Fictional Cults as Terrifying as the Real Thing

Fictional Cults as Terrifying as the Real ThingWithout a doubt, cults capture our imagination. Raising so many questions, famous cults demand we scrutinize ourselves to acknowledge how susceptible we are to following down the path of a mesmerizing leader. Stories of cults and extreme beliefs ask uncomfortable questions about how far we’d go to belong to a family-like community. In the seven books about cults profiled here, readers can safely experience the cult experience through the distance of fiction.


A freelance librarian, Sarah S. Davis, MLIS, writes about books on Book Riot, Electric Literature, PsychCentral, and others. She has published the bestselling quote collections Brave Brain and A Reader’s Library of Book Quotes. Currently, she is an MFA candidate at VCFA.