Monthly Archives: September 2012

What are soft horror novels? What are quiet horror novels?


You may be wondering … what is “soft horror” or “quiet horror”? This subgenre isn’t new: the classic quiet horror story, The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson was highly popular and is still worth a read.  My debut novel, Night Sea Journey, A Tale of the Supernatural fits this quiet horror category, now available on  For those of us who prefer the lighter horror novels with less violence and more moody hauntings, more character driven stories with psychological drama,  I’ve compiled a list and will be adding to this list as the weeks go by.   Here is a short list of quiet horror  stories.

Rosemary’s Baby by Ira Levin (classic)
The Little Stranger by Sarah Waters
A Woman in Black, A Ghost Story by Susan Hill (don’t miss this movie; excellent!)
The Fall of Never by Ronald Damien Malfi
In the Night Room by Peter Straub
The Snowman’s Children by Glen Hirshberg

My search will continue to discover suspenseful  reading that can haunt and thrill us without the disturbing high violence of traditional horror novels.

*See my updated post on quiet horror posted on this site on September 13, 2013, “Quiet Horror, Still the Darling of the Horror Genre.”   Click Here.

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