The best books on bad neighbors

Clay McLeod Chapman Author Of Whisper Down the Lane
By Clay McLeod Chapman

The Books I Picked & Why

Good Neighbors

By Sarah Langan

Book cover of Good Neighbors

Why this book?

Quite honestly one of my favorite books that I’ve read this year. There’s a literal sinkhole at the center of the story, but the novel itself serves as its own metaphorical quicksand. Once I ambled into its narrative, I could not crawl back out. I just had to keep reading and reading… A perfect example of modern-day witch hunts, and how we are only one rumor away from a full-on suburban lynch mob. 

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Did You Hear What Eddie Gein Done?

By Harold Schechter, Eric Powell

Book cover of Did You Hear What Eddie Gein Done?

Why this book?

So few books give me chills, but I could feel my temperature downright drop the deeper into this graphic novel I went. Certainly not for the weak-hearted, or stomached for that matter, Powell and Schechter plunge into one of the most depraved characters of the Midwest… none other than Ed Gein himself. There is an odd beauty to the madness at display here. It just goes to show you never know what’s going on behind the closed doors of your next-door neighbors.

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The Auctioneer

By Joan Samson

Book cover of The Auctioneer

Why this book?

Samson’s one and only novel, The Auctioneer is a wonderfully unnerving tale of how a community can find itself completely hollowed out in a matter of a single devil’s bargain. Predating Stephen King’s Needful Things, this book is a literary garotte that slowly closes around the reader’s throat. The paranoia is palpable in these pages, believe me. 

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The Last House on Needless Street

By Catriona Ward

Book cover of The Last House on Needless Street

Why this book?

The less I say about Ward’s mind-bending book, the better… This is one of those novels that you have to take on faith as a must-read. Trust me: You’ll thank yourself for knowing as little as humanly possible. That said, this thrilling book pokes and prods around the mental dividing line between neighbors, asking where does one character’s property end and the other begin. We all remember a house like the one at the center of this book. As kids, we’re told never to snoop around… and for good, good reason.

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By Rachel Harrison

Book cover of Cackle

Why this book?

A bewitching book from beginning to end. Harrison knows how to blend her horror with humor, along with an added dash of pathos to make her characters feel achingly real and relatable. What would you do if you moved to a new town, only to discover your neighbor just-so-happened to be a witch? Fair warning to those afraid of spiders: This book is crawling with the little homewreckers.

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