News Round-up Week Ending 13 January 2023

Here’s a small selection of the horror and genre news that caught our eye during the last week …

scorchedOut now from writer Ross Jeffery, Scorched, the third and final instalment of the Juniper trilogy

Officer Teddy Barnes is a good man. One of the few left in the twisted and depraved town of Juniper. He has a mystery to solve during one of the worst blizzards ever recorded. People are being murdered by fire. Burnt alive. Reduced to carbon.

Lisa, a young woman with a tragic past is helping Officer Barnes with the case. She’s desperate to save her lover and end the long-suffering nightmare that’s consumed her life. Their stories will collide with enough force to shake the pillars of Heaven. Or Hell. This is Juniper, after all…

Set after the events of Juniper and Tome, Scorched is the third instalment of Ross Jeffery’s macabre trilogy. Deliciously creepy, with unscrupulous characters, ethereal elements and a gut-wrenching storyline, Scorched will have you burning up by the time you read the last page. Available now in paperback, eBook and a special hardcover edition illustrated by Daniele Serra, you can grab your copy here.

LoteriaArriving 21 February from Agora Books and author Cynthia Pelayo, Lotería

The Mexican board game of Lotería is a game of chance—similar to bingo. However, in Lotería instead of matching up numbers on a game board, players match up images. There are 54 cards in the Lotería game, and for this short story collection you will find one unique story per card based on a Latin American myth, folklore, superstition, or belief—with a slant towards the paranormal and horrific. In this deck of cards you will find murderers, ghosts, goblins and ghouls. This collection features creatures and monsters, vampires, werewolves and more. Many of these legends existed long before their European counterparts—passed throughout the Americas via word of mouth, collected just like the tales the Brothers Grimm. These are indeed fairy tales—Latin American fairy tales—but with a horrifying slant. Available for pre-order now in paperback and eBook formats, you can guarantee your copy here.

DangerousWatersOut now from editor Julia C. Lewis and Brigids Gate Press, Dangerous Waters: Deadly Women of the Sea

Malevolent mermaids. Sinister sirens. Scary selkies. And other dangerous women of the deep blue sea. Dangerous Waters is a new anthology from Brigids Gate Press which takes us deep beneath the ocean waves and shows us once more why we need to be cautious about venturing out into the water. Featuring stories, drabbles and poems by Sandra Ljubjanović, John Higgins, Patrick Rutigliano, Candace Robinson, and many more creators, Dangerous Waters is available in eBook and paperback editions now.

ChurnTheSoilArriving 17 February from author Steve Stred and Black Void Publishing, Churn The Soil

Two hundred miles north of the town of Basco sits The Border. It’s a quiet, off-the-grid settlement, where the residents have developed a tentative agreement with those that live on the other side of the clearing. But things are about to change forever.  As night falls, a teenage girl is brutally murdered as she flees across the clearing. Now, it’s up to Basco PD officers Brown and Reynolds to find her killer.

But the truth is far worse than they could possibly imagine, and the more the officers uncover, the bolder the things beyond the clearing grow.  ‘Under an icy snowfall…’ ‘Under a clear, blue moon…’ North of The Border lies a land unseen by man. A land where things are ready and waiting… to feed. Available to pre-order now in eBook, with physical editions to follow, you can guarantee your copy here.

HungryDeepNew from author J.L. Murray, The Hungry Deep

When newlywed Rachel Corrigan agrees to accompany her husband, Tom, to his family estate before starting their lives together in the city, it is an opportunity to get to know him and to explore the manor where he grew up. But when Rachel arrives she finds Corrigan House strange, the nearby town empty, and her husband’s sudden and cold demeanor increasingly frightening. She soon learns that one year ago, Tom’s first wife, Lavinia, took her own life in the twisted forest behind Corrigan House. The servants claim that her spirit resides there still, calling out from the wood, her voice as clear as the day she died.

In an abandoned town where everyone harbors a secret, Rachel finds herself a prisoner in a place which is becoming increasingly treacherous. When the village priest is found savagely stabbed and on the edge of death, it becomes clear that the remaining townsfolk – witnesses to Lavinia’s demise – are being hunted down one by one. But Lavinia Corrigan is dead. Isn’t she? Available now in paperback and eBook editions, you can grab your copy here.

FakeSomebodiesRealNobodiesAvailable for pre-order now from writer E. C. Hanson, Fake Somebodies, Real Nobodies

From the author of Wicked Blood and All Things Deadly: Salem Stories, comes a new collection of short fiction. This collection of previously published stories highlights how public facades mask internal despair. Two brothers invite the wrath of seagulls. A young girl befriends a monster during a snowstorm. A liquid entity invades a school and takes no prisoners. A teenager uses witch hysteria against her parents. Tales like these make up the contents of Fake Somebodies, Real Nobodies. Available to pre-order now in eBook and paperback editions ahead of a 28 January release, you can guarantee your copy here.

SilentAccusationOut now from author Lesley Scott and The Book Guild, Silent Accusation

He realises there is a link to the stolen book and becomes determined to solve the mystery, following a trail that leads to his ghostly tormentor, Edward Featherstone, who is searching for his lost son. Peter will not find peace until he fulfils Edward’s beyond-the-grave quest and is plunged into a haunting that would break the bravest. Can Peter prove his mettle against terrifying forces? Or will they consume him? Silent Accusation preserves the charm of the popular Victorian ghost story, but with a vibrant 1980s setting. It is a tale of twists, tragedy and terrifying awakenings… Available now in paperback, you can grab your copy here.


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