This Month in New Horror Books: January 2021

New year, new TBR list – and what a year it’s going to be! This month alone we have new titles from Josh Malerman, Eden Royce, S.T. Gibson, Catherine Cavendish, and more. Read on!

Also, a note: we’re continuously updating release dates and newly announced books both here and on our 2021 horror releases master post.


January’s new horror titles:

  • Bloodline, Jess Lourey (Jan 1): In a tale inspired by real events, pregnant journalist Joan Harken is cautiously excited to follow her fiancé back to his Minnesota hometown. But something is off in the picture-perfect village. Her fiancé tells her she’s being paranoid. He might be right. Then again, she might have moved to the deadliest small town on earth.
  • Scream to the Shadows, Tunku Halim (Jan 1): This collection of twenty shadowy tales from “Asia’s Stephen King” features frights across genres and themes, from the occult to human madness, and from modern technology to the deep history of Malay mythology.
  • Taiping Tales of Terror, Julya Oui (Jan 1): A collection of stories that about the restless paranormal entities that walk among us that also serves as an homage to the author’s hometown and her favorite horror writers.
  • Animal, Munish K. Batra, M.D. & Keith DeCandido (Jan 5): An enthralling crime thriller about a serial killer who targets those who brutalize innocent animals. Who is the real animal?
  • Root Magic, Eden Royce (Jan 5): Eden Royce‘s middle grade debut arrives with a wondrous story of love, bravery, friendship, family, and the folk traditions of the Gullah people, filled to the brim with magic great and small.
  • The Dangers of Smoking in Bed, Mariana Enriquez (Jan 12): Following the “propulsive and mesmerizing” Things We Lost in the Fire comes a new collection of singularly unsettling stories, by an Argentine author who has earned comparisons to Shirley Jackson and Jorge Luis Borges.
  • A House at the Bottom of a Lake, Josh Malerman (Jan 19): From the New York Times bestselling author of Bird Box comes a haunting tale of love and mystery, as the date of a lifetime becomes a maddening exploration of the depths of the heart.
  • In Darkness, Shadows Breathe, Catherine Cavendish (Jan 19): In a luxury apartment and in the walls of a modern hospital, the evil that was done continues to thrive. They are in the hands of an entity that knows no boundaries and crosses dimensions – bending and twisting time itself – and where danger waits in every shadow. The battle is on for their bodies and souls and the line between reality and nightmare is hard to define.
  • In The Garden of Spite, Camilla Bruce (Jan 19): An audacious novel of feminine rage about the Widow of La Porte, one of the most prolific female serial killers in American history–and the men who drove her to it.
  • The Route of Ice and Salt, José Luis Zárate (Jan 19): A reimagining of Dracula’s voyage to England, filled with Gothic imagery and queer desire. The cult vampire novella by Mexican author José Luis Zárate is available for the first time in English. Translated by David Bowles and with an accompanying essay by noted horror author Poppy Z. Brite, it reveals an unknown corner of Latin American literature.
  • The Unwelcome, Jacob Steven Mohr (Jan 29): She should have known Lutz would never let her go so easily…. After a chance roadside meeting, Kaitlyn Brecker’s jealous ex-boyfriend pursues her into the Appalachian foothills, revealing the monster under his skin for the first time.
  • A Dowry of Blood, S.T. Gibson (Jan 31): A lyrical and dreamy reimagining of Dracula’s brides, this is a story of desire, obsession, and emancipation.

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

View our 2021 new horror release masterlist here, and view previous monthly new releases posts here.



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