I’ve listed some horror releases you should note. Some are already released, but most are yet to come.
Tor/Nightfire has their first season of horrors releasing this late summer/fall, and a lot of them look like enjoyable and chilling reads. From Silvia Moreno-Garcia’s cult vampire novel Certain Dark Things to the English release of a haunting witch story, Thomas Olde Heuvelt’s Hex.
Horror is one of those genres that reaches its claws into almost any type of story that you can imagine. It can be more literary, stemming from its ancestor, Gothics, or Shakespeare, or walk the line between stereotypical horror and fantasy. Sapphic boarding schools with witches, Shakespearean horror, Black mediums, Indigenous horror nerds, and chilling Filipino tales; horror is the new ‘It Girl.’
Never Have I Ever by Isabel Yap
Release date: February 23rd, Small Beer Press, Adult
Immigrant tales, legends, and spells gather in this bundle of stories. From monstrousness, trauma, teenagers to ancient goddesses, androids to witches comes various speculative fiction.
Sorrowland by Rivers Solomon
Release date: May 4th, MCD, Adult
Sorrowland is a Gothic where monsters aren’t individuals but entire nations. In her escape from a strict religious cult, Vern flees into the woods, where she and her twins survive the outside world.
The Taking of Jake Livingston by Ryan Douglass
Release date: July 13th, G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers, Young Adult
Get Out meets Danielle Vega. A boy sees dead people everywhere. When another Black student arrives at his prep school, romance is on the horizon. But a vengeful ghost has plans for Jake.
All’s Well by Mona Awad
Release date: August 3rd, Simon & Schuster, Adult
The author of Bunny, a funny novel about Shakespeare and chronic pain, delivers something between suffering and laughter. A theater professor with chronic pain is trying to save her job by putting on Shakespeare’s All’s Well That Ends Well, but her mutinous cast stays determined on staging Macbeth instead.
The Dead and The Dark by Courtney Gould
Release date: August 3rd, Wednesday Books, Young Adult
In this debut, two girls fall for each other as they stop evil in the small town of Snakebite, Oregon.
A Lesson In Vengeance by Victoria Lee
Release date: August 3rd, Delacorte Press, Young Adult
Wilder Girls and Ninth House wrapped up in a boarding school haunted by its witchcraft history. In an ivy-covered campus, a girl mourns the home of her dead girlfriend. An exclusive dorm belonging to Dalloway’s students’ haunted spirits, a mystery unfolds in a novel of occults, prodigies, and brilliant girls.
My Heart Is A Chainsaw by Stephen Graham Jones
Release date: August 31st, Saga Press, Adult
In a rural lake town, horror and gentrification take control in Stephen Graham Jones’s next big release. American colonialism and Indigenous displacement in the home of a young girl. Jade takes her anger and puts it into her love for horror films.
Certain Dark Things by Silvia Moreno-Garcia
Release date: September 7th, Tor/Nightfire, Adult
With Horror’s comeback comes the re-release of Silvia Moreno-Garcia’s vampire novel. From Tor/Nightfire, Certain Dark Things unravels a gritty story of fangs and vampire lore in Mexico City.
White Smoke by Tiffany D. Jackson
Release date: September 14th, Katherine Tegen Books, Young Adult
The Haunting of Hill House meets Get Out in Tiffany D. Jackson’s next YA novel.
Stalking Shadows by Cyla Panin
Release date: September 14th, Amulet, Young Adult
A Gothic fantasy retelling of Beauty & The Beast centering sisters and a curse. In Eighteenth-century France, Marie laces perfumes with poison to lure victims for her sister, the beast. Based on the historical Beast of Gévaudan, a mysterious creature that ravaged the rural French region of Gévaudan.
To Break A Covenant by Alison Ames
Release date: September 21st, Page Street Kids, Middle-Grade
Likened to Wilder Girls and Sawkill Girls, a novel of a small mining town’s hauntings and sapphic romance center around four friends.
Hex by Thomas Olde Heuvelt
Release date: September 21st, Tor/Nightfire, Adult
In the re-release of Hex, the Black Rock Witch haunts a small town. A seventeenth-century woman with eyes and a mouth sewed shut enters sleeping houses.
The Last House On Needless Street by Catriona Ward
Release date: September 28th, Tor/Nightfire, Adult
A psychological horror explores dark truths in a boarded house on a dead-end street in the wild woods, where a family of three lives.
Summer Sons by Lee Mandelo
Release date: September 28th, Tordotcom, Adult
The Sound and the Fury, The Fast and the Furious, and The Secret History bound up in a single queer Southern Gothic.
Nothing But Blackened Teeth by Cassandra Khaw
Release date: October 19th, Tor/Nightfire, Adult
A creepy and haunted house mixes with Japanese folklore. Friends gather to celebrate a wedding with a night of drinks and games but unfold into a night where a ghost bride takes the stage.
The Death of Jane Lawrence by Caitlin Starling
Release date: October 19th, St. Martin’s Press, Adult
Ninth House meets Mexican Gothic in a gothic fantasy horror. A practical woman marries a reclusive doctor in a marriage of convenience, but he’s got one condition: that she never visits his crumbling family manor. But in a pitch-black rainstorm, she finds her husband changed into a paranoid man unable to tell reality from nightmare. In a post-war England gothic, The Death of Jane Lawrence inspires the likes of Crimson Peak.
Within These Wicked Walls by Lauren Blackwood
Release date: November 9th, Wednesday Books, Young Adult
In an Ethiopian-inspired Jane Eyre Young Adult novel, an exorcist cleanses households. To find steady work, she must find a patron, wealthy and well connected. The handsome and rude young heir Magnus Rochester hires Andromeda. Horrifying manifestations and curses, Blackwood weaves a novel of creepy and romantic Gothics.