Monday, July 31, 2023

July 2023 New Horror Book Releases

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

Dead of Winter by Darcy Coates

Dead of Winter by Darcy Coates

From bestselling author Darcy Coates comes Dead of Winter, a remote cabin in the snowy wilderness thriller that will teach you to trust no one. There are eight strangers. One killer. Nowhere left to run.

When Christa joins a tour group heading deep into the snowy expanse of the Rocky Mountains, she's hopeful this will be her chance to put the ghosts of her past to rest. But when a bitterly cold snowstorm sweeps the region, the small group is forced to take shelter in an abandoned hunting cabin. Despite the uncomfortably claustrophobic quarters and rapidly dropping temperature, Christa believes they'll be safe as they wait out the storm.

She couldn't be more wrong.

Deep in the night, their tour guide goes missing...only to be discovered the following morning, his severed head impaled on a tree outside the cabin. Terrified, and completely isolated by the storm, Christa finds herself trapped with eight total strangers. One of them kills for sport...and they're far from finished. As the storm grows more dangerous and the number of survivors dwindles one by one, Christa must decide who she can trust before this frozen mountain becomes her tomb.

Published July 11, 2023 by Poisoned Pen Press | Goodreads | Amazon

A Moonlit Path of Madness by Catherine McCarthy

A Moonlit Path of Madness by Catherine McCarthy

Grief haunts her every step.

Inheriting a family heirloom in the form of an antique clock with a broken moon dial as well as a seaside house in Wales, Grace Morgan mourns the loss of her mother and dreads the manifestation of a family curse that threatens to lay claim to her and everything she holds dear.

Set around the turn of the 20th century, A Moonlit Path of Madness traces Grace’s journey from the United States to the distant parish of Newport on the West Wales coast. Partly epistolary and laced with Welsh folklore, this tragic gothic tale delves into the prevalent mental health challenges of the era in the face of unrelenting fear and all-consuming trauma, as Grace reckons with the insidious specter of her lingering grief.

Published July 11, 2023 by Nosetouch Press | Goodreads | Amazon

Whisperwood by Alex Woodroe

Whisperwood by Alex Woodroe

A journey into the wild woods with a character who just needs a break—and the terrible things that stare back at her.

When curious nomad Anna hears about Whisperwood, a town that’s not on any maps, that nobody goes to, and nobody comes from, she sees an opportunity to hide from her violent witch-hunting ex.

But not everything is peaceful in the isolated community. A vanishing town, a gruesome funeral rite, an emergency field surgery—these surprises and more test Anna's resolve.

Prevented from leaving the frontier settlement by folk magic she doesn’t understand, Anna lends helping hands everywhere she can, but quickly finds that investigating the forest too closely could end up being the last thing she does.

Published July 11, 2023 by Flame Tree Press | Goodreads | Amazon

Camp Damascus by Chuck Tingle

Camp Damascus by Chuck Tingle

A searing and earnest horror debut about the demons the queer community faces in America, the price of keeping secrets, and finding the courage to burn it all down.

They’ll scare you straight to hell.

Welcome to Neverton, Montana: home to a God-fearing community with a heart of gold.

Nestled high up in the mountains is Camp Damascus, the self-proclaimed “most effective” gay conversion camp in the country. Here, a life free from sin awaits. But the secret behind that success is anything but holy.

Published July 18, 2023 by Tor Nightfire | Goodreads | Amazon

A Guide to the Dark by Meriam Metoui

You can check out of Room 9, but you can never leave.

The Haunting of Hill House meets Nina LaCour in this paranormal mystery YA about the ghosts we carry with us.

Something is building, simmering just out of reach.

The room is watching. But Mira and Layla don't know this yet. When the two best friends are stranded on their spring break college tour road trip, they find themselves at the Wildwood Motel, located in the middle of nowhere, Indiana. Mira can't shake the feeling that there is something wrong and rotten about their room. Inside, she's haunted by nightmares of her dead brother. When she wakes up, he's still there.

Layla doesn't see him. Or notice anything suspicious about Room 9. The place may be a little run down, but it has a certain charm she can’t wait to capture on camera. If Layla is being honest, she’s too preoccupied with confusing feelings for Mira to see much else. But when they learn eight people died in that same room, they realize there must be a connection between the deaths and the unexplainable things that keep happening inside it. They just have to find the connection before Mira becomes the ninth.

Readers won't be able to put down this tender thriller that includes over thirty interior black and white photos by the author!

Published July 18, 2023 by Henry Holt | Goodreads | Amazon

Unquiet by E. Saxey

Unquiet by E. Saxey

A young woman discovers her long-thought dead brother-in-law in her garden and sets about unravelling the mysterious circumstances of his disappearance in this gripping and unsettling Victorian gothic horror, perfect for fans of Shirley Jackson and Sarah Waters.

London 1893. Judith has been living alone in her family home for four months, the rest of her family travelling around the world whilst she tries desperately to get over the death of Sam, her brother-in-law, who drowned in an accident a year ago.

One icy evening, she discovers Sam, alive, in the garden. He has no memory of the past year, and remembers little of the accident that appeared to take his life.

Desperate to keep his reappearance a secret until she can discover the truth about what happened to him, Judith journeys to the scene of Sam’s accident, only to unearth secrets she never thought she would find.

Published July 18, 2023 by Titan Books | Goodreads | Amazon

Jackal, Jackal by Tobi Ogundiran

Jackal, Jackal by Tobi Ogundiran

From Shirley Jackson award-nominated author Tobi Ogundiran, comes a highly anticipated debut collection of stories full of magic and wonder and breathtaking imagination!

In "The Lady of the Yellow-Painted Library" -- featured in Levar Burton Reads -- a hapless salesman flees the otherworldly librarian hell-bent on retrieving her lost library book.

"The Tale of Jaja and Canti" sees Ogundiran riffing off of Pinocchio. But this wooden boy doesn't seek to become real. Wanting to be loved, he journeys the world in search of his mother-an ancient and powerful entity who is best not sought out.

"The Goatkeeper's Harvest" contains echoes of Lovecraft, where a young mother living on a farm finds that goats have broken into her barn and are devouring all her tubers. As she chases them off with a rake, a woman appears claiming the goats are her children, and that the young woman has killed one of them and must pay the a goat for a goat.

These and other tales of the dark and fantastic await.

Published July 6, 2023 by Undertow Publications | Goodreads | Amazon

The Village at the Edge of Noon by Darya Bobyleva, Дарья Бобылёва, Ilona Yazhbin Chavasse (Translator)

The Village at the Edge of Noon by Darya Bobyleva, Дарья Бобылёва, Ilona Yazhbin Chavasse (Translator)

The residents of a village outside Moscow wake up to discover that the road out to the motorway has disappeared without a trace and the usual paths into the woods somehow lead back into the village. And the woods? Overnight their weedy and rubbish-strewn copse has become a dark and overgrown forest inhabited by something mysterious and unfriendly. Anyone who makes it into the trees either vanishes into thin air or returns, not quite themselves… And, of course, the Internet, radio and TV have stopped working and the weather never changes. And time seems to loop seamlessly from one crop of apples and cabbages into the next.

There are strange noises, and strange visitations. The villagers are plagued by odd thoughts and desires, and quiet but pervasive voices call from the river. Objects mutate; phones and radios emit strange mutterings; people disappear. What begins as a one-sided manifestation of the weird, becomes weirder still as the villagers split into factions and odd alliances with the new “neighbours” are formed. Meanwhile the forest looms closer every day.

Is Katya, a solitary young woman, the only one beginning to glimpse what is going on?

Published July 25, 2023 by Angry Robot | Goodreads | Amazon

Her Little Flowers by Shannon Morgan

Her Little Flowers by Shannon Morgan

Francine Thwaite has lived all her fifty-five years in her family’s ancestral home, a rambling Elizabethan manor in England’s Lake District. No other living soul resides there, but Francine isn’t alone. There are ghosts in Thwaite Manor, harmless and familiar. Most beloved is Bree, the mischievous ghost girl who has been Francine’s companion since childhood.

When Francine’s estranged sister, Madeleine, returns to the manor after years away, she brings with her a story that threatens everything Francine has always believed. It is a tale of cruelty and desperation, of terror and unbearable heartache. And as Francine learns more about the darkness in her family’s past—and the role she may have played in it—she realizes that confronting the truth may mean losing what she holds most dear.

Published July 25, 2023 by Kensington | Goodreads | Amazon

House of Roots and Ruin by Erin A. Craig

House of Roots and Ruin by Erin A. Craig

A modern masterpiece, this is a classic Gothic thriller-fantasy from New York Times bestselling author Erin A. Craig, about doomed love, menacing ambition, and the ghosts that haunt us forever.

In a manor by the sea, one sister is still cursed.

Despite dreams of adventures far beyond the Salann shores, seventeen-year-old Verity Thaumas has remained at her family’s estate, Highmoor, with her older sister Camille, while their sisters have scattered across Arcannia.

When their sister Mercy sends word that the Duchess of Bloem—wife of a celebrated botanist—is interested in having Verity paint a portrait of her son, Alexander, Verity jumps at the chance, but Camille won’t allow it. Forced to reveal the secret she’s kept for years, Camille tells Verity the truth one day: Verity is still seeing ghosts, she just doesn’t know it.

Stunned, Verity flees Highmoor that night and—with nowhere else to turn—makes her way to Bloem. At first, she is captivated by the lush, luxurious landscape and is quickly drawn to charming, witty, and impossibly handsome Alexander Laurent. And soon, to her surprise, a romance . . . blossoms.

But it’s not long before Verity is plagued with nightmares, and the darker side of Bloem begins to show through its sickly-sweet façade. . . .

Published July 25, 2023 by Delacorte Press | Goodreads | Amazon

Their Vicious Games by Joelle Wellington

Their Vicious Games by Joelle Wellington

A Black teen desperate to regain her Ivy League acceptance enters an elite competition only to discover the stakes aren’t just high, they’re deadly, in this searing thriller that’s Ace of Spades meets Squid Game with a sprinkling of The Bachelor .

You must work twice as hard to get half as much.

Adina Walker has known this the entire time she’s been on scholarship at the prestigious Edgewater Academy—a school for the rich (and mostly white) upper class of New England. It’s why she works so hard to be perfect and above reproach, no matter what she must force beneath the surface. Even one slip can cost you everything.

And it does. One fight, one moment of lost control, leaves Adina blacklisted from her top choice Ivy League college and any other. Her only chance to regain the future she’s sacrificed everything for is the Finish, a high-stakes contest sponsored by Edgewater’s founding family in which twelve young, ambitious women with exceptional promise are selected to compete in three mysterious the Ride, the Raid, and the Royale. The winner will be granted entry into the fold of the Remington family, whose wealth and power can open any door.

But when she arrives at the Finish, Adina quickly gets the feeling that something isn’t quite right with both the Remingtons and her competition, and soon it becomes clear that this larger-than-life prize can only come at an even greater cost. Because the Finish’s stakes aren’t just make or break…they’re life and death.

Adina knows the deck is stacked against her—it always has been—so maybe the only way to survive their vicious games is for her to change the rules.

Published July 25, 2023 by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers | Goodreads | Amazon

Infested by Angel Luis Colón

Infested by Angel Luis Colón

The Taking of Jake Livingston meets Cemetery Boys in this YA ghost story about a Puerto Rican teen’s battle with a malevolent spirit targeting his apartment building and the all-too-real horrors of gentrification.

It’s the summer before senior year, and Manny has just moved from Texas to the Bronx in New York. So, instead of hanging with his friends and making some spending money, Manny is forced to do menial tasks in his new home, a luxury condo his stepdad is managing, while stressing about starting over.

Thankfully, he meets Sasha, who is protesting the building but turns out to be really cool. And he strikes up an unlikely friendship with Mr. Mueller, the building’s exterminator. Maybe life in the Bronx won’t be so bad.

Then the nightmares begin. And Manny swears he has roaches crawling under his skin. When building contractors start to go missing, Manny and Sasha come to the terrifying realization that Mr. Mueller is not who he says he is. Or rather, he is, but he died decades ago in a fire exactly where Manny’s new building is located. A fire that Mueller set.

Now, in a race against time, Manny must rescue his family from a deranged specter determined to set the Bronx ablaze once again.

Published July 25, 2023 by MTV Books | 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 horror releases each month.

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

Monday, July 24, 2023

Horror Spotlight Shelf Edition: Heather Hellion!

Today on the Shelf Edition, we welcome our very own Heather Hellion to show us her shelves!


Do you have any recent favorite Horror Spotlight books?

Yes! Definitely!

Survive the Dome by Kosoko Jackson. We Don't Swim Here by Vincent Tirado. Anything by T.Kingfisher (seriously it's a problem) and The Salt Grows Heavy by Cassandra Khaw.

Which Horror Spotlight books do you currently have on your TBR?

Maeve Fly by CJ Leede, Loteria by Cynthia Pelayo & Aliens Vasquez by V. Castro.
Laurie says Maeve Fly is good so I'm really going to like it or hate it. There is no in between with me and her. Haha

Where do you find recommendations? Are there any Horror Spotlight books that have been recommended to you that you loved?

Twitter is a big one. I like bookstagram as well!! I love a lot of the books we recommend because they are fantastic.

Are there any upcoming Horror Spotlight releases you're excited about?

Y'all we are getting new T.Kingfisher in 2024, a sequel to What Moves the Dead! We get new Hailey Piper and that's always exciting for me! So many good books coming out!

Let’s get a little adventurous. Answer one or both: What Horror Spotlight book (or story, or movie, etc) would you like to see turned into a Muppet Movie? And/Or Who would play you in a horror movie based on your life?

I want to turn a Hailey Piper into a Muppet Movie and I want everyone to be a human except Benny Rose, who would be played by a blood thirsty Animal (the Muppet).

The only person that could play me in a horror movie would be Samuel L Jackson in a wig. Cussing and telling everyone they are dumb and we are all gonna die.

In regards to your own work, tell our readers a little bit about what’s new and/or coming up for you.

Me?! I'm just going to be me, here hyping everyone up... Adding some positivity back into the universe and reading some really good books!

Where can people find you on social media and/or find your work?

I'm on twitter: @HSquared_13
Instagram: h.hellion
Goodreads: Heather Horror Hellion

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


Thursday, July 20, 2023

Horror Spotlight’s Readalong August 2023

Horror Spotlight’s Readalong August 2023

In August we will be reading Bacchanal by Veronica G. Henry for the readalong in the Horror Spotlight discord. You can join the discord with this link.


Evil lives in a traveling carnival roaming the Depression-era South. But the carnival’s newest act, a peculiar young woman with latent magical powers, may hold the key to defeating it. Her time has come.

Abandoned by her family, alone on the wrong side of the color line with little to call her own, Eliza Meeks is coming to terms with what she does have. It’s a gift for communicating with animals. To some, she’s a magical tender. To others, a she-devil. To a talent prospector, she’s a crowd-drawing oddity. And the Bacchanal Carnival is Eliza’s ticket out of the swamp trap of Baton Rouge.

Among fortune-tellers, carnies, barkers, and folks even stranger than herself, Eliza finds a new home. But the Bacchanal is no ordinary carnival. An ancient demon has a home there too. She hides behind an iridescent disguise. She feeds on innocent souls. And she’s met her match in Eliza, who’s only beginning to understand the purpose of her own burgeoning powers.

Only then can Eliza save her friends, find her family, and fight the sway of a primordial demon preying upon the human world. Rolling across a consuming dust bowl landscape, Eliza may have found her destiny.

Goodreads | Bookshop

The readalong begins August 1, and discussions will take place throughout the month of August on the Horror Spotlight discord server. Everyone is welcome to join. See you there!

Wednesday, July 19, 2023

What We've Been Reading | July 19, 2023

We have two short story collections and a creeptasic modern gothic to recommend today. We hope you find something (or three things!) to add to your reading list.

They Come from the Water by Wendy Dalrymple

Family secrets, grief and a dark, foreboding mystery... Estranged sisters Summer and Joy are forced to reunite after the untimely and gruesome deaths of their mother and grandparents. The two sisters are tasked with cleaning out their grandparents' home on Palmetto Lake in the heart of Central Florida during the hottest, most brutal time of the year. But something seems amiss in the bucolic lakefront community. Something Summer can't seem to place her finger on. Despite decades of unspoken animosity, the two sisters attempt to come together to support each other as they uncover the terrors of their unknown past. Questions about the true nature of their grandparents and the strange lakefront neighborhood bubble to the surface as Summer struggles to stay focused on the task at hand. However, with every layer the sisters strip away, with every new bit of evidence about their grandparents that they stumble upon, it becomes more and more clear to Summer that they aren't just going dealing with grief and loss... but danger. When it comes to the past, sometimes the truth is better left unknown. They Come From the Water is a Florida Gothic meditation on inherited family trauma, destructive secrets and dark dangers that lurk just beneath the surface. *Content Addiction, adultery, murder, suicide, self-harm, animal death and gore.

Heather's Teaser Review

"Wendy has a way of writing weird things and making them believable and fun. I'm a big fan and really enjoy her collection!"

Read Heather's entire review at Goodreads.

A House with Good Bones by T. Kingfisher

A haunting Southern Gothic from an award-winning master of suspense, A House With Good Bones explores the dark, twisted roots lurking just beneath the veneer of a perfect home and family.

"Mom seems off."

Her brother's words echo in Sam Montgomery's ear as she turns onto the quiet North Carolina street where their mother lives alone.

She brushes the thought away as she climbs the front steps. Sam's excited for this rare extended visit, and looking forward to nights with just the two of them, drinking boxed wine, watching murder mystery shows, and guessing who the killer is long before the characters figure it out.

But stepping inside, she quickly realizes home isn’t what it used to be. Gone is the warm, cluttered charm her mom is known for; now the walls are painted a sterile white. Her mom jumps at the smallest noises and looks over her shoulder even when she’s the only person in the room. And when Sam steps out back to clear her head, she finds a jar of teeth hidden beneath the magazine-worthy rose bushes, and vultures are circling the garden from above.

To find out what’s got her mom so frightened in her own home, Sam will go digging for the truth. But some secrets are better left buried.

Goodreads | Amazon

Laurie's Teaser Review

" I was fearing that I might never fall deeply in love with a book again but this one? Oh, this one. It pulled me in and didn’t let me go until I discovered every weird little thing there was left to discover."

Read Laurie's entire review at her blog Bark at the Ghouls.

Unbury Your Gays & Other Queer Tales by Clinton W. Waters

A new collection of short stories, compiling the novella (Un)Bury Your Gays and six other pieces of sci-fi, fantasy, and horror fiction. Reanimated best friends, monsters beneath the kitchen sink, desires made manifest, creek creatures, 80s cyberpunk, ghosts, and crashed alien ships all find homes between the pages of this anthology.

(UN)Bury Your Gays:

It's the late 2000's. Humphrey West and his best friend Danny are just trying to survive their senior year. Unfortunately, Danny falls short of that goal after a risky rendezvous. But Humphrey has just the thing: a concoction borne of magic and science that is able to bring the dead back to life (at least it's worked on a bee so far). Against all odds, Danny comes back from the clutches of death.

The Danny that returns is...different. And it's not just the missing memories. Soon, Humphrey is doing everything in his power to keep his friend alive, but none the wiser to what is happening.

A queering of the Lovecraft classic "Herbert West - Reanimator", (UN)Bury Your Gays is about blurring the boundaries between life and death, love and obsession, and secrets and lies.

Goodreads | Amazon

Teresa's Teaser Review

"The stories are good and creepy and full of longing and heartbreak; coming-of-age and coming-to-terms with being labeled other."

Read Teresa's complete review at Goodreads.

Thank you for joining us today! We hope you found something to add to your tbr list. Please share your recent reads with us in the comments below.

Our Reviewers

Heather is a contributing reviewer and helps out with the Horror Spotlight Instagram account. Find her online at Goodreads, Twitter as @HSquared_13, and on Instagram as @h.hellion.

Laurie is one of our Horror Spotlight Admins. Laurie creates our review posts, coordinates review requests, helps out with our Instagram/Twitter accounts, and is a contributing reviewer. You can find Laurie on her blog Bark’s Book Nonsense, on Twitter as @barksbooks, on Instagram as @barksbooks, and on Goodreads where she never shuts up about the things she's reading.

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

Friday, July 14, 2023

Notable Books by Non-Binary and Genderfluid Authors

Notable Books by Non-Binary and Genderfluid Authors

July 14th is International Non-Binary People's Day.  Here is a list of some notable books by Non-Binary and Genderfluid Authors for your reading pleasure. 

As ever, this is not a definitive list. The Anthologies contain works by Non-Binary and Genderfluid authors. Let us know in the comments if you have any favorites on this list or what you are looking forward to reading!


The Sacrifice by Rin Chupeco

Unwieldy Creatures by Addie Brook Tsai

One Hand to Hold, One Hand to Carve by M. Shaw

Just like Home by Sarah Gailey

The Wilds by Vita Ayala, Artist Emily Pearson 

Hooker by M. Lopes da Silva

Queen of Bad Dreams by Danny Lore, Artist Jordi Perez, Colorist Dearbhla Kelly, Letterer Kim McLean

Seeds by Tabatha Wood 

Cutting Your Teeth by Caylan MacRae

There’s Something Wrong in Morrington County by Ryan W. Kinney

We Can Never Leave This Place by Eric LaRocca

Come the Flesh Hive by Deyyn Kennedy

Ice Upon a Pier by Ladz


The Impavidus Cycle by M. A. Vice

The Dead Take The A Train by Cassandra Khaw and Richard Kadrey

Crom Cruach by Valkyrie Loughcrewe

Corrupted Vessels by Briar Ripley Page

The Honeys by Ryan La Sala

The Wolf Among the Wild Hunt by Merc Fenn Wolfmoor

Lesser Known Monsters by Rory Michaelson

Rebel Robin by A.R. Capetta

We Don’t Swim Here by Vincent Tirado

The Earthquake Room by Davey Davis

Inkweed + The Mellification by Nat Buchbinder

Our Hideous Progeny by C.E. McGill

Sin Chaser by S.O. Green


Dark SFF

The Unbalancing by R.B. Lemberg

Goldilocks by Laura Lam

Seeds for the Swarm by Sim Kern

The Faerie Hounds of York by Arden Powell

The Discomfort of Evening by Marieke Lucas Rijneveld, Translated by Michele Hutchison

Heart, Haunt, Havoc by Freydis Moon 

My Name is Magic by Xan van Rooyen

You Made A Fool of Death With Your Beauty by Akwaeke Emezi

Even If We Break by Marieke Nijkamp

Leech by Hiron Ennes

An Unkindness of Ghosts by Rivers Solomon

Midnight Bargain by C. L. Polk

I Keep My Exoskeletons to Myself by Marisa Crane

The First Sister by Linden A Lewis

Iron Widow by Xiran Jay Zhao


Anthologies (Including works by Samir Sirk Morató, Bitter Karella, Varian Ross, LC Von Hessen, and Lor Gislason among others)

Folk Tales from the Hinterland

Other & Different

Book of Queer Saints

Your Body is Not Your Body

Bound in Flesh

Blood & Bone

X Marks the Spot

Water: Elemental Cycle Book Three


Non-binary Lives

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

Wednesday, July 5, 2023

What We've Been Reading | July 5, 2023

We have three books today that come highly recommended. We hope you find something to add to your reading list!

Every Woman Knows This by Laurel Hightower

A never-ending storm rages, tossing a dark and bottomless sea. Tentacled beasts reach from every direction, a battle at every turn, but they've chosen the wrong target. Armed with teeth and sharp weapons of her own, she'll fight until there's nothing left, and then she'll pick herself up and fight again. For this is what we do.

Laurel Hightower, author of Below and Crossroads, delivers the blow that shatters the glass ceiling into twenty deadly shards-each reflecting horrors faced by women. Unwelcomed advances from dangerous men. The unbearable weight of motherhood. A goddess pushed to her limits. The inescapable responsibilities of being a caretaker, even beyond the grave.

Dive in for Hightower's most beloved short stories, all brought together in one collection which includes five brand new tales. Navigate the stormy waters of womanhood with caution as you are about to experience the horrors that every woman knows.

Teresa's Teaser Review

"Wow Wow Wow! What a collection. These stories contain a range of emotions, and Laurel makes you feel all of them, proving she has depth and talent."

Read Teresa's entire review at Goodreads.

The Salt Grows Heavy by Cassandra Khaw

From USA Today bestselling author Cassandra Khaw comes The Salt Grows Heavy, a razor-sharp and bewitching fairytale of discovering the darkness in the world, and the darkness within oneself.

You may think you know how the fairytale goes: a mermaid comes to shore and weds the prince. But what the fables forget is that mermaids have teeth. And now, her daughters have devoured the kingdom and burned it to ashes.

On the run, the mermaid is joined by a mysterious plague doctor with a darkness of their own. Deep in the eerie, snow-crusted forest, the pair stumble upon a village of ageless children who thirst for blood, and the three 'saints' who control them.

The mermaid and her doctor must embrace the cruelest parts of their true nature if they hope to survive.

Goodreads | Amazon

Laurie's Teaser Review

"The writing is beautiful, even and especially the descriptions of the atrocities. It’s a gorgeous nightmare of a tale with an unforgettable relationship at its tortured heart."

Read Laurie's entire review at Goodreads.

Sister Seance by Aimee Parkinson

A historical feminist horror novel, Sister Séance takes place in Concord, Massachusetts, just after the Civil War. Spiritualism is sweeping the nation when Halloween calls for matchmaking in a traditional “dumb supper,” a dinner party where guests may not speak but must express their needs and desires through nonverbal communication. After the dumb supper, mysterious intruders shock the party guests into confronting their pasts through materializations. These materializations unite sisters of séance with abolitionists, freed people, former slaveholders, wounded Civil War veterans, and a photographer pregnant with the child of a former slave.

This project was supported by an American Antiquarian Society William Randolph Hearst Foundation Creative Artist Fellowship and a North Carolina Arts Council Artist Fellowship.

"This book brings to life the nineteenth century’s fascination with contacting the dead—and the traumatic memories and secret desires that these dead souls reveal about the living. Just as Viv Hayden’s photographs tell the stories of the lives of her sitters, Parkison’s novel provides an intimate exploration of the lives of women in post-Civil War America and how those lives were haunted by the atrocities of war and slavery. Sister Seance is a welcome addition to the tradition of women’s horror writing. "

—Melissa Edmundson, author of Women's Ghost Literature in Nineteenth-Century Britain and Women's Weird: Strange Stories by Women, 1890-1940

Goodreads | Amazon

Teresa's Review

"You’d better strap in because it is a roller coaster ride."

Read Teresa's review at Goodreads.

Thank you for joining us today! We hope you found something to add to your tbr list. Please share your recent reads with us in the comments below.

Our Reviewers

Laurie is one of our Horror Spotlight Admins. Laurie creates our review posts, coordinates review requests, helps out with our Instagram/Twitter accounts, and is a contributing reviewer. You can find Laurie on her blog Bark’s Book Nonsense, on Twitter as @barksbooks, on Instagram as @barksbooks, and on Goodreads where she never shuts up about the things she's reading.

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