If horror is your favourite book genre, and you’re looking for horror book clubs, we’ve featured 10 located across the United States below.
1. William Jeanes Memorial Library Horror Book Club
If you love a good horror story, you can join the Horror Book Club at William Jeanes Memorial Library to explore the world of ghosts, goblins, and other things that go bump in the night. This group is sponsored by the library, which is located in Lafayette Hill, Pennsylvania.
Meetings are held every fourth Friday of the month at 7 p.m. via Zoom, so you do not even have to leave your house in the dark to attend or return home. Just check out the book from the library or purchase your own copy to participate or drop in to have a listen.
Join the discussion.
2. Graveyard Shift Book Club
The Graveyard Shift Book Club in Katy, Texas, meets one Friday a month at the Alamo Drafthouse La Centerra. Dates and times are sent to members who join the book club. In addition to discussions of some of the best horror fiction available, they sometimes read non-fiction.
Other activities include visits from horror authors for a bit of Q&A or enjoying horror movies together. Films are presented at the local movie theater and are often watched right after the book discussion by those who want to hang around and take in a show.
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3. SOTS: Horror/ Stephen King Book Club
This book club is sponsored by Story on the Square bookstore in McDonough, Georgia. There is no formal membership. Anyone who purchases the book from the bookstore is invited to join the group discussion. Books are either hot new horrors or Stephen King classics.
The book club meets every six weeks on a Friday. The events calendar on the book store’s website shows when each meeting is being held and what book is up for discussion. Just stop by, buy the book and show up at the time noted to chill or get chills, as the case may be.
Visit the event page.
4. The Horror Fiction Book Club
This book club is run by Prince William Public Libraries and they hold all of their meetings virtually. Members can join in on horror book discussions on the final Monday of each month from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. via Webex.
Books to be read at future meetings are posted on their book club page. The majority of the books they enjoy are horror, though they do sometimes venture into similar genres.
Register to secure your place at meetings.
5. Stephen King Book Club
Are you one of Stephen King’s constant readers? Would you like to be? If so, this Cincinnati, Ohio, book club is for you. They meet once a month to discuss a different Stephen King horror novel over a few drinks. The time, location, and dates vary but are posted on the Meetup page.
There is no requirement to read the book before the meeting. You can read it and join the discussion or just stop in to see what others have to say about it. If you have always wanted to read King’s books but were not sure where to begin, they can help get you started.
Get involved in the chat.
6. Fantasy & Horror Book Club
Do you love horror with a bit of fantasy and sci-fi mixed in? This Beaverton, Oregon book club organized by Erica Fernandez offers a variety of books as selected by members. This is an in-person group that meets once per month at different venues in the area.
Members can join the group on Meetup to find out details about the next meeting. The group is open to all and mask optional. They enjoy talking about the current book selection over a few snacks and drinks, providing a bit of socializing with a book talk.
Check them out on Meetup.
7. Los Angeles Horror Fiction Booo-k Club
Lisa Raine loves a good horror story. That is why she started this spooky book club to discuss some of her favorite reads with other folks who also love a good scare. The book club meets online once a month via Zoom to talk about the monthly selection.
Details about when the meeting will take place are provided to members who sign up for this book club on Meetup. While the group is based in Los Angeles, California, anyone is welcome to join the virtual discussions. In-person meetings are also sometimes held.
Join up to get spooked.
8. The HOWL Society Horror Book Club
The Horror-Obsessed Writing and Literature (HOWL) Society was formed at the start of the pandemic in 2020 when a young lady named Emily asked if anyone wanted to start a quarantine book club on Discord. Pretty soon, there were hundreds of people looking to join in.
This is how the HOWL Society began. The group operates completely on Discord, selecting a book to read each week and holding monthly meetings broken up into different channels to allow those who want to participate to choose which books they want to discuss.
Join their Discord server to participate.
9. The Fright Club Horror/Sci-Fi Book Group
Are you a Clive Barker fan? Perhaps, you prefer Ray Bradbury. Whatever the case, if horror and sci-fi are your passions, this book club has you covered. Sponsored by the Sante Fe Springs Library in Sante Fe Springs, California, this group shares your enthusiasm for the genres.
Meetings are held once per month on the third Thursday at 6 p.m., but you do not have to be in the area to join in. All meetings are held on Zoom and available to anyone who wants to join in. Just contact organizers to get sign-in details.
Email the library.
10. Philosophical Horror Book Club
The Philosophical Horror Book Club is hosted by the Cellar Door Book Store in Riverside, California. The group meets on the third Monday of every month at 6 p.m. Meetings are held both online and in-person for those who love books where the monsters are human.
For in-person meetings, the bookstore requires masks and proof of vaccination to protect participants from remaining threats of the pandemic. The book selection can be purchased from the bookstore if you would like to join the discussion, or you can just stop by to listen.
Visit the event page for details.