Low-cost chills for a horrifying time
If there’s one thing people around the world can agree on during one of the more tumultuous spans in modern history, it’s that our current situation, when attributed to an art form, is most similar to a horror novel. Whether it be zombies, Stephen King’s The Stand, or an amalgam of dystopic and apocalyptic tales, that would be a near-endless list.
So it makes sense that horror authors feel a certain kinship to the world’s pandemic, and horror readers—and readers in general—have a renewed hunger for distraction during times of great tragedy and personal stress. In a weird way, they’re finding comfort in scenarios that are similar to those they’ve read about, or concocted, many times. And given that the horror writing community is, relatively, a tight-knit group, it’s no surprise to find many authors have taken the initiative to release free content for readers who may be quarantined (self- or otherwise) during the coronavirus crisis.
For those readers, let the following list be a temporary guide to all the free (or greatly price-reduced) horror that’s currently available, brought to you by the charitable goodness of those with dark imaginations and big hearts.
(NOTE: All of these links and prices are active as of the minute of publication.)
Jonathan Janz – Witching Hour Theatre
Jonathan Janz – Old Order
Tim Lebbon – Three Novels and Multiple Novellas
Sarah Pinborough (download link) – The Taken
Sarah Pinborough (download link) – Breeding Ground
Sarah Pinborough (download link) – Feeding Ground
Sarah Pinborough (download link) – Tower Hill
Christopher Golden – Prowlers (4 Novels) – $.99
Michael Bailey / Paul Michael Anderson – Multiple Books
Tananarive Due (story) – Herd Immunity
Tananarive Due (story) – Patient Zero
Michael Patrick Hicks – The Resurrectionists ($.99)
Michael Patrick Hicks – Broken Shells ($.99)
Laird Barron – Free Stories and Essays
Paul Tremblay (story) – Headstone in Your Pocket
Adam Cesare – Multiple Novels ($.99)
Philip Fracassi – Sacculina
Benjamin Percy (story) – A Study in Shadows
And, this just in, a page of short stories from Neil Gaiman!