This Month in New Horror Books: November 2022

Did you think you were free now that Halloween’s over? Oh no, pet, we’re not locked in here with you–you’re locked in here with us. In November, look for new books from Erika T. Wurth, V. Castro, Cassandra Khaw, Chuck Wendig, N.K. Jemisin, C.J. Tudor, and more!

Also, a note: we’re regularly updating release dates and newly announced books both here and on our 2022 horror releases master post. (Missed last year’s list? Right this way!)

November’s new horror titles:

  • White Horse, Erika T. Wurth (Nov 1): A gritty, vibrant debut from Erika T. Wurth about an Indigenous woman who must face her past when she discovers a bracelet haunted by her mother’s spirit.
  • The World We Make, N.K. Jemisin (Nov 1): N.K. Jemisin’s Great Cities Duology, which began with The City We Became and concludes with The World We Make, is a masterpiece of speculative fiction from one of the most important writers of her generation.
  • Aliens: Vasquez, V. Castro (Nov 8): A groundbreaking Latinx Aliens novel by a rising star Latina author, featuring the fan-favorite character PFC Jenette Vasquez from the hit movie Aliens and the family she is forced to leave behind.
  • Breakable Things, Cassandra Khaw (Nov 8): The first short story collection from the author of Nothing But Blackened Teeth.
  • Desert Creatures, Kay Chronister (Nov 8): In a near-future American Southwest, seething with poison and horrors, Magdala needs healing in the holy city of Vegas. Having kidnapped a priest at gunpoint, she’ll find her salvation or die trying.
  • A Different Darkness and Other Abominations, Luigi Musolino (Nov 8): This brilliant new collection showcases the best short stories and novellas of one of Italy’s leading horror writers, now available in English for the first time. Set among the plains and mountains of Musolino’s native Piedmont and drawing on Italian folkloric traditions, these tales may have an Italian flavor to them, but the strangeness and horror they explore are universal.
  • The Hollows, Daniel Church (Nov 8): In a lonely village in the Peak District, during the onset of a once-in-a-lifetime snow storm, Constable Ellie Cheetham finds a body. The man, a local ne’er-do-well, appears to have died in a tragic accident: he drank too much and froze to death. But the facts don’t add up: the dead man is clutching a knife in one hand, and there’s evidence he was hiding from someone. Someone who watched him die. Stranger still, an odd mark has been drawn onto a stone beside his body. The next victims are two families on the outskirts of town. As the storm rises and the body count grows, Ellie realizes she has a terrifying problem on her hands: someone – or some thing – is killing indiscriminately, attacking in the darkness and using the storm for cover. The killer is circling ever closer to the village. The storm’s getting worse… and the power’s just gone out.
  • In the Devil’s Cradle, S.L. Edwards (Nov 8): Senator William Esquival is in a rush to save his family’s life. Fleeing political persecution, William takes his family from the capital and flees to the family stronghold of Rio Rojo, a town known as the birthplace of William’s ancestor, a powerful former dictator whose legacy haunts the nation of Antioch. But even as the Esquival family seeks refuge, the country continues to fray around them. As Antioch bleeds, ancient hatreds, secrets, and ghosts pour from its wounds.
  • Into the Forest, ed. Lindy Ryan (Nov 8): Edited by Lindy Ryan with an introduction by Christina Henry, this collection brings together some of today’s leading voices of women-in-horror as they pay tribute to the Baba Yaga, and go Into the Forest.
  • A Sliver of Darkness: Stories, C.J. Tudor (Nov 8): The debut short-story collection from the acclaimed author of The Chalk Man, hailed as “Britain’s female Stephen King” (Daily Mail), featuring eleven bone-chilling and mind-bending tales. Time slips. Doomsday scenarios. Killer butterflies. C. J. Tudor’s novels are widely acclaimed for their dark, twisty suspense plots, but with A Sliver of Darkness, she pulls us even further into her dizzying imagination.
  • Rootwork, Tracy Cross (Nov 15): Set in a small Louisiana parish in 1889, deep in the segregated South, Rootwork follows school-age sisters, Betty, Ann, and Pee Wee during one life-changing summer when the three of them head off to stay with their hoodoo-practicing aunt, Theodora, a powerful woman feared by the local townspeople. She teaches the girls the secrets of her craft, like how to make “hot foot powder” and how to whip up some “goofer dust” to get back at an enemy. The girls delight in their harmless hoodoo adventures until a tragic event involving the town’s racist sheriff promises to change their lives forever. A story of love and redemption, Rootwork explores the strength of family and the darker side of the heart.
  • Strega, Johanne Lykke Holm, translated by Saskia Vogel (Nov 15): Powerfully inventive and atmospheric, a modern gothic story of nine young women sent to work at a remote Alpine hotel and what happens when one of them goes missing
  • Wayward, Chuck Wendig (Nov 15): The sequel to the national bestseller Wanderers, the instant classic that “takes science, politics, horror, and science fiction and blends them into an outstanding story about the human spirit in times of turmoil, claiming a spot on the list of must-read apocalyptic novels” (NPR)
  • Wicked Little Things, Justin Arnold (Nov 15): When his cousin is murdered, recently outed 16 year old Dane Craven, is forced to return to his unbearably small hometown of Jasper Hollow. It would be easy enough for him to keep his head down if it weren’t for three inescapable facts. One, Dane is a witch with fiery powers he can barely control. Two, he’s been claimed by a coven of fashion forward ‘mean girls’ desperate to give him a makeover. And three, Dane is pretty sure he’s responsible for the death of his cousin. Wicked Little Things is a spooky, campy, horror complete with mystery, romance, and a whole lot of sass. It’s Netflix’s Chilling Adventures of Sabrina meets Caleb Roehrig’s The Fell of Dark.
  • Hares in the Hedgerow, Jessica McHugh (Nov 22): The highly anticipated sequel to Rabbits in the Garden from 2x Bram Stoker & Elgin Award nominee Jessica McHugh, Hares in the Hedgerow leads Sophie Francis on a disturbing and transformative journey to expose and harness the darkness in the roots of her family tree.

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

View our 2022 new horror release masterlist here, and view previous monthly new releases posts here.

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