This Month in New Horror Books: May 2020

May 2020 was, initially, going to be an absolutely stacked month for new horror fiction. But then, well, you know, the world… happened. So we’re looking at a much lighter slate of new releases than we would have seen otherwise – but there are still some very exciting titles here that don’t deserve to get lost in the news cycle!

Also, a note: with publishers moving release dates around, we’re continuously updating those dates both here and on our 2020 horror releases master post.


May’s new horror titles:

  • Are You Afraid of the Dark?, Seth C. Adams (May 5): A bereaved teenage boy encounters a wounded man in the woods and nurses him back to health in his treehouse – but his new friend is a killer for hire, and he’s brought some baggage along for the ride.
  • We Need to Do Something, Max Booth III (May 8): A tense, distressing novel about a troubled family sheltering in their bathroom during a tornado.
  • The Anthill, Julianne Pachico (May 12): A disturbing social horror novel set at a community center for street kids in Colombia, The Anthill is set against a backdrop of voluntourism and has creepy kids galore.
  • Out of Body, Jeffrey Ford (May 26): Astral projection (or is it lucid dreaming?) leads to deadly consequences in this new novella from Ford (The Twilight Pariah).

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


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