All the Horror Books We’re Excited About in 2022

It’s not news to horror fans that we’re living through a horror renaissance right now. The past few years have given us an embarrassment of riches when it comes to horror and gothic lit, and this particular train shows no sign of slowing down. 2022 is right around the corner, and with it, a huge and exciting slate of new books. As of mid-November 2021, there are already well over 130 books on our radar for next year–and most publishers still haven’t announced their books for the second half of 2022!

Next year, keep an eye out for new work from Paul Tremblay, Kristi DeMeester, Stephen Graham Jones, Sara Gran, Grady Hendrix, Gwendolyn Kiste, Cassandra Khaw, V. Castro, Christopher Golden, Thomas Olde Heuvelt, Hailey Piper, Catriona Ward, John Langan, Alma Katsu, T. Kingfisher, Ellen Datlow, and many, many, many more.

As ever, we take a broad view of what counts as horror fiction. Alongside traditional horror, here you’ll find all things gothic, dark, weird, and thrilling–and, hopefully, your next favorite scary book.

Please note that publication dates are subject to change, especially considering ongoing worldwide supply chain issues – we’ll be updating the release dates below and adding new books as we hear of any changes, but the publisher’s website will always have the most up to date information.

Many titles publishing later in the year don’t have concrete release dates yet – we’ve listed those at the bottom under “Date TBD” – and if the publisher doesn’t have a dedicated page for a book yet, we’ve linked to Goodreads or to the book announcement elsewhere. And don’t miss our monthly new release posts here! Descriptions below are adapted from the publisher’s synopsis.


January

  • It Will End Like This, Kyra Leigh (Jan 4): For fans of The Cheerleaders and Sadie comes a propulsive thriller that reminds us that in real life, endings are rarely as neat as happily ever after. A contemporary take on the Lizzie Borden story that explores how grief can cut deep.
  • Luckenbooth, Jenni Fagan (Jan 4): A bold, haunting, and startlingly unique novel about the secrets we leave behind and the places that hold them long after we are gone, a “quintessential novel of Edinburgh at its darkest.” (Irvine Welsh)
  • The Unfamiliar Garden, Benjamin Percy (Jan 4): Award-winning author Benjamin Percy delivers both a gripping science fiction thriller and a dazzling examination of a planet—and a marriage—that have broken.
  • Where the Drowned Girls Go, Seanan McGuire (Jan 4): The next addition to Seanan McGuire’s beloved Wayward Children series. There is another school for children who fall through doors and fall back out again. It isn’t as friendly as Eleanor West’s Home for Wayward Children. And it isn’t as safe.
  • Antifa Splatterpunk, ed. Eric Raglin (Jan 6): Sixteen horror writers explore fascism’s many terrors: police wielding strange bioweapons against the public, white supremacists annihilating their enemies through dark magic, and TV personalities vilifying all who defy the rising fascist tide. But these stories are resistance: Nazi-killing demons, Confederate-slaying witches, and everyday people punching fascists in the teeth. Among the gore is a glimmer of hope that one day this monster will return to its grave and never rise again.
  • The Girl in the Corn, Jason Offutt (Jan 11): Thomas teams up with the girl in the corn to save her world⎯and his⎯only to realize that he may not be able to distinguish good from evil before evil swallows them whole.
  • Quantum of Nightmares, Charles Stross (Jan 11): A unique blend of espionage thrills and Lovecraftian horror, Hugo Award-winning author Charles Stross’s Laundry Files continues with Quantum of Nightmares.
  • The Stars Are Not Yet Bells, Hannah Lillith Assadi (Jan 11): Through the scrim of fading memory, an elderly woman confronts a lifetime of secrets and betrayal, under the mysterious skies of her island home. Darkly romantic and deeply haunting, The Stars Are Not Yet Bells pulls us into a story of the tantalizing, faithless relationship between ourselves and the lives and souls we leave behind.
  • The Bookkeeper’s Skull, Justin D. Hill (Jan 18): More spine-chilling tales set in the Worlds of Warhammer.
  • Mestiza Blood, V. Castro (Jan 18): A short story collection of nightmares, dreams, desire and visions centered around the Chicana experience. The stunning, star-reviewed V. Castro weaves urban legend, folklore, life experience and heartache in this intimate anthology of modern horrors.
  • The Night, Rodrigo Blanco Calderon, trans. Daniel Hahn & Noel Hernández (Jan 18): Recurring blackouts envelop Caracas in an inescapable darkness that makes nightmares come true. Real and fictional characters, most of them are writers, exchange the role of narrator in this polyphonic novel. They recount contradictory versions of the plot, a series of femicides that began with the energy crisis. The central narrator is a psychiatrist who manipulates the accounts of his friend, an author writing a book titled The Night; and his patient, an advertising executive obsessed with understanding the world through word puzzles.
  • Such a Pretty Smile, Kristi DeMeester (Jan 18): A biting novel from an electrifying new voice, Kristi DeMeester’s Such a Pretty Smile is a heart-stopping tour-de-force about powerful women, angry men, and all the ways in which girls fight against the forces that try to silence them.
  • Trouble the Waters: Tales from the Deep Blue, ed. Sheree Renée Thomas, Pan Morigan, & Troy L. Wiggins (Jan 18): A new anthology that gathers the tidal force of bestselling, renowned writers from Lagos to New Orleans, Memphis to Copenhagen, Northern Ireland and London, offering extraordinary speculative fiction tales of ancient waters in all its myriad forms.
  • The Wakening, JG Faherty (Jan 18): A team of paranormal investigators, a priest and a defrocked priest with a dark secret join forces to combat of a vengeful ancient demon, and the evil spreading throughout a small New York town.
  • Beulah, Christi Nogle (Jan 25): Beulah is the story of Georgie, an eighteen-year-old with a talent (or affliction) for seeing ghosts. Georgie and her mother and sisters are making a new start in the small town of Beulah, Idaho where Gina’s wealthy friend Ellen has set them up to help renovate an old stone schoolhouse. Georgie experiences a variety of disturbances—the town is familiar from dreams and she seems to be experiencing her mother’s memory of the place, not to mention the creepy ghost in the schoolhouse basement—but she is able to maintain, in her own laconic way, until she notices that her little sister Stevie also has the gift. Stevie is in danger from a malevolent ghost, and Georgie tries to help, but soon Georgie is the one in danger.
  • Dead Silence, S.A. Barnes (Jan 25): Titanic meets The Shining in this SF horror in which a woman and her crew board a decades-lost luxury cruiser and find the wreckage of a nightmare that hasn’t yet ended. (A Nightfire title)
  • Devil House, John Darnielle (Jan 25): From John Darnielle, the New York Times bestselling author and the singer-songwriter of the Mountain Goats, comes an epic, gripping novel about murder, truth, and the dangers of storytelling.
  • Into the Midnight Void, Mara Fitzgerald (Jan 25): Fans of Holly Black and Kendare Blake will obsess over the conclusion to this deliciously dark YA fantasy duology! Emanuela has finally gotten what she’s always wanted. Since escaping her catacomb prison, she’s become the supreme ruler of everything under the veils. Finally, she has the power to throw aside senseless, old traditions and run things exactly the way they should be. But when cracks in her magic start to show, Emanuela begrudgingly allies herself with her enemies, including her frustratingly alluring archnemesis, Verene. Together, they discover deeper truths about the mysterious blood magic Emanuela and Verene both wield.
  • Road of Bones, Christopher Golden (Jan 25): An American documentarian travels a haunted highway across the frozen tundra of Siberia in New York Times bestselling author Christopher Golden’s Road of Bones, a “tightly wound, atmospheric, and creepy as hell” (Stephen King) supernatural thriller.
  • The Transgressionists and Other Disquieting Works, Giorgio De Maria (Jan 25): Giorgio De Maria distinguished himself as one of Italy’s most unique and eccentric weird fiction masters. Available in English for the first time, this collection contains two novellas, two short stories, and a dystopian teleplay, “The Appeal,” which the post-cyberpunk novelist Andrea Vaccaro has lauded as “worthy of the best episodes of Black Mirror.”
  • Burn the Plans, Tyler Jones (January): From Tyler Jones (author of Criterium, The Dark Side of the Room, and Almost Ruth) comes Burn the Plans, a collection featuring fourteen tales of supernatural suspense. Featuring thirteen short stories and one novelette, Burn the Plans is a relentless journey into the dark places we end up when all of our plans go wrong.
  • Mr. Gaunt and Other Uneasy Encounters, John Langan (January): John Langan’s long out-of-print first collection, in a beautiful new edition.

February

  • Ramses the Damned: The Reign of Osiris, Anne Rice & Christopher Rice (Feb 1):The gilded adventures of Ramses the Damned, iconic creation of the legendary bestselling author, continue in this breathtakingly suspenseful tale of a titanic supernatural power unleashed on the eve of war.
  • The Violence, Delilah S. Dawson (Feb 1): Three generations of abused women must navigate their chilling new reality as a mysterious epidemic of violence sweeps the nation in this compelling novel of self-discovery, legacy, and hope.
  • The Book of the Most Precious Substance, Sara Gran (Feb 8): The highly anticipated new thriller from internationally renowned author Sara Gran, author of Come Closer and the Claire DeWitt series, about a rare book dealer’s search for the most powerful occult book ever written.
  • Cherish Farrah, Bethany C. Morrow (Feb 8): A slow-burn social horror novel about the only two Black girls in a privileged country club community. Told in Farrah’s chilling, unforgettable voice and weaving in searing commentary on race and class, Cherish Farrah will keep you on the edge of your seat until the last page.
  • Echo, Thomas Olde Heuvelt (Feb 8): From international bestselling sensation Thomas Olde Heuvelt, author of Hex, comes Echo, a thrilling descent into madness and obsession as one man confronts nature—and something even more ancient and evil answers back. (A Nightfire title)
  • Jawbone, Mónica Ojeda (Feb 8): Fernanda and Annelise are so close they are practically sisters: a double image, inseparable. So how does Fernanda end up bound on the floor of a deserted cabin, held hostage by one of her teachers and estranged from Annelise? Interweaving pop culture references and horror concepts drawn from Herman Melville, H. P. Lovecraft, and anonymous “creepypastas,” Jawbone is an ominous, multivocal novel that explores the terror inherent in the pure potentiality of adolescence and the fine line between desire and fear.
  • And In Her Smile, The World, Gordon B. White & Rebecca J. Allred (Feb 11): This work of dark fantasy follows Serena and Jeffery, who independently discover a cult of women and an alternate creation myth. When a not-so-chance meeting brings them together, the two have an important decision to make. It also highlights the dangers attendant with telling women to smile.
  • The Beyond, Ken Brosky (Feb 15): When Moon Song’s brother goes missing in the town of Blackrock, PA, Moon hires private investigator Ben Sawyer to help her uncover the truth. Together they discover what the people of Blackrock refuse to acknowledge: something terrible has happened inside the coal mine that defies all logical explanation, and it threatens the lives of every single person in town. Bodies are piling up at the funeral home, and many others have seemingly vanished. Moon’s only hope of finding answers rests in the hands of a local professor who knows the mine’s horrible secrets. But the professor has problems of his own, and unless he can confront the creature that’s hunting him, Moon’s chances of making it out of town alive are darker than a seam of coal.
  • Gwendy’s Final Task, Richard Chizmar & Stephen King (Feb 15): In Gwendy’s Final Task, the third and final book in the Gwendy’s Button Box trilogy, “horror giants” (Publishers Weekly) Stephen King and Richard Chizmar take us on a journey from Castle Rock to another famous cursed Maine city to the MF-1 space station, where Gwendy must execute a secret mission to save the world. And, maybe, all worlds.
  • The Lake of the Dead, André Bjerke (Feb 15): André Bjerke’s The Lake of the Dead (1942) was voted the all-time best Norwegian thriller, and its atmospheric 1958 film adaptation is regarded as one of Norway’s best films. This new translation is the first-ever American publication of Bjerke’s classic, which features an unusual mixture of murder mystery and supernatural horror that will keep readers guessing until the thrilling conclusion.
  • Mickey7, Edward Ashton (Feb 15): The Martian meets Dark Matter in Edward Ashton’s high concept science fiction thriller, in which Mickey7, an “expendable,” refuses to let his replacement clone Mickey8 take his place.
  • The Valancourt Book of World Horror Stories, Volume Two, ed. James D. Jenkins and Ryan Cagle (Feb 15): Critics praised the first Valancourt Book of World Horror Stories, and now for this exciting follow-up volume the editors have expanded their search to even more countries, finding more of the world’s best horror fiction and making it available to American readers for the first time. Featuring a wide variety of tales from Brazil to Malta to Nigeria to Japan, and all points in between, this new anthology is a must-have for any horror fan or anyone interested in contemporary world literature.
  • And At My Back I Always Hear, Scott Nicolay (Feb 22): A sizeable collection of stories and novellas from the always erudite and provocative Nicolay
  • Beneath the Stairs, Jennifer Fawcett (Feb 22): In this spine-tingling, atmospheric debut for fans of Jennifer McMahon, Simone St. James, and Chris Bohjalian, a woman returns to her hometown after her childhood friend attempts suicide at a local haunted house—the same place where a traumatic incident shattered their lives twenty years ago.
  • Extasia, Claire LeGrand (Feb 22): From New York Times bestselling author Claire LeGrand comes a new, bone-chilling YA horror novel about a girl who joins a coven to root out a vicious evil that’s stalking her village. Perfect for fans of The Handmaid’s Tale and The Grace Year.
  • Five Deaths for Seven Songbirds, John Everson (Feb 22): When Eve Springer arrives to join the Songbirds it’s the fulfillment of her lifelong dream. But that dream is soon to become a nightmare. Somebody is murdering the Songbirds, using their own instruments as weapons. Will Eve be next?
  • Manhunt, Gretchen Felker-Martin (Feb 22): Y: The Last Man meets The Girl With All the Gifts in this explosive post-apocalyptic novel that follows trans women and trans men on a grotesque journey of survival. (A Nightfire title)
  • Spontaneous Human Combustion, Richard Thomas (Feb 22): In this new collection, Richard Thomas has crafted fourteen stories that push the boundaries of dark fiction in an intoxicating, piercing blend of fantasy, science fiction, and horror. Equally provocative and profound, each story is masterfully woven with transgressive themes that burrow beneath the skin.
  • Tripping Arcadia, Kit Mayquist (Feb 22): From debut author Kit Mayquist, a propulsive and atmospheric modern Gothic with all the splendor of The Great Gatsby… and all the secrets, lies, and darkness that opulence can hide.
  • The Wolfden, Lillah Lawson (Feb 22): If Stormy Spooner thought she’d hit rock bottom before, she was wrong. Before she had fully healed from her bitter divorce, a chaotic turn of events left several people dead. Now, her reanimated boyfriend Phillip refuses to take her calls. Heartbroken and confused by her newfound powers, Stormy returns to work in an attempt to find her new normal.
  • The Queen of the High Fields, Rhiannon Grist (February): Two misfits, Carys Price and Angharad ‘Hazard’ Evans, strike out from their disenfranchised seaside town to take ownership of the High Fields, a mythical island brimming with world-bending promise. Objecting to the demands of modern society, they hope to find a place where they can live as they choose, but instead they find an ancient power that tears their friendship apart. Ten years later, Carys returns to the collapsing world of the High Fields to face the terrifying power of the friend-turned-goddess she left behind.

March

  • The Book of Living Secrets, Madeleine Roux (Mar 1): Perfect for fans of The Hazel Wood, this genre-bending page-turner from New York Times bestselling author Madeleine Roux follows two girls who transport themselves into the world of their favorite book only to encounter the sinister alternate reality that awaits them.
  • Escape from Yokai Land, Charles Stross (Mar 1): Regular readers of Charles Stross’s Laundry Files might have noticed Bob Howard’s absence from the events of The Nightmare Stacks, and his subsequent return from Tokyo at the start of The Delirium Brief. Escape from Yokai Land explains what he was doing there.
  • Gallant, V. E. Schwab (Mar 1): Everything casts a shadow. Even the world we live in. And as with every shadow, there is a place where it must touch. A seam, where the shadow meets its source. #1 New York Times–bestselling author V. E. Schwab weaves a dark and original tale about the place where the world meets its shadow, and the young woman beckoned by both sides. The Secret Garden meets Crimson Peak in this stand-alone YA novel perfect for readers of Holly Black and Neil Gaiman.
  • Sundial, Catriona Ward (Mar 1): Sundial is a new, twisty psychological horror novel from Catriona Ward, author of The Last House on Needless Street. You can’t escape what’s in your blood… All Rob wanted was a normal life. She almost got it, too: a husband, two kids, a nice house in the suburbs. Far from her childhood home, Sundial, hidden deep in the wild Mojave Desert. But beneath the veneer, Rob is terrified for her oldest daughter, Callie, who collects tiny bones and whispers to imaginary friends. Rob sees a darkness in Callie, one that reminds her too much of the family she left behind. Running from her past has led her directly back to it — what’s buried at Sundial could never stay a secret forever, and Rob must risk one last trip out there to protect her family, and her future. (A Nightfire title)
  • Freaks, Brett Riley (Mar 3): Four high-school friends suffer daily humiliation at the hands of three bullies. When the friends accidentally open a portal to another dimension, they unintentionally allow terrifying, other-worldly creatures to invade their small Arkansas town. Discovering that they are now endowed with strange superpowers, the four teens must fight to save the lives of family and friends now in mortal peril and thwart a secret government task force that appears to be hunting them.
  • Escaping the Body: Poems, Chloe N. Clark (Mar 8): Chloe N. Clark’s poetry collection is a surreal and profound journey through space, forests, monsters, myths, spells, magic tricks, forests, and the body. Escaping the Body is a collection of dreams of the flesh, exploring the cosmic rifts between the soul and the body, encouraging readers to escape their body in search of the liminal space beyond skin and bones.
  • A Black and Endless Sky, Matthew Lyons (Mar 15): From the author of The Night Will Find Us comes a white-knuckled horror-thriller set across the American Southwest. Road trips can be hell. Siblings Jonah and Nell Talbot used to be inseparable, but ever since Jonah suddenly blew town twelve years ago, they couldn’t be more distant. Now, in the wake of Jonah’s divorce, they embark on a cross-country road trip back to their hometown of Albuquerque, hoping to mend their broken relationship along the way. But when a strange accident befalls Nell at an abandoned industrial site somewhere in the Nevada desert, she begins experiencing ghastly visions and exhibiting terrifying, otherworldly symptoms. As their journey through the desolate American Southwest reveals the grotesque change happening within his sister, one thing becomes clear to Jonah: It’s not only Nell in there anymore.
  • Palimpsest: A Collection of Contemporary Horror, Caitlin Marceau (Mar 16): From one of Canada’s hottest young talents comes this stellar collection of contemporary horror stories and poetry. Caitlin Marceau’s work ranges from the quietly unnerving to the deeply disturbing, taking in post-apocalyptic futures, supernatural forces, psychological terrors and deals with the devil. One thing’s for certain: these stories will linger in your mind for long after you’ve read them.
  • All the White Spaces, Ally Wilkes (Mar 22): Something deadly and mysterious stalks the members of an isolated polar expedition in this haunting and spellbinding historical horror novel, perfect for fans of Dan Simmons’s The Terror and Alma Katsu’s The Hunger.
  • The Bone Orchard, Sara A. Mueller (Mar 22): Sara A. Mueller’s The Bone Orchard is a fascinating whodunit set in a lush, gothic world of secrets and magic–where a dying emperor charges his favorite concubine with solving his own murder, and preventing the culprit, which undoubtedly is one of his three terrible sons, from taking control of an empire.
  • The Book of Cold Cases, Simone St. James (Mar 22): A true crime blogger gets more than she bargained for while interviewing the woman acquitted of two cold case slayings in this chilling new novel from the New York Times bestselling author of The Sun Down Motel.
  • Dark Stars, ed. John F.D. Taff (Mar 22): Dark Stars, edited by John F.D. Taff, is a tribute to horror’s longstanding short fiction legacy, featuring 12 terrifying original stories from today’s most noteworthy authors, with an introduction by bestselling author Josh Malerman and an afterword by Ramsey Campbell. (A Nightfire title)
  • Shadow Flicker, Gregory Bastianelli (Mar 22): What is the secret behind the hallucinations on Kidney Island, just off the coast of Maine? Are the shadow flickers of the wind turbines causing the lack of sleep, or is there a far darker power at work?
  • The Shadow Glass, Josh Winning (Mar 22): Dark Crystal meets About a Boy in a thrilling race against the clock to save the world in this nostalgia-infused adventure.
  • The Way of the Worm, Ramsey Campbell (Mar 22): The third and final novel in Ramsey Campbell’s triumphant Lovecraftian trilogy, The Three Births of Daoloth, where time travel, monstrous evil and the alien apocalypse combine to create a stunning conclusion for streaming TV lovers and suspense readers alike.
  • What We Harvest, Ann Fraistat (Mar 22): For fans of Wilder Girls comes a nightmarish debut guaranteed to keep you up through the night, about an idyllic small town poisoned by its past, and one girl who must fight the strange disease that’s slowly claiming everyone she loves.
  • The Resting Place, Camilla Sten (Mar 29): The medical term is prosopagnosia. The average person calls it face blindness—the inability to recognize a familiar person’s face. When Eleanor walked in on the scene of her grandmother’s murder, she came face to face with the killer—a maddening expression that means nothing to someone like her. A heart-thumping, relentless thriller that will shake you to your core, The Resting Place is an unforgettable novel of horror and suspense.
  • The Temps, Andrew DeYoung (Mar 29): Wryly funny and briskly plotted, The Temps is a surprising literary take on the experience of being young and underemployed in a world plagued by apocalyptic fears.
  • Corpsemouth and Other Autobiographies, John Langan (March): A brand new collection of short fiction from Langan.

April

  • My Dearest Darkest, Kayla Cottingham (Apr 5): Wilder Girls meets The Craft in this sapphic horror debut that asks: what price would you be willing to pay to achieve your deepest desires?
  • Under Her Skin, ed. Lindy Ryan and Toni Miller (Apr 5): Black Spot Books’ inaugural poetry collection spotlights women in horror poetry, centering on the concept of body horror, and featuring work from Bram-Stoker award-winning and nominated authors, as well as dozens of poems from women (cis and trans) and non-binary femmes in horror.
  • And Then I Woke Up, Malcolm Devlin (Apr 12): In the tradition of Mira Grant and Stephen Graham Jones, Malcolm Devlin’s And Then I Woke Up is a creepy, layered, literary story about false narratives and their ability to divide us
  • End of the World House, Adrienne Celt (Apr 19): Groundhog Day meets Ling Ma’s Severance in End of the World House, a thought-provoking comedic novel about two young women trying to save their friendship as the world collapses around them.
  • The Fervor, Alma Katsu (Apr 26): From the acclaimed and award-winning author of The Hunger and The Deep comes a new psychological and supernatural twist on the horrors of the Japanese American internment camps in World War II.
  • The Order, Mark Barber (Dec 21): When two Holy Order knights return from a failed crusade, they find themselves dragged into a new war against an even deadlier foe. A bitter rivalry between feuding sisters over the right to the throne of Arland, the most powerful nation in the world, results in dark forces being raised from the grave, unleashing a wave of undead terror. Now, with an unholy evil from Arland’s dark past at the head of an army of undead, the knights of the Order must overcome the politics of divided nations and faiths, as well as face death itself on battlefields across their world.
  • Convulsive, Joanna Koch (April): A collection of weird horror stories from Shirley Jackson Award finalist Joanna Koch, author of The Wingspan of Severed Hands.
  • The Devil’s Gift, Joshua Robinson (April): All twelve-year-old Daniel wanted was a girlfriend. What he got was way more than he bargained for in this thrilling debut novella by London-based horror writer Joshua Robinson.
  • In the Devil’s Cradle, S.L. Edwards (April): A captivating haunted house novel where the house is an entire country, a nation coming apart due to influences both internal and external, both natural and supernatural.
  • Wasps in the Ice Cream, Tim McGregor (April): A new standalone novel from the author of Hearts Strange and Dreadful and the Spookshow series, this is a coming-of-age story about a boy who falls for the girl everyone hates.
  • When Other People Saw Us, They Saw the Dead, ed. Lauren T. Davila (April): An anthology of dark, unsettling writing from some of the most exciting contemporary BIPOC writers. Blending Gothic, horror, folklore, fantasy and fairy-tale, these eerie short stories will disturb, move and humor you. Death is ever-present in these pages, blending with notions of home, memory, grief and belonging, as well as gentrification, white supremacy and colonization.

May

  • Hidden Pictures, Jason Rekulak (May 3): From Jason Rekulak, Edgar-nominated author of The Impossible Fortress, comes a wildly inventive spin on the classic horror story in Hidden Pictures, a creepy and warm-hearted mystery about a woman working as a nanny for a young boy with strange and disturbing secrets.
  • Not Good for Maidens, Tori Bovalino (May 3): ‘Salem’s Lot meets The Darkest Part of the Forest in this horror-fantasy retelling of Christina Rossetti’s “Goblin Market.”
  • Black Tide, KC Jones (May 10): A character-driven science fiction/horror blend, KC Jones’ Black Tide is Stephen King’s Cujo meets A Quiet Place. It was just another day at the beach. And then the world ended. Mike and Beth didn’t know each other existed before the night of the meteor shower. Chance made them neighbors, a bottle of champagne brought them together, and a shared need for human connection sparked something more. After a drunken and desperate one-night stand, the two strangers awake to discover a surprise astronomical event has left widespread destruction in its wake. But the cosmic lightshow was only part of something much bigger, and far more terrifying. (A Nightfire title)
  • Friend of the Devil, Stephen Lloyd (May 10): From acclaimed television writer Stephen Lloyd comes a devilishly good debut: a lightning-fast horror/noir mash-up for fans of Jim Butcher and Joe Hill.
  • The Hacienda, Isabel Cañas (May 10): Mexican Gothic meets Rebecca in this debut supernatural suspense novel, set in the aftermath of the Mexican War of Independence, about a remote house, a sinister haunting, and the woman pulled into their clutches…
  • Just Like Mother, Anne Heltzel (May 17): Rosemary’s Baby meets The Return in Just Like Mother, Anne Heltzel’s suspenseful modern gothic debut. The last time Maeve saw her cousin was the night she escaped the cult they were raised in. For the past two decades, Maeve has worked hard to build a normal life in New York City, where she keeps everything—and everyone—at a safe distance. When Andrea suddenly reappears, Maeve regains the only true friend she’s ever had. Soon she’s spending more time at Andrea’s remote Catskills estate than in her own cramped apartment. The more Maeve immerses herself in Andrea’s world, the more disconnected she feels from her life back in the city; and the cousins’ increasing attachment triggers memories Maeve has fought hard to bury. But confronting the terrors of her childhood may be the only way for Maeve to transcend the nightmare still to come…
  • Hide, Kiersten White (May 24): A high-stakes hide-and-seek competition turns deadly in this dark supernatural thriller from New York Times bestselling author Kiersten White.
  • Second Spear, Kerstin Hall (May 24): The thrilling sequel to The Border Keeper. After surviving the schemes of a vengeful goddess and learning some shattering truths about her former life, the warrior Tyn feels estranged from her role guarding her ruler. Grappling with knowledge of her identity, she unleashes her frustrations on all the wrong people. When an old enemy returns wielding an unstoppable, realm-crushing weapon and Tyn is swept up in the path of destruction, she must make a choice about who she is and who she wants to be.
  • Helpmeet, Naben Ruthnum (May): It’s 1900, and Louise Wilk is taking her dying husband home to Buffalo where he grew up. Dr. Edward Wilk is wasting away from an aggressive form of syphilis. But it’s becoming clearer that his disease isn’t exactly a disease, but a phase of existence. A powerful work of possession and transformation.
  • Howls From the Dark Ages: Tales of Medieval Horror, ed. Howl Society (May): An anthology of medieval horror stories including original fiction from Hailey Piper, Cody Goodfellow, Brian Evenson, Molly Bronstein, and others.
  • Sair Back, Sair Banes, Anthony Engebretson (May): A woman is prey to a loch-dwelling creature of Scottish folklore in this debut dark fantasy novella by author Anthony Engebretson.

June

  • Aurora, David Koepp (June 7): From the author of Cold Storage comes a riveting, eerily plausible thriller, told with the menace and flair of Under the Dome or Project Hail Mary, in which a worldwide cataclysm plays out in the lives of one complicated Midwestern family. 
  • For The Throne, Hannah Whitten (Jun 7): The breathtaking sequel to For The Wolf, the instant NYT and USA Today fantasy bestseller. Red’s sister Neve is trapped in a mysterious land of twisted roots, lost gods, and mountains made of bone, and the only clues to her rescue are a magic mirror and a dark prince who wants to bring the whole thing crumbling down. 
  • Hell Followed with Us, Andrew Joseph White (June 7): A furious debut novel from Andrew Joseph White about embracing the monster within and unleashing its power against your oppressors. Perfect for fans of Gideon the Ninth and Annihilation.
  • Little Bird, Tiffany Meuret (June 7): The skeletons in the closet have nothing on the one in your backyard. Freshly divorced and grieving the death of her father, Josie Lauer has caged herself inside her home, drinking heavily. Everything changes when Josie wakes to find a small shrub has sprouted in her backyard the morning after yet another bender. Within hours, the vine-like plant is running amok—and it’s brought company: a busybody new neighbor who insists on thrusting herself into Josie’s life, and a talking skeleton called Skelly that has perched itself in Josie’s backyard on a throne made of vines. As the strangely sentient plant continues to grow and twist its tendrils inside Josie’s suddenly complicated life, Josie begins to realize there’s a reason Skelly has chosen to appear. She must figure out what that reason is, or else she might find herself on the wrong side of catastrophe.
  • Screams From the Dark: Tales of Monsters and the Monstrous, ed. Ellen Datlow (June 7): A chilling anthology featuring 29 all-original tales of monsters from bestselling and award-winning authors, edited by Ellen Datlow, one of the top editors in horror, and featuring stories from authors like Stephen Graham Jones, Richard Kadrey, Cassandra Khaw, Gemma Files, and more. (A Nightfire title)
  • The Path of Thorns, A.G. Slatter (June 14): A gorgeous dark gothic fairy tale from award-winning author Angela Slatter, sure to delight readers of Naomi Novik and Erin Morgenstern.
  • The House Across the Lake, Riley Sager (June 21): The New York Times-bestselling author of Final Girls and Survive the Night returns with a new novel of suspense, a tale of voyeurism and suspicion that morphs into a story of guilt, obsession and how looks can be very deceiving.
  • The Clackity, Lora Senf (June 28): Reminiscent of Doll Bones, this deliciously eerie middle grade novel tells the story of a girl who must enter a world of ghosts, witches, and monsters to play a game with deadly consequences and rescue her aunt.
  • Katzenjammer, Francesca Zappia (June 28): Told in chapters alternating between the past and the present, Francesca Zappia weaves a spine-tingling, suspenseful, and haunting YA story about tragedy and the power of memories.
  • Our Crooked Hearts, Melissa Albert (June 28): Secrets. Lies. Super-bad choices. Witchcraft. This is Our Crooked Hearts, a darkly gripping contemporary YA fantasy from Melissa Albert, the New York Times bestselling author of The Hazel Wood.
  • We Can Never Leave This Place, Eric LaRocca (June): A new novella from LaRocca described as “a fever dream written by Del Toro, Kafka, and Dahl.”

July

  • Florida Woman, Deb Rogers (Jul 5): A gleefully dark and entertaining debut for fans of Kevin Wilson and Karen Russell, about one young woman’s sensational, sinister summer at a Floridian wildlife center for exotic monkeys, where all is not what it seems.
  • The Pallbearers’ Club, Paul Tremblay (Jul 5): A cleverly voiced psychological thriller about an unforgettable—and unsettling—friendship, with blood-chilling twists, crackling wit, and a thrumming pulse in its veins—from the nationally bestselling author of The Cabin at the End of the World and Survivor Song.
  • The Ruins, Phoebe Wynne (Jul 5): A suspenseful, feminist Gothic coming-of-age tale with shades of Patricia Highsmith, Rebecca, and Atonement, pitched against the sun-soaked backdrop of a summer holiday on the French Riviera.
  • Ghostflowers, Rus Wornom (Jul 8): A Southern Gothic about a young waitress in 1970s Virginia who meets her immortal true love, a vampire.
  • How to Sell a Haunted House, Grady Hendrix (Jul 12): New York Times bestselling author Grady Hendrix takes on the haunted house in a hilarious and terrifying new novel that explores the way your past—and your family—can haunt you like nothing else…
  • Our Wives Under the Sea, Julia Armfield (Jul 12): By turns elegiac and furious, wry and heartbreaking, Julia Armfield’s Our Wives Under the Sea is a genre-bending exploration of the depths of love and grief at the heart of a marriage.
  • They Drown Our Daughters, Katrina Monroe (Jul 12): For fans of Jennifer McMahon and Silvia Moreno-Garcia comes a haunting and atmospheric new novel from debut author Katrina Monroe. They say Cape Disappointment is haunted. That if you can hear the call of the water, it’s already too late…
  • Wake the Bones, Elizabeth Kilcoyne (Jul 12): Elizabeth Kilcoyne’s Wake the Bones is a dark, atmospheric debut about the complicated feelings that arise when the place you call home becomes hostile.
  • What Moves the Dead, T. Kingfisher (Jul 12): From the award-winning author of The Twisted Ones comes a gripping and atmospheric retelling of Edgar Allan Poe’s classic “The Fall of the House of Usher.” (A Nightfire title)
  • Black Mouth, Ronald Malfi (Jul 19): Perfect for fans of Stephen King’s IT, a group of friends return to their hometown to confront a nightmare they first stumbled on as teenagers in this mesmerizing odyssey of terror.
  • Dead Water, C.A. Fletcher (Jul 19): On the edge of the Northern Atlantic lies a remote island. The islanders are an outwardly harmonious community—but all have their own secrets, some much darker than others. And when a strange disorder begins to infect them all, those secrets come to light. Ferry service fails and contact with the mainland is lost. Rumors begin to swirl as a temporary inconvenience grows into nightmarish ordeal. The fabric of the once tight-knit island is unnervingly torn apart—and whatever the cause, the question soon stops being how or why it happened, but who, if anyone, will survive.
  • Mary: An Awakening of Terror, Nat Cassidy (Jul 19): Nat Cassidy’s debut horror novel Mary blends Midsommar with elements of American Psycho and a pinch of I’ll Be Gone in the Dark as a middle-aged woman explores her connection to an infamous serial killer. (A Nightfire title)
  • We Will Rise, Tim Waggoner (Jul 19): In Echo Hill, Ohio, the dead begin to reappear, manifesting in various forms, from classic ghosts and poltergeists, to physical undead and bizarre apparitions for which there is no name. These malign spirits attack the living, tormenting and ultimately killing them in order to add more recruits to their spectral ranks. A group of survivors come together after the initial attack, all plagued by different ghostly apparitions of their own. Can they make it out of Echo Hill alive?
  • Don’t Fear the Reaper, Stephen Graham Jones (Jul 26): December 12th, 2019: Jade returns to the rural lake town of Proofrock the same day as convicted Indigenous serial killer Dark Mill South escapes into town to complete his revenge killings, in this riveting sequel to My Heart Is a Chainsaw from New York Times bestselling author Stephen Graham Jones.
  • Nightmare Fuel: The Science of Horror Films, Nina Nesseth (Jul 26): In Nightmare Fuel, Nina Nesseth uses her background in biomedical science to explain the mechanics of what makes what we see on the screen so terrifying and what goes on behind the scenes to create the horror in the first place. With spotlight features of some of horror’s most popular films—from classics like The Exorcist to modern hits like A Quiet Place—and interviews with producers, film historians, and creature creators, Nightmare Fuel is both an in-depth dive into the science of fear, and a celebration of the genre. (A Nightfire title)
  • Old Country, Matt Query & Harrison Query (Jul 26): Based on the Reddit sensation, a horror thriller about a former Marine and his wife who buy a perfectly secluded ranch, only to discover it’s haunted by a malevolent spirit.
  • The Witchery, S. Isabelle (Jul 26): A bewitching YA debut by S. Isabelle, perfect for fans of Maggie Stiefvater, Zoraida Córdova, and Leigh Bardugo!

August

  • Haunted Tales: Classic Stories of Ghosts and the Supernatural, ed. Lisa Morton & Leslie S. Klinger (Aug 2): Following their acclaimed Ghost Stories and Weird Women, award-winning anthologists Leslie S. Klinger and Lisa Morton present a new eclectic anthology of ghosty tales certain to haunt the reader long past the closing page.
  • Wayward, Chuck Wendig (Aug 2): The sequel to the national bestseller Wanderers, the instant classic that “takes science, politics, horror, and science fiction and blends them into an outstanding story about the human spirit in times of turmoil, claiming a spot on the list of must-read apocalyptic novels” (NPR)
  • The Women Could Fly, Megan Giddings (Aug 9): Reminiscent of the works of Margaret Atwood, Shirley Jackson, and Octavia Butler, a biting social commentary from the acclaimed author of Lakewood that speaks to our times—a piercing dystopian novel about the unbreakable bond between a young woman and her mysterious mother, set in a world in which witches are real and single women are closely monitored.
  • Demon Dagger, Russell James (Aug 16): A Demon Hunter with a gift that becomes a curse. A Demon that hunts the hunter. A thrilling tale of darkness and vengeance for fans of the TV series Supernatural.
  • This Appearing House, Ally Malinenko (Aug 16): A Monster Calls-esque story navigating the effects of trauma and illness, this middle grade novel follows a girl and her best friend who get trapped inside a haunted house that turns out to be a lot more than what it seems.
  • Let No One Sleep, Juan José Millás (Aug 23): After Lucía loses her job at an IT firm, she has a vision of her future career as a taxi driver, brought on by the intoxicating opera floating through her apartment’s air vent. She obtains her taxi license and meets the neighbor responsible for the music. Calaf is the man’s name, which also happens to be the name of the character in Puccini’s Turandot and the bird Lucía received on her tenth birthday from her long-since-dead mother. When he moves out of her building, Lucía becomes obsessed, driving through Madrid and searching for him on every corner, meeting intriguing people along the way. What follows is a phantasmagoria of coincidence, betrayal, and revenge, featuring Millás’s singular dark humor.
  • Reluctant Immortals, Gwendolyn Kiste (Aug 23): From three-time Bram Stoker Award–winning author Gwendolyn Kiste comes a novel inspired by the untold stories of forgotten women in classic literature—from Lucy Westnera, a victim of Stoker’s Dracula, and Bertha Mason, Mr. Rochester’s attic-bound wife in Charlotte Brontë’s Jane Eyre—as they band together to combat the toxic men bent on destroying their lives, set against the backdrop of the Summer of Love, Haight-Ashbury, 1967.
  • A Child Alone With Strangers, Philip Fracassi (August): A kidnapped child’s otherworldly abilities alert him that there is something sinister lurking outside the farmhouse he’s been imprisoned in, and only he possesses the key to communicate with it.
  • Hell Hath No Sorrow like a Woman Haunted, R.J. Joseph (August): A fierce collection of tales exploring the varying experiences of Black women in horrific circumstances. Sometimes the victim, sometimes the monster, and often a little of both…

September

  • Full Immersion, Gemma Amor (Sept 13): A novel about an experimental virtual reality treatment for mental illness and a literary horror story about how we deal with the terrors our own minds can create.
  • Song of the Red Squire, C.W. Blackwell (September): This folk horror novella, set in North Carolina in 1949, follows the agricultural inspector, Charlie Danwitter, to Ashe County, where he encounters menacing local farmers and a mysterious woman deep within the Blue Ridge Mountains in a forgotten village rooted in bizarre and terrifying harvest rituals.
  • The Talosite, Rebecca Campbell (September): It’s 1916, during the First World War, in an alternate world where resurrection is possible. Anne Markham, the daughter of a celebrated neurologist, is reusing the bodies of the dead, combining them into new forms and sending them back into combat, building creatures so complex, and so enormous, that they can encompass all of the fallen.

October

  • One Dark Window, Rachel Gillig (Oct 18): Elspeth needs a monster. The monster might be her. For fans of Uprooted and For the Wolf comes a dark, lushly gothic fantasy about a maiden who must unleash the monster within to save her kingdom. But the monster in her head isn’t the only threat lurking.
  • Chromophobia, ed. Sara Tantlinger (October): A new women in horror anthology by Bram Stoker award-winning author Sara Tantlinger and Strangehouse Books, featuring terrifying tales inspired by the theme of colors.
  • The Hollow Kind, Andy Davidson (October): The new novel from the author of The Boatman’s Daughter.
  • Saturnalia, Stephanie Feldman (October): Donna Tartt meets Jeff VanderMeer in this literary horror novel set in Philadelphia during a city-wide solstice celebration, in which an exile from an elite social club comes into possession of an alchemically created being.
  • When The Night Bells Ring, Jo Kaplan (October): Two climate refugees descend into an old mine where they find a settler’s diary that whispers of horrors haunting the ghost town, only to realize that the caved-in tunnels are haunted still…

November

  • Piñata, Leopoldo Gout (Nov 1): A Head Full of Ghosts meets Hereditary in Piñata, a terrifying possession tale by author and artist Leopoldo Gout. (A Nightfire title)
  • Marionette, Antonia Rachel Ward (Nov 15): An erotic Gothic horror novella featuring possession, vengeful ghosts, folklore, sex, and intrigue in 19th century Paris.

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  • Cruel Angels Past Sundown, Hailey Piper (early 2022): A splatter Western from the author of Queen of Teeth and Unfortunate Elements of My Anatomy.
  • Every Crawling, Putrid Thing, David Busboom (spring): Busboom’s first full-length story collection features weird creatures, strained marriages, occult murders, a swordfight or two, and at least one proper dinosaur. If you dig tales of regret, obsession, and self-destruction but are also a sucker for giant apes and marauding fish-men, you’ll find it all here.
  • The Hideous Book of Hidden Horrors, ed. Doug Murano (spring): A new anthology from the Bram Stoker Award-winning editor.
  • The Nectar of Nightmares, Craig Laurance Gidney (spring): A collection of Gidney’s recent short stories.
  • Orphans of Bliss: Tales of Addiction Horror, ed. Mark Matthews (spring): Orphans of Bliss is the follow-up anthology to the Shirley Jackson Award-nominated Lullabies for Suffering and features stories from Cassandra Khaw, Gabino Iglesias, John FD Taff, S.A. Cosby, Josh Malerman, and many more.
  • Uncommon Charm, Kat Weaver and Emily Bergslien (spring): In the 1920s gothic comedy novella Uncommon Charm, bright young socialite Julia and shy Jewish magician Simon decide they aren’t beholden to their families’ unhappy history. Together they confront such horrors as murdered ghosts, alive children, magic philosophy, a milieu that slides far too easily into surrealist metaphor, and, worst of all, serious adult conversation.
  • Your Mind is a Terrible Thing, Hailey Piper (spring): A new sci-fi horror novella from the author of Queen of Teeth and Unfortunate Elements of My Anatomy.
  • Breakable Things, Cassandra Khaw (summer): The first short story collection from the author of Nothing But Blackened Teeth.
  • Diet Riot: A Fatterpunk Anthology, ed. Sonora Taylor & Nico Bell (summer): It’s time to reclaim the “f” word. Diet Riot is dedicated to empowering fat characters within the horror community. Fat people are often degraded in literature, especially in horror. It’s disheartening to see someone’s natural body be portrayed as disgusting and inherently bad. We aim to give that trope the heartiest “fuck you” that our big selves can muster.
  • The Depths, Nicole Lesperance (fall): After she suffers a near-fatal freediving accident, seventeen-year-old Addie tags along on her mother’s honeymoon to a private island where she unearths dark secrets — wandering ghosts, bloodthirsty flowers, and a deep pool where no one feels pain — before realizing the island might not be willing to let her go.
  • Desert Creatures, Kay Chronister (fall): Desert Creatures is the debut novel from Kay Chronister, author of the collection Thin Places. Set in a near-future American West, one young woman will find salvation or become just another rot-lonely skull in the sand.
  • Direwood, Catherine Yu (fall): In this YA gothic horror novel, 16-year-old Aja, whose sister Fiona disappears when a strange weather event isolates their town, must put her trust in a vicious but alluring vampire if she wants to see her sister again.
  • The Gathering Dark: An Anthology of Folk Horror, ed. Tori Bovalino (fall): A new folk horror anthology.
  • It Looks Like Us, Alison Ames (fall): A new novel from the author of To Break a Covenant.
  • Jackal, Erin E. Adams (fall): A horror-tinged mystery about a young Black woman who reluctantly returns home to small-town Appalachia, where she discovers something in the nearby woods has been taking Black girls for years–and now it’s snatched her best friend’s daughter.
  • Leech, Hiron Ennes (fall): A surreal and horrifying debut from author Hiron Ennes, Leech combines parasitic body horror with gothic family drama in a post-post-apocalyptic masterpiece that defies our understanding of identity, heredity, and bodily autonomy.
  • Monster, Jessica Lewis (fall): A new YA horror novel from the author of Bad Witch Burning, about a girl kidnapped as a sacrificial offering to an ancient beast who instead makes a deal with the monster to release it and avenge those who betrayed her.
  • No Gods For Drowning, Hailey Piper (fall): A serial killer is ritually sacrificing victims in order to lure back the old gods, but when the detectives on the killer’s trail realize the gods might not have left willingly, they must uncover the truth before the wrong god returns.
  • Such Sharp Teeth, Rachel Harrison (fall): From the author of The Return and Cackle comes a novel about a fiercely independent woman bitten by a werewolf, whose newfound monstrousness forces her to explore her trauma, rage, and vulnerability.
  • Ashthorne, April Yates (tbd): A queer, historical horror-romance novella inspired by Ice Age art in the caves of Derbyshire.
  • Children of Chicago 2, Cynthia Pelayo (tbd): Paloma has been watching the Grand Vespertilio Show her entire life. Grand, America’s most beloved horror host showcasing classic, low-budget and cult horror movies does so with a flourish, wearing his black tuxedo and hat, but Paloma has noticed something strange about Grand, stranger than his dark make-up and Gothic television set. After Paloma’s husband, a homicide detective, discovers an obscure movie poster pinned on a mutilated corpse on stage at the Chicago Theater, she knows that the only person that can help solve this mystery is Grand. Yet, Grand’s reach is much greater than one death, and Paloma soon becomes trapped between protecting a silent movie that’s been at the center of every human tragedy in recent history and the life of her young son.
  • The Hangman Feeds the Jackal: A Gothic Western, Coy Hall (tbd): Elijah Valero is a gunfighter afflicted with terrifying hallucinations, including a pervasive one of The Hangman out to kill him. Dogged by the relentless specter of the Hangman, Valero mistakenly kills innocent victims and is forced to hide in an abandoned monastery for his own safety and for that of others. Once there, he encounters far greater dangers than the imaginary Hangman, and gains a bid for redemption as he faces down some silver-hungry drifters out to terrorize a town for its riches.
  • A History of Fear, Luke Dumas (tbd): A literary suspense and horror novel set in Scotland about the psychological unraveling of an American graduate student who fears he is under the Devil’s control and is implicated in the murder of a classmate.
  • Our Shadows Have Claws, ed. Amparo Ortiz & Yamile Saied Méndez (tbd): A YA horror anthology featuring monsters and specters from Latinx folklore, from el Chupacabra to La Llorona, the vampire and werewolf, the pombero and Nahuelito, and beyond.
  • Skin Grows Over, Lucy Elizabeth Allan (tbd): A debut novella inspired by Ireland’s bog bodies.
  • A Study in Ugliness & Outras Histórias, H. Pueyo (tbd): A bilingual project of unapologetically South American speculative stories written both in English and Portuguese.
  • A Woman Built By Man, ed. S.H. Cooper, Olivia White, and Elle Turpitt (tbd): An anthology of short stories written by women and femme-identifying individuals that explore the ways in which women are shaped by the men around them.

Did we miss anything? Which 2022 horror books are you most excited for?


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14 thoughts on “All the Horror Books We’re Excited About in 2022

  1. This is an impressive and long list. You might probably add Richard Thomas new collection *Spontaneus Human Combustion* wich is announced to be published on March 22.
    Still hoped, Nathan Ballingrud’s novel would be published next year, but new fiction by Hailey Piper is always welcome.
    Thanks for doing these lists.

  2. Woohoo, lots of reading ahead! Since Tor Nightfire posted such a lovely review of my book IT WILL JUST BE US last year, I thought I’d mention that my next one, WHEN THE NIGHT BELLS RING comes out in October.

  3. Hi Emily! Huge and impressive list. May I add a title coming from Journalstone? Ghostflowers, by myself, Rus Wornom, publishing July 8, 2022. Hit up Scarlett Algee and she’ll be able to send you an official description. Thanks!

  4. Fantastic list, Emily! Would it be super cheeky of me to suggest CAMP HORROR, an anthology featuring LGBTQIA+ horror authors and edited by Roxie Voorhees and Spencer Hamilton, coming from my small press Blood Rites Horror next May? Would be an honour to see it here!

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