Thursday, May 4, 2023

April Showers Bring May Flowers

May Flowers are Blooming

How about some horror with flora on the cover? For those who want some beauty with their scares, this list is for you.  As ever, it isn't a definitive list, because, let me tell you, it was almost harder it stop adding to the list than to find enough this time around. What is your favorite horror book with flora on the cover?

Blooming Faces


The Haunting of Alejandra by V Castro
The Devourers by Indra Das
The Wilds by Vita Ayala, Danny Lore, Emily Pearson
This House of Wounds by Georgina Bruce
The Depths by Nicole Lesperance
Horrid by Katrina Leto
Under Her Skin edited by Lindy Ryan & Toni Miller
The House of Hollow by Krystal Sutherland
Tripping Arcadia by Kit Mayquist
Lord of the Fly Fest by Goldie Moldavsky
Belladonna by Adalyn Grace
They Drown Our Daughters by Katrina Monroe
The Shadow Sister by Lily Meade

The Night Eaters by Marjorie Liu, Sana Takeda
All the Fabulous Beasts by Priya Sharma
Wildblood by Lauren Blackwood
Drinking from Graveyard Wells by Yvette Lisa Ndlovu
The Last of the Flower Bride by Roshani Chokshi
Vampires of El Norte by Isabel CaƱas
Marionette by Antonia Rachel Ward
Such Pretty Flowers by K.L. Cerra
The Things We Do To Our Friends by Heather Darwent
Ghost Flower by Jessica Conwell
She is a Haunting by Trang Thanh Tran
Bloom by Delilah S. Dawson
The Sacrifice by Rin Chupeco
Where Darkness Blooms by Andrea Hannah
Mexican Gothic by Silvia Moreno-Garcia
The Dangers of Smoking in Bed by Mariana Enriquez

Flowering Horrors

The Impossible Resurrection of Grief by Octavia Cade
Rabbits in the Garden by Jessica McHugh
Kill Radio by Lauren Bolger
The Briars by Stephanie Parent
Dead Girls Club by Damien Angelica Walters
Little Bird by Tiffany Meuret
Strega by Johanne Lykke Holm, Translated by Saskia Vogel
Dark and Shallow Lies by Ginny Myers Sain
When Women were Dragons by Kelly Barnhill
Chlorophobia edited by AR Ward
Desert Creatures by Kay Chronister
Seeds by Tabatha Wood
The Honeys by Ryan La Sala
The Book of the Most Precious Substance by Sara Gran
The Seep by Chana Porter
The Night Flowers by Sara Herchenrofther
Nightmare Flower by Elizabeth Engstrom
Chrysalis by Anuia Varghese
Sisters of the Crimson Vine by PL McMillan

Fruiting Bodies

Woman, Eating by Claire Kohda
Bliss Montage by Ling Ma
Revenge by Yoko Owaga, Translated by Stephen Snyder
Things We Say In The Dark by Kirsty Logan
Scary Monsters by Michelle De Kretster
Sin Eater by Megan Campisi
The Villa by Rachel Hawkins

There is Something in the Trees

When the Reckoning Comes by LaTanya McQueen
A History of Wild Places by Shea Ernshaw
The Low, Low Woods by Carmen Maria Machado, DaNi
The Forest by Lisa Quigley
Into the Forest: Tales of the Baba Yaga edited by Lindy Ryan
Agony’s Lodestone by Laura Keating
The Hollow Places by T. Kingfisher
The Hole by Hye-Young Pyun, Translated by Sora Kim-Russell
Moonflowers & Nightshade edited by Samantha Kolesnik
Conjuring the Witch by Jessica Leonard
You’re Invited by Amanda Jayatissa
Briardark by S.A. Harian
Bad Cree by Jessica Johns


Sorrowland by Rivers Solomon
Fruiting Bodies by Katheyn Harlan
The Annual Migration of Clouds by Premee Mohamed
The Beauty by Aliya Whiteley
Other Terrors edited by Vince A. Liaguno and Rena Mason

Non Fiction

Dark Archives by Megan Rosenbloom
All the Living and The Dead by Hayley Campbell
What My Bones Know by Stephanie Foo
Making Love with the Land by Joshua Whitehead

Please add any favorites we may have missed in the comments below!

Teresa creates the Shelf Edition posts, creates bookish lists and is a contributing reviewer at Horror Spotlight. You can find Teresa on Goodreads, and on Twitter.

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