HWA 2024 Summer Scares – Locus Online


The Horror Writers Association (HWA) has announced their Summer Scares Reading list for 2024.


  • Jackal, Erin E. Adams (Bantam, 2022)
  • Such Sharp Teeth, Rachel Harrison (Berkley, 2022)
  • This Thing Between Us, Gus Moreno (MCD x FSG Originals, 2021)


  • All These Bodies, Kendare Blake (Quill Tree, 2021)
  • Dead Flip, Sara Farizan (Algonquin Young Readers, 2022)
  • #MurderTrending, Gretchen McNeil (Freeform, 2018)


  • Ophie’s Ghosts, Justina Ireland (Balzer + Bray, 2021)
  • The Nest, Kenneth Oppel (Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, 2015)
  • My Aunt is a Monster, Reimena Yee (Random House Graphic, 2022)

The program, now in its sixth year, is run in partnership with United for Libraries, Book Riot, Booklist, and and NoveList. “The goal of Summer Scares is to introduce Horror titles to school and public library workers in order to help them start conversations with readers that will extend beyond the books from each list and promote reading for years to come… the Summer Scares committee will be working with both the recommended list authors and Horror authors from all over the country to provide free programming to libraries.”

The 2024 selection committee was Clay McLeod Chapman, Becky Spratford, Konrad Stump, Carolyn Ciesla, Kelly Jensen, Julia Smith, and Yaika Sabat. “All are welcome to join the Summer Scares committee and featured authors at the HWA’s Librarians’ Day, taking place in person on May 31, 2024, in San Diego as part of StokerCon.”

For more information, see the HWA site.

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