The Scariest Month of the Year!

To be honest, I am not a reader of horror. Most of my reading takes place at the end of my day, as I lull myself to sleep immersed in an engaging book. Horror is just too scary for me to read while the world is fast asleep — besides keeping me wide awake with fear. But because there are so many fans of horror — and it is almost Halloween — I created this list for those of you are not faint-hearted. I have to admit, these books sound spine-tingling good and might even make you too afraid to sleep, as you keep your lights burning to frighten off what might be out there in the dark. Have fun! — Vick

Beholder By Ryan La Sala Cover Image
ISBN: 9781338745344
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Published: PUSH - October 3rd, 2023

A chilling new contemporary fable about art, aesthetic obsession, and the gaze that peers back at us from behind our reflections.

A Guest in the House By Emily Carroll Cover Image
ISBN: 9781250255525
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Published: First Second - August 15th, 2023

Taking inspiration from the gothic tales that have come before it, and punctuated by startling shocks of color amid black-and-white pages, "A Guest in the House" is a perfect blend of domestic and supernatural horror. There’s a pervasive sense of wrongness simmering just under the surface of this story that will make readers’ skin crawl from the first page.

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The Dead Take the A Train (Carrion City #1) By Richard Kadrey, Cassandra Khaw Cover Image
ISBN: 9781250867025
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Published: Tor Nightfire - October 3rd, 2023

Bestselling authors Cassandra Khaw and Richard Kadrey have teamed up to deliver a dark new story with magic, monsters, and mayhem, perfect for fans of Neil Gaiman and Joe Hill.

Wrath Becomes Her By Aden Polydoros Cover Image
ISBN: 9781335458032
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Published: Inkyard Press - October 10th, 2023

"Frankenstein" meets "Inglourious Basterds" in this stunning Jewish historical horror novel from the award-winning author of "The City Beautiful." "Haunting, exhilarating, and a howl of vengeance." -- Andrew Joseph White, author of Hell Followed With Us

Deliver Me By Elle Nash Cover Image
ISBN: 9781951213718
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Published: Unnamed Press - October 3rd, 2023

"To read the work of Elle Nash is to be restored to faith in the wildness, wetness, and visceral power of contemporary American fiction. "Deliver Me" is a barbed liturgy of bugs, babies, meat, the gospel, women lusting women, women lusting men, and the human body. Get saved."  -- Melissa Broder, author of Milk Fed, The Pisces, and Death Valley

Twice Lost By Phyllis Paul, Davies (Foreword by) Cover Image
By Phyllis Paul, Davies (Foreword by)
ISBN: 9781946022486
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Published: McNally Editions - October 24th, 2023

Equal parts "The Turn of the Screw," "Picnic at Hanging Rock," and gothic thriller, "Twice Lost" was admired by such authors as Elizabeth Bowen, Rebecca West, and John Cowper Powys — yet the strange, haunting novels of Phyllis Paul are themselves a mystery with no simple solution. Virtually lost to time even before her death, her novels have been out of print for more than fifty years, and fetch fantastic prices in the rare book trade.

Wrapped in Plastic and Other Sweet Nothings By Robert P. Ottone Cover Image
ISBN: 9781685101138
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Published: JournalStone - October 27th, 2023

Seventeen stories claw at you from that dark space in the corner of your eye in this new collection by Bram Stoker Award-winning author Robert P. Ottone.

Edenville: A Novel By Sam Rebelein Cover Image
ISBN: 9780063252240
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Published: William Morrow - October 3rd, 2023

Told with equal parts horror and humor, "Edenville" explores the urban legends that fuel our nightmares and the ways in which ambition can overshadow our best instincts. "Edenville is a delightfully gooey blend of gothic, cosmic, folk and body horror churned by a sharp-bladed critique of academia." — Lucy A. Snyder, Bram Stoker Award-winning author of Sister, Maiden, Monster

Nefando By Mónica Ojeda, Sarah Booker (Translator) Cover Image
By Mónica Ojeda, Sarah Booker (Translator)
ISBN: 9781566896894
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Published: Coffee House Press - October 24th, 2023

A techno-horror portrait of the fears and desires of six young artists whose lives are upended by a controversial video game, from National Book Award finalist Mónica Ojeda. Unsparing, addictive, and perverse, "Nefando" takes us to the darkest corners of the web, revealing the inevitable entanglement of digital and physical worlds, and of technology and horror.

The Forest Demands Its Due By Kosoko Jackson Cover Image
ISBN: 9780063260795
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Published: Quill Tree Books - October 3rd, 2023

When the murder of his classmate at an elite boarding school seems to be forgotten overnight, Douglas must confront centuries of secrets in the school’s past and a vengeful creature in the forest surrounding the campus in this dark paranormal thriller pitched as "Witch Haven" meets "A Lesson in Vengeance."

Out There Screaming: An Anthology of New Black Horror By Jordan Peele (Editor), John Joseph Adams (Editor), Jordan Peele (Introduction by), N. K. Jemisin (Contributions by), Rebecca Roanhorse (Contributions by), Tananarive Due (Contributions by), Nnedi Okorafor (Contributions by) Cover Image
By Jordan Peele (Editor), John Joseph Adams (Editor), Jordan Peele (Introduction by), N. K. Jemisin (Contributions by), Rebecca Roanhorse (Contributions by), Tananarive Due (Contributions by), Nnedi Okorafor (Contributions by)
ISBN: 9780593243794
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Published: Random House - October 3rd, 2023

The visionary writer and director of "Get Out", "Us," and "Nope," and founder of Monkeypaw Productions, Jordan Peele, curates this groundbreaking anthology of all-new stories of Black horror, exploring not only the terrors of the supernatural but the chilling reality of injustice that haunts our nation.

Starling House: A Reese's Book Club Pick By Alix E. Harrow Cover Image
ISBN: 9781250799050
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Published: Tor Books - October 3rd, 2023

"Starling House" is a gorgeous, modern gothic fantasy from the author of "The Ten Thousand Doors of January." “This book has everything you could possibly want this fall...a cursed town, a haunted house, a vivid and eerie setting — plus, characters willing to risk everything.” — Reese Witherspoon (Reese’s Book Club October ’23 Pick)

The Elissas: Three Girls, One Fate, and the Deadly Secrets of Suburbia By Samantha Leach Cover Image
ISBN: 9780306826917
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Published: Legacy Lit - June 6th, 2023

Three suburban girls meet at a boarding school for troubled teens. Eight years later, they were dead. This is not a work of fiction.

Ghostly: A Collection of Ghost Stories By Audrey Niffenegger Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781501111204
Published: Scribner - October 3rd, 2023

Selected and introduced by the author of "The Time Traveler’s Wife" and "Her Fearful Symmetry" — including Audrey Niffenegger’s own stunning illustrations for each piece — this is a “spine-tingling” (Chicago Tribune) collection of some of the best ghost stories of all time.

Knock Knock, Open Wide By Neil Sharpson Cover Image
ISBN: 9781250785428
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Published: Tor Nightfire - October 3rd, 2023

"Knock Knock, Open Wide" weaves horror and Celtic myth into a terrifying, heartbreaking supernatural tale of fractured family bonds, the secrets we carry, and the veiled forces that guide Irish life.

The Infested By Renee Lake Cover Image
ISBN: 9781956037289
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Published: Hansen House - October 13th, 2023

In the year 1900, a section of the Mid-Western United States, known as The Infested, is overrun with ghosts and monsters. Despite the evil that lurks just outside their door, Desdemona and her family live in The Infested. Their home is a haven for those that make the treacherous journey from east to west. While magic keeps them safe, Desdemona has always felt indescribably drawn to the Infested. When a shadow creature appears on their land, and mysterious, alluring visitors arrive, Desdemona is forced to do something she never wanted: lead her family. If they can’t escape the darkness and overcome the tension that has grown between them, their father may very well return to nothing but a graveyard.

That Night in the Woods By Kristopher Triana Cover Image
ISBN: 9781587679032
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Published: Cemetery Dance Publications - October 13th, 2023

When Jennifer receives a message from Scott Dwyer after twenty years without contact, her first reaction is one of excitement. Scott was her first love. Now in her forties and in the middle of a divorce, nostalgia for her youth gets the better of her. From the author of "Gone to See the River Man" comes a chilling novel that reminds us that old ghosts are the ones that haunt us most.

Brainwyrms By Alison Rumfitt Cover Image
ISBN: 9781250866257
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Published: Tor Nightfire - October 10th, 2023

From Alison Rumfitt, the author of "Tell Me I’m Worthless" comes this searing body horror novel of obsession, violence, and pleasure. Shocking, grotesque, and downright filthy, "Brainwyrms" confronts the creeping reality of political terrorism while exploring the depths of love, pain, and identity.

What the Dead Know: Learning About Life as a New York City Death Investigator By Barbara Butcher Cover Image
ISBN: 9781982179380
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Published: Simon & Schuster - June 20th, 2023

A riveting, deeply personal memoir of more than twenty years of death-scene investigations by New York City death investigator Barbara Butcher.

Midnight Showing (The Malice Compendium #2) By Megan Shepherd Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781368101547
Published: Hyperion Avenue - October 3rd, 2023

Discovering her father’s strange final manuscript has brought only mayhem and darkness to Haven Marbury’s life. In Book Two of the "Malice Compendium," what has leapt off the page threatens everybody.

Last to Leave the Room: A Novel By Caitlin Starling Cover Image
ISBN: 9781250282613
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Published: St. Martin's Press - October 10th, 2023

"Last to Leave the Room" is a new novel of genre-busting speculative horror from Caitlin Starling, author of "The Death of Jane Lawrence."

A Light Most Hateful By Hailey Piper Cover Image
ISBN: 9781803364209
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Published: Titan Books - October 10th, 2023

Mona Awad’s "Bunny" meets "Stranger Things" when a summer storm sweeps through a sleepy town, unleashing a monstrous power that threatens to bend reality, from the Bram Stoker award winning author of "Queen of Teeth."

The Pale House Devil By Richard Kadrey Cover Image
ISBN: 9781803363899
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Published: Titan Books - October 10th, 2023

A gripping, snappy creature feature from the master of horror noir about two detectives —one dead, one living— hired by an embittered old landowner to banish a bloody cosmic monster from his ancestral home, perfect for fans of Cassandra Khaw, Charles Stross and Lucy A. Snyder.

Tangled Vines: Power, Privilege, and the Murdaugh Family Murders By John Glatt Cover Image
ISBN: 9781250283481
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Published: St. Martin's Press - August 8th, 2023

True crime author John Glatt reconstructs the rise of the prestigious Murdaugh family and the shocking double murder that led to the downfall of its patriarch, Alex Murdaugh.

All These Sunken Souls: A Black Horror Anthology By Circe Moskowitz (Editor), Kalynn Bayron, Ashia Monet, Liselle Sambury, Sami Ellis, Joel Rochester, Joelle Wellington, Brent C. Lambert, Donyae Coles, Ryan Douglass Cover Image
ISBN: 9781641608374
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Published: Amberjack Publishing - October 17th, 2023

Welcome to the Dark. We are all familiar with tropes of the horror genre: slasher and victims, demon and the possessed. Bloody screams, haunted visions, and the peddler of wares we aren’t sure we can trust. In this YA horror anthology, fans of Jordan Peele, Lovecraft Country, and Horror Noire will get a little bit of everything they love — and a lot of what they fear — through a twisted blend of horror lenses, from the thoughtful to the terrifying.

Too Scared to Sleep By Andrew Duplessie Cover Image
ISBN: 9780063266483
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Published: Clarion Books - October 10th, 2023

From debut author Andrew Duplessie, a terrifying collection of teen short horror stories — and accompanying videos — that will keep you up long into the night! Perfect for fans of "Five Nights at Freddy’s."

Murderabilia: A History of Crime in 100 Objects By Harold Schechter Cover Image
ISBN: 9781523515295
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Published: Workman Publishing Company - September 26th, 2023

In "Murderabilia," veteran true crime writer Harold Schechter presents 100 murder-related artifacts spanning two centuries (1808–2014), with accompanying stories of various lengths. A visual and literary journey, it presents a history unlike any previously told in the true crime genre, one that speaks to the dark fascination of true crime fans while also presenting a larger historical timeline of how and why we continue to be captivated by the most sensational crimes and killers among us.

The Nighthouse Keeper (Blight Harbor) By Lora Senf Cover Image
ISBN: 9781665934633
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Published: Atheneum Books for Young Readers - October 17th, 2023

Evie once again leaves her world behind to rescue Blight Harbor’s ghosts in this second book in the bone-chilling middle grade "Blight Harbor" trilogy that’s reminiscent of "Doll Bones" and "Small Spaces."

We Are Not Alone: The Extraordinary History of UFOs and Aliens Invading Our Hopes, Fears, and Fantasies By Marc Hartzman Cover Image
ISBN: 9781683693352
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Published: Quirk Books - October 17th, 2023

Explore our fascination with UFOs and extraterrestrial intelligence through exclusive interviews, archival photos, and strange but true stories from history. Do you want to believe?

Posthaste Manor By Jolie Toomajan, Carson Winter, Alex Woodroe (Editor) Cover Image
ISBN: 9781959790945
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Published: Tenebrous Press - October 18th, 2023

Everyone has a story about Posthaste Manor. None of the stories end well, but that doesn’t stop the hopeful from hoping and the desperate from trying. This composite novel stands as both history and eulogy of one very haunted house, as recounted by artists, real estate agents, and beloved family pets; by the debauched, the dead and the dying, and anyone looking for one last chance. Raise a glass in celebration. Just don’t linger within its walls for long.

Christmas and Other Horrors: A winter solstice anthology By Ellen Datlow (Editor), Garth Nix, Josh Malerman, Alma Katsu, Stephen Graham Jones Cover Image
ISBN: 9781803363264
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Published: Titan Books - October 24th, 2023

Hugo Award winning editor and horror legend, Ellen Datlow presents a terrifying and chilling horror anthology of original short stories exploring the endless terrors of winter solstice traditions across the globe, featuring chillers by Tananarive Due, Stephen Graham Jones, Alma Katsu and many more.

Don't Fear the Reaper (The Indian Lake Trilogy #2) By Stephen Graham Jones Cover Image
ISBN: 9781982186609
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Published: S&S/Saga Press - September 26th, 2023

December 12th, 2019, Jade returns to the rural lake town of Proofrock the same day as convicted Indigenous serial killer Dark Mill South escapes into town to complete his revenge killings, in this “superb” (Publishers Weekly) sequel to "My Heart Is a Chainsaw" from author Stephen Graham Jones. 

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Bad Cree: A Novel By Jessica Johns Cover Image
ISBN: 9780385548694
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Published: Doubleday - January 10th, 2023

In this gripping, horror-laced debut, a young Cree woman’s dreams lead her on a perilous journey of self-discovery that ultimately forces her to confront the toll of a legacy of violence on her family, her community and the land they call home.

Totally Terrifying True Crime Trivia: Outrageous Facts About Murders, Maniacs, and Mayhem By Brian Boone Cover Image
ISBN: 9781250287229
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Published: Castle Point Books - July 4th, 2023

For the true fans of true crime: If you think nothing can shock you, think again.

With heart-pounding real-life stories of serial killers, sadistic torturers, flesh-eating cannibals, and creepy evil-doers of all kinds, "Totally Terrifying True Crime Trivia" gives you the gory details your curiosity craves. Meet the most demented figures of all time, like Richard Chase, the necrophile who delighted in drinking his victim’s blood; Gilles Garnier, the self-proclaimed werewolf who hunted children; and Ed Gein, who used his victims’ bodies like craft supplies. You’ll be double-checking your deadbolt every night after stepping into the twisted minds of killers like:

 - Pedro Rodrigues Filho, a.k.a. the Brazilian Dexter, who considered himself a vigilante for justice and took the lives of over 100 drug dealers, murderers, and rapists.
-  Mother-daughter cult leaders May Blackburn and Ruth Rizzio, who went from sacrificing animals to baking thirty-year-old Florence Turner to death in a sacrificial oven.
-  Professor Khaw Him Sun, who offed his wife and daughter in 2015 with the most unlikely of murder weapons: a poison yoga ball.