Horror Films & Books for Black History Month

Celebrate Black History Month with a selection of horror titles. Black Horror is rich with themes reflecting the experience of Black communities. The significance of family. The role of storytelling. The struggle against oppression and racism. Black filmmakers and writers create art that combines social commentary and genuine scares. Check out these film and book pairings, featuring Black actors, directors and authors with themes that range from “Danger in Disguise” to “Zombie Nightmare.”

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The People Under the Stairs

Trapped inside a fortified home owned by a mysterious couple, a young boy is suddenly thrust into a nightmare.

Ring Shout

Set in 1922, Maryse Boudreaux and her fellow resistance fighters send plenty of the Ku Klux Klan‘s demons straight to Hell, but something awful is brewing in Macon, and the war on Hell is about to heat up.

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Get Out

A young African-American man meets his white girlfriend’s parents at their estate, only to find out that the situation is much more sinister than it appears. 


A brutal medical research history lesson exploring the lives impacted by an exploitative and violent experiment. 

This title is also available for checkout as an eBook on Overdrive/Libby and as an eBook and eAudio on Hoopla.

Eve's Bayou

Eve witnesses one of her father’s infidelities. In anger, she decides to take matters into her own hands and becomes tormented by the family secrets that come out.

Werewolves Within

A snowstorm traps town residents together inside the local inn, where newly arrived forest ranger Finn and postal worker Cecily must try to keep the peace and uncover the truth behind a mysterious creature that has begun terrorizing the community.

The Devil in Silver

On his first night in a mental institution in Queens, New York, Pepper is visited by a terrifying creature with the body of an old man and the head of a bison who nearly kills him before being hustled away by the hospital staff. After, Pepper rallies three other inmates in a plot to fight back.

This title is also available for checkout as an eBook on OverDrive/Libby and as an eAudio on Hoopla.


Two siblings who run a California horse ranch discover something wonderful and sinister in the skies above while the owner of an adjacent theme park tries to profit from the mysterious, otherworldly phenomenon.


When Lilith wakes from a centuries-long sleep, she finds herself aboard the vast spaceship of the Oankali, a seemingly benevolent alien race who saved humanity hundreds of years ago. And now they want Lilith to lead her people back to Earth–but salvation comes at a price. 

This title is also available for checkout as an eBook on Hoopla and as an eBook on OverDrive/Libby.  

The Transfiguration

Troubled teen Milo hides behind his fascination with vampire lore. When he meets the equally alienated Sophie, the two form a bond that begins to challenge Milo’s dark obsession, blurring his fantasy into reality.

The Gilda Stories

After escaping enslavement Gilda finds chosen family with “those who share the blood.” We see her grow and mature into her new life over the course of several centuries. This title is also available for checkout as an eBook on Overdrive/Libby and as eBook on Hoopla.


A search for dissertation material leads a graduate student to an old tale about a slave spirit said to haunt a notorious housing project.

The Keeper

A young orphaned Black girl moves in with her grandmother who summons a spirit to protect the girl but the spirit soon becomes an uncontrollable monster.

This title is also available for checkout as an eBook on Hoopla.

Night of the Living Dead

A small group of people fight to survive in a rural Pennsylvania farmhouse that is under siege by zombies.

This title is also available to stream as a movie on Hoopla.

Zone One

In this wry take on the post-apocalyptic horror novel, a pandemic has devastated the planet. The plague has sorted humanity into two types: The uninfected and the infected, the living and the living dead.

This title is also available for checkout as an eBook and as an eAudio on OverDrive/Libby.