This Month in New Horror Books: January 2020

January’s not what you’d call the busiest month in book publishing – while the year’s busy getting started, new titles tend to slow down. But that doesn’t mean there’s no new horror for you to read this month – below, we’ve rounded up six books out this month, ranging from dark fantasy to nonfiction horror scholarship.

January’s new horror titles:

  • The Night Country, Melissa Albert (Jan 7): The second book in Albert’s Hazel Wood series is out this month, and the fantasy is just as dark as ever. Alice and Ellery escaped the nightmare-fairy tale world known as the Hinterland, but something followed them home – something deadly.
  • A Nest of Nightmares, Lisa Tuttle (Jan 7): Originally published in 1986, A Nest of Nightmares never got a US release, but Valancourt Books’ Paperbacks From Hell reprint series is remedying that wrong this month. This collection of thirteen psychological horror stories soar on the strength of Tuttle’s elegant, precise writing and world-building.
  • Burn the Dark, S. A. Hunt (Jan 14): The first book in Hunt’s action-adventure horror series, about a popular YouTube personality’s adventures as a witch-hunter – but what her fans don’t know is that the footage is all real. An immensely fun read, this is a must if you’re looking for a novel that reads like The Blair Witch Project meets True Blood.
  • Follow Me to Ground, Sue Rainsford (Jan 21): This debut novel tells the nightmare-fairy tale story of a young woman, Ada, and her father, both gifted with healing powers that come at no small cost, and the young man who catches Ada’s eye and draws her beyond the boundaries of her own abilities. Deceptively scary.
  • Prosper’s Demon, K. J. Parker (Jan 28): A darkly funny novella that’s soaked in blood and shadowed by demons. The narrator, unnamed, is an exorcist, and a very good one. But he’s not delicate, and he’s lost quite a few lives in the process. But when a royal scion and his tutor both show signs of possession, our narrator’s job is more complicated than he might think.
  • Blood Countess, Lana Popović (Jan 28): A YA historical horror novel that tells the story of Countess Elizabeth Báthory, the infamous serial murderer reputed to have bathed in the blood of young women to prolong her youth. Here, Anna, the Countess’s new chambermaid, must navigate the Countess’s moods and try her damnedest to stay alive.
  • Horror Fiction in the 20th Century: Exploring Literature’s Most Chilling Genre, Jess Nevins (Jan 31): A critical appraisal of the last century of horror lit, from pulp to ~literary~, this scholarly work traces movements, subgenres, and authors both major and overlooked within our favorite frightening genre.

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