20 Closed Environment Horror Novels To Keep You Company On Cold Nights

SoEither wThis post is all about 20 closed environment horror novels and our picks for the best closed environment horror books you need to devour if you love a good horror survival set in isolated or closed-off spaces.

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This week we are talking about all things Closed Environment Horror Novels and Books related.

So for me personally closed environment horror is some of the scariest horror, simply because you know your MC’s are stuck until further notice. Be it in deep space, haunted house, the middle of the woods or Arctic circle closed environment or isolation horror is terrifying.

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Closed Environment Horror Novels

1. Terrifying Closed Environment Horror

creepy closed environment horror

So Isolation by Jared Grace is a new closed environment horror set in a small town. It gives me heavy It vibes and Derry-isk so this is for all the Stpehen King lovers out there. Undoubtedly, I love a good monster horror, and this one is for sure going on my TBR.


by Jared Grace (Author)

Four friends- Russell, his neighbors Tom and Mitchell, and an old town historian named Bryce- take it upon themselves to discover what this monster that is lurking around town is, why it is destroying the small town one mutilated body at a time and most importantly, how to stop it and save their home.

2. Haunted Closed Environment Horror

supernatural closed environment horror

So House of the dead by Ian Fortey gives us a ghost hunter, unlike any other, and the fact that he has no remorse when it comes to killing and ending a spirit that has out stayed their welcome or stepped over the bounds in regards to human life. House of the dead is a great read for anyone who loved 13 Ghosts as a kid growing up.


by Ian Fortey (Author), Ron Ripley (Author), Scare Street (Author)

Ghost hunter Shane Ryan has cheated death countless times. But death has a funny way of collecting what it’s owed. And when James Moran asks Shane to retrieve a group of deadly spirits and their haunted items, the retired Marine finds himself wading into battle with supernatural evil once more.

3. Must-Read Closed Environment Horror

found footage style closed environment horror

Episode 13 by Craig DiLouie is one of those books that takes a little bit to really hook you but once it does you cannot put it down. You have to know what happens it’s creepy. It’s a whole new take on a found footage style closed environment horror situation that leaves you questioning what’s next I think my favorite thing about this book was the way it’s written if you love, Grave Encounters, or the Haunted Asylum, you have to give Episode 13 a chance.

by Craig DiLouie (Author)

Episode Thirteen takes them to every ghost hunter’s holy grail: the Paranormal Research Foundation. This brooding, derelict mansion holds secrets and clues about bizarre experiments that took place there in the 1970s. It’s also famously haunted, and the team hopes their scientific techniques and high tech gear will prove it. But as the house begins to reveal itself to them, proof of an afterlife might not be everything Matt dreamed of. A story told in broken pieces, in tapes, journals, and correspondence, this is the story of Episode Thirteen—and how everything went terribly, horribly wrong.

4. Spooky Closed Environment Horror

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Straightaway The Hollow Places are what horror fanatics think Narnia is a creepy hole, hidden behind a tapestry that leads to another dimension where creepy shit is trying to kill you. T KingFisher has a huge following, and her take on a closed environment horror is epic. She is a top-notch writer and if you love a good twist with a sassy MC you have to give this one a try.


by T. Kingfisher (Author)

Kara finds the words in the mysterious bunker that she’s discovered behind a hole in the wall of her uncle’s house. Freshly divorced and living back at home, Kara now becomes obsessed with these cryptic words and starts exploring this peculiar area—only to discover that it holds portals to countless alternate realities. But these places are haunted by creatures that seem to hear thoughts…and the more one fears them, the stronger they become.

5. Shocking Escape Room Horror

escape room horror novel

Puzzle House I will tell you right now you will think you have this book entirely figured out and it will twist and turn and dump you on your head and laugh at you thinking you knew what was going on. I will say it does end on a bit of a cliffhanger. But not a traditional cliffhanger so you get a resolution at the end, but our surviving character continues on into what I assume will be a sequel. Puzzle House by Duncan Ralston is a top-notch choice if you love escape room horror or closed environment horror

by Duncan Ralston (Author)

Six strangers.Six puzzles.Six ways to die. Puzzle House is far deadlier than it appears, and that making their way through the rooms may be a matter of life and death. Someone is watching their every move, toying with them, turning them against each other. With their lives on the line, they are forced to wonder: Is it all a deadly game created by a gleeful sadist, or something far more sinister?

6. Puzzling Closed Environment Horror

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So I am currently reading The End House by Michael Robertson, JR.  It’s a little different the first couple of chapters drag a bit for me, but I will say that the spooky shit starts almost immediately like 20 pages and shit starts getting weird, and naturally, the MC in the story is a writer, a horror writer at that. So we love him already, even if he’s not entirely sure his brain is behaving. I haven’t finished it yet but so far it’s definitely kept my attention and I can’t wait to see how it ends

by Michael Robertson Jr (Author)

When Declan Scheider wakes alone and confused in the abandoned old house, slowly the memories begin to flood him. Some feel right, some feel … off. Not his own. And soon, it’s more than memories that begin to creep out of the shadows.

7. Best Contemporary Closed Environment Horror

Unquestionably The Carrow Hunt by Darcy Coates is one of my favorite books of all time I have read it at least a dozen times. Every time I read it I find some thing that I missed previously if you love sadistic masterminds, you have to read The Carrow Haunt if you love ghost tours, haunted islands, creepy mansions, or any and all of the above it’s a must read for closed environment horror lovers.


by Darcy Coates (Author)

Remy is a tour guide for the notoriously haunted Carrow House. The old place is a haunt for the superstitious, but Remy hasn’t seen any proof of the paranormal yet. So when she’s asked to host guests for a week-long stay in order to research Carrow’s phenomena, she hopes to finally experience some of the sightings that made the house famous.

At first, it’s everything they hoped for. Then a storm moves in, cutting off their contact with the outside world, and things quickly take a sinister turn

8. Best Closed Environment Horror Book

Best Closed Environment Horror Book

So what type of closed environment horror list would it be if The Shining didn’t make it onto the list. Now if you have never read The Shining and only seen the film, please go read it for years and years. I had never been a huge fan of the film, The Shining I can promise you the book is way different way creepier, And is worth the purchase and the read I promise you


by Stephen King (Author)

Jack Torrance’s new job at the Overlook Hotel is the perfect chance for a fresh start. As the off-season caretaker at the atmospheric old hotel, he’ll have plenty of time to spend reconnecting with his family and working on his writing. But as the harsh winter weather sets in, the idyllic location feels ever more remote . . . and more sinister. And the only one to notice the strange and terrible forces gathering around the Overlook is Danny Torrance, a uniquely gifted five-year-old.

9. Amazing Survival Horror Books

Survival Horror Books

 The Root Witch is a closed-environment horror book that I haven’t gotten to read yet, but I am looking forward to it. The cover is what caught my attention to begin with because it just looks awesome. Tell me who doesn’t love a creepy ass haunted forest. We have two very different types of people who are forced to survive inside a creepy forest after someone goes missing. On Halloween no less, I mean come on this is like a new version of The Blair Witch that we all need to read.

by Debra Castaneda (Author)

A beautiful forest. A terrifying legend.

It’s 1986. Two strangers, hundreds of miles apart, grapple with disturbing incidents in a one-of-a-kind quaking aspen forest.

10. Best Contemporary Horror Novels

Best Contemporary Horror Novels

The Haunting of Ashburn House is the very first book by Darcy Coates, that I ever read, and it instantly turned me into a lifetime fan of hers. I will read anything and everything she has written or will write, because of how great an original, The Haunting of Ashburn House was, if you love a new twist on vampires, creepy siblings, spooky small towns, and cryptic ass old houses full of cryptic messages you have to read the Ashburn house

by Darcy Coates (Author)

Everyone knows about Ashburn House. They whisper its old owner went mad, and restless ghosts still walk the halls. They say it’s the dwelling place of something cruel and sinister. But when Adrienne―desperate and in need of a place to stay―inherits the crumbling old mansion, she only sees it as a lifeline… until darkness falls.

11. Classic Closed Environment Horror

classic Gothic closed environment horror novel

So the Woman in Black, a classic Gothic closed environment horror novel that has helped create hundreds of other stories multiple films, and adaptations, and still scares the Jesus out of us to this day. Suzan did a fantastic job of taking something that was very commonplace and devastating to mothers and women everywhere and turning it into a horror story that grabs you by the throat and shakes you until you’re terrified.

by Susan Hill (Author)

Arthur Kipps is an up-and-coming London solicitor who is sent to Crythin Gifford—a faraway town in the windswept salt marshes beyond Nine Lives Causeway—to attend the funeral and settle the affairs of a client, Mrs. Alice Drablow of Eel Marsh House. Mrs. Drablow’s house stands at the end of the causeway, wreathed in fog and mystery, but Kipps is unaware of the tragic secrets that lie hidden behind its sheltered windows.

12. Lovecraft-style closed environment horror

So Ancient Enemy is one of those stories at first you’re like what the hell is going on I don’t understand. Then as you slowly kind of get into the meat of the story things start to make a little more sense so it’s totally worth a read. It’s very much a Lovecraft-style closed environment horror. Give it time to really come to grips with what’s happening, all in all, it’s a great read but you have to be patient and kind of work your way into the story.

by Mark Lukens (Author)

Stella, an archaeologist specializing in Anasazi culture, and David, a mysterious Navajo boy, are on the run from something terrifying. As they flee up into the snowy mountains of Colorado, they are carjacked by criminals escaping a botched bank robbery. Caught in a blizzard, they must take refuge in what they believe is an abandoned cabin. It’s at this cabin that they will face horrors beyond their imagination.

13. Epic Arctic Winter Horror Story

arctic winter horror story

So if you love The Thing you must read, It Came From The Ice while it’s not 100% The Thing this could literally be the sequel to The Thing and it would make sense. There is no build-up to suspense with this one you are straight into the aliens have taken over on page 3 there’s no delay , it is balls to the wall from the first page to the last and it’s a great arctic winter horror story that everyone needs to read a book

by Boris Bacic (Author)

The freezing temperatures and the prolonged isolation aren’t the only problems that the crew has to face. When the research team returns with a new specimen discovered deep inside the frozen underground lake, things take a foul turn for the station members

14. Supernatural Terror In Closed Environments

closed environment terror

Adam Neville’s horror Omnibus is a three-for-one one we get Apartment 16 which we are in the shoes of a security guard dealing with an apartment that doesn’t really seem to be an apartment but more like its gateway to hell- hell-raiser anyone. We also get the Ritual four university friends decide to take trip to the Arctic Circle we don’t know how that’s gonna go but our villain in the story is actually nature herself, so what’s the little different? Finally certainly not least we have Last Days in which an indie filmmaker agrees to make a documentary about a temple and its cult following. Naturally just how bad it’s going to get for him is on the way. So all in all three amazing stories out of Neville is the king of British horror and a must-read if you love, supernatural terror

by Adam Nevill (Author)

Adam Nevill’s A Horror Omnibus contains three tales of supernatural terror from one of Britain’s best horror authors . . .

15. Spine Chilling Closed Environment Horror

best books about isolation

So I haven’t had a chance to read Ghost 19 yet, but it struck me as very intriguing because the story itself is about someone basically suffering from mental stress and fatigue and is questioning her sanity. Then she moves into the suburbs where she can rest and recover but there’s weird shit going on in her basement and she can’t figure out if she’s just going nuts with her house being haunted. I think this might be the one of the best books about isolation. So I’m sure it’s gonna be a great read either way and I can’t wait to find out what happens.

by Simone St. James (Author)

Is there something wrong with Ginette Cox? It’s what everyone seems to think. When a doctor suggests that what she might need is less excitement, she packs up and moves from New York City to a house in suburban NY: 19 Howard Ave.

But it’s not all peaceful in suburbia. Ginette finds it hard to sleep in her new house. There are strange and scary noises coming from the basement, and she is trapped, either by a ghost or her own madness.

16. Must-Read Survival Closed Environment Horror

survival horror book

So Kill Creek by Scott Thomas is the next book I will be purchasing. We’ve get a creepy old house in the middle of nowhere that’s been abandoned for as long as anyone can remember. Throw in a spooky history and four masters of horror in the macabre gonna spend the night, for some sort of Halloween spectacular and naturally everything’s gonna go to shit because that’s just how these stories work. Can’t wait to read it and I think you should give this survival horror book a shot.

by Scott Thomas (Author)

At the end of a dark prairie road, nearly forgotten in the Kansas countryside, is the Finch House. For years it has remained empty, overgrown, abandoned. Soon the door will be opened for the first time in decades. But something is waiting, lurking in the shadows, anxious to meet its new guests…

17. Best Environmental Horror

Best Environmental Horror

 If you have never read Hell House by Richard Matheson, stop what you were doing go get it, and read it right now it is one of the best haunted house horror novels. I have never read that actually creeped me out while I was reading it. I had to turn on the lights and put the book down, and I didn’t sleep a wink because I was freaked out by what I was reading. OK, I thought the exorcist was silly so I’m telling you you need to stop it just go get it

by Richard Matheson (Author)

Dr. Lionel Barrett, the physicist, accompanied by the mediums, travel to the Belasco House in Maine, which has been abandoned and sealed since 1949 after a decade of drug addiction, alcoholism, and debauchery. For one night, Barrett and his colleagues investigate the Belasco House and learn exactly why the townsfolk refer to it as the Hell House.

18. Dark Closed Environment Horror

Having not read Survivor, I think it’s safe to say a woman’s worst fear of being abducted while pregnant and forced to do things for a snuff video in order to survive sounds awful. I don’t know if I’ll be able to read it because that is one of the subjects that is really really hard for me but I thought it deserves a spot because that’s about as awful of a closed environment, horror or isolation, that I could imagine.


by J. F. Gonzalez (Author)

It was supposed to be a romantic weekend getaway for Lisa and Brad. Instead, it becomes a nightmare when Lisa is kidnapped. But her abductors aren’t asking for ransom. They want Lisa to star in a snuff film. What they have in mind for her is horrifying. But even more horrifying is what Lisa will do to survive… and protect her unborn child.

19. Eerie Closed Environment Horror

So Cedar Ridge is one of those books that I feel like my husband is going to misbehave and irritate me and i’ll force him to sit down and read this. I am really curious about what exactly goes on at this miracle marriage resort, is magic, medicine or something more dark? Either way, I mean I cannot wait to read it. I hope you’ll give it a chance too especially if you like isolation whore as much as I do.


by Michael Robertson Jr (Author)

Ready to give up, ready to finally say the word “divorce”, Melissa Keaton receives an anonymous message on an online forum and soon finds herself on the way to Cedar Ridge with her husband, hoping the resort will be the answer she’s been looking for. But the Keatons’ problems have only just begun.

20. 3 in 1 Closed Environment Horror

So this one is a three-for-one we get Afraid which puts us in in a small little town. Everything is hunky-dory till shit hits the fan like it tends to. We then have trapped, I mean who doesn’t love camping on a cute little island full of cannibals? Finally there is Endurance, we get to go to a bed-and-breakfast in West Virginia, which is hiding something sinister.


by J.A. Konrath (Author)

Nestled in the woods of Wisconsin, Safe Haven is miles from everything. With one road in and out, this is a town so peaceful it has never needed a full-time police force. Until now…

A campfire story about the island’s history. Of the old civil war prison hidden in there, and the starving confederate soldiers who resorted to cannibalism to stay alive. So Everyone thought it was funny. They even laughed when Martin pretended to be dragged off into the woods.

The bed and breakfast was hidden in the hills of West Virginia. Wary guests wondered how it could stay in business at such a creepy, remote location. So Especially with its bizarre, presidential decor and eccentric proprietor.

This post was all about 20 closed environment horror novels. Plus our top picks for the best closed environment horror books. You need to devour these if you love a good horror survival set in isolated or closed-off spaces.

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