If you're planning a trip to the woods and want to get in the mood for some spooky adventures, what better way than with a good horror book? Here are some of our top picks for horror books to take with you on your next camping trip.

  1. "The Ritual" by Adam Nevill

The Ritual

This book tells the story of a group of friends who go on a hiking trip in the Scandinavian wilderness, only to stumble upon an ancient evil that lurks in the woods. With vivid descriptions and a gripping plot, this book will keep you on the edge of your seat.

  1. "The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon" by Stephen King

The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon

Another King classic, this book follows the story of a young girl who becomes lost in the woods and must survive on her own. But as she struggles to find her way back to civilization, she realizes that she is not alone, and something sinister is stalking her every move.

  1. "The Terror" by Dan Simmons

The Terror

This book is based on the true story of a British expedition in the Arctic in the 1840s that becomes trapped in the ice and stalked by a mysterious creature. With a mix of historical fiction and horror, this book is perfect for those who love a good scare.

  1. "The Woods Are Dark" by Richard Laymon

The Woods Are Dark

If you're looking for something more gory and visceral, this book is for you. It tells the story of a group of people who become lost in the woods and are hunted by a tribe of cannibals. With graphic violence and intense suspense, this book is not for the faint of heart.

  1. “Through the Woods” by Emily Carroll

Through the Woods

Carroll's graphic stories feature eerie and striking illustrations that depict forests as perilous places teeming with grotesque monsters. The tales touch on themes of death, family dynamics, and envy, eliciting strong emotions from readers. The use of shadow and vibrant red hues enhance the terrifying effect of the stories.

  1. “Meddling Kids” by Edgar Cantero

Meddling Kids

In Blyton Hills, a group of preteen detectives solve mysteries until they are trapped in a haunted mansion and face terrifying creatures. Thirteen years later, the traumatized detectives reunite to solve the case and confront the cosmic horror at Sleepy Lake. Cantero's novel explores themes of trauma and closure while the characters battle through creepy forests and abandoned mines to stop the horror.

  1. “Wytches” by Scott Snyder, Jock, and Matt Hollingsworth


Wytches uses a small town's old legend of sacrificing people to tree-dwelling wytches in exchange for wishes. Snyder's plot is reminiscent of horror movies like The Witch, The Woods are Dark, and The Wicker Man, with the savage wytches brutally killing their victims. The dark and scratchy art style by Jock, combined with Hollingsworth's moody colors, creates a sense of ominous dread that persists throughout the story.

  1. “The Hazel Wood” by Melissa Albert

The Hazel Wood

In Albert's debut novel, Hazel Wood is the forest surrounding reclusive author Althea Prosperpine's estate, where dangerous fairytales come to life. Alice, Althea's granddaughter, longs to read her grandmother's elusive stories, which became a cult sensation. When Alice's mother disappears and warns her to stay away from Hazel Wood, Alice embarks on a perilous journey to uncover her family's history. What she discovers in the forest is beyond her wildest imagination and potentially deadly.

  1. “Uprooted” by Naomi Novik


In Novik's fairytale, the woods are the primary antagonist. Agnieszka lives in a kingdom on the border of a malevolent wood, where every year, the Wood's angry magic causes havoc. The Dragon, a secretive wizard, protects the kingdom from the Wood's darkness, but demands a terrible price: a decade of servitude from one of the village girls. Agnieszka fears losing her best friend, Kasia, but is unexpectedly chosen by the Dragon. With her untested magic, she discovers the rot at the heart of the wood and must use it to save the world from destruction.

No matter which book you choose, these horror novels are sure to give you chills and make your camping trip a little more exciting. Just make sure to bring a flashlight and some extra batteries - you never know what might be lurking in the shadows of the woods.

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