Books Like The Last Final Girl
There are plenty of genres that mix seamlessly, but one of the most interesting is horror and comedy. Although the reactions that these two genres invoke are on opposite sides of the spectrum, there is something about this combination that works. Whether in movies or books, the horror-comedy genre has been entertaining audiences for years. Breaking up the scares and gore with some laughs or dark humor makes the whole experience even more memorable. For example, in The Last Final Girl by Stephan Graham Jones, homecoming princess Lindsay barely escapes death by defeating a murderer in a Michael Jackson mask. Her survival makes her a legend in her suburban town, but she knows she is not the only "final girl" in her school and sets out to solidify her position. For more stories that expertly combine horror and comedy, check out the following books like The Last Final Girl.
by Grady Hendrix
Horrorstor by Grady Hendrix turns the famous horror story trope of a haunted house on its head by setting it in a furniture superstore. The store in question is the Orsk furniture superstore in Cleveland, Ohio, where mysterious things are happening. Even though the security cameras reveal nothing, employees arrive every morning to find broken shelves, shattered goblets, and smashed wardrobes. It's not until three employees volunteer to work a dusk-till dawn shift that they discover what happens in the dead of night. Horrorstor treads the fine line between horrific and hilarious, blending horror and satire with ease.
by Joey Comeau
One Bloody Thing After Another by Joey Comeau is a story that is heartwarming, horrific, honest, and humorous. It is the dark, offbeat story of Jackie and her crush, Ann, who both have very odd family situations. Jackie's mother passed away from cancer but returns as a ghost that only Jackie can see. On the other hand, Ann's mother and sister are ravenous supernatural creatures that must be kept captive in the basement and fed living animals. Also featured in this tale is old man Charlie, who lives up the road with his blind dog and the spirit of a headless ghost. One Bloody Thing After Another deals with the terror of losing family and the extreme measures that some will take to hold on.
by Jack Townsend
A night shift clerk named Jack is the protagonist of Tales From the Gas Station: Volume One by Jack Townsend. Jack thinks he has seen it all while working at a twenty-four-hour gas station at the edge of town. However, nothing could prepare him for the chain of events set in motion when his best friend reveals the body of a local politician hidden in the trunk of a car. If Jack wants to stay alive long enough to see another morning shift, he has to survive a supernatural conspiracy involving everything from monster hunters and sociopaths to doomsday cults and even garden gnomes.
by Margaret Lashley
Moth Busters is the first book in the Freaky Floriday Mystery Adventure series by Margaret Lashley. Bobbie Drex grew up in the backwoods of Florida and is no stranger to seeing unusual things. However, her world is turned upside down by the arrival of a mysterious stranger arriving at her mechanic shop looking for repairs to his rundown RV. The stranger is a private eye on the prowl for the legendary Mothman, and Bobbie soon finds herself along for the ride.
by Joseph Fink and Jeffrey Cranor
Welcome to Night Vale is the first book in the series of the same name by Joseph Fink and Jeffrey Cranor. It is set in a nameless desert in the great American Southwest where the supernatural and government conspiracies are just part of everyday life. The small town of Night Vale is home to nineteen-year-old pawn shop owner Jackie Fierro and PTA treasurer Diane Crayton. Both women find themselves looking for a mysterious place called "KING CITY" after encountering a strange man in a tan suit with a deerskin briefcase who hands them a piece of paper with those two words written on it.
by Richard Kadrey
The star of Sandman Slim by Richard Kadrey is James Star, a man who spent eleven years in hell fighting in the gladiatorial pits while also serving as a hitman for the demon Azazel. However, when James manages to make his escape, he targets the group of magicians who not only sent him to hell in the first place but also murdered his girlfriend. His quest for revenge causes him to cross paths with Homeland Security, the Golden Vigil group, and anti-angels known as the Kissi. Star was already a force to be reckoned with before his incarceration, but his years in hell have made him even deadlier, and he didn't return empty-handed either.
by Edgar Cantero
Meddling Kids by Edgar Cantero is set a few years after the Blyton Summer Detective Club solves its final mystery. Despite growing up and apart, the former detectives are all still haunted by disturbing memories of their last case. Finally, one of the members, Andy, decides that she is tired of running from her demons and sets out to find answers. However, to do so, she will need to assemble the rest of the team so that together they can face their fears and finally end the nightmare.