This Month in New Horror Books: June 2020

After a couple months of shifting publication dates, we’re starting to see some stabilization in the new releases schedule (even if that’s not true of the world at large right now). There are more than a few heavy hitters with new books out this month to kick off the summer, like esteemed horror editor Ellen Datlow, gothic chiller Laura Purcell, mystery/fantasy/horror triple threat Silvia Moreno-Garcia, cryptid chronicler Max Brooks, and more.

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


June’s new horror titles:

  • Category Five, Ann Dávila Cardinal (Jun 2): The sequel to Dávila Cardinal’s Five Midnights finds Lupe, Javier, and Marisol riding out the bloody aftermath of a powerful hurricane on the island of Vieques.
  • Final Cuts, ed. Ellen Datlow (Jun 2): A new anthology compiled and edited by horror legend Ellen Datlow, full of short stories inspired by television and movies. Features stories from Josh Malerman, Stephen Graham Jones, Laird Barron, Cassandra Khaw, and more.
  • The House of Whispers, Laura Purcell (Jun 9): A new gothic tale full of superstition and strange rituals in a crumbling estate on the coast of Cornwall, from the author of The Silent Companions.
  • Devil’s Creek, Todd Keisling (Jun 16): A small town horror novel about the reverberations and repercussions from the actions of a suicide cult, and the lives of those who survived.
  • Devolution, Max Brooks (Jun 16): In the vein of Brooks’ massive bestseller, World War ZDevolution is a journalist’s account of a legendary Sasquatch massacre and the legacy it left behind.
  • Obliteration, James S. Murray & Darren Wearmouth (Jun 23): The third and final book in the Awakened series finds our heroes in the eye of the storm – but when they find a subterranean nest of the deadly creatures empty, they realize they’ve run out of time. The danger is coming aboveground.
  • Murder Ballads and Other Horrific Tales, John Hornor Jacobs (Jun 26): This collection of ten horror and thriller/noir tales from John Hornor Jacobs, featuring elder gods, AIs, zombies, and numerous other monstrosities, is a can’t-miss for any weird fiction fan. Of note: the title novella is a sequel to his delightful Southern Gothic novel Southern Gods.
  • Home Before Dark, Riley Sager (Jun 30): Sager has rapidly become a horror/thriller author to watch. In Home Before Dark, Maggie, whose father wrote a bestselling memoir of the hauntings they experienced in their home in the Vermont woods, inherits the haunted house in question. And when she returns to prepare the house for sale, she’s forced to confront that her father’s story may well have been true.
  • Mexican Gothic, Silvia Moreno-Garcia (Jun 30): The glamour of mid-century Mexican high society comes crashing up against the constraints of gothic fiction in this eerie story of family secrets.

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

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



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