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Horror Stories to Read Under the Covers

By: Hidden Gems on February 21, 2023

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By: Hidden Gems on February 21, 2023


The weather got you down? Looking for a bit of excitement during the February blahs? Here are tales that will thrill you and keep you turning the pages. We’re focusing on horrifying hidden gems that our readers loved, and hope you will, too. Read them now or add them to your Goodreads to-read list for the future.

The Brother's Curse

The Brother’s Curse by Christine M. Germain

With 110+ ratings and a 4.6 star average, The Brother’s Curse is the first of the three book The Brother’s Curse Saga series and is a heart-pounding tale indeed. Crystal, who moves back home after the death of her parents is quickly launched into a race to flee from paranormal brothers who are on a quest to procure one of her mother’s heirlooms.

“…A tension-building story with fantastic horror elements and engaging dialogue,” Ashon R. writes in their five star Amazon review. “In my opinion, the story has a blend of everything a reader could want in a supernatural novel. This book keeps you guessing and the twits are…let’s just say it is well worth the wait. I can’t wait to start reading book two. I highly recommend!”

Ricky C. enthuses in their five star Amazon review, “This book keeps you turning pages…Moving, believable relationships, an electric, unpredictable plot, and an evil force as brutal as you can imagine. All these are only some of what carries this brilliantly written tale of love and tragedy. This is the kind of book you don’t forget for a while. The shocking moments stay with you and, unlike many novels in the horror/thriller genre that have minimal character development, [The Brother’s Curse] is full of realistic, believable characters that make you feel for them and want nothing but their best. Moreover, the diverse representation in these characters is refreshing and something we need more of in fiction today. This author is definitely one to keep an eye on. I wouldn’t be surprised to see her mentioned among the greats one day soon. Her talent for entertaining and shocking readers while also conveying deeper meanings, is inspirational.”

Wake the Night

Wake the Night by Reed Blitzerman

With a 4.8 star average and ratings actively coming in on this late 2022 release, Wake the Night is book four of the six book Tait Gonzales series, and is no doubt a hidden gem waiting to be discovered. This series follows psychic Tait Gonzales, as she comes under suspicion of a local bank robbery by Detective Royce.

Kathryn writes in her five star Amazon review, “This was another winner in the Tait Gonzales: The Prophetess series…It had a great horror feel to it and does a great job in telling the story…”

Mary C. concurs in her five star Amazon review, “I read this book almost straight through. I have to be honest, sometimes you like a book by an author and then read another one of his or her and it just doesn’t grab you like the first one. This is NOT the case here. In fact I am beyond impatient for the next one and the answers to questions this story raised. This author just gets better with every book.”


Autonomous by Richard Beauchamp

With 10 ratings and a 4.8 star average, Autonomous is another hidden gem newly released at the end of 2022, which takes the reader on a horrifying tale through space after the discovery of a dead pirate, a mysterious substance, and a maniacal robot.

“Author Richard Beauchamp pilots his readers into an horrific orbit, completing one revolution of disturbing fiction,” Mike R. raves in his five star Amazon review. “A mysterious black mass takes precedence in this flawless mixture of science fiction, fantasy and horror…Homicidal programming of advanced technology and the ruthlessness of a viscous extraterrestrial organism brutally blends together well. Autonomous is an extensive experience of anxiety, suspicion, anger, chaos and fear. Cosmic Horror is alive and well.”

Cody concurs in his five star Amazon review, “… [I couldn’t] put it down till I was finished! A lot of different elements weaved into a spine tingling story that makes you want fresh air…”


Thrall by Kyle Alexander Romines

With 10+ ratings and a 4.7 star average, this hidden gem horror story follows Theo as he is launched into an unexpected discovery of pandemics, vampirism, and maybe even love.

B. Burton writes in their five star Amazon review, “Romines has often defied convention by crafting compelling characters in a variety of genres, and with Thrall he takes his skills to a new level and fully invests in this darkly thrilling setting and premise…Can’t recommend this enough…”

“Kyle Alexander Romines has written another outstanding book!” Barbara W. concurs in her five star Amazon review. “I could hardly put it down. The story of Theo Croft taking a trip to Scotland to look into the deaths from tuberculosis in the 19th century held me mesmerized…I would recommend this book to anyone who loves to read.”

The Black Hole

The Black Hole by L. Marie Wood

With 10+ ratings and a 4.5 star average, this hidden gem is a horror novel presented in a unique screenplay/novella format that tells the tale of a paintball game which turns out to be so much more than a friendly game among friends.

Denise T. writes in her five star Amazon review, “This short story is horrifying from beginning to end. If you’re in the mood for a quick psychological and terrifying tale, I highly recommend this story.”

Lindell L. concurs in their five star Amazon review, “…This is a short read with a really powerful message delivered in a frightening scenario…”

Hidden Gems readers got to read these terrifying novels first, so if you want more horror stories that make your heart and mind race, sign up today! Subscribers to Hidden Gems receive invitations to read books like these – plus other titles from any of up to 15 other genres – for free. All authors want is for you to consider leaving an honest review of them on Amazon when you’re done reading!

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