Piper by Helen McCabe


Helen McCabe

This book is psychological horror at its very best with a chilling gothic twist. The atmosphere of menace is powerful throughout and the contrast between poverty stricken rural Romania and affluent urban USA is brilliantly conveyed. But evil is not particular as to where it strikes and is unstoppable throughout time. Be afraid, be very afraid!


She fixed them with a mechanical look from the brightest eyes either man had even seen. She did not seem to be looking at them, only through them. Her round cheeks were scarlet, her lips parted slightly showing pearly teeth. Her face was cut into the grimmest of a smile yet there were tears coursing down her face. 'Who are you? What's happened?' asked Gheorghe ....
'Christ, look at her hands,' said Ion. They stared. It was one mass of small open bites.

  • Anything by Stephen King
  • The Rats by James Herbert

Books with similar mood

All Woman and Springtime

B W Jones

Let the Right One In

John Ajvide Lindqvist

The Heart is Deceitful Above all Things

J T LeRoy


Irvine Welsh


Heather Lewis

Exquisite Corpse

Poppy Z Brite

Merciless Gods

Christos Tsiolkas


Anouar Benmalek

Nineteen Eighty

David Peace


Niall Griffiths

The Transmigration of Bodies

Yuri Herrera

An Untamed State

Roxane Gay

Death in Breslau

Marek Krajewski

Taming the Beast

Emily Maguire

American Psycho

Bret Easton Ellis

Children of the Sun

Max Schaefer


Henry Flesh

Young God

Katherine Faw Morris

Made in Britain

Gavin James Bower

Ice Cold

Andrea Maria Schenkel

The Right Madness

James Crumley

White Chrysanthemum

Mary Lynn Bracht


Thierry Jonquet

The Wisdom of Crocodiles

Paul Hoffman


Hitomi Kanehara

The Undertaking

Audrey Magee

Rocks in the Belly

Jon Bauer

The Sluts

Dennis Cooper

The Skin Palace

Jack O'Connell

Slip of a Fish

Amy Arnold

A Cup of Rage

Raduan Nassar

The Republic of Trees

Sam Taylor

Down and Out in Shoreditch and Hoxton

Stewart Home

Love Sucks

Ken Shakin


Helen Fitzgerald

A Girl is a Half-formed Thing

Eimear McBride

The Last Kabbalist of Lisbon

Richard Zimler

A Good Country

Laleh Khadivi

The Hanging Shed

Gordon Ferris

The Cutting Room

Louise Welsh

The House of Impossible Beauties

Joseph Cassara


Yaa Gyasi

The Shore

Sara Taylor

Say You're One of Them

Uwem Akpan


Patrick Suskind

The Bone Keeper

Luca Veste

The Year of the Flood

Margaret Atwood

The Time of Light

Gunnar Kopperud

The Director's Cut

Nicholas Royle