13 Scary New Horror Books Coming This Fall
Summer is ending soon and spooky season is almost here! Now is the time to prepare your bookshelf and plan to read all the exciting new horror books that await you. Read on for 13 scary stories you’re dying to get your hands on this fall.
The Gathering of Darknessedited by Tori Bovalino
This YA collection brings together 10 authors to share popular horror tales. The stories read like campfire tales, with original stories referencing familiar urban legends like Bloody Mary. Come for the authors you love, like Hannah Whitten and Chloe Gong, and stay for the scares.
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Our shadows have clawsedited by Yamile Saied Méndez and Amparo Ortiz
Our shadows have claws is another horror anthology coming out in September; this one, however, features Latin mythology. Full of bloodthirsty vampires, brujas, wolf gods and more, this collection spans Latin America and its diaspora with cross-genre stories from 10 writers, including Ann Dávila Cardinal, Claribel A. Ortega and Alexandra Villasante .
The weight of blood by Tiffany D. Jackson
Maddy Washington has always been an outcast and a target for bullies. However, when the other students learn about her mixed background, the bullying turns into outright racism. A viral bullying video exposes Springville High’s racist roots to the world, and the school hosts its first-ever integrated prom as a show of unity. When the popular white class president convinces her black quarterback boyfriend to invite Maddy to prom, she finally feels normal. But since The weight of blood is based on Carrieeverything, of course, falls apart on prom night.
house of hunger by Alexis Henderson
Raised in the slums, Marion Shaw is desperate to leave the city and start a new life. When she answers a particular ad looking for a blood girl for a mansion in the Far North, she thinks this is her chance. Marion finds herself the newest member of the House of Hunger, where Countess Lisavet rules and wealthy nobles drink the blood of their servants. When she learns that former blood servants have disappeared, Marion must decide what her new life is worth.
Depths by Nicole Lespérance
After a near-fatal diving accident, Addie joins her mother and stepfather for their honeymoon on a remote tropical island. Although the island is beautiful, it is full of secrets. Addie begins to sleepwalk, birds call her name, and a strange little girl wants to play hide and seek in the jungle. When the family on the island tells her about the sisters who died there centuries ago, Addie realizes that the island and its people may not be willing to let her go.
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Depths is gothic horror like you’ve never seen before, full of lush tropical vibes that hide the true darkness.
glorious demons by Bonnie Jo Stufflebeam
Hot-mess vampire Roxanne always knew she would bring her two best friends back to life. However, she didn’t count on the Keeper of the Underworld demanding that she replace them or be trained in their place. Found with Mx. Hyde and Medusa, the gang must find three equally nefarious creatures if they are to continue their gory fun.
glorious demons is a short, gory monster adventure full of tropes of 80s gore, sex, and horror. It’s the perfect quick read to get your spooky season off to a great start.
Leech by Hiron Ennes
In the post-apocalyptic future, health care may be free for everyone, but it still comes at a cost. Human bodies controlled by aliens fuse their knowledge to solve medical problems as a collective hive mind. When a doctor dies in a remote, snow-covered village, another arrives to determine his cause of death. After ripping a worm out from behind their predecessor’s eye, they realize they are not dealing with a simple pathogen but a competitor.
If you like intense body horror, Frankenstein Where The thing, Leech is perfect for you.
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castle rock kitchen by Theresa Carle-Sanders
Unlike the other books on this list, castle rock kitchen is a horror-themed cookbook! Theresa Carle-Sanders plays a character from Stephen King’s first book, The long walk home and brings readers to Maine from Derry and Castle Rock. With a foreword by King himself and excerpts linking the recipes to the books that inspired them, it’s the perfect addition to any horror fan’s collection.
He rides a pale horse by Andy Marino
Everyone in Wofford Falls knows the Larkin siblings; two artists, one hero and the other strange and eccentric. When golden boy Lark delivers his latest coin to a wealthy buyer, he is shocked when he sees video of his sister Betsy being kidnapped in real time. Betsy’s well-being depends entirely on Lark doing everything a book tells him to do. But the book depicts terrifying and demonic sculptures that he must recreate. With no other option, his only way out is to pass, even if it costs him his soul.
where the black stars rise by Nadia Shammas and Marie Enger
Dr. Amal Robardin, a Lebanese immigrant and new therapist, thought she was ready for her first patient. But his last patient Yasmin says a malevolent presence visits him at night. Obsessed with Robert Chambers The king in yellow, Yasmin finds messages in the book that make her disappear while searching for answers. When Amal tries to find her missing client, she slips through the dimensions to Carcosa and the kingdom of the King in Yellow. Will Amal find Yasmin and free them both, or are they trapped forever?
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where the black stars rise is an eldritch horror graphic novel that effectively uses black and yellow coloring and sharp angles to accentuate the ominous tone of each page.
White horse by Erika T. Wurth
When urban Indian Kari James inherits a copper bracelet from the mother she never knew, strange things start to happen. When she touches the bracelet, she can see designs and carvings that no one else can see, alongside her mother’s mutilated spirit and another darker presence. Part murder mystery, part ghost story, White horse has already received praise from horror greats like Stephen Graham Jones and Grady Hendrix.
Breakable things by Cassandra Khaw
From the author of The consumer world and Nothing but blackened teeth comes a terrifying first collection of short stories. Cassandra Khaw’s mastery of the language leads to some truly unsettling stories. With longer, deeper storylines interspersed with quick scares, Khaw is a bold new voice in horror and one to watch.
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Rebel by Chuck Wendig
The only continuation of this list, Rebel resumes five years later wanderers ended. Without revealing too much, Rebel is set in a town of sleepwalkers and shepherds trying to rebuild society after it has collapsed. But the new world is fragile, and cruel and brutal forces are converging on the survivors who will stop at nothing to bring them down.
These 13 new releases are just the tip of the horror iceberg. What creepy books are you looking forward to reading this fall? Let us know below!
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