All the Horror Books We’re Excited About in 2021

We made it through 2020, folks. We did it! As a reward, we’ve got an absolutely stacked year ahead of us when it comes to 2021’s new horror books. There are already over 100 titles on our radar for this year, with more expected to be announced for publication in the fall and winter. New releases include Grady Hendrix, Rivers Solomon, Stephen Graham Jones, Brian Evenson, Cassandra Khaw, Richard Chizmar, Zoje Stage, Josh Malerman, Cynthia Pelayo, Gemma Files, Ramsey Campbell, Catriona Ward, Chuck Wendig, Jeffrey Ford, V. Castro, and many, many, many more.

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 – 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. Some titles publishing later in the year don’t have concrete release dates yet – we’ve listed those at the bottom – 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

  • Bloodline, Jess Lourey (Jan 1): In a tale inspired by real events, pregnant journalist Joan Harken is cautiously excited to follow her fiancé back to his Minnesota hometown. But something is off in the picture-perfect village. Her fiancé tells her she’s being paranoid. He might be right. Then again, she might have moved to the deadliest small town on earth.
  • Scream to the Shadows, Tunku Halim (Jan 1): This collection of twenty shadowy tales from “Asia’s Stephen King” features frights across genres and themes, from the occult to human madness, and from modern technology to the deep history of Malay mythology.
  • Taiping Tales of Terror, Julya Oui (Jan 1): A collection of stories that about the restless paranormal entities that walk among us that also serves as an homage to the author’s hometown and her favorite horror writers.
  • Animal, Munish K. Batra, M.D. & Keith DeCandido (Jan 5): An enthralling crime thriller about a serial killer who targets those who brutalize innocent animals. Who is the real animal?
  • The Push, Ashley Audrain (Jan 5): A tense, page-turning psychological drama about the making and breaking of a family—and a woman whose experience of motherhood is nothing at all what she hoped for—and everything she feared.
  • Root Magic, Eden Royce (Jan 5): Eden Royce‘s middle grade debut arrives with a wondrous story of love, bravery, friendship, family, and the folk traditions of the Gullah people, filled to the brim with magic great and small.
  • The Dangers of Smoking in Bed, Mariana Enriquez (Jan 12): Following the “propulsive and mesmerizing” Things We Lost in the Fire comes a new collection of singularly unsettling stories, by an Argentine author who has earned comparisons to Shirley Jackson and Jorge Luis Borges.
  • Tales from the Hinterland, Melissa Albert (Jan 12): A gorgeously illustrated collection of twelve “lush and deliciously sinister fairy tales” (Kelly Link) by the bestselling author of The Hazel Wood and The Night Country. Journey into the Hinterland, a brutal and beautiful world where a young woman spends a night with Death, brides are wed to a mysterious house in the trees, and an enchantress is killed twice—and still lives.
  • The Wind In My Heart, Douglas Wynne (Jan 15): Miles Landry is trying to put violence behind him when he takes up work as a private detective focused on humdrum adultery cases. But when a Tibetan monk hires him to find a missing person, things get weird fast. Charged with tracking down the reincarnation of a man possessed by a demonic guardian from the Tibetan Book of the Dead, Miles is plunged into a world of fortune-tellers, gangsters, and tantric rituals. The police attribute the killings to Chinatown gang warfare. Miles–skeptical of the supernatural–is inclined to agree. But what if the monster he’s hunting is more than a myth?
  • A House at the Bottom of a Lake, Josh Malerman (Jan 19): From the New York Times bestselling author of Bird Box comes a haunting tale of love and mystery, as the date of a lifetime becomes a maddening exploration of the depths of the heart.
  • In Darkness, Shadows Breathe, Catherine Cavendish (Jan 19): In a luxury apartment and in the walls of a modern hospital, the evil that was done continues to thrive. They are in the hands of an entity that knows no boundaries and crosses dimensions – bending and twisting time itself – and where danger waits in every shadow. The battle is on for their bodies and souls and the line between reality and nightmare is hard to define.
  • In the Garden of Spite, Camilla Bruce (Jan 19): An audacious novel of feminine rage about the Widow of La Porte, one of the most prolific female serial killers in American history–and the men who drove her to it.
  • Mad Men, A.R. Braun, Matt Leavitt, Willy Martinez (Jan 19): Mad Men is a collection of three disturbing horror shorts from authors living in the Midwest, exploring themes of man versus self, man versus man, and man versus creature.
  • The Route of Ice and Salt, José Luis Zárate (Jan 19): A reimagining of Dracula’s voyage to England, filled with Gothic imagery and queer desire. The cult vampire novella by Mexican author José Luis Zárate is available for the first time in English. Translated by David Bowles and with an accompanying essay by noted horror author Poppy Z. Brite, it reveals an unknown corner of Latin American literature.
  • Shiver, Allie Reynolds (Jan 19): In this propulsive locked-room thriller debut, a reunion weekend in the French Alps turns deadly when five friends discover that someone has deliberately stranded them at their remote mountaintop resort during a snowstorm.
  • Don’t Tell a Soul, Kirsten Miller (Jan 26): Stay up all night with this modern day Rebecca. Perfect for fans of Truly Devious–a haunting story about a new girl in an old town filled with dark secrets . . . that might just kill her.
  • Unchosen, Katharyn Blair (Jan 26): Katharyn Blair crafts a fiercely feminist fantasy with a horrifying curse, swoon-worthy sea captains, and the power of one girl to choose her own fate in this contemporary standalone adventure that’s perfect for fans of The Fifth Wave and Seafire, and for anyone who has ever felt unchosen.
  • The Unwelcome, Jacob Steven Mohr (Jan 29): She should have known Lutz would never let her go so easily…. After a chance roadside meeting, Kaitlyn Brecker’s jealous ex-boyfriend pursues her into the Appalachian foothills, revealing the monster under his skin for the first time.
  • A Dowry of Blood, S.T. Gibson (Jan 31): A lyrical and dreamy reimagining of Dracula’s brides, this is a story of desire, obsession, and emancipation.

February

  • The Blood Prince of Langkasuka, Tutu Dutta (Feb 1): A vampire novel set against the political landscape of 12th century Southeast Asia, following a prince whose chance encounter with an irresistible woman leaves him craving blood.
  • The Dead Hours of Night, Lisa Tuttle (Feb 2): In a career spanning almost 50 years, Lisa Tuttle has proven herself a master of the weird tale, and now this new collection of twelve unsettling stories – some never previously collected – offers readers a chance to discover some of her finest work.
  • Spec Ops Z, Gavin G Smith (Feb 2): A handsome new re-issue of a high-octane military-SF, as Russian Spetsnaz commandos are turned into zombies in ‘80s New York.
  • What Big Teeth, Rose Szabo (Feb 2): Rose Szabo’s YA debut is a dark and thrilling novel about a teen girl who returns home to her strange, wild family after years of estrangement, perfect for fans of Wilder Girls.
  • The Children God Forgot, Graham Masterton (Feb 4): Forsake the living. Forget the dead. Fear the children. A brand new chilling page-turner from the master of horror
  • The Burning Girls, C.J. Tudor (Feb 9): An unconventional vicar must exorcise the dark past of a remote village haunted by death and disappearances in this explosive and unsettling thriller from the acclaimed author of The Chalk Man.
  • Children of Chicago, Cynthia Pelayo (Feb 9): A modern-day homage to the fairy tale, as well a love letter to the underworld of Chicago. Chicago detective Lauren Medina’s latest call brings her to investigate a brutally murdered teenager in Humboldt Park. She recognizes the crime, and the new graffiti popping up all over the city, for what it really means: the Pied Piper has returned. When more children are found dead, Lauren is certain her suspicion is correct. She knows she must find out who has summoned him again, and why, before more people die.
  • A Flood of Posies, Tiffany Meuret (Feb 9): When a storm of biblical proportions strikes, two wayward sisters are begrudgingly forced together as the rain waters rise, each attempting to survive both the flood, the monstrous creatures called Posies, and each other.
  • Rafael, Laurell K. Hamilton (Feb 9): Rafael, king of the wererats, must fight to the death to defend his crown. He wants Anita Blake, one of his closest allies, with him as he faces an opponent unlike any he’s faced before. He will ask Anita to risk everything to be at his side.…
  • The Repeater Book of the Occult: Tales from the Darkside, ed. Tariq Goddard & Eugene Thacker (Feb 9): A selection of Repeater authors choose their favorite forgotten horror stories for this new anthology, with each also writing a critical introduction for the story of their choice.
  • Hearts Strange and Dreadful, Tim McGregor (Feb 15): In 1820s New England, Hester Stokely, an orphan with unusual abilities, struggles to find her place in the pious town of Wickstead. When a deadly plague comes to town, Hester becomes indispensable as a healer. Yet as Hester watches the town’s residents rapidly fall ill, she realizes that something more dangerous than disease has come to Wickstead.
  • In That Endlessness, Our End, Gemma Files (Feb 15): Hot on the heels of her This Is Horror Award-winning short story collection Spectral Evidence, critically-acclaimed horror author Gemma Files compiles fifteen more of her most startling recent nightmares—a creepily seductive downward spiral of dark poetry and existential dread, entirely suitable to the slow apocalypse going on all around us.
  • The Harrowed Paths, ed. David Annandale (Feb 16): Explore the darker, mysterious side of Warhammer Fiction with this great anthology of stories from Warhammer Horror. This collection features tales of the grim and uncanny by Graham McNeill, Jake Ozga, Lora Gray and more.
  • The Searching Dead, Ramsey Campbell (Feb 16): On a school trip to France teenager, Dominic Sheldrake begins to suspect his teacher Christian Noble has reasons to be there as secret as they are strange. Meanwhile a widowed neighbour joins a church that puts you in touch with your dead relatives, who prove much harder to get rid of. As Dominic and his friends Roberta and Jim investigate, they can’t suspect how much larger and more terrible the link between these mysteries will become.
  • The Bone Fire, György Dragomán (Feb 23): From the award-winning and internationally acclaimed European writer comes a chilling and suspenseful novel set in the wake of a violent revolution, about a young girl rescued from an orphanage by an otherworldly grandmother she’s never met.
  • Folk Songs for Trauma Surgeons, Keith Rosson (Feb 23): With grace, imagination, and a brazen gallows humor, Folk Songs for Trauma Surgeons merges the fantastic and the everyday, and includes a number of Rosson’s unpublished stories, as well as award-winning favorites.
  • The Loosening Skin, Aliya Whiteley (Feb 23): A gripping and strange story of shedding skins, love and moving on from the award-winning author of The Beauty. Includes an exclusive short story set in the world of The Loosening Skin.
  • Never Have I Ever, Isabel Yap (Feb 23): Spells and stories, urban legends and immigrant tales: the magic in Isabel Yap’s debut collection jumps right off the page, from the joy in her new novella, “A Spell for Foolish Hearts” to the terrifying tension of the urban legend “Have You Heard the One About Anamaria Marquez.”
  • The Russian Cage, Charlaine Harris (Feb 23): Bestselling author Charlaine Harris is at her best in this alternate history of the United States where magic is an acknowledged but despised power in this third installment of the Gunnie Rose series.
  • The Upstairs House, Julia Fine (Feb 23): A provocative meditation on new motherhood—Shirley Jackson meets The Awakening—in which a postpartum woman’s psychological unraveling becomes intertwined with the ghostly appearance of children’s book writer Margaret Wise Brown.
  • Shelter for the Damned, Mike Thorn (Feb 26): A scary, fast-paced horror novel that doubles as an unflinching study of suburban violence, masculine conditioning, and adolescent rage.
  • Midnight Doorways, Usman T. Malik (February): From the winner of The British Fantasy Award and the Bram Stoker Award comes a short story collection highlighting the scope of speculative art and literature in Pakistan.
  • Paradise Club, Tim Meyer (February): Welcome to Paradise. Sandy beaches. Crystalline waters. An all-inclusive resort with virtually everything you can think of. A true idyllic paradise, and now the site of a dangerous game pitting the hotel’s guests against a gang of bloodthirsty maniacs. A team of killers have been unleashed, and they won’t stop until every single guest is dead. Let the mayhem begin.

March

  • The Bishop of Hell and Other Stories, ​Marjorie Bowen (Mar 2): Marjorie Bowen was a prolific author of some 150 books and counted Arthur Conan Doyle, Mark Twain, and Graham Greene among her many admirers. Her most enduring work is her tales of the ghostly and supernatural, her favorites of which she collected in 1949 under the title The Bishop of Hell and Other Stories. This collection of twelve stories, newly reissued as part of Valancourt’s Monster, She Wrote series, ranks among the finest volumes of British ghost stories of all time.
  • Burning Girls and Other Stories, Veronica Schanoes (Mar 2): Veronica Schanoes crosses borders and genres with stories of fierce women at the margins of society burning their way toward the center. This debut collection introduces readers to a dark fantasist in the vein of Karen Russell and Kelly Link, with a voice all her own.
  • Dead Space, Kali Wallace (Mar 2): An investigator must solve a brutal murder on a claustrophobic space station in this tense science fiction thriller from the author of Salvation Day.
  • Down Comes The Night, Allison Saft (Mar 2): A snow-drenched romantic gothic fantasy full of magic and disease in a crumbling mansion that’ll keep you racing through the pages long into the night.
  • Later, Stephen King (Mar 2): The son of a struggling single mother, Jamie Conklin just wants an ordinary childhood. But Jamie is no ordinary child. Born with an unnatural ability his mom urges him to keep secret, Jamie can see what no one else can see and learn what no one else can learn. But the cost of using this ability is higher than Jamie can imagine—as he discovers when an NYPD detective draws him into the pursuit of a killer who has threatened to strike from beyond the grave.
  • Machinehood, S.B. Divya (Mar 2): From the Hugo Award nominee S.B. Divya, Zero Dark Thirty meets The Social Network in this science fiction thriller about artificial intelligence, sentience, and labor rights in a near future dominated by the gig economy.
  • The Headless Boy, Kelli Owens (Mar 8): Reeling from the loss of a child, Maggie finds her job at the local daycare unbearable and errands around town impossible. Unable to heal, she sinks further into the grip of grief and depression. Jake is a good guy, a great husband, and wants only the best for his broken wife. Therapy and medications aren’t helping, and a change of scenery makes perfect sense. A new home. A fresh start. But once they’ve settled in, Maggie offers him an alternative. And though Jake doesn’t believe in ghosts, he plays along with the charade in the name of helping his wife. Until he discovers it’s not a game. They are not alone. As the subtle activity grows violent, Jakes realizes the thing in their house has chosen Maggie as a surrogate mother, and it does not want a father figure. Jake and Maggie’s fresh start has become a battlefield, and he’s no longer sure which side his wife is on. Does Jake have the strength to save them both?
  • All the Murmuring Bones, A.G. Slatter (Mar 9): A harrowing and spellbinding tale of dark family secrets, grim magic, witches, and creatures of myth and the sea; of strong women and the men who seek to control them.
  • The Ghost Variations, Kevin Brockmeier (Mar 9): From the author of The Brief History of the Dead comes a collection of one hundred (!) short ghost stories, some funny, some poignant, and some terrifying.
  • The Girls Are All So Nice Here, Laurie Elizabeth Flynn (Mar 9): Two former best friends return to their college reunion to find that they’re being circled by someone who wants revenge for what they did ten years before—and will stop at nothing to get it—in this shocking psychological thriller about ambition, toxic friendship, and deadly desire.
  • Reality and Other Stories, John Lanchester (Mar 9): Ghost stories for the digital age by the Booker Prize–longlisted author of The Wall. Reality and Other Stories takes readers to a disquieting, uncanny world familiar to fans of The Twilight Zone or Black Mirror. Household gizmos with a mind of their own. Mysterious cell-phone calls from unknown numbers. Reality TV shows and the creeping suspicion that none of this is real…
  • The Second Bell, Gabriela Houston (Mar 9): In this Slavic-inspired dark fantasy, a young striga ostracized as a monster by her community fights to harness the power of her second heart, while her mother sacrifices everything to stop her…
  • Creatures of Passage, Morowa Yejidé (Mar 16): With echoes of Toni Morrison’s Beloved, Yejidé’s novel explores a forgotten quadrant of Washington, DC, and the ghosts that haunt it.
  • Our Last Echoes, Kate Alice Marshall (Mar 16): Kara Thomas meets Twin Peaks in this supernatural thriller about one girl’s hunt for the truth about her mother’s disappearance. People have been vanishing from Bitter Rock for decades, leaving only their ghostly echoes behind. Sophia is the only one who can break the cycle–or risk becoming nothing more than another echo haunting the island.
  • The Whispering House, Elizabeth Brooks (Mar 16): The Whispering House trades in secrets: of a son haunted by his family’s unsettling past, and a young woman uncovering the startling truth about her sister’s last days.
  • Dark Lullaby, Polly Ho-Yen (Mar 23): The world is suffering an infertility crisis. The last natural birth was over twenty years ago and now the only way to conceive is through a painful fertility treatment. Any children born are strictly monitored, and if you are deemed an unfit parent then your child is extracted. After witnessing so many struggling to conceive – and then keep – their babies, Kit thought she didn’t want children. But then she meets Thomas and they have a baby girl, Mimi. Soon the small mistakes build up and suddenly Kit is faced with the possibility of losing her daughter, and she is forced to ask herself how far she will go to keep her family together.
  • I Would Haunt You If I Could, Sean Padraic Birnie (Mar 23): The debut short story collection from Sean Padraic Birnie is sown with seeds of sorrow and grief, and imbued with disquieting bodily horrors. These tales are the product of an uncanny and febrile imagination. Birnie’s writing balances on the knife’s edge of the horror and literary divide. Stories that cut and bleed. Stories that linger and haunt.
  • The Lost Village, Camilla Sten (Mar 23): The Blair Witch Project meets Midsommar in this brilliantly disturbing thriller from Camilla Sten, an electrifying new voice in suspense.
  • Your Turn to Suffer, Tim Waggoner (Mar 23): Lorelei Palumbo is harassed by a sinister group calling themselves The Cabal. They accuse her of having committed unspeakable crimes in the past, and now she must pay. The Cabal begins taking her life apart one piece at a time – her job, her health, the people she loves – and she must try to figure out what The Cabal thinks she’s done if she’s to have any hope of answering their charges and salvaging her life.
  • A Broken Darkness, Premee Mohamed (Mar 30): The highly anticipated sequel to Beneath the Rising. It’s been a year and a half since the Anomaly, when They tried to force their way into the world from the shapeless void. Nick and Johnny are piecing their lives back together, but when more portals open to Them, they must risk everything to fight the darkness once more.
  • Goddess of Filth, V. Castro (Mar 30): One hot summer night, five best friends hold a séance. It’s all fun and games at first, but their tipsy laughter turns to terror when the flames burn straight through their prayer candles and Fernanda starts crawling toward her friends and chanting in Nahuatl, the language of their Aztec ancestors. Over the next few weeks, shy, modest Fernanda starts acting strangely. The local priest is convinced it’s a demon, but Lourdes begins to suspect it’s something else—something far more ancient and powerful.

April

  • The Silence That Binds, Paul Jessup (Apr 1): The world is cursed. A monstrous fog consumes and remakes all things infected with the black fog. A community of Seers push back against the curse. These seers are all women who have been orphaned. They live and train together in an ancient temple past the bone labyrinth. They perform elaborate and beautiful rituals to appease the ghosts of the world, and hold back the tide of the curse.
  • Eyes in the Dust and Other Stories, David Peak (Apr 2): Phantom limbs, porous realities, and strange reflections shifting in black glass. The thirteen stories included in David Peak’s decade-spanning collection explore how memory affects place and place memory, the traumas that haunt bodies like ghosts, and the desperation of needing to be seen and understood by others. Only in pulling back the bloody veil of this world may we be so blessed to see things as they really are—and not as we wish them to be.
  • Blessed Monsters, Emily A. Duncan (Apr 6): The startling conclusion to the bestselling Something Dark and Holy trilogy. The girl, the monster, the prince, the queen must unite once more to fight the dark chaos they’ve unleashed – but is it already too late?
  • The Drowning Kind, Jennifer McMahon (Apr 6): From the New York Times bestselling author of The Invited and The Winter People comes a chilling new novel about a woman who returns to the old family home after her sister mysteriously drowns in its swimming pool… but she’s not the pool’s only victim.
  • House of Hollow, Krystal Sutherland (Apr 6): A dark, twisty modern fairytale where three sisters discover they are not exactly all that they seem and evil things really do go bump in the night.
  • Poison Priestess, Lana Popovic (Apr 6): Book 2 in the Lady Slayers series, about French murderess and fortune teller Catherine Monvoisin. This entry, full of Black Masses and grisly murders follows Catherine’s ascent to notoriety as sorceress to the elite of Louis XIV’s royal court and her growing rivalry with an ambitious young magician.
  • Whisper Down the Lane, Clay McLeod Chapman (Apr 6): Inspired by the McMartin preschool trials and the Satanic Panic of the ‘80s, Clay McLeod Chapman, author of the critically acclaimed The Remaking, delivers another pulse pounding, true-crime-based horror novel.
  • Composite Creatures, Caroline Hardaker (Apr 13): In a society where self-preservation is as much an art as a science, Norah and Arthur are learning how to co-exist in their new little world. But survival in this world is a tricky thing, the air is thicker every day and illness creeps fast through the body. And the earth is becoming increasingly hostile to live in. Fortunately, Easton Grove is here for that in the form of a perfect little bundle to take home and harvest. You can live for as long as you keep it – or her – close.
  • The Helm of Midnight, Marina Lostetter (Apr 13): A legendary serial killer stalks the streets of a fantastical city in The Helm of Midnight, the stunning first novel in a new trilogy from acclaimed author Marina Lostetter.
  • The Mary Shelley Club, Goldy Moldavsky (Apr 13): New York Times-bestselling author Goldy Moldavsky delivers a deliciously twisty YA thriller that’s Scream meets Karen McManus about a mysterious club with an obsession for horror.
  • Near the Bone, Christina Henry (Apr 13): A woman trapped on a mountain attempts to survive more than one kind of monster, in a dread-inducing horror novel from national bestselling author Christina Henry.
  • The Nothing That Is, Kyle Winkler (Apr 19): It’s 1986. Cade McCall is an assistant manager for a catering business. Driving to work one morning, part of the local graveyard explodes. Later the same day, Cade gets an odd message from a client who needs catering for an Extreme Food Club. He calls himself Mr. Dinosaur. And he’s paying $11,000. Despite Cade’s reservations, he takes the gig. Although, who’s feeding whom is another question entirely… Involving female biker gangs, cults, possessed furniture, and a full dose of cosmic horror, The Nothing That Is serves up the weird.
  • The Forest of Stolen Girls, June Hur (Apr 20): Suspenseful and richly atmospheric, The Forest of Stolen Girls is a haunting historical mystery set on the Korean island of Jeju that is sure to keep readers guessing until the last page.
  • The Last Thing to Burn, Will Dean (Apr 20): On an isolated farm in the United Kingdom, a woman is trapped by the monster who kidnapped her seven years ago. When she discovers she is pregnant, she resolves to protect her child, no matter the cost, and starts to meticulously plot her escape. But when another woman is brought into the fold on the farm, her plans go awry. Can she save herself, her child, and this innocent woman at the same time? Or is she doomed to spend the remainder of her life as a captive? Intense, dark, and utterly gripping, The Last Thing to Burn “explores the resilience of the human spirit, even in the face of unfathomable evil. This harrowing journey is one worth taking” (Publishers Weekly).
  • Mirrorland, Carole Johnstone (Apr 20): With the startling twists of Gone Girl and the haunting emotional power of Room, Mirrorland is a thrilling work of psychological suspense about twin sisters, the man they both love, and the dark childhood they can’t leave behind.
  • Other Worlds: Peasants, Pilgrims, Spirits, Saints, Teffi (Apr 20): Stories about the occult, folk religions, superstition, and spiritual customs in Russia by one of the most essential twentieth-century writers of short fiction and essays.
  • A Still and Awful Red, Michael Howarth (Apr 23): Hungary, 1609. Maria, a young peasant girl, is an accomplished seamstress who dreams of a more prosperous life, away from the constant threat of war, famine and disease. Then an old woman arrives at her cottage, and informs Maria that she has been chosen by Countess Elizabeth Báthory to sew a series of elaborate gowns. But upon arriving at the castle, she suspects she is in terrible danger. Servants are beaten and then disappear, the Countess herself is prone to fits of rage, and there are screams in the middle of the night. As Maria explores the castle and unravels its inner secrets, she finds herself a prisoner, as well as an unwilling pawn in Countess Báthory’s murderous plot to retain both her power and beauty.
  • The Between, Ryan Leslie (Apr 27): While landscaping his backyard, Paul discovers an iron door buried in the soil. His childhood friend, Jay, pushes them to explore what’s beneath, but when the door slams shut above them, Paul and Jay are trapped in a between-worlds place of Escher-like rooms and horror story monsters, all with a mysterious connection to a command-line, dungeon explorer computer game from the early ‘80s called The Between.
  • A Natural History of Transition, Callum Angus (Apr 27): A collection of short stories that disrupts the notion that trans people can only have one transformation. Like the landscape studied over eons, change does not have an expiration date for these trans characters, who grow as tall as buildings, turn into mountains, unravel hometown mysteries, and give birth to cocoons. Portland-based author Callum Angus infuses his work with a mix of alternative history, horror, and a reality heavily dosed with magic.
  • To Drown in Dark Water, Steve Toase (Apr 27): The debut short story collection from Steve Toase heralds the arrival of a transcendent visionary of modern horror, a melding of the beauty and terror of Clive Barker and Tanith Lee, with Steve’s distinctive visceral and vibrant voice. Containing 6 new dark visions and a curated selection of reprints, To Drown in Dark Water is a veritable feast of gruesome delights.

May

  • The Birds, Frank Baker (May 4): Frank Baker’s avian apocalypse novel The Birds (1936) went largely unnoticed when first published, but after the release of Alfred Hitchcock’s film in 1963, Baker threatened to sue, believing the director had borrowed from his book. The text of this definitive edition of Baker’s classic is taken from his own copy of the book, in which he made hundreds of changes and corrections, never published until now. This edition also features an introduction by Hitchcock scholar Ken Mogg.
  • Hour of the Witch, Chris Bohjalian (May 4): A young Puritan woman–faithful, resourceful, but afraid of the demons that dog her soul–plots her escape from a violent marriage in this riveting and propulsive novel of historical suspense from the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Flight Attendant.
  • Prom House, Chelsea Mueller (May 4): What happens when the best night of your life turns into the worst? Full of menace and suspense, this is an unputdownable murder mystery set on a deadly prom weekend.
  • Sorrowland, Rivers Solomon (May 4): Rivers Solomon’s Sorrowland is a genre-bending work of Gothic fiction. Here, monsters aren’t just individuals, but entire nations. It is a searing, seminal book that marks the arrival of a bold, unignorable voice in American fiction.
  • The Twisted Tree, Frank Baker (May 4): The extremely rare first novel by Frank Baker (1908-1983), best known for his avian apocalypse novel The Birds (1936) and his classic fantasy Miss Hargreaves (1940). A story that one critic said might have been “written by the ghost of D. H. Lawrence seated on the grave of Mary Webb,” Baker’s brooding Gothic drama is an important rediscovery that remains a gripping and powerful read.
  • Vampire: The Masquerade: Walk Among Us, Cassandra Khaw, Genevieve Gornichec, Caitlin Starling (May 4): One of the most popular role-playing properties in the world gets new life with this trio of horror novellas set in Vampire: The Masquerade’s World of Darkness by three brilliant talents: Genevieve Gornichec, Cassandra Khaw, and Caitlin Starling.
  • The Whispering Dead, Darcy Coates (May 4): USA Today bestseller and rising queen of atmospheric horror Darcy Coates returns with a ghost story that will haunt you long after the final page. She hears them whispering…
  • Unfortunate Elements of My Anatomy, Hailey Piper (May 7): Love twisted into horrific shapes, nightmares driven by cruel music, and a world where what little light remains fractures the sky into midnight rainbows in eighteen stories tracing the dark veins of queer horror, isolation, and the monstrous feminine.
  • Black Water Sister, Zen Cho (May 11): A reluctant medium discovers the ties that bind can unleash a dangerous power in this compelling Malaysian-set contemporary fantasy.
  • Last One at the Party, Bethany Clift (May 11): It’s December 2023, and the world as we know it has ended. The human race has been wiped out by a virus called 6DM (‘Six Days Maximum’ – the longest you’ve got before your body destroys itself). But somehow, in London, one woman is still alive. A woman who has spent her whole life compromising what she wants, hiding how she feels and desperately trying to fit in. A woman who is entirely unprepared to face a future on her own. Now, with only an abandoned golden retriever for company, she must travel through burning cities, avoiding rotting corpses and ravenous rats on a final journey to discover if she really is the last surviving person on earth. And with no one else to live for, who will she become now that she’s completely alone?
  • Far From Home: An Anthology of Adventure Horror, ed. Samantha Kolesnik (May 15): A new anthology of short stories around the theme of adventure, from mountaineering and cave diving to treasure hunting and arctic expedition, featuring stories from Ali Seay, Cynthia Pelayo, Hailey Piper, and many more.
  • Goblin, Josh Malerman (May 18): Goblin seems like any other ordinary small town. But with master storyteller Josh Malerman as your tour guide, you’ll discover the secrets that hide behind its closed doors. These six novellas tell the story of a place where the rain is always falling, nighttime is always near, and your darkest fears and desires await.
  • Madam, Phoebe Wynne (May 18): A riveting, modern gothic debut with shades of The Secret History, The Stepford Wives, and a dash of Circe, set at a secretive all girls’ boarding school perched on a craggy Scottish peninsula. They want our silence. They want our obedience. Let them see our fire burn.
  • Screams from the Void, Anne Tibbets (May 18): For two years in deep space, the freighter Demeter and a small crew have collected botanical life from other planets. It’s a lesson in patience and hell. Mechanics Ensign Reina is ready to jump ship, if only because her abusive ex is also aboard, as well as her overbearing boss. It’s only after a foreign biological creature sneaks aboard and wreaks havoc on the ship and crew that Reina must find her grit – and maybe create a gadget or two – to survive… that is, if the crew members don’t lose their sanity and turn on each other in the process.
  • The Pleasure Merchant, Molly Tanzer (May 25): When apprentice wig-maker Tom Dawne’s greatest creation is used as part of a revenge scheme against a powerful gentleman, he is dismissed by his embarrassed master and forced to abandon his dreams of completing his training, setting up a shop of his own, and marrying his master’s daughter. Determined to clear his name, Tom becomes the servant of the man he suspects set him up. Tom finds himself caught up in a web of ambition, deceit, mesmerism, sex, and power…and at its center, a man able to procure pleasure for anyone—for a price—and a woman whose past has been stolen.
  • A Pretty Mouth, Molly Tanzer (May 25): A faithful valet is forced into the service of a decadent lord. A young writer of erotica returns to the family estate after many years in exile. A pair of twins conspires to explore the most eldritch and macabre debaucheries. A troupe of soldiers face off against unimagined barbarity. A young man determines to be part of the in crowd… at any cost.
  • Rumbullion, Molly Tanzer (May 25): In the aftermath of a party gone terribly, fatally wrong, nobleman Julian Bretwynde strives to make sense of the evening’s events, interrogating those in attendance, including the mysterious Count of Saint Germain, the Lady Nerissa, and a servant named Dionysios. As Julian attempts to excavate the truth from wildly disparate stories, he finds that truth may be far stranger—and deadlier—than he imagined.
  • Zeroland, Ryan Winters (May 28): Inspired by his time working in the Arctic and spurred on by our current political climate, Ryan Winters’ Zeroland follows a group of characters, each with pasts they’d prefer stay buried, doing all they can to survive in a world where life has become defined by environmental devastation. Under the eye of shadowy governmental oversight, the intertwined fates of these people—and perhaps the world—are on the line.

June

  • Bacchanal, Veronica G. Henry (June 1): Evil lives in a traveling carnival roaming the Depression-era South. But the carnival’s newest act, a peculiar young woman with latent magical powers, may hold the key to defeating it. Her time has come.
  • For The Wolf, Hannah Whitten (June 1): The first daughter is for the Throne. The second daughter is for the Wolf. For fans of Uprooted and The Bear and the Nightingale comes a dark, sweeping debut fantasy novel about a young woman who must be sacrificed to the legendary Wolf of the Wood to save her kingdom. But not all legends are true, and the Wolf isn’t the only danger lurking in the Wilderwood.
  • The Other Black Girl, Zakiya Dalila Harris (June 1): Urgent, propulsive, and sharp as a knife, The Other Black Girl is an electric debut about the tension that unfurls when two young Black women meet against the starkly white backdrop of New York City book publishing.
  • The Shape of Darkness, Laura Purcell (June 1): A struggling silhouette artist in Victorian Bath seeks out a renowned child spirit medium in order to speak to the dead – and to try and identify their killers – in this beguiling new tale from the queen of Gothic fiction, Laura Purcell.
  • Things Have Gotten Worse Since We Last Spoke, Eric LaRocca (June 1): Sadomasochism. Obsession. Death. A whirlpool of darkness churns at the heart of a macabre ballet between two lonely young women in an internet chat room in the early 2000’s — a darkness that threatens to forever transform them once they finally succumb to their most horrific desires. What have you done today to deserve your eyes?
  • Till We Become Monsters, Amanda Headlee (June 1): After the death of their grandmother, seven-year-old Korin, blaming his older brother Davis for her demise, tries to kill him. Sixteen years later, wracked with guilt, Korin comes to terms with the fact that Davis may not be the monster after all. Korin agrees to a hunting trip with his brother and father. But they never make it to their destination. An accident along the way separates the hunters in the dark forests of Minnesota during the threat of an oncoming blizzard. As the stranded hunters search for each other and safety, an ancient evil wakes.
  • Wendy, Darling, A.C. Wise (June 1): A lush, feminist re-imagining on what happened to Wendy after Neverland, for fans of Circe and The Mere Wife. Now a grown woman, a mother, a patient and a survivor, Wendy must follow Peter back to Neverland to rescue her daughter and finally face the darkness at the heart of the island…
  • The Ghost Finders, Adam McOmber (June 4): Henry Coxton, a fledgling occult detective, has taken up recent stewardship of a ghost finding firm, investigating gaslit mysteries in the damp cobblestone streets of Edwardian London. Along with his friends and associates—Violet Asquith, a telekinetic with a mysterious past, and Christopher X, a monster of dubious origins—Henry must work against the clock to solve the agency’s most terrifying case, one that threatens to destroy all he holds dear and perhaps even the very fabric of reality itself. Strongly influenced by the weird horror of Algernon Blackwood, M.R. James, and William Hope Hodgson, The Ghost Finders explores the darkest corners of London’s occult realities.
  • Shutter, Melissa Larsen (June 15): A young woman agrees to star in a filmmaker’s latest project, but soon realizes the movie is not what she expected in this chilling debut novel.
  • Beneath a Pale Sky, Philip Fracassi (June 18): Eight stories of horror, including an original novella, that will take you from the high-security ward of a mental hospital to the top of a Ferris Wheel on an ocean pier. Combining old-school horror with the modern weird, Beneath a Pale Sky will take you places you’ve never been before, and show you sights you won’t soon forget.
  • The Bridge, J.S. Breukelaar (June 22): Meera and her twin sister Kai are among thousands of hybrid women—called Mades—bred by the Father in his Blood Temple cult. Meera is rescued by a mysterious healer and storyteller, Narn, but her sister, Kai, does not survive the Father’s “unmaking. Years later, Meera meets a woman whose stories open her up to memories she’s never acknowledged, secrets she’s never wanted to know, about Narn’s and the Father’s connection to a violent campus stalker. Time is closing in and Meera is afraid of where she stands on the bridge between worlds—fearful of what waits on the other side.
  • Dream Girl, Laura Lippman (June 22): Following up on her acclaimed and wildly successful New York Times bestseller Lady in the Lake, Laura Lippman returns with a dark, complex tale of psychological suspense with echoes of Misery involving a novelist, incapacitated by injury, who is plagued by mysterious phone calls.
  • Moon Lake, Joe R. Lansdale (June 22): Edgar award-winning author Joe Lansdale returns with a standalone novel following the gripping and unexpected tale of the lost town and dark secret that lie beneath the glittering waters of an East Texas lake.
  • The Queen of the Cicadas, V. Castro (June 22): In 1950s south Texas, Milagro, a farmworker from Mexico, is murdered. Her death is ignored by the town, but not the Aztec goddess of death, Mictecacíhuatl. The goddess hears the dying cries of Milagros and creates a plan for both to be physically reborn by feeding on vengeance and worship. 70 years later, the new owners of the farmhouse find themselves immersed in the legend of Milagros and realize it is part of their fate as well.
  • Somebody’s Voice, Ramsey Campbell (June 22): Alex Grand is a successful crime novelist until his latest book is condemned for appropriating the experience of victims of abuse. In a bid to rescue his reputation he ghostwrites a memoir of abuse on behalf of a survivor, Carl Batchelor. Carl’s account proves to be less than entirely reliable; someone is alive who shouldn’t be. As Alex investigates the background of Carl’s accusations his grasp of the truth of the book and of his own involvement begins to crumble.
  • Star Eater, Kerstin Hall (June 22): In this dark fantasy debut novel, an order of cannibal nuns pay an unimaginable price in order to preserve their magical bloodline, but Elfreda wants out, whatever the cost. A phantasmagorical indictment of hereditary power, Star Eater takes readers deep into a perilous and uncanny world where even the most powerful women are forced to choose what sacrifices they will make, so that they might have any choice at all.
  • Unfortunates, Leo X. Robertson (June 24): In this collection of stories a sadistic blogger gleefully documents the murders of Hollywood celebrities. A journalist infiltrates a sex club for the physically impaired, finding he has more in common with them than he first assumed. A soon-to-be-dad gets seduced by a water spirit, which questions everything he thought he could impart as a father. And a primary school teacher meets his most difficult class yet: a horde of undead children.
  • Cinders of Yesterday, Jen Karner (June 29): Paranormal Hunter Dani Black wants nothing more ardently than she does revenge. A year ago, the rogue Necromancer Spectre murdered her partner during a hunt gone wrong, and she’s been looking for a way to kill him—and keep him dead—ever since. When rumors of a weapon capable of killing anything surfaces in Dawson Maryland, she sets out on a mission to get her hands on it.
  • Survive the Night, Riley Sager (June 29): It’s November 1991. George H. W. Bush is in the White House, Nirvana’s in the tape deck, and movie-obsessed college student Charlie Jordan is in a car with a man who might be a serial killer.
  • Queen of Teeth, Hailey Piper (June): Within forty-eight hours, Yaya Betancourt will go from discovering teeth between her thighs to being hunted by one of the most powerful corporations in America. She assumes the vagina dentata is a side effect of a rare genetic condition. But, when a pharmaceutical company upend her life, she realizes her secondary teeth might be evidence of a new experiment for which she’s the most advanced test tube… a situation worsened when Yaya’s condition sprouts horns, tentacles, and a mind of its own. Note: This title was available in a limited hardcover run in June 2021 and is in paperback as of November 1.

July

  • Big Dark Hole, Jeffrey Ford (Jul 6): A Jeffrey Ford story may start out in the innocuous and routine world of college teaching or evenings on a porch with your wife. But inevitably the weird comes crashing in. Big Dark Hole is about those big, dark holes that we find ourselves once in a while and maybe, too, the big dark holes that exist inside of us.
  • Master of Rods and Strings, Jason Marc Harris (Jul 6): Jealous of the attention lavished upon the puppetry talents of his dear sister–and tormented by visions of her torture at the hands of his mysterious Uncle Pavan, who recruited her for his arcane school–Elias is determined to learn the true nature of occult puppetry, no matter the hideous costs, in order to exact vengeance.
  • She Was Found in a Guitar Case, Dave Keaton (Jul 6): Recently fired from his job, Dave sets out on a manic, misguided quest for answers up the food chain of law enforcement corruption and down the increasingly bizarre Florida coastline. Battling cops, biker gangs, backwoods Bigfoot hunters, and getting tangled in tourist traps (both figurative and literal), he eventually stumbles onto a conspiracy involving body cameras, love locks, and a grand psychological experiment which may reveal the revolving doors and invisible walls of the nation’s prison system.
  • The Final Girl Support Group, Grady Hendrix (Jul 13): Hendrix’s homage to slasher films follows six girls who belong to a survivors’ support group that has been meeting for nearly two decades.
  • The Otherwise: The Screenplay for a Horror Film That Never Was, Mark E. Smith & Graham Duff (Jul 13): The first ever publication of Mark E. Smith’s supernatural film treatment, co-authored with Graham Duff. Every film production company who saw the script said it was ‘too weird’ to ever be made. The Otherwise is weird. Yet it’s also witty, shocking and genuinely scary. Now the screenplay is published for the first time, alongside photographs, drawings and handwritten notes.
  • The Taking of Jake Livingston, Ryan Douglass (Jul 13): Get Out meets Danielle Vega in this YA social thriller where survival is not a guarantee.
  • A Touch of Jen, Beth Morgan (Jul 13): Ottessa Moshfegh meets David Cronenberg in this viciously funny and terrifying debut novel about a love triangle so toxic that it breaks the order of the universe and unleashes a literal monster.
  • Immortelle, Catherine McCarthy (Jul 15): When Elinor’s daughter, Rowena, is found poisoned and dead in an animal trough, Elinor is sure the local parish priest is to blame. A ceramic artist by trade and influenced by her late grandmother’s interest in supernatural magic, Elinor crafts an immortelle for Rowena’s grave and attempts to capture the girl’s spirit in the clay model of a starling. Soon she is inundated with requests for immortelles and the more immersed in the craft she becomes, the greater her powers grow. As the dead share their secrets with grieving Elinor, she learns the sordid truth of what happened to her beloved daughter and plots a revenge so hideous, it must be kept a secret forever.
  • Transmuted, Eve Harms (Jul 15): Her doctor is giving her the body of his dreams… and her nightmares. Isa is a micro-celebrity who rarely shows her face, and can’t wait to have it expertly ripped off and rearranged to look more feminine. When a successful fundraiser makes her gender-affirming surgery possible, she’s overjoyed—until she has to give up all her money to save her dying father. Crushed by gender dysphoria and the pressure of disappointing her fans who paid for a new face, she answers a sketchy ad seeking transgender women for a free, experimental feminization treatment. The grotesquely flawless Dr. Skurm has gruesome methods, but he gets unbelievable results, and Isa is finally feeling comfortable in her skin. But Isa’s body won’t stop changing, and she’s going from super model to super mutant. She has to discover the secret behind her metamorphosis—before the changes are irreversible, and she’s an unwanted freak forever.
  • Where the Briars Sleep by Emma Beaven (Jul 17): In this early nineteenth-century gothic ghost story, Rose Shedd discovers something is stalking her, something unseen and filled with rage, something that demands recompense, and Rose’s life, the life of her sister, and the remnants of her family depend on memories she has forced herself to forget.
  • The Book of Accidents, Chuck Wendig (Jul 20): A family returns to their hometown—and to the dark past that haunts them still—in this masterpiece of literary horror by the New York Times bestselling author of Wanderers.
  • Come With Me, Ronald Malfi (Jul 20): A masterful, heart-palpitating novel of small-town horror and psychological dread from a Bram Stoker nominee.
  • The Follower, Nicholas Bowling (Jul 20): When her twin brother goes missing in Northern California, Vivian Owens follows his trail to the town of Mount Hookey, home to the followers of Telos: a mountain-worshipping cult that offers spiritual fulfilment to those who seek it. While trying to navigate the town’s bizarre inhabitants and the seductive preaching of the initiates of Telos, Vivian will have to confront questions about herself, her family, and everything she thinks she knows about the world. To that end, there is only one question she needs to answer: what is really at the top of Mount Hookey?
  • Rovers, Richard Lange (Jul 27): Summer, 1976. Jesse and his brother, Edgar, are on the road in search of victims. They’re rovers, nearly indestructible nocturnal beings who must consume human blood in order to survive. For seventy years they’ve lurked on the fringes of society, roaming from town to town, dingy motel to dingy motel, stalking the transients, addicts, and prostitutes they feed on. This hard-boiled supernatural hell ride kicks off when the brothers encounter a young woman who disrupts their grim routine, forcing Jesse to confront his past and plunging his present into deadly chaos as he finds himself scrambling to save her life.
  • Small Favors, Erin A. Craig (Jul 27): From the bestselling author of House of Salt and Sorrows comes a mesmerizing and chilling novel that’s The Village meets Needful Things, about what lurks in the shadows of the people you think you know.
  • Absolute Unit, Nick Kolakowski (Jul 29): Absolute Unit is a dark carnival ride through the underside of the American Dream, where hustlers and parasites fight to survive against gun-toting furries, sarcastic drug kingpins, old ladies who are startlingly good with knives, and angry ex-girlfriends. It’s a hardboiled slice of modern American horror that asks the deepest question of all: Is the human race worth saving?
  • Lost Letters to a Lover’s Carcass, Ronald J. Murray (Jul 30): Ronald J. Murray’s second dark poetry collection is a diatribe hurled against abusers—an act of war against those that thrive on the suffering of others. It is a personal look at the process of a man rediscovering his self-worth once defined by the iron fist control of another, once wrongly trusted. It is the escape from horrors designed by miserable creatures to keep you on their level toward self-appreciation and the true appreciation of those that matter.

August

  • Queen of Teeth, Hailey Piper (Aug 1): Within forty-eight hours, Yaya Betancourt will go from discovering teeth between her thighs to being hunted by one of the most powerful corporations in America. She assumes the vagina dentata is a side effect of a rare genetic condition. But, when a pharmaceutical company upend her life, she realizes her secondary teeth might be evidence of a new experiment for which she’s the most advanced test tube… a situation worsened when Yaya’s condition sprouts horns, tentacles, and a mind of its own. Note: This title was available in a limited hardcover run in June 2021 and is in paperback as of August 1.
  • All’s Well, Mona Awad (Aug 3): From the critically acclaimed author of Bunny, a darkly funny novel about a theater professor suffering chronic pain, who in the process of staging a troubled production of Shakespeare’s most maligned play, suddenly and miraculously recovers.
  • Billy Summers, Stephen King (Aug 3): King’s newest follows a killer-for-hire who only kills the worst of the worst, and who’s very, very good at what he does. When he’s hired for his biggest job yet, though, everything starts to go horribly wrong.
  • Chilling Cocktails: Classic Cocktails With A Horrifying Twist, Jason Ward (Aug 3): These chilling concoctions inspired by classic works of literature and scary movies will put you in the mood to enjoy the darkest and stormiest of nights. Included are recipes for 50 thematic cocktails such as Redrum, Scrèam de Menthe, and Turn of the Screwdriver—along with a dozen equally creepy party snacks to add more shivers to your evening.
  • The Dead and the Dark, Courtney Gould (Aug 3): Courtney Gould’s thrilling YA debut is about the things that lurk in dark corners, the parts of you that can’t remain hidden, and about finding home in places—and people—you didn’t expect.
  • The Glassy, Burning Floor of Hell, Brian Evenson (Aug 3): In this new short story collection, Brian Evenson envisions a chilling future beyond the Anthropocene that forces excruciating decisions about survival and self-sacrifice in the face of toxic air and a natural world torn between revenge and regeneration. Combining psychological and ecological horror, each tale thrums with Evenson’s award-winning literary craftsmanship, dark humor, and thrilling suspense.
  • A Lesson in Vengeance, Victoria Lee (Aug 3): For fans of Wilder Girls and Ninth House: a dark, twisty, atmospheric thriller about a boarding school haunted by its history of witchcraft and two girls dangerously close to digging up the past.
  • The Shipbuilder of Bellfairie, M. Rickert (Aug 3): A fantastical mystery brimming with flawed, tragic characters and a soupçon of magic, from the author of The Memory Garden.
  • Tidepool, Nicole Willson (Aug 3): Lovecraftian dark fantasy gets a modern treatment in this terrifying debut novel. When Sorrow’s brother Henry disappears while on a business trip, she travels to Tidepool, the last place Henry is known to have visited. Residents of the small, shabby oceanside town can’t quite meet Sorrow’s eyes when she asks about her brother. And when she discovers the town’s dark secret, some denizens of Tidepool—human and otherwise—are hell-bent on making sure Sorrow never leaves their forsaken town.
  • When the Reckoning Comes, LaTanya McQueen (Aug 3): A haunting novel about a Black woman who returns to her hometown for a plantation wedding and the horror that ensues as she reconnects with the blood-soaked history of the land and the best friends she left behind.
  • Oblivion in Flux, Maxwell Ian Gold (Aug 6): The debut prose poetry collection of Maxwell I. Gold takes the reader on a trip along demented railways and past rhizomatic tubular dreamscapes, to find themselves transported to plastic cities where the Cyber Gods sit on thrones of ivory and bone. With over 50 poems in this volume, you’ll discover artifacts and forgotten places, ruins and dark secrets. Oblivion in Flux intertwines prosaic story-telling and poetic visions, to tell the narrative of the Cyber Gods and those who have met them. The book will feature original poems and reprints as well as a brand-new collaborative prose poem written by the author and Bram Stoker Award winner and SFPA Grandmaster, Linda D. Addison.
  • Mark of the Wicked, Georgia Bowers (Aug 10): A young witch tries to unravel the mystery of who is framing her for dark magic in Georgia Bowers’ creepy YA debut fantasy, Mark of the Wicked.
  • Mine, Delilah S. Dawson (Aug 10): A twisty, terrifying ghost story about twelve-year-old Lily, her creepy new home in Florida, and the territorial ghost of the young girl who lived there before her.
  • We Feed the Dark: Tales of Terror, Loss, and the Supernatural, William P. Simmons (Aug 16): The first collection in fifteen years by critically acclaimed author William P. Simmons. This September, he returns with a stunning and heart-wrenching collection of interconnected fiction, autobiography, and revelation. These atmospheric and uncompromising stories chart the terror, loss, and supernatural dread hiding within the everyday. Simmons tells us a terrible truth: we feed the dark, nourishing it with our fears and desires. In turn, we are fed by it. This collection subverts reality, asking where fiction ends, and life begins.
  • August’s Eyes, Glenn Rolfe (Aug 17): When dreams start bleeding into reality, a social worker is forced to face the mistakes of his past. A serial killer has found a way to make his land of graveyards a sinister playground to be bent at his sadistic will. The secrets behind August’s eyes will bring two worlds together, and end in a cataclysm of pain and ruin.
  • Chasing the Boogeyman, Richard Chizmar (Aug 17): The New York Times bestselling coauthor of Gwendy’s Button Box brings his signature “thrilling, page-turning” prose to this story of small-town evil that combines the storytelling of Stephen King with the true-crime suspense of Michelle McNamara.
  • Dagger Hill, Devon Taylor (Aug 17): Stranger Things meets One of Us Is Lying in this creepy paranormal mystery about four friends who find themselves hunted by a malevolent presence in their sleepy hometown.
  • Getaway, Zoje Stage (Aug 17): A cinematic and terrifying new thriller from the bestselling author of Baby Teeth and Wonderland, about three friends who hike into the wilds of the Grand Canyon—only to find it’s not so easy to leave the world behind.
  • It’s Your Funeral, Kathy Benjamin (Aug 17): Put the fun back in funeral with this hilarious yet practical guide to planning the funeral of your dreams! From selecting your burial outfit to your funeral theme, guided-journal elements and worksheets will help you think outside the coffin.
  • Sometimes We’re Cruel and Other Stories, J.A.W. McCarthy (Aug 17): Obsession. Selfishness. Cruelty. Doppelgängers. In these dark, speculative stories—six reprints and six never before published, including the novelette “Girls Tied to Trees”—J.A.W. McCarthy explores how far humans and the not-quite-human will go to tame the darkness in their world and within themselves.
  • Bad Witch Burning, Jessica Lewis (Aug 24): For fans of Lovecraft Country and Candyman comes a witchy story full of Black girl magic as one girl’s dark ability to summon the dead offers her a chance at a new life, while revealing to her an even darker future.
  • The Deer Kings, Wendy N. Wagner (Aug 27): In 1989, Gary Sheldon and his friends created their own saint. In 2018, they discover it’s become a god. Gary thought he’d escaped Kingston, Oregon, the town where his parents died and where one tragic summer he and a group of outcast teens turned to the supernatural to protect themselves from a deranged drug dealer. But when his wife lands her dream job as a high school principal, he is forced to return to his hometown. As Gary reconnects with old friends and his son thrives on the football team, the past feels like a distant memory. But unsettling encounters and mutilated animals in the woods reveal that the Deer Saint is still at work. Now Gary must look into his past to find answers: Who is making sacrifices to the Deer Saint? And what do they want with his family?
  • My Heart is a Chainsaw, Stephen Graham Jones (Aug 31): In her quickly gentrifying rural lake town, Jade sees recent events only her encyclopedic knowledge of horror films could have prepared her for in this latest novel from horror master Stephen Graham Jones.
  • Red X, David Demchuk (Aug 31): A hunted community. A haunted author. A horror that spans centuries. Men are disappearing from Toronto’s gay village. One by one, stalked and vanished, they leave behind small circles of baffled, frightened friends. Against the shifting backdrop of homophobia, from the HIV/AIDS crisis and riots against raids to gentrification and police brutality, the survivors face inaction from the law and disinterest from society at large. But as the missing grow in number, those left behind begin to realize that whoever or whatever is taking these men has been doing so for longer than is humanly possible.
  • Revelator, Daryl Gregory (Aug 31): From the acclaimed author of Spoonbenders comes the gripping southern gothic tale of a family’s mysterious religion, and the daughter who turns her back on their god.
  • The Woods Are Always Watching, Stephanie Perkins (Aug 31): A traditional backwoods horror story set–first page to last–in the woods of the Pisgah National Forest in the Blue Ridge Mountains. Two girls go backpacking in the woods. Things go very wrong. And, then, their paths collide with a serial killer.

September

  • Bodies Full of Burning, ed. Nicole M Wolverton (Sept 1): Menopause can be hell. With Bodies Full of Burning, Nicole M. Wolverton has selected 16 stories which show how deadly the change of life can be. From state-sanctioned surgeries to transformative encounters with mythical creatures; strained relationships to fiery vengeance, these tales offer thoughtful insights into a topic rarely viewed through the lens of horror.
  • The Strange Thing We Become & Other Dark Tales, Eric LaRocca (Sept 1): The debut short story collection from LaRocca, author of the acclaimed novella Starving Ghosts in Every Thread.
  • The All-Consuming World, Cassandra Khaw (Sept 7): A diverse team of broken, diminished former criminals get back together to solve the mystery of their last, disastrous mission and to rescue a missing and much-changed comrade… but they’re not the only ones in pursuit of the secret at the heart of the planet Dimmuborgir. Cassandra Khaw’s debut novel is a page-turning exploration of humans and machines that is perfect for readers of Ann Leckie, Ursula Le Guin, and Kameron Hurley.
  • The Art of Space Travel and Other Stories, Nina Allan (Sept 7): A stunningly inventive collection from multi award-winning author, Nina Allan. Unsettling, dark and brilliantly astute, these weird and wonderful tales take us on journeys through time and space to explore enduring questions of memory and loss. Her worlds are recognizably our own but always closer to the edge, on the slant – and sharply unexpected. These stories are an unmissable insight into a writer at the top of her game.
  • Certain Dark Things, Silvia Moreno-Garcia (Sept 7): From Silvia Moreno-Garcia, the bestselling author of Mexican Gothic, comes a beautiful new reissue of Certain Dark Things, a pulse-pounding neo-noir that reimagines vampire lore. (A Nightfire title)
  • Grievers, adrienne maree brown (Sept 7): Grievers is the story of a city so plagued by grief that it can no longer function. Dune’s mother is patient zero of a mysterious illness that stops people in their tracks—in mid-sentence, mid-action, mid-life—casting them into a nonresponsive state from which no one recovers. Dune must navigate poverty and the loss of her mother as Detroit’s hospitals, morgues, and graveyards begin to overflow. As the quarantined city slowly empties of life, she investigates what caused the plague, and what might end it. In anguish, she follows in the footsteps of her late researcher father, who has a physical model of Detroit’s history and losses set up in their basement. She dusts the model off and begins tracking the sick and dying, discovering patterns, finding comrades in curiosity, conspiracies for the fertile ground of the city, and the unexpected magic that emerges when the debt of grief is cleared.
  • Grimoire of the Four Impostors, Coy Hall (Sept 7): Journey into the Occult, where history is horror: presented in six tales, Grimoire of the Four Impostors takes readers on a dark tour of the 17th century, where corners of the world stand in shadow. Here grimoires possess secrets, impostors beguile the unwary, temptation turns macabre, and the night is no friend.
  • The House of Ashes, Stuart Neville (Sept 7): For fans of Gillian Flynn and Tana French, a chilling story of a Northern Irish murder sixty years buried Sara Keane’s husband, Damien, has uprooted them from England and moved them to his native Northern Ireland for a “fresh start” in the wake of her nervous breakdown. When a blood-soaked old woman beats on the door, insisting the house is hers before being bundled back to her care facility, Sara begins to understand the house has a terrible history her husband never intended for her to discover. As the two women form a bond over their shared traumas, Sara finds the strength to stand up to her abuser, and Mary—silent for six decades—is finally ready to tell her story . . .
  • The Mammoth Book of Folk Horror, ed. Stephen Jones (Sept 7): Welcome to a landscape of ancient evil… with stories by masters of horror Arthur Machen, Algernon Blackwood, H. P. Lovecraft, M. R. James​, Ramsey Campbell, Storm Constantine, Christopher Fowler, Alison Littlewood, Kim Newman, Reggie Oliver​, Michael Marshall Smith, Karl Edward Wagner, and more!
  • The Peculiarities, David Liss (Sept 7): From popular historical fiction author David Liss (A Conspiracy of Paper) comes the tale of a clueless young man embroiled in a deadly supernatural mystery in Victorian London. Rooted in strange conspiracies and secret societies, this absurdist comedic romp combines strange bedfellows with murderous creatures, resulting in an unexpectedly delightful consequences.
  • Weird Women Volume 2: 1840-1925, ed. Lisa Morton and Leslie S. Klinger (Sept 7): Following the success of Weird Women: Volume 1, acclaimed anthologists Lisa Morton and Leslie S. Klinger return with another offering of overlooked masterworks from early female horror writers, including George Eliot, Zora Neale Hurston, Harriet Beecher Stowe, and Edith Wharton.
  • Floaters, Garrett Boatman (Sept 10): London 1890s. Out of the Thames’ fetid depths, the undead rise to feast upon the living. While the beleaguered police and the Queen’s army battle twin plagues—human and inhuman—London’s criminal youth gangs join forces to save their city. Will these violent youths be able to put aside their rivalries long enough to get the job done?
  • Among the Lilies, Daniel Mills (Sept 14): The long-awaited new collection of short stories from Daniel Mills, whose literary antecedents include Poe, Hawthorne, Vernon Lee, and John Darnielle. A visionary and poetic stylist. Contains the long out-of-print novella “The Account of David Stonehouse, Exile,” and two new stories written expressly for this collection.
  • Empire of the Vampire, Jay Kristoff (Sept 14): Twenty-seven years have passed since the last sunrise, and for almost three decades, the creatures of the night have walked the day without fear. Once, humanity fought bravely against the coldblood legions, but now, we exist only in a few scattered settlements—tiny sparks of light in a growing sea of darkness.
  • From The Neck Up, Aliya Whiteley (Sept 14): The new collection of beautiful, strange and disarming short stories from the award-winning author of The Beauty, The Loosening Skin, and The Arrival of Missives. In 16 stories, Whiteley deftly unpeels the strangeness of everyday life through beguiling gardens, rebellious bodies ,and journeys across familiar worlds, with her trademark wit and compassion.
  • Mordew, Alex Pheby (Sept 14): God is dead, his corpse hidden in the catacombs beneath Mordew. A young boy from the slums called Nathan Treeves is sold by his desperate mother to the mysterious Master of Mordew, who derives his magical power from feeding on the corpse of God. But Nathan, despite his fear and lowly station, has his own strength — and it is greater than the Master has ever known. Great enough to destroy everything the Master has built. If only Nathan can discover how to use it.
  • Slewfoot, Brom (Sept 14): Set in Colonial New England, Slewfoot is an illustrated tale of magic and mystery, of triumph and terror as only dark fantasist Brom can tell it. (A Nightfire title)
  • Stalking Shadows, Cyla Panin (Sept 14): A gothic, feminist fantasy retelling of Beauty and the Beast. To protect her sister, Marie laces perfumes with honeysuckle to mark victims for Ama to hunt when she transforms into a beast at night. But when a child in their town is killed, Marie is forced to acknowledge that she might be losing control of Ama—and must instead find a cure for this curse.
  • White Smoke, Tiffany D. Jackson (Sept 14): Pitched as Get Out meets The Haunting of Hill House, White Smoke is about a girl and her blended family who move into a newly renovated, picture-perfect home in a dilapidated Midwestern city and are haunted by what she thinks are ghosts, but might be far worse
  • Hex, Thomas Olde Heuvelt (Sept 21): A new edition of Olde Heuvelt’s cult favorite novel of a cursed town’s descent into darkness. (A Nightfire title)
  • To Break a Covenant, Alison Ames (Sept 21): Debut voice Alison Ames delivers with a chilling, feminist thriller, perfect for fans of Wilder Girls and Sawkill Girls. New Basin, an ex-mining town, relies on its haunted reputation to bring in tourists, but there’s more truth to the rumors than most are willing to admit, and the mine disaster still has a hold on everyone who lives there. The people of New Basin start experiencing strange phenomena—sleepwalking, night terrors, voices that only they can hear. And no matter how many vans of ghost hunters roll through, nobody can get to the bottom of what’s really going on. Which is why four girls decide to enter the mine themselves.
  • Followers, Christina Bergling (Sept 24): Sidney, a single mother with a dull day job, has big dreams of becoming a full-time horror reviewer and risqué gore model. She’s determined to make her website a success, and if her growing pool of online followers is any indication, things are looking good for her Elvira-esque aspirations. But when Sidney is attacked on a dark trail late one night, it becomes clear that the horror she loves is bleeding into her real life.
  • Whitesands, Johann Thorsson (Sept 26): Detective John Dark’s daughter has been missing for two years. In his initial frantic and unfruitful search for her, John Dark overreached and was reprimanded and demoted. Now suddenly back into the homicide department, Dark is put on a chilling case – a man who killed his wife in their locked house and then dressed the body up to resemble a deer, but claims to remember none of it. A few days later an impossibly similar case crops up, connecting the suspects to a prep school and a thirty year old missing persons’ case. Just as he is getting back into his old groove, a new lead in his daughter’s disappearance pops up and threatens to derail his career again.
  • Horseman: A Tale of Sleepy Hollow, Christina Henry (Sept 28): In this atmospheric, terrifying novel that draws strongly from “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow,” the author of Alice and The Girl in Red works her trademark magic, spinning an engaging and frightening new story from a classic tale.
  • Hyde, Craig Russell (Sept 28): From the internationally acclaimed author, a stunning gothic reimagining of the Jekyll and Hyde story in which Captain Edward Hyde, chief detective of Victorian Edinburgh, investigates a gruesome murder that may unmask his own darkest secret.
  • The Last House on Needless Street, Catriona Ward (Sept 28): A gripping psychological horror novel that delivers twist after twist, The Last House on Needless Street by Shirley Jackson award-winning author Catriona Ward is a shocking exploration of the lengths we’ll go to protect ourselves from dark truths. (A Nightfire title)
  • The Liar of Red Valley, Walter Goodwater (Sept 28): Don’t trust the Liar. Don’t go in the River. Do not cross the King. In Red Valley, California, you follow the rules if you want to stay alive. But even that isn’t enough to protect Sadie now that she’s unexpectedly become the Liar: the keeper and maker of Red Valley’s many secrets.
  • No One Goes Alone, Erik Larson (Sept 28): From New York Times bestselling author Erik Larson comes his first venture into fiction, an otherworldly tale of intrigue and the impossible that marshals his trademark approach to nonfiction to create something new: a ghost story thoroughly grounded in history.Pioneering psychologist William James leads an expedition to a remote isle in search of answers after a family inexplicably vanishes. Was the cause rooted in the physical world . . . or were there forces more paranormal and sinister at work? Available only on audio, because as Larson says, ghost stories are best told aloud.
  • The Seven Visitations of Sydney Burgess, Andy Marino (Sept 28): From a thrilling new voice in horror comes the haunting tale of a woman whose life begins to unravel after a home invasion. She’s told she killed the intruder. But she can’t remember, and no one believes her…
  • Summer Sons, Lee Mandelo (Sept 28): Lee Mandelo’s debut Summer Sons is a sweltering, queer Southern Gothic that crosses Appalachian street racing with academic intrigue, all haunted by hungry ghosts.
  • When Things Get Dark: Stories Inspired by Shirley Jackson, ed. Ellen Datlow (Sept 28): Legendary editor Ellen Datlow collects today’s best horror writers in tribute to the genius of Shirley Jackson. Featuring Joyce Carol Oates, Josh Malerman, Paul Tremblay, Richard Kadrey, Stephen Graham Jones, Elizabeth Hand and more.
  • The Kindly Ones, Cliff James (September): After a disaster, two families encounter each other in a deserted village within a vast forest. In the beginning, their attempt to co-exist together in this isolated setting seems successful, and a social contract is collectively agreed and various relationships between the two communities develop over time. Differences of belief between the two groups soon intensify, and as the social contract is overturned and replaced by a theocracy, the community descends into chaos. Mindful of myths and fairytales, the forest that encircles the village in The Kindly Ones is a dark and menacing environment, inhabited by unknown beasts that represent the dangers that lurk beyond the edges of civilization.
  • Mr. Gaunt and Other Uneasy Encounters, John Langan (September): John Langan’s long out-of-print first collection, in a beautiful new edition.

October

  • Fit For Consumption, Steve Berman (Oct 1): In Berman’s newest short story collection, the phrase “you are what you eat” is taken to heart; these are stories of men facing strange appetites within their own physicality, within a lover or, perhaps, a stranger’s hungers. A young athlete attends an exclusive wrestling camp, but some of the campers are more focused on the unwelcome boys they claim lurk inside their bellies. A fixit man on a mission to retrieve a runaway finds himself forced into impersonating a pulp hero by her captor. Life as a pledge at a New Orleans fraternity is made all the worse when a magical–perhaps cursed?–flask that fills with whatever the bearer desires, yet also causes the drinker to desire the pledge. With stories inspired by Edgar Allan Poe, H.P. Lovecraft, and Ramsey Campbell, the menu has thirteen tales that range from the weird to the humour noir to the monstrous. No digestif is necessary.
  • The Between, Tananarive Due (Oct 5): A man risks his soul and his sanity to save his family from malevolent forces in this new edition of the brilliant first novel of horror and the supernatural from the award-winning pioneer of speculative fiction and author of the classic My Soul to Keep.
  • Bones Will Roll: A Zombicide Novel, Josh Reynolds (Oct 5): Hordes of zombies threaten to wipe out all of mankind in this first action-horror novel set in the exciting (yet horrifying) world of the Zombicide games.
  • Cackle, Rachel Harrison (Oct 5): The second novel from the author of 2020’s The Return, about a woman who learns to empower herself after befriending a witch.
  • The City Beautiful, Aden Polydoros (Oct 5): Death lurks around every corner in this unforgettable Jewish historical dark fantasy about a city, a boy, a dybbuk, and the shadows of the past that bind them together.
  • The Gold Persimmon, Lindsay Merbaum (Oct 5): Haunted by specters of grief and familial shame, Jaime, a nonbinary writer, and Cly, a cloistered check-in girl, find themselves trapped in dual narratives in this gripping experimental novel that explores sexuality, surveillance, and the very nature of storytelling.
  • The Haunting Season: Eight Ghostly Tales for Long Winter Nights, Various Authors (Oct 5): Eight bestselling, award-winning writers return to the time-honored tradition of the seasonal ghost story in this spellbinding collection of new and original haunted tales. Taking you from the frosty fens of the English countryside to the snow-covered grounds of a haunted estate to a bustling London Christmas market, these mesmerizing stories will capture your imagination and serve as your indispensable companion to cold, dark nights. So curl up, light a candle, and fall under the ghostly spell of winters past…
  • The Lighthouse Witches, C.J. Cooke (Oct 5): Two sisters go missing on a remote Scottish island. Twenty years later, one is found–but she’s still the same age as when she disappeared. The secrets of witches have reached across the centuries in this chilling Gothic thriller from the author of the acclaimed The Nesting.
  • Reprieve, James Han Mattson (Oct 5): A chilling and blisteringly relevant literary novel of social horror centered around a brutal killing that takes place in a full-contact haunted escape room—a provocative exploration of capitalism, hate politics, racial fetishism, and our obsession with fear as entertainment.
  • Beware: The Art of Goosebumps, Sarah Rodriguez (Oct 12): Featuring tons of fun facts about the series alongside a walkthrough of all books and covers in the Goosebumps collections, this art book is a must-have for old and new fans alike.
  • The Ghosts of Who You Were, Christopher Golden (Oct 12): In this chilling new collection from Bram Stoker Award-winner Christopher Golden, the author takes you on a tour of his darkest nightmares. From a little door inside an elevator to a hellish prison for stolen children, from a terrifying future where nightfall means death to a fairy tale past in which lies and illusion enrage the ghosts all around us. The Ghosts of Who You Were collects some of Golden’s finest stories, tales of bad fathers and ancient monsters, the promises of strangers, parties that never end, and a collection of Hollywood curses.
  • Pearl, Josh Malerman (Oct 12): From the New York Times bestselling author of Bird Box comes the legend of a strange new monster unlike any other in horror. Go to the farm just outside of town and you’ll hear it. A voice. Inside your head. Or is it? Come to me… A voice that makes you want to pick up that axe over in the corner of the barn. And swing it. And kill. Feed us. Feed us now. It is the voice of Pearl. Sing for me. Sing for your precious Pearl…
  • This Thing Between Us, Gus Moreno (Oct 12): A widower battles his grief, rage, and the mysterious evil inhabiting his home smart speaker, in this mesmerizing horror thriller from Gus Moreno.
  • Little Sister, Elana Gomel (Oct 15): A dystopian historical fantasy set in the Soviet Era. Presenting a richly imagined alternative history world, this is a tale of friendship, survival, and heartbreak. Fans of The Book Thief and The Wolfhound Century will enjoy this striking fantasy rooted in Russian fiction.
  • Rookfield, Gordon B. White (Oct 15): Written and set during the pandemic, Rookfield follows not-so-attentive father Cabot Howard as he tracks down his ex-wife and their son to the titular town after they flee their city home to avoid the plague. Once in Rookfield, however, Cabot finds that he isn’t particularly welcome, and that the residents there take masking very, very seriously…
  • Beyond the Veil, ed. Mark Morris (Oct 19): Beyond the Veil is the second volume in an annual, non-themed horror series of entirely original stories, showcasing the very best short fiction that the genre has to offer, and edited by Mark Morris. This new anthology contains 20 original horror stories, 16 of which have been commissioned from some of the top names in the genre, and 4 of which have been selected from the 100s of stories sent to Flame Tree during a 2-week open submissions window.
  • Body Shocks: Extreme Tales of Body Horror, ed. Ellen Datlow (Oct 19): Bestselling editor Ellen Datlow delivers world-class body horror in all its gruesome, psychological, and shocking glory. Contributors include Carmen Maria Machado, Richard Kadrey, Seanan McGuire, Caitlín R. Kiernan, Tananarive Due, and many more.
  • Born of No Woman, Franck Bouysse, trans. Lara Vergnaud (Oct 19): In this gothic tale reminiscent of Faulkner’s Light in August, a young woman’s journals divulge the horrible secrets of a wealthy family in late nineteenth-century rural France. The English-language debut of critically acclaimed author Franck Bouysse, this exquisitely written novel is both a keen commentary on class and a chilling horror story.
  • The Death of Jane Lawrence, Caitlin Starling (Oct 19): From the author of The Luminous Dead comes a Crimson Peak-inspired gothic horror novel about a young woman who makes a marriage of convenience and soon finds herself trapped in her new husband’s decrepit and possibly haunted mansion, and spirals down a dangerous path of ritual magic in an effort to save them both.
  • Faithless, Hunter Shea (Oct 19): How do you survive hearing your family being brutally murdered over the phone? For Father Raul Figeuroa, all faith and hope are lost. Turning away from the priesthood behind, he retreats to his aunt’s empty farmhouse in upstate New York, hoping to drink himself to oblivion. But he’s not alone in the house. Something is trying to reach out to him. Or is he losing his grip on reality? When his childhood friend Felix comes to visit, things take a darker turn. The deeper they dig into the mystery, the closer they get to hell literally breaking loose.
  • Flowers for the Sea, Zin E. Rocklyn (Oct 19): Survivors from a flooded kingdom struggle alone on an ark. Resources are scant, and ravenous sea beasts circle. Among the refugees is Iraxi: a commoner who refused a prince, she’s pregnant with a child that might be more creature than human. Her fate may be darker and more powerful than she can imagine.
  • The Ghost Sequences, A.C. Wise (Oct 19): A collection of stories about ghosts and hauntings, from the author of The Kissing Booth Girl and Other Stories, Wendy, Darling, and more.
  • Nothing But Blackened Teeth, Cassandra Khaw (Oct 19): Cassandra Khaw’s Nothing But Blackened Teeth is a gorgeously creepy haunted house tale, steeped in Japanese folklore and full of devastating twists. (A Nightfire title)
  • The Restoration, J.H. Moncrieff (Oct 19): Inspired by the author’s overnight stay in a historical haunted house, The Restoration is a thrilling tale of intrigue, murder, and family secrets that refuse to stay buried.
  • The Transgressionists and Other Disquieting Works, Giorgio De Maria (Oct 19): 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.”
  • October Nights, Kevin Lucia (Oct 22): Halloween is a night when anything seems possible, where mystery lingers and the air is pregnant with the expectation of transformation. Nowhere is this truer than in the strange town of Clifton Heights, New York, where you’ll encounter things both wondrous and terrifying.
  • Comfort Me With Apples, Catherynne M. Valente (Oct 26): A terrifying new thriller from bestseller Catherynne M. Valente, for fans of Gone Girl and Spinning Silver. Sophia’s life is perfect. Her husband is perfect. Their home together in Arcadia Gardens is perfect. Everything is perfect. But sometimes Sophia wonders about things. Dark things. Like the locked basement she is never allowed to enter. And whenever she asks the neighbors, they can’t quite meet her gaze…
  • The Secret Skin, Wendy N. Wagner (Oct 26): The Secret Skin by Wendy N. Wagner is a sawmill gothic that begins with June Vogel’s return to Storm Break, her family’s estate. Things in the great house aren’t what they used to be. Doors slam in the night. Faucets turn on, untouched. Something is always watching, whatever June does. And when her brother returns with his new bride, deceit and betrayal threaten to destroy everything she loves.
  • The Unheard, Nicci French (Oct 26): In this new heart-pounding standalone from the internationally bestselling author that People calls “razor sharp,” a single mother suspects her young daughter has witnessed a horrible crime when she draws a disturbing picture—but the deadly path to unravel the truth could cost her everything.
  • Where They Wait, Scott Carson (Oct 26): A new supernatural novel about a sinister mindfulness app with fatal consequences from the New York Times bestselling author of The Chill.
  • Boys in the Valley, Philip Fracassi (Oct 31): St. Vincent’s Orphanage for Boys. Turn of the century, in a remote valley in Pennsylvania. Here, under the watchful eyes of several priests, 30 boys work and learn and worship. Peter Barlow has made a new life here. Then, late one stormy night, a group of men arrive at their door, one of whom is badly wounded, his body covered with occult symbols carved into his flesh. Upon his death, an ancient evil is released that infests St. Vincent’s and the children within. Now Peter and those dear to him must choose sides of their own, each of them knowing their lives — and perhaps their eternal souls — are at risk.

November

  • The Night, Rodrigo Blanco Calderon, trans. Daniel Hahn & Noel Hernández (Nov 2): 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.
  • Something More Than Night, Kim Newman (Nov 2): With his signature wit, the award-winning author of Anno Dracula, Kim Newman, reimagines the lives of Raymond Chandler and Boris Karloff in this daring and horrifying tale.
  • All of Us Villains, Amanda Foody and Christine Lynn Herman (Nov 9): The Blood Moon rises. The Blood Veil falls. The Tournament begins. Every generation, at the coming of the Blood Moon, seven families in the remote city of Ilvernath each name a champion to compete in a tournament to the death. The prize? Exclusive control over a secret wellspring of high magick. This year, thanks to a salacious tell-all book, the seven champions have a choice: accept their fate or rewrite their story. But this is a story that must be penned in blood.
  • The Best Horror of the Year Volume Thirteen, ed. Ellen Datlow (Nov 16): From Ellen Datlow comes a new entry in the series that has brought you stories from Stephen King and Neil Gaiman comes thrilling stories, the best horror stories available.
  • The Hidden, Melanie Golding (Nov 9): Following her acclaimed debut Little Darlings, Melanie Golding’s newest folkloric suspense is a spine-tingling twist on Celtic mythology.
  • Within These Wicked Walls, Lauren Blackwood (Nov 9): A darkly fantastical Ethiopian-inspired reimagining of Jane Eyre full of spirits and manifestations.
  • The Puller, Michael Hodges (Nov 16): Matt Kearns just needed to get away from it all—to grieve for his father and let the rugged wilderness of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula renew him. But from the moment he arrives, nothing feels right. Strange happenings shake his confidence and have him questioning his sanity. Even the animals seem to know something is amiss. But each time he tries to leave, something—something truly malicious—violently pulls him back. What could it be? Why him? And what will he have to do to escape with his life? Michael Hodge’s debut supernatural thriller delivers visceral, edge-of-your-seat suspense as one resourceful man desperately fights for his life against a force more savage and relentless than anything the locals here have ever seen.
  • Source Material, CM Harris (Nov 25): Stranger Things meets Sharp Objects meets The Haunting of Bly Manor in this showstopping suspense thriller that fuses small-town mystery with cinematic science fiction. Source Material is an enthralling exploration of childhood trauma, found family, the tenuous fibers that bind us, and how they tear us apart.
  • Second Spear, Kerstin Hall (Nov 30): In the thrilling follow-up to the genre-bending Nommo Award finalist The Border Keeper, the warrior Tyn, estranged from her role guarding her ruler and grappling with knowledge of her identity, unleashes her frustrations on all the wrong people. When an old enemy returns wielding an unstoppable, realm-crushing weapon, Tyn is swept up in the path of destruction.
  • Corpsemouth and Other Autobiographies, John Langan (November): A brand new collection of short fiction from Langan.

December

  • The Valancourt Book of World Horror Stories, Volume Two, ed. James D. Jenkins and Ryan Cagle (December): 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.
  • Revenant, Alex White (Dec 21): An all-new novel based on the landmark TV series Star Trek: Deep Space Nine from the acclaimed author of A Big Ship at the Edge of the Universe!

Did we miss anything? Which 2021 horror books are you most excited for?


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34 thoughts on “All the Horror Books We’re Excited About in 2021

    1. There’s no release date currently confirmed for it – nothing on the publisher’s site, his site, or retailers. The most recent info I can find about it seems to suggest it was originally scheduled for autumn 2020, but there haven’t been any updates since then. As soon as I see anything confirmed, I’ll add it here!

  1. Excellent list! Came here from the horror lit subreddit and had to let you know I appreciated your work- a ton of these authors don’t show up on the typical lists of books to look forward to and I’m pumped to discover some new authors in my fave genre!

  2. While I’m not sure that it will be marketed as horror, I would highly recommend Carole Johnston’s “Mirrorland” which will be published April 20th.

  3. Great list, Emily. 2021 looks like a boom year for horror. Could you include my 1890s Victorian horror novella Floaters coming from Crystal Lake Publishers July 2021? Here’s the back-cover copy:
    London 1890s. Out of the Thames’ fetid depths the undead rise to feast upon the living. While floaters seek blood, another army takes advantage of the chaos. Boiling out of their rookeries of crime, marauders swarm through London’s affluent neighborhoods looting and burning. And while the beleaguered police and the Queen’s army battle twin plagues—human and inhuman—London’s criminal youth gangs join forces to save their city. Will Tagget, leader of the Lambeth Lads, together with his enemies Bill Drummond of the Drury Lane Gang, bull-necked George Fish of the Elephant and Castle Gang, shillelagh-wielding Dirk Bogart of the New Cut Gang, Quincy Bird of City Road and dozens of others, set out on an adventure the telling of which might earn a man a lifetime of free drinks. If he lives to tell it.

  4. Hi Emily,

    List looking good!

    I have a collection of short stories, “Unfortunates”, out with Unnerving June 24th that you might want on the list 🙂

    A sadistic blogger gleefully documents the murders of Hollywood celebrities. A journalist infiltrates a sex club for the physically impaired, finding he has more in common with them than he first assumed. A soon-to-be-dad gets seduced by a water spirit, which questions everything he thought he could impart as a father. And a primary school teacher meets his most difficult class yet: a horde of undead children. In these stories, ordinary people must confront their biggest flaws and deepest fears in worlds eerily similar to our own. Because the worst horrors are the real ones we create for ourselves.

    Stories in Year’s Best Hardcore Horror, Flame Tree Publishing Urban Crime anthology and others, plus many new!

  5. Hi, Emily!

    I’m in love with this list. Could we add my upcoming supernatural horror novel, “The Wild Dark” to this list? The release date is October 12th. Here’s a short synopsis:

    A grieving ex-cop, Liz, must come to terms with her past when her dead partner, Brody, appears as a ghost, one of millions that have returned to haunt their loved ones following an apocalyptic event. An unearthly forest purgatory is swallowing up every sign of human civilization across the world. These woods are fraught with disturbing architecture and monstrous wolves, hungry for human souls. As winter closes in and chaos erupts across New England, Liz fights desolation, resurfacing guilt, and absolute terror as she tries to survive one of the most brutal winters she’s ever seen.

    Thank you!

  6. Dear Emily,
    An excellent resource! I was curious if you would consider adding my forthcoming collection to the September list. Please find the press release below. WE FEED THE DARK: TALES OF TERROR, LOSS & THE SUPERNATURAL is slated for publication on September 01, 2021. Feel free to take any information you please from this write up. Thank you for your time and consideration!

    Sincerely,

    William Simmons

    ***
    Horror has a price. Will you feed the dark?

    Fiction is the numinous side of truth. Writers and readers enact an insidious ritual, giving birth to terrible new realities. Shadow House Publishing reveals the secret geography of nightmare in WE FEED THE DARK: TALES OF TERROR, LOSS & THE SUPERNATURAL, the first collection in fifteen years by critically acclaimed, Amazon bestselling author William P. Simmons.

    “Avoiding horror’s traditional icons & pre-measured fright potential, Simmons creates impression-packed sketches in which characters made vulnerable by overpowering emotions find their reality giving imperceptibly–but irresistibly–to a disturbing surreality.”—Publisher’s Weekly.

    In 2006, after earning a reputation as a unique voice in horror, William P. Simmons disappeared. This September, he returns with a stunning and heart wrenching collection of interconnected fiction, autobiography, and revelation. These atmospheric and uncompromising stories chart the terror, loss, and supernatural dread hiding within the everyday. Simmons tells us a terrible truth: we feed the dark, nourishing it with our fears and desires. In turn, we are fed by it. This collection subverts reality, asking where fiction ends, and life begins.

    “(Simmons) …has the gift of making an ordinary day seem scary…”—Graham Masterton (The Manitou)

    Originally published in such venues as Cemetery Dance & Dark Discoveries, these 14 critically acclaimed supernatural and psychological tales include three Honorable Mentions from The Year’s Best Fantasy & Horror. Featured in Rue Morgue, All Hallows, and Publisher’s Weekly, Simmons’ atmospheric weird fiction has been praised by bestselling authors T.M. Wright, Nancy Kilpatrick, Hugh B. Cave, and many others. This metafictional assault tells the story of a haunted life…and the secret life of stories.

    “…like being taken back forty years and discovering Poe for the first time, and M.R. James, and Shirley Jackson.”—T.M. Wright (Strange Seed)

    In Harper’s Mill, a rural New York village just outside the Catskills, shadows walk, nightmares live, and reality is as restless as the dead. A child flees from spectral punishers in an endless cemetery; a widow attacks her husband’s spirit; a teacher is tormented by abandoned children; salesmen replace people’s personalities, and a woman is reshaped by her lover’s desire. In shadowlands between our sunlit world and the unknown, a husband watches his wife’s nightly suicide, a corpse leads a recluse to macabre salvation inside a wall, and death claims people unlucky enough to fit into a peculiar jacket.

    In a key story of both this collection and Simmons’ life, a father tells his children stories to protect them from “The Night Man”, a terrifying figure who only fiction can repel. “Feed the Dark”, Simmons’ first new tale in over a decade, is a metafictional confession of his disappearance, his writing, and the sentient darkness that shapes our lives.

    In a funeral feast of supernatural horror, magic realism, and suspense, Simmons invites you to savor dread. You may never look at fiction–or life–the same. Together, you will feed the dark!

    Available September 01, 2021 as a Kindle and trade paperback from Amazon.

  7. Dear Emily,

    Maybe this one will be better formatted.

    ***

    Horror has a price. Will you feed the dark?

    Fiction is the numinous side of truth. Writers and readers enact an insidious ritual, giving birth to terrible new realities. Shadow House Publishing reveals the secret geography of nightmare in WE FEED THE DARK: TALES OF TERROR, LOSS & THE SUPERNATURAL, the first collection in fifteen years by critically acclaimed, Amazon bestselling author William P. Simmons.

    “Avoiding horror’s traditional icons & pre-measured fright potential, Simmons creates impression-packed sketches in which characters made vulnerable by overpowering emotions find their reality giving imperceptibly–but irresistibly–to a disturbing surreality.”—Publisher’s Weekly.

    In 2006, after earning a reputation as a unique voice in horror, William P. Simmons disappeared. This September, he returns with a stunning and heart wrenching collection of interconnected fiction, autobiography, and revelation. These atmospheric and uncompromising stories chart the terror, loss, and supernatural dread hiding within the everyday. Simmons tells us a terrible truth: we feed the dark, nourishing it with our fears and desires. In turn, we are fed by it. This collection subverts reality, asking where fiction ends, and life begins.

    “(Simmons) …has the gift of making an ordinary day seem scary…”—Graham Masterton (The Manitou)

    Originally published in such venues as Cemetery Dance & Dark Discoveries, these 14 critically acclaimed supernatural and psychological tales include three Honorable Mentions from The Year’s Best Fantasy & Horror. Featured in Rue Morgue, All Hallows, and Publisher’s Weekly, Simmons’ atmospheric weird fiction has been praised by bestselling authors T.M. Wright, Nancy Kilpatrick, Hugh B. Cave, and many others. This metafictional assault tells the story of a haunted life…and the secret life of stories.

    “…like being taken back forty years and discovering Poe for the first time, and M.R. James, and Shirley Jackson.”—T.M. Wright (Strange Seed)

    In Harper’s Mill, a rural New York village just outside the Catskills, shadows walk, nightmares live, and reality is as restless as the dead. A child flees from spectral punishers in an endless cemetery; a widow attacks her husband’s spirit; a teacher is tormented by abandoned children; salesmen replace people’s personalities, and a woman is reshaped by her lover’s desire. In shadowlands between our sunlit world and the unknown, a husband watches his wife’s nightly suicide, a corpse leads a recluse to macabre salvation inside a wall, and death claims people unlucky enough to fit into a peculiar jacket.

    In a key story of both this collection and Simmons’ life, a father tells his children stories to protect them from “The Night Man”, a terrifying figure who only fiction can repel. “Feed the Dark”, Simmons’ first new tale in over a decade, is a metafictional confession of his disappearance, his writing, and the sentient darkness that shapes our lives.

    In a funeral feast of supernatural horror, magic realism, and suspense, Simmons invites you to
    savor dread. You may never look at fiction–or life–the same. Together, you will feed the dark!

    Available September 01, 2021 as a Kindle and trade paperback from Amazon.

    1. Hmmm, I’m looking at retailers, his site, and Goodreads and not finding anything newer than Wyrd and Other Derelictions, which came out in October 2020… but do drop another comment if you hear of anything specific?

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