This Month in New Horror Books: February 2020

Once again, it’s the beginning of the month – January seemed to last forever this year, but time does have a pesky habit of moving in one direction. A new month means new books, of course, so we’ve rounded up the coolest new horror books out in February, ranging from shocking reissues and monstrous anthologies to 19th century zombies and cursed waterways.

February’s new horror titles:

  • Let’s Go Play at the Adams’, Mendal W. Johnson (Feb 1): The latest reissue in Valancourt Books’ second Paperbacks From Hell series, this 70s shocker recounts the evil that children do – in this case, to the unsuspecting babysitter.
  • Deathless Divide, Justina Ireland (Feb 4): The sequel to Ireland’s much-lauded Dread Nation, about a Civil War-era America overrun with the walking dead. Jane McKeene is on her way west, seeking a path to California and a safe haven. But the dead – and the living – have other plans.
  • The Boatman’s Daughter, Andy Davidson (Feb 11): A lush and creepy tale of horror in the bayou about a young woman with secrets both mundane and supernatural.
  • The Chill, Scott Carson (Feb 11): A thriller that’s part ecological, part paranormal, with a dash of the horror of crumbling infrastructure thrown in. At the bottom of the reservoir that feeds New York City lie the remains of the village that was sacrificed for water’s sake – remains that now demand their own sacrifice.
  • Miscreations: Gods, Monstrosities & Other Horrors, edited by Doug Murano & Michael Bailey (Feb 18): An anthology about created monsters from an all-star cast of authors, including Josh Malerman, Ramsey Campbell, Victor LaValle, Theodora Goss, Laird Barron, and more (plus a foreword from Alma Katsu).
  • The Sun Down Motel, Simone St. James (Feb 18): A haunted motel and a missing aunt feature prominently in this creepy upstate New York gothic tale.
  • The Garden of Bewitchment, Catherine Cavendish (Feb 20): A gothic nightmare set on the Yorkshire moors, full of ghosts, uncertain motivations, and the creepiest board game this side of Jumanji.

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

  1. I’ve got Miscreations on my wishlist already, and I suspect “The Sun Down Motel” is going on it, too. Great list, thank you — I’ve been curious what new books were on their way! 🙂

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