This Is Horror Publishing Brand New Josh Malerman Novella

Josh Malerman by Andres Abdo

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We are delighted to announce that we’ll be publishing a brand new novella by Josh Malerman later this year. Titled A House at the Bottom of a Lake this is another tremendous story from the award-winning author of Bird Box and we can’t wait to release it into the world.

Here’s what Josh had to say.

Let me tell you how excited I am to be working with THIS IS HORROR. One of the many fantasies that go through the writer’s mind is, of course, getting the story out there. But “out there,” while being a helluva title for a story all its own, can be a wide, echoing, low-ceilinged place. So a common second fantasy is, “Man, I hope this one ends up in the hands of someone who loves the same shit I love.” In the case of A House at the Bottom of a Lake, my novella about two young lovers who discover one thriller of a clubhouse, I made specific the usually fuzzy fantasy: “Man, I wonder if Michael and Dan and the This Is Horror team might like this one …” We’d done a podcast together that ended up lengthy enough to release in numerous parts, and boy, we could’ve talked for twice as long. I love the authors that have released books with them before, I liked the artwork, and much more importantly, This is Horror is as active as anybody in pointing out the most exciting things happening in the field today, whether that be an article, a book, a film, or just a frightening passing fancy. So I sent Michael the story. And ta-dah, here we are: This Is Horror is gonna release A House at the Bottom of a Lake just the way they do it and at some point I’m gonna sit back and say, “Hey, that particular fantasy really worked out.”

Can’t wait to tell you all more about it. For now …

this is but an announcement:

A House at the Bottom of a Lake will be published by This Is Horror.

Thank you, Michael, Dan, and This Is Horror.

Josh Malerman is the author of the award-winning novel, Bird Box, and the lead singer for the rock band The High Strung. Malerman currently lives in Ferndale, Michigan.


Check out our podcast interviews with Josh Malerman below:

TIH 035: Josh Malerman on Bird Box, The ‘Horror’ Label and Overnight Success

TIH 037: Josh Malerman on The Film Adaptation of Bird Box, Story Ideas and Intimidating Writers

TIH 044: Josh Malerman on Ghastle and Yule, and How To Tackle Self-Doubt and Finish Your Story


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