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Screams from the Dark: 29 Tales of Monsters and the Monstrous

This epic volume, with its impressive table of contents, will satisfy the hordes of readers looking for new takes on the monster trope. It pairs nicely with the Bram Stoker–nominated collection Miscreations: Gods, Monstrosities, and Other Horrors, edited by Doug Murano and Michael Bailey.

Orphans of Bliss: Tales of Addiction Horror

A visceral depiction of the havoc, pain, and anguish of addiction, this triumphant conclusion to Matthews’s trilogy is essential for all collections. Anyone who has even been even tangentially touched by the monster of addiction will need access to these groundbreaking volumes and the lifeline they just may provide to the hopeless.

Under Her Skin: A Women in Horror Poetry Collection, Vol. 1

Poetry is an excellent format for probing the dark emotions that define horror, and this anthology, and its evocative cover, will entice readers to engage with dozens of fierce and chilling voices. Just be prepared to add more horror poetry and new authors to your collections as a result.


A reading experience that will linger long after the final page is turned.

Friend of the Devil

While it would be easy to underestimate this novel as a Riverdale or Stranger Things knockoff, especially since Lloyd is an award-winning TV writer and producer (Modern Family; How I Met Your Mother), the story is definitely more adult, as if Jack Reacher were called to the creepy school in Sarah Read’s The Bone Weaver’s Orchard.

The Hacienda

For fans of Silvia Moreno-Garcia’s Mexican Gothic; but also V. Castro’s focus on colonialism, menacing old-world forces, sexism, class struggle, and vengeance; and Alma Katsu’s mastery of historical horror.

We Can Never Leave This Place

The hype surrounding LaRocca is real. He is quickly emerging as one of the best authors at articulating the emotions of horror: feelings of disgust, unease, but also wonder that physically pulsate through readers’ bodies as they interact with his creations. Similar to the storytelling style and reading experience of the extraordinary work of Helen Oyeyemi and Samanta Schweblin or Naben Ruthnum’s Helpmeet.

Just Like Mother

An excellent suggestion for fans of cult stories or intense horror-thriller hybrids such as those by Sarah Pinborough.

Q&A with Award-Winning Horror Novelist Alma Katsu


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