2017 Horror Reading Challenge: We’re Baaaack!

For anyone that was wondering whether or not the Horror Reading Challenge will be going on as usual, never fear! Well, I suppose getting scared is the point so…

There have been a few changes but the root of the challenge remains the same!

2017 Horror Reading Challenge

First of all are the Challenge Badges, which you will win by completing the highest number of books for that level. I will list them below and they will be e-mailed to you at the conclusion of the challenge.



Neophyte of Coolthulhu’s Temple:  Read and review 1-7 horror books to receive the Neophyte badge

Initiate of Coolthulhu’s Temple:     Read and review 8-15 horror books to receive the Initiate badge

Oracle of Coolthulhu’s Temple:       Read and review 20-25 horror books to receive the Oracle  badge

MYSTERY BADGE     Read and review 50+ horror books in the 2017 Horror Reading Challenge to receive a special Coolthulhu-approved badge demonstrating your tentacly-awesomeness.

2017 Horror Reading Challenge Neophyte Badge2017 Horror Reading Challenge Initiate Badge2017 Horror Reading Challenge Oracle Badge


There Are Rules to This Game…

 This challenge will run from Jan 1, 2017-December 31, 2017. (Yes, we’re back-dating it so horror books you’ve already read this year count.)

 You can join at any time before August 1, 2017.

 Books must be read and reviewed in 2017.

 Audiobooks, re-reads, short stories, and cross-overs are fine.

 You do not have to be a book blogger to participate! You can track your progress on Goodreads, Shelfari, Booklikes, etc.

 Sign up on the designated link below with your post, shelf, etc. and leave a comment letting us know what your personal goal is.

 Link up your reviews each month via the provided link. (We will be doing a monthly challenge update for everyone to list up on.)


Come join the Coolthulhu Crew and see how brave you really are!

Use hashtag #CoolthulhuCrew on Twitter!

Remember, you do have to officially sign up before August 1, 2017 so link up below to sign up and enter the challenge.


37 thoughts on “2017 Horror Reading Challenge: We’re Baaaack!

  1. And thanks for answering so quickly! I would hate to have to put this amazing series on the back-burner while I did the challenge… btw, I’m shooting for Initiate.

  2. I can’t wait to dig into the huge pile of TDR Horror books that I had sitting on my bookshelves.
    I was wondering if anthologies counted. I have this AWESOME collection of horror short stories (999) and I would love to include it in this challenge.

      1. Red Dragon is the Hannibal Lector thing, right? Sometimes thrillers can cross the line into horror, even if its not specifically labeled a horror. Use your judgement. If there are enough horrific elements that you might cross-shelve it on Goodreads under horror, then yes, it counts. If not, it doesn’t. 🙂

  3. I’m so happy that everyone’s so interested in it! As your other horror mod I’m hoping to make it as painless as possible and hopefully everyone meets their goals!

    If anyone needs any suggestions just post a query in the Goodeads Horror Challenge board. General and specific questions for recommendations are always welcome!

    I’m hoping to reach for the Mystery Badge (I don’t even know what it is yet 😉 because I’m hoping to oomph up my reading this year.

  4. Forgive me because this is my first time entering one of these-where do I go to link up my January reads/reviews? I click on things I think are it, but then I seem to be going in a circle. LOL

  5. I don’t usually participate in challenges but this one was a little hard to resist. I am going to try for the Oracle level. Planning to track on my blog and on GR.

  6. Looking forward to this challenge. I’m planning to go back and read some of the ridiculous 80’s horror that I loved when I was younger. I’m shooting for Oracle of Coolthulhu’s Temple: Read and review 20-25 horror books to receive the Oracle badge! I’ll be tracking books on a special goodreads shelf and on my blog.

  7. I am going for the Initiate Badge. I used to read a lot of horror novels but then I moved into YA, children’s and fiction. I have been meaning to get back into this genre and this challenge might be the motivation I need.

  8. So glad you’re doing this. I’m in too. I got to 5 books last year so I’m gonna see if I can get to 7. I forgot to link my reviews last year though. I’m horrible at actively participating in challenges. Will try to remember this year.

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