…lies the unknown!
Remember the wonder you felt when you read about a child opening a wardrobe and discovering a whole new world called Narnia? These books put a slightly different spin on the mystery that may lie behind a closed door. Instead of a fantastical wonderland, you’ll find the dark and paranormal, and each may have you shouting, “Don’t open that door!”
Dark Matter by Blake Crouch
This science fiction thriller touches on the nature of reality and the endless possibilities that may exist in parallel universes. Jason Dessen, the protagonist, is faced with the consequences of his decisions and the decisions of a Jason Dessen he’s never met.
House of Leaves by Mark Z. Danielewski
As a work of experimental fiction, this book is a unique experience for readers. The text blocking reflects the plot, as words are scrawled and spiraled on the page. The book is about a family that discovers that their new house is much bigger on the inside than it is on the outside and the man who finds a manuscript of their story. Apart from the main narrative, a second parallel story unfolds in the footnotes. Gritty and unsettling, this one’s not for the faint of heart.
14 by Peter Clines
A fun choice for fans of Lost or Lovecraft, 14 follows Nate Tucker as he begins to suspect that something strange is going on in his new apartment building. Each apartment is different, and things about the building’s history don’t seem to line up. As Nate begins comparing notes with the other tenants, they embark on an unpredictable quest to discover their home’s true purpose.
The Shining by Stephen King
A classic! Visit the Overlook Hotel and experience the Torrance family’s descent into chaos and madness in one of the most iconic and sinister settings. If you’ve only ever seen the film, the book is just as atmospheric, but much more terrifying and fortunately lacks Kubrick’s misogynistic take on Wendy.
Slade House by David Mitchell
Each section of this book is narrated by a different character invited into Slade House, the entrance to which mysteriously appears in an alley every nine years. Equal parts literary fiction, fantasy, and horror, Mitchell’s work stands alone, but readers may benefit from having read The Bone Clocks, as it takes place in the same world.