This is so much more than what I was expecting even though my expectations were pretty high because I loved The Last House on Needless Street by this author.
After reading the author’s note at the beginning and upon finishing this unsettling gothic horror, I feel like this is somewhat the author’s horror love letter to Scotland… if there can be such a thing. I say that because I felt like much of this story represented different aspects to Scottish folklore so I have a hard time imagining this taking place anywhere else and having the same effect.
The story begins with a local butcher finding the “family” at Altnaharra dead except for one survivor. The story is continued in segments between Eve and Dinah leading up to that day. The father figure, “uncle”, kept the children and young women in thrall with this very chilling religion that also included the Adder, a role the “uncle” would take on. Through starvation and mind games he had control until the spell was broken.
This is so twisted, super dark and absolutely chilling. Not to mention that I simply could not stop reading!
Out October 11, 2022!
Content Warnings for Sexual assault, abuse, fanaticism, gore, violence, suicide
I had a feeling that this would be incredible and it was even better than I expected! This book brings direct attention to racism, class differences and hatred, and takes place in the author’s hometown but it’s the story that connects all these characters that makes this book so thrilling.
Liz grew up in Johnstown, Pennsylvania and has returned for her best friend’s, Mel’s, wedding. When Mel’s daughter goes missing, Liz is determined to find her. However, she doesn’t expect what she will come to learn of this town and it’s history of missing girl’s.
I really enjoyed this horror. It has a very dark storyline and is a fast-paced read. I also feel like this tale is important.
Out October 4, 2022!
Content warnings for violence, gore, animal violence, death, racism.
I absolutely loved this horror novel for a multitude of reasons, but essentially, because it relates how through writing and art characters and stories can be brought to life… literally, in this case.
Haven is an illustrator and has just made a recent move into her deceased father’s house named Malice. Her father was very well known for his writing, even winning some amazing awards. So, when Haven finds an unpublished manuscript of his and spends time illustrating the multitude of characters from this collection of short scary stories, she soon realizes there are things happening around her and in this town that she cannot control.
This book has so many great aspects. Bone chilling horror characters from a witch that eerily distorts reality to a hellhound among all varieties of other types of creepiness.
This thrilling horror became darker and darker the more I read, and I was more than happy to devour this whole!
Marion lives in the southern part of this world in an area named Prane. This is one of those places where the exceedingly rich live in one part of town and the devastatingly poor in another, but both are neighbors. Marion breaks her back at work everyday as a maid, but the worst part is that she comes home to her violent brother. When she sees the blood red advert in the paper calling for possible new bloodmaids, she finally finds a way to escape from her current situation.
Bloodmaids are all beautiful women, but most importantly, their blood is used for the enjoyment of the elite Houses in the far North. Marion’s blood seems to taste divine to the taster and she soon becomes a member of the House of Hunger. However, what at first appears alluring and desirous begins to show a different side, a wretchedness. And, this is where the true horror lies.
This book has given me a way to touch on every emotion. I am so shocked by the ending and it’s so desperately sad and also profound. It’s amazing to think that this incredible journey through this book began with a new doctor at a chateau in the far North. She was looking at how the doctor she is replacing died… and it’s gruesome and the beginning of a parasite horror. This mixes old gothic feels with a new angle on scifi and also *content warning* a very strong and long look at trauma and sexual assault. But it’s done in such a sincere way that I really was right there feeling those same emotions.
This book is incredible! Remember the content warnings but I have to recommend this to fans of parasite horror and scifi!
This is a great new look on the haunted hospital up for renovations idea that is found in some other ghost stories. I really love the haunted hospital vibe because it offers so much for gruesome and intense horror which this book certainly has. Also, this story has a very unique take with these ghosts, how they affect their victims and where exactly they are from. All of this together gave me a very satisfying spooky read!
If you enjoy books by this author and intense ghost stories then this may be the perfect read for you!
Out October 1, 2022!
Content Warning for gruesome details and depictions.
After finishing this book, I read in the acknowledgements Malerman expressing that Daphne is a love letter to horror, to basketball, and also to anxiety. This made me really see how powerful this horror story is. It’s anxiety that the main character, Kit, deals with and it’s the ghost story of Daphne that really burrows in the girls basketball team’s minds which creates the reality of the horror itself. It’s the constant unwanted thoughts of this scary ghost, Daphne, that brings her to life to actually murder her victims.
This is brilliant horror. I felt like the writing is similar to Stephen King 80’s-90’s era which I love. I definitely recommend this to horror fans!
This was such a good Krampus story. I realized, while speaking with a friend, that Christmas horror isn’t as well known as I thought. I love the relationship between Christmas and horror particularly by bringing this feverishly happy time of year together with this genre which creates such a disconcerting effect.
This short tale pulled me along and had me leaning into the pages as if I would fall in. Starting with the group of friends brought together by similar states of loneliness during a few holiday seasons seeming easy yet also creepy in a way, along with the story of the main character’s past, there was barely time to catch my breath before plummeting into that brilliant ending.
This was a fantastic possession horror story that has suburbia, mom’s going day to day with children and the Pta super-moms all mixed in with it.
I loved the main character, Amy. I really related to her easy going style and her dedication to friends and family. One night Amy and her friends get together, like usual, to have wine and watch a movie. But, the next day, when friend Liz breaks ground for her new she shed things start heading from everyday suburban life to demonic suburban life. And, this book does a great job of keeping the reader in both of those worlds at once.
I loved this book so much and I’m really hoping for a sequel!
This book was so good, the ending so so good, I wanted to just scream. Unfortunately, I can’t because I share this space with other people who would be very angry if I screamed over a book… instead of, you know, actually being in danger. Whatever. But, this book. This is an incredible new look on horror.
Vera was called home by her mother. A home she hasn’t been to in years because she was not welcome there. But, as her mother dies inside that house, Vera at last approaches her home and her past. Horror has often included grisly deaths, monsters under the bed and haunted houses, but never like this. If you are a fan of horror then I cannot recommend this enough.