Nominated for the Shirley Jackson and Saboteur awards, this game-changing story was chosen by Adam Nevill as one of his favourite horror short stories: "What a refreshing gust of tiny spores this novella explodes into, and I inhaled them all with glee".
Somewhere away from the cities and towns, in…
- Coming soon!
Shepherd is reader supported. We may earn an affiliate commission when you buy through links on our website. (learn more)
Why read it?
1 author picked The Beauty as one of their favorite books. Why do they recommend it?
Aliya Whiteley is one of my all-time favourite writers. I could’ve easily included a few of her books on my list!
The Beauty imagines a future world where the women are all gone, and the last men are eking out a survivalist existence. While the main protagonist is a man, the return of ‘the beauty’ shines a light on female power and importance. This gut-wrenching tale sits somewhere between body horror and ancient fable—a place where your skin crawls and your mind can’t stop thinking about what you’d just read.
From Caroline's list on creepy books with women in the lead role.
Want books like The Beauty?
Our community of 7,000+ authors has personally recommended 10 books like The Beauty.
5 book lists we think you will like!
Interested in gender roles, feminism, and body horror?
7,000+ authors have recommended their favorite books and what they love about them. Browse their picks for the best books about gender roles, feminism, and body horror.