Horror: Fiction Previews, Oct. 2022, Pt. 2 | Prepub Alert

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Adams, Erin E. Jackal. Bantam. Oct. 2022. 320p. ISBN 9780593499306. $27. HORROR

Davidson, Andy. The Hollow Kind. MCD: Farrar. Oct. 2022. 448p. ISBN 9780374538569. $28. CD. HORROR

Harrison, Rachel. Such Sharp Teeth. Berkley. Oct. 2022. 368p. ISBN 9780593545829. $27. HORROR

Pargin, Jason. If This Book Exists, You're in the Wrong Universe. St. Martin’s. Oct. 2022. 432p. ISBN 9781250195821. $28.99. HORROR

Thorne, Jennifer Marie. Lute. Tor Nightfire. Oct. 2022. 288p. ISBN 9781250826084. $26.99. CD. HORROR

Ward, Catriona. Little Eve. Tor Nightfire. Oct. 2022. 288p. ISBN 9781250812650. $27.99. HORROR

In Jackal, a debut from Haitian American author Adams, a Black woman named Liz has returned to her predominantly white hometown for a wedding shattered by the disappearance of the bride’s daughter—one of several Black girls who have vanished recently in the town’s creepy woods. From Bram Stoker finalist Davidson, The Hollow Kind sends Nellie Gardner fleeing from an abusive marriage to a crumbling house in a Georgia forest, where son Max hears whisperings in the uncommon stillness and realizes that they’re still in danger, this time from an ancient evil connected to his mother’s family (35,000-copy first printing). Such Sharp Teeth, mutters Rory Morris when she is attacked by something in Bram Stoker finalist Harrison’s latest; then, stronger and suddenly captivated by the moon, she starts transforming—but is she in danger or getting in touch with her true, wild self? With If This Book Exists, You're in the Wrong Universe, Pargin adds to his terrifying but funny “John Dies at the End” series as John, Dave, and Amy tremblingly face supernatural threats in a town rife with interdimensional parasites, paranormal cults, and a plastic egg that encourages the unwary to commit murder and feed it the body parts (75,000-copy first printing). YA novelist Thorne sets her first adult effort on Lute, an island where the residents experience unusual peace and prosperity—but every seven years comes the Day when seven people die (100,000-copy first printing). Unlike friend Dinah, Little Eve loves the gloomy Scottish isle of Altnaharra, where they’re raised among the Children by spooky and controlling Uncle, and they offer very different accounts of a massacre there in the dead of winter (250,000-copy first printing). From Shirley Jackson/August Derleth honoree Ward.

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Barbara Hoffert (bhoffert@mediasourceinc.com, @BarbaraHoffert on Twitter) is Editor, LJ Prepub Alert; winner of ALA's Louis Shores Award for reviewing; and past president, awards chair, and treasurer of the National Book Critics Circle, which awarded her its inaugural Service Award in 2023.

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