This Month in New Horror Books: August 2020

It’s hot out there, but it’s bone-chilling in here – this month we’ve got new novels, anthologies, and collections from authors all across the horror spectrum. Don’t miss The Living Dead, George Romero’s posthumous zombie epic (finished by Daniel Kraus), a terrifying new story collection from John Langan, an anthology of 19th- and early 20th-century spooky fiction by female authors, and more. Read on for all the new horror books on sale this month!

Also, a note: we’re continuously updating release dates and newly announced books both here and on our 2020 horror releases master post.


August’s new horror titles:

  • The Hollow Ones, Guillermo del Toro & Chuck Hogan (Aug 4): When a young FBI agent is forced to turn her gun on her own suddenly-violent partner, she finds herself looking for answers, and the man who has them might be immortal, but is certainly dangerous.
  • The Living Dead, George A. Romero and Daniel Kraus (Aug 4): Legendary horror director Romero started this novel to chronicle the origins of the living dead as told in his movies, and Daniel Kraus was asked by Romero’s widow to complete the novel after Romero’s death. A must-read for any zombie fan.
  • Weird Women: Classic Supernatural Fiction by Groundbreaking Female Writers 1852-1923, ed. Leslie S. Klinger and Lisa Morton (Aug 4): A new anthology of spooky supernatural fiction from authors both well-known (including Louisa May Alcott, Frances Hodgson Burnett, and Charlotte Gilman-Perkins) and underappreciated (including Marie Corelli, Ellen Glasgow, and Charlotte Riddell).
  • There is a Graveyard That Dwells in Man, ed. David Tibet (Aug 8): A formally weird compendium of bizarre tales both familiar and strange, from authors like Lady Dilke, Edna Underwood, Thomas Ligotti, L. P. Hartley, R. H. Benson, Walter de la Mare, Hugh Walpole, Colette de Curzon, L. A. Lewis, Edith Wharton, and others.
  • Crossroads, Laurel Hightower (Aug 10): A grieving mother must confront that the spirit haunting her may not be her late, beloved son, but rather something much, much darker.
  • Horror: An Illustrated History of Vampires, Zombies, Monsters & More, Neil Turitz (Aug 11): A copiously illustrated overview of the horror genre throughout modern history, in myth, story, and on screen.
  • Children of the Fang and Other Genealogies, John Langan (Aug 18): A new collection of short stories from the author of the Bram Stoker Award-winning novel The Fisherman (a Nightfire fave!).
  • Clown in a Cornfield, Adam Cesare (Aug 25): The title says it all on this one – and we can’t wait.
  • The Companion, Katie Alender (Aug 25): After a devastating accident leaves her orphaned, Margot is taken in by a wealthy family to serve as a companion to their strange, silent daughter Agatha. But isolated in a remote house, Margot finds her nightmares are only beginning.
  • Night Train, David Quantick (Aug 25): A woman wakes up on a train, with no idea how she got there – or why she’s surrounded by the dead.

As always, if we missed anything, let us know in the comments!

View our 2020 new horror release masterlist here, and view previous monthly new releases posts here.



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