Not only does this month bring with it the most robust newsletter of the year and annual home-decor shopping sprees, it offers the cream of the crop when it comes to new releases! While there may be just as many or more books to add to the shelves in any given month, this is where the veil is thin and we are between beach reads and something to devour by the fire as nights grow cold. All treats and no tricks with this list …
Diabhal: A Novel
Turner Publishing Co.
Ceit is the next Matrarc of the Society, a cultish, matriarchal group living in an inconspicuous cul-de-sac in Venice Beach. When Ceit’s mother is attacked by spirits from the old world, a failed exorcism results in Ceit’s exile to the foster care system in Los Angeles.
Flame Tree Press
Mike and his girlfriend travel to a remote loch-side cottage for a post-graduation holiday with friends. Mike begins to lose his grip on his sanity when he is haunted by a disturbing presence, and he must uncover the terrifying truth dwelling within the walls of Hearthstone Cottage.
The Tao of the Viper, A Kate Pomeroy Mystery
There are beings in this world who control things. Some hide in the shadows, and often place their fingers on the scales of life. What happens when one of these beings—for they are not human—goes rogue? Dr. Kate Pomeroy will soon find out.
The Science of Monsters
Meg Hafdahl and Kelly Florence
Gothic media moguls Meg Hafdahl and Kelly Florence, the women behind the Horror Rewind podcast called “the best horror film podcast out there” by Film Daddy, are revisiting horror films from their childhood to discover the science behind the mask.
The Night Weaver
Shadow Grove isn’t a typical town. Bad things happen here. Children disappear, one after the other, and nobody is doing anything about it. Parents don’t grieve, missing posters don’t line the streets, and the sheriff seems unconcerned. It’s up to Rachel to stop the devouring of her hometown before all is destroyed and everyone she loves is forever lost.
The Devil’s Tree
Celtic Sea Publishing
Kaitlyn wanted to escape her drunk mama and trailer-park home life to enjoy a Saturday night off work. Instead, her boyfriend, Hunter, convinced her to go photograph a desolate tree with an evil past. Kaitlyn didn’t believe in ghosts—until one killed her boyfriend and her best friend. Now she must stop the spirit haunting the Devil’s Tree, or she could be next.
Clay McLeod Chapman
Accused of witchcraft in 1931, Ella Louise Ford and her daughter Jessica were burned at the stake. Jessica now has one of the most famous graves in the South: a steel-reinforced coffin wrapped in a fence of interconnected crosses. Inspired by a true story, this supernatural thriller for fans of horror and true crime follows an evolving tale as it changes every twenty years, with terrifying results.
The Cult of Eden: Book One of the Unrisen
Cosmic Egg Books
Struggling newlyweds Will and Shannon find themselves in the crosshairs of an ancient cult known as the Edens. Led by Victor Degas, a man with deformed eyes, the Edens orchestrate a terrifying invasion on the married couple’s home.
Speak No Evil
My name is Melody Fisher. My daddy was a snake handler in Appalachia until Mama died. Since then, I’ve been passed around from foster home to foster home. I didn’t think anything could be as bad as losing Mama. I was wrong. I will not speak of things people have done to me. Every time I do, worse evil follows.
Murder in Montague Falls
Russ Colchamiro, Sawney Hatton, and Patrick Thomas
Crazy 8 Press
Three noir-inspired tales featuring teens tackling their darkest rites of passage. Acclaimed storytellers Russ Colchamiro, Sawney Hatton, and Patrick Thomas each present an original novella brimming with enough danger, intrigue, and murder to get readers’ blood pounding and hearts racing.
Madness Heart Press
When Frye suffers a workplace injury that costs him his left arm, he is cautiously optimistic when the company doctor tells him it can be reattached weeks later. Sure, it’s longer than he remembers, has signs of decay and seems to have sea shells and teeth marks in it, but hey, nobody’s perfect.
A Cosmology of Monsters
Noah Turner sees monsters. His father saw them and built a shrine to them with The Wandering Dark, an immersive horror experience that the whole family operates. His eldest sister, the dramatic and vulnerable Sydney, won’t admit to seeing anything but the beckoning glow of the spotlight; until it swallows her up.
On the Night Border
Raw Dog Screaming Press
The fifteen stories collected here come from the last edge of the light and deliver glimpses into the dreadful, the mysterious, and the strange. These stories offer readers unsettling and weird visions from across the border, visions out of history and from the world around us, visions of cosmic horror, personal madness, and agonizing heartbreak.
Exploring Dark Short Fiction #4: A Primer to Jeffrey Ford
Eric J. Guignard
Dark Moon Books
Dark Moon Books and editor Eric J. Guignard present this introduction to the work of Jeffrey Ford, fourth in a series of scholarly primers exploring modern masters of literary dark short fiction. With commentary by Michael Arnzen, PhD, and beautifully illustrated by artist Michelle Prebich.
Reed Alexander and James Leif
Madness Heart Press
Something has emerged from the lake waters of Houston to slaughter partying campers. The Unnatural Perpetrator Department division of the FBI is a unit of agents that specializes in the mystical, the occult, and the divine. They are tasked with hunting and stopping serial killers of “unnatural origins.”
Sacred Oaks Press
Ivy Granger takes on a simple grave-robbing case, but in Harborsmouth nothing is ever simple when dealing with the dead. Enter an award-winning world where monsters roam the streets and things aren’t always what they seem. Demons, zombies, vampires, and necromancers; Ivy Granger battles the city’s deadliest villains while solving its darkest cases.
The Bone Cutters
Renee S. DeCamillis
Dory wakes up in the padded room of a psychiatric hospital with no recollection of how she wound up there. She soon finds out she’s been Blue-Papered, or involuntarily committed. She gets sent to the wrong counseling group and discovers a whole new world of psychiatric patients she’d never known existed. What they’re after—bone dust. When they learn Dory’s never been “dusted,” she becomes their target. How can she convince the hospital staff she’s not crazy and that these people are out to get her?
Lisa von Biela
Scorched Earth is a “climate change” thriller, set in the near-future in which record-breaking drought has become the norm. A young family is forced to flee their home when a massive fire engulfs the entire Nebraska Panhandle. They take off in their car and face all manner of dangers in their search for water and a safe place to live.
Get ready to be transported beyond your wildest dreams … and worst nightmares. Discover strangers and their strange pastimes, things that lurk in shadow and darkness, screams cut short, and madness and melancholy, in these twisted tales and tales with twists.
This book contains seventeen new horror stories by Brandon Faircloth, all of which connect to each other and to the realm of Incarnata; a wondrous and terrifying place filled with miracles and monsters.
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