Thursday, February 9, 2023

Chilly Reads

For our February Readalong, we are reading All the White Spaces by Ally Wilkes. (Join us over on our discord.) Today we are offering a list of additional Chilly Reads in Horror for you to read after All the White Spaces.

These books are horror, horror adjacent, or contain horrific subject matters. This is not a definitive list so be sure to add your recommendations in the comments! We also invite you to check out these authors’ other works.

Stone Cold Horror


Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
Dark Matter by Michelle Paver
I remember You: A Ghost Story by Yrsa Sigurgardottir, translated by Philip Roughton
Taaqtumi: An Anthology of Arctic Horror Stories by Aviaq Jonston
In the Arctic Sun by Rowan Hill
The Winter People by Jennifer McMahon
The Shuddering by Ania Ahlborn
Near the Bone by Christina Henry
White is for Witching by Helen Oyeyemi
The Only Good Indians by Stephen Graham Jones  
Voices in the Snow by Darcy Coates
Mind of Winter by Laura Kasischke
The White Road by Sarah Lutz
Let the Right One In by John Ajvide Lindqvist
The Ancestor by Danielle Trussoni

Winter Wonderlands


The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden
Black Sun by Rebecca Roanhorse 
The Witch’s Heart by Genevieve Gornichec
The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey
Spinning Silver by Naomi Novik
The Wolf and the Woodsman by Ava Reid

Some Say the World Will End in Ice


Leech by Hiron Ennes
How High We Go in the Dark by Sequoia Nagamatsu
Migrations by Charlotte McConaghy
Moon of the Crusted Snow by Waubgeshig Rice

Freezing Historical Fiction


All the White Spaces by Ally Wilkes
The Hunger by Alma Katsu
Wolf Winter by Cecilia Ekback
The Winter Ghosts by Kate Mosse
The Voyage of the Narwhal by Andrea Barrett
Burial Rites by Hannah Kent
The Arctic Fury by Greer Macallister
The Children’s Blizzard by Melanie Benjamin
The Ice Palace by Tarjei Vesaas, translated by Elizabeth Rokkan
Once Upon a River by Diane Setterfield
The Litter Stranger by Sarah Waters

Chills & Thrills


The Sanatorium by Sarah Pearse
The Hunting Party by Lucy Foley
Five Total Strangers by Natalie D Richards
Snow Blind by Ragnar Jónasson, translated by Quentin Bates
The Ice Princess by Camilla Lackberg, translated by Steven T Murray
One by One by Ruth Ware
The Girls in the Snow by Stacy Green
The Drift by CJ Tudor
Ski Weekend by Rektok Ross
Disappearing Earth by Julia Phillips

Teresa creates the Shelf Edition posts, compiles bookish lists and is a contributing reviewer at Horror Spotlight. You can find Teresa on Goodreads, and on Twitter.


Wednesday, February 8, 2023

Sometimes We're Cruel by J.A.W. McCarthy | Book Review

Today Cassie & Teresa recommend SOMETIMES WE'RE CRUEL and other stories by J.A.W. McCarthy. We hope you'll check it out!


Sometimes We're Cruel and other stories by J.A.W. McCarthy

"A town where people go missing and inexplicably return as cruel versions of themselves.

A not-quite-human mother races against time to build a new body for her ailing daughter.

Lovesick ghosts inhabit the body parts of living people in a world where the only other choice is amputation.

Obsession. Selfishness. Cruelty. Doppelgängers. In these dark, speculative stories—six reprints and six never before published, including the novelette “Girls Tied to Trees”—J.A.W. McCarthy explores how far humans and the not-quite-human will go to tame the darkness in their world and within themselves."

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Cassie's Review

I absolutely LOVE stories focused on women - their friendships, their traumas, their flaws, their discoveries. I especially love when stories are focused on women friendships, especially toxic or tragic ones - and this collection has so much of all that, omg. This was like HEAVEN to read, which is possible strange since the collection is so dark.

There's a little something for everyone here, too - body horror, cosmic horror, ghosts, possession. Each story started off in a way that had me immediately hooked, and I ended up finishing the entire collection in like 2 sittings 'cause I was so impressed with each story and couldn't wait for the next one.

Another thing I loved was that none of these stories were ones you'd expect - each one had me on my toes, not knowing where they'd go or what would happen as I read. Being able to nail that sort of tension without giving anything away until the author wants to takes skill.

Overall such a great collection, def gonna be one I recommend from here on out!

Teresa's Review

I am not really the best short story reader. I have trained my brain to read epic fantasy, to wait for the payout, to let the anticipation build. I am trying to be a better short story reader. Sometimes We’re Cruel by J.A.W. McCarthy is a collection that makes it easy for me to be a better short story reader. Every story in this collection is phenomenal. They are full of the little things we do- sometimes intentionally, sometimes not-that hurt people and ourselves, because sometimes we are cruel. The stories are like the little paper cuts we add to our psyche, the little words that wound, the little forgetful or selfish things that leak out, no matter how we try to correct them. Personally, my favorite is When Your Ghost Comes In, but I really enjoyed every story so much. I would try and review each story, but I do not want to risk spoiling anything, so I will leave it at that. Every story fits into the collection title so well. I am looking forward to future collections!

Thank you for joining us today! Please share your thoughts about SOMETIMES WE'RE CRUEL and other stories as well as any recent reads in the comments below.

We are currently accepting horror fiction and horror adjacent fiction written by diverse authors in print and epub format ONLY. If this is you, please visit our review submission page here.

Cassie is one of our contributing reviewers. Find her online at her website, Twitter as @ctrlaltcassie, Instagram as @readinginaprism, or over at her Etsy store, where she has amazing original art prints, cross stitch kits, bookmarks, and more!

Teresa creates the Shelf Edition posts and is a contributing reviewer at Horror Spotlight. You can find Teresa on Goodreads, and on Twitter.

Tuesday, February 7, 2023

Spotlight on New Releases: February 7

Welcome to Spotlight on New Releases where we shine a spotlight on a few recent horror releases!

Our Share of Night by Mariana Enríquez, Megan McDowell (Translator)

Our Share of Night by Mariana Enríquez, Megan McDowell (Translator)

“We have children so we can continue, they are our immortality.”

A young father and son set out on a road trip, devastated by the death of the wife and mother they both loved. United in grief, the pair travels to her family home, where they must confront the terrifying legacy she has bequeathed. The woman they grieve came from a clan like no other—a centuries-old secret society called the Order that commits unspeakable acts in search of eternal life. For Gaspar, the son, this vampiric cult is his destiny.

Now Gaspar is in danger. As the Order tries to possess him, father and son take flight, yet nothing will stop the Order for nothing is beyond them. Hunted by evil and surrounded by horror, Gaspar and his father attempt to outrun a powerful family that will do anything to ensure its own survival. But can any of us escape the fate that awaits us?

Expected publication February 7, 2023 by Hogarth | Goodreads | Amazon

Don’t Fear the Reaper by Stephen Graham Jones

Don’t Fear the Reaper by Stephen Graham Jones

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 riveting sequel to My Heart Is a Chainsaw from New York Times bestselling author, Stephen Graham Jones.

Four years after her tumultuous senior year, Jade Daniels is released from prison right before Christmas when her conviction is overturned. But life beyond bars takes a dangerous turn as soon as she returns to Proofrock. Convicted Serial Killer, Dark Mill South, seeking revenge for thirty-eight Dakota men hanged in 1862, escapes from his prison transfer due to a blizzard, just outside of Proofrock, Idaho.

Dark Mill South’s Reunion Tour began on December 12th, 2019, a Thursday.

Thirty-six hours and twenty bodies later, on Friday the 13th, it would be over.

Expected publication February 7, 2023 by Gallery / Saga Press | Goodreads | Amazon

The Spite House by Johnny Compton

The Spite House by Johnny Compton

Eric Ross is on the run from a mysterious past with his two daughters in tow. Having left his wife, his house, his whole life behind in Maryland, he’s desperate for money–it’s not easy to find safe work when you can’t provide references, you can’t stay in one place for long, and you’re paranoid that your past is creeping back up on you.

When he comes across the strange ad for the Masson House in Degener, Texas, Eric thinks they may have finally caught a lucky break. The Masson property, notorious for being one of the most haunted places in Texas, needs a caretaker of sorts. The owner is looking for proof of paranormal activity. All they need to do is stay in the house and keep a detailed record of everything that happens there. Provided the house’s horrors don’t drive them all mad, like the caretakers before them.

The job calls to Eric, not just because there’s a huge payout if they can make it through, but because he wants to explore the secrets of the spite house. If it is indeed haunted, maybe it’ll help him understand the uncanny power that clings to his family, driving them from town to town, making them afraid to stop running. A terrifying Gothic thriller about grief and death and the depths of a father’s love, Johnny Compton’s The Spite House is a stunning debut by a horror master in the making.

Expected publication February 7, 2023 by Tor Nightfire | Goodreads | Amazon

Jen is one of our Horror Spotlight admins. Jen manages the technical side of the Horror Spotlight website. She also keeps a spotlight on new diverse horror releases, middle grade horror, and young adult horror each month.

You can also find Jen on her blog Book Den, Twitter as @bookden, Instagram as @bookdenjen, on Goodreads, and Letterboxd.