Here’s a small selection of the horror and genre news that caught our eye during the last week …
Max and his best friend Tommy enjoy a happy life of football, pizza, and having a great time. But when a strange outbreak engulfs their town it appears that everyone is a would-be victim. The zombie apocalypse is here and the infection is spreading at an astronomical rate. No one is immune, no one is safe. But these zombies aren’t hungry for brains, oh no. These creatures want nothing more than to cuddle, smooch, and drooly-kiss. Which to Max and Tommy is the ultimate in gross. Will life ever be the same again? Will Max’s sister always be a massive grumpy pants? Can the pair find a way to defeat the hordes of snugglers? And how can the answer be found in a tin of baked beans? Dare you embrace The Snuggle Zombies? Pick up your copy now, here.
Coming 16 June, from Silver Shamrock Publishing and writer Todd Keisling (Scanlines) is Devil’s Creek. About fifteen miles west of Stauford, Kentucky lies Devil’s Creek. According to local legend, there used to be a church out there, home to the Lord’s Church of Holy Voices—a death cult where Jacob Masters preached the gospel of a nameless god. And like most legends, there’s truth buried among the roots and bones. In 1983, the church burned to the ground following a mass suicide. Among the survivors were Jacob’s six children and their grandparents, who banded together to defy their former minister. Dubbed the “Stauford Six,” these children grew up amid scrutiny and ridicule, but their infamy has faded over the last thirty years. Now their ordeal is all but forgotten, and Jacob Masters is nothing more than a scary story told around campfires. For Jack Tremly, one of the Six, memories of that fateful night have fueled a successful art career—and a lifetime of nightmares. When his grandmother Imogene dies, Jack returns to Stauford to settle her estate. What he finds waiting for him are secrets Imogene kept in his youth, secrets about his father and the church. Secrets that can no longer stay buried. The roots of Jacob’s buried god run deep, and within the heart of Devil’s Creek, something is beginning to stir… Pre-order your copy right now, here.
When Eddie gets a flat in the middle of nowhere, the last thing on his mind is death. Then as darkness falls and the storm worsens, he’s forced to seek shelter alongside his significant other, Banksy. Big mistake. Bed and Breakfast, the sign said, but there are no eggs and bacon on the menu here. Instead, their host serves up four tales of terror with a little murder on the side. And as the other residents of the mansion gradually reveal themselves, Eddie and Banksy begin to wonder if they’ll ever check out alive. Served up as book eleven in the Rewind or Die series, Dead and Breakfast arrives 25 June and is available for pre-order now, here.
Trampled Crown, volume ten of Unnerving’s Rewind or Die series, coming 25 June from author Kirby Kellog
Valerie Barnes is tired. Tired of wrangling snarky teens through their math lessons, tired of helicopter moms with no respect and even less kindness, and – most importantly – tired of hearing about Canary Lane High’s upcoming homecoming dance. She’s been planning it for months and promises, if only to herself, to give the kids a night they’ll never forget. But when strange things start happening and people’s lives are threatened in the days before the dance, that promise becomes more ominous than ever. Even the administration is getting antsy, and fingers are pointing to Valerie. With time running out and stakes getting higher, it’s up to Valerie to keep her students safe, clear her name, and figure out who’s been threatening all of their lives. Trampled Crown is available for pre-order now, here.