The best books that make you the inmate of a sinister institution

The titular Greyfriars Reformatory in my recent horror novel is one place you would never want to spend the night!

A lifelong horror fan, I have always been fascinated by haunted landscapes and creepy buildings. My childhood in the Midlands of England prepared me for my career as a horror writer and filmmaker with its abundance of spooky ruins and foggy canal paths.

I have since explored ancient sites all across the U.K. and Europe and my novels are inspired by these field trips into the uncanny, where the contemporary everyday rubs shoulders with the ancient and occult. Places become characters in their own right in my work and I think this list of books celebrates that.

I hope you find them as disturbing and thought-provoking as I have!

(And if you’re looking for similar reads, why not browse this book list featuring more titles set in psychiatric hospitals)

Cheers,
Frazer x

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