Saturday, January 9, 2021

Announcing the I Read Horror Year-Round Reading Challenge #IReadHorror

After determining there were no good horror reading challenges (that I could find), I decided to create one of my own. I'm going to host this one here at Castle Macabre, instead of at Gather Together and Read, because...horror. 

I mulled over different ideas for this challenge and finally came up with something I think horror lovers will like. There are 12 categories and 4 levels of participation. 

Here are the categories, or themes. (I created the additional graphic below which can be printed out, if desired.) 
  • Winter theme, or winter appearance on the cover (snow, ice, etc.)
  • Ghosts or spirits
  • Psychological
  • Monster or monsters
  • A body of water (featured in story, on cover, or in title)
  • Really scary book cover
  • Woman on cover
  • Written by a woman
  • Written by a best-selling horror author
  • Written by an indie author
  • Historical horror (must be an historical novel written by a contemporary author. Example: The Historian, Mexican Gothic, Interview with the Vampire
  • Folk horror (Ideas: or


Spooky: Read 6 books from 6 categories
Chilling: Read 12 Books from all 12 categories
Frightful: Read 2 books from each category for a total of 24 books
Horrifying: Read 3 books from each category for a total of 36 books

Challenge runs from January 2021 (anything you've read thus far counts) through December 31, 2021. Cross overs with other challenges count. Short stories are allowed if you're reading an entire collection or anthology. Books must be over 100 pages. You do not have to pick your books ahead of time, but you can if you want.

That's it! I hope you will join me.

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