This Month in New Horror Books: April 2020

Hey pals. Weird world out there, huh? Regardless, there’s comfort in routine, so I’m back today to bring you a list of April’s horror releases. We’ve got some real gems to look forward to this month, from big names like Stephen King, Tim Lebbon, and Grady Hendrix and fascinating debuts like Molly Pohlig and Camilla Bruce.

Also, a note: some publishers have started moving release dates for certain titles due to the state of the world right now. We’ll update release dates as we find out about them both here and on our 2020 horror releases master post.


April’s new horror titles:

  • The Ancestor, Danielle Trussoni (Apr 7): Trussoni, the horror reviewer for the New York Times Book Review, returns with an eerie gothic story of family, secrets, and inheritence (both monetary and otherwise).
  • Ruthless Gods, Emily A. Duncan (Apr 7): The sequel to the New York Times-bestselling Wicked Saints is a pitch-dark fantasy full of violence, monsters, evil gods, and unknown motives sure to send a chill up your spine.
  • The Southern Book Club’s Guide to Slaying Vampires, Grady Hendrix (Apr 7): Horror darling Grady Hendrix (Horrorstör, Paperbacks From Hell, We Sold Our Souls) is back with a tale of southern gentility and bloodsucking danger, shot through with his unique, charming sense of wit.
  • Eden, Tim Lebbon (Apr 7): A new spin on eco-horror arrives, full of creeping vines and primeval horrors that threaten the world they were meant to save.
  • The Unsuitable, Molly Pohlig (Apr 14): Pohlig’s debut novel is a voicey, unsettling ghost story of an unmarriageable Victorian woman and her dead mother’s ghost. This novel of manners is so much darker than you’re expecting.
  • If It Bleeds, Stephen King (Apr 21): A collection of four new novellas from King, an undisputed master of the form.
  • You Let Me In, Camilla Bruce (Apr 21): Another debut, this time from Norwegian author Bruce, You Let Me In is a deeply creepy mystery wrapped inside an engrossing frame narrative. When an elderly novelist dies, her two surviving family members expect a healthy inheritance – but she won’t let them go that easily.
  • Velocities, Kathe Koja (Apr 21): Horror legend Koja returns with a collection of thirteen short, incredibly disturbing horror stories
  • The Wise Friend, Ramsey Campbell (Apr 23): British horror master Ramsey Campbell has a new tale of the occult coming in April, about a man whose late aunt’s unearthly fascinations may put his son in deadly danger.

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


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