It always kind of feels like I step into new things right when they’re blowing up and hitting a stride that makes everyone stop and take notice. This has felt like that year for the horror genre. Consistently stunning, original, necessary voices are entering the film game and putting out work that, while it may sometimes divide audiences, is undeniably powerful. And it got me thinking...
...what about the literary side? What kind of shakeups are happening there that we’re not talking too much about yet? Who are the new powerhouses on that side of the scene? This list is by no means complete, exhaustive, nor all I’ve found on offer. I’m only just starting to dip my toes into the incredibly varied worlds of horror literature, it feels like, and everywhere I turn there’s something I’ve missed that deserves a champion of its own. But for now, here are my five favorite encounters of the year, by voices that need to be heard.
There are a couple other works I’d like to spotlight which, although they weren’t released this year, still left an impact on me that I think more people should be drawn to. The voices and stories here are just as diverse, weird, and wonderful as those above, and it has been a joy to discover the potential of what can really be done with the genre through these works.
By Katelyn Nelson
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