These 7 Social-Horror Books Are Equal Parts Thought-Provoking and Terrifying

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Are you a fan of movies like Get Out, Parasite, or Rosemary’s Baby and looking for something like that in book form? Let me introduce you to the genre of social horror, a type of book or film that uses elements of suspense and horror to augment or highlight instances of oppression in society. Many social horror books will focus on issues of race, gender, sexuality, class, or nationhood while still keeping within the realm of mystery and suspense.

If this kind of book sounds right up your alley, then you’re in luck: it also happens to be one of the prompts for our 2022 POPSUGAR Reading Challenge! Keep reading to find seven social horror books that you need to add to your TBR pile immediately.