This Month in New Horror Books: December 2020

Well, that’s a wrap on 2020 (more or less). As the year winds down, so do publishing schedules, but never fear: there are still a few new great horror reads for you this month, including a gentrification ghost story, a pandemic debut, gnostic giants, and more. Enjoy!

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

And! Keep an eye out for our 2021 horror new releases post in early January.


December’s new horror titles:

  • The Blade Between, Sam J. Miller (Dec 1): A horror novel about an industrial ghost town-turned-weekend retreat for rich people and the mysterious forces on both sides of the gentrification battle.
  • Bone Chase, Weston Ochse (Dec 1): In this dark fantasy thriller, a teacher seeks to unravel a mystery that’s spanned millennia – but he’s not the only one.
  • The Valancourt Book of Victorian Christmas Ghost Stories, Vol. Four, ed. Christopher Philippo (Dec 1): A selection of Christmas ghost stories and poems from the New World, many of them rare or hard to find.
  • The Valancourt Book of World Horror Stories, ed. James D. Jenkins and Ryan Cagle (Dec 1): Valancourt, the venerable small press responsible for publishing the Paperbacks from Hell series with Grady Hendrix, has curated a selection of the best international contemporary horror stories, all of which are being published either in English or in the US for the first time here.
  • We Hear Voices, Evie Green (Dec 1): A young boy’s miraculous recovery from a widespread viral illness comes with a price – an “imaginary friend” who tells him to do things. Terrible things.
  • Red Hands, Christopher Golden (Dec 8): In this dark thriller from horror favorite Golden, a woman’s life falls apart when she develops a deadly talent, and curse: everyone she touches dies.

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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3 thoughts on “This Month in New Horror Books: December 2020

  1. The Valancourt Book of ​Victorian Christmas Ghost Stories: Volume Four (Dec 1) – unlike other CG anthologies composed of predominantly British stories, this one has primarily American ones, with several Canadian, and one French (but translated by an American and American-published). As VB noted, they’re “set in places that are familiar and yet foreign to us—Gold Rush-era San Francisco, old New Orleans, the barren and frozen plains of Iowa and the Dakotas, the early days of the Puerto Rican commonwealth.” One of the poems, giving apologies to Poe, is from a shipboard newspaper printed during an Arctic expedition.

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