Here’s a small selection of the horror and genre news that caught our eye during the last week …
In one of the most hotly anticipated releases of 2020, Duncan Swan’s Monstre was finally released onto shelves 15 September. In his thrilling debut novel, Swan crafts a relentless, terrifying, genre-bending tale of courage, desperation, and redemption that shows just how fragile our civilization is, and how far we will go to survive. Available in eBook and paperback, you can pick up your copy right now, here.
New from writer Ben Lathrop and Crystal Lake Publishing, The Midnight Horror Show, coming 25 September
It’s end of October 1985 and the crumbling river town of Dubois, Iowa is shocked by the gruesome murder of one of the pillars of the community. Detective David Carlson has no motive, no evidence, and only one lead: the macabre local legend of “Boris Orlof,” a late night horror movie host who burned to death during a stage performance at the drive-in on Halloween night twenty years ago and the teenage loner obsessed with keeping his memory alive. The body count is rising and the darkness that hangs over the town grows by the hour. Time is running out as Carlson desperately chases shadows into a nightmare world of living horrors. On Halloween the drive-in re-opens at midnight for a show no one will ever forget. Coming 25 September, you can pre-order your copy right here, now.
Coming 2 October from musician, producer and music journalist Slade Templeton, Truth of the Shadows, the haunting new novel
Cottage Grove Oregon is a sleepy little town, but in the surrounding forests, an ancient nightmare is growing stronger. Dr. Joseph Hoffman wants to believe he has all the answers to his patient’s problems, but there is a darkness within him that always lurks beneath the thin veneer of his competence. In order to see what is happening to him, Joseph must turn everything he knows about his past, and his reality, upside down. As he gets closer to discovering the source of the malevolence that surrounds him, he feels his sanity slipping away. Joseph must uncover the truth before it consumes him. Something terrible is taking over, and he may be the only one who can figure out why. Released through New Galleon, and available in paperback and eBook, you can pre-order your copy here, now.
During the height of the 90s grunge era, five high school friends living on the fringe are driven to the breaking point. When one of their friends is brutally raped by a drunk townie, they decide to take matters into their own hands. Deep in the woods of Milbury, Connecticut, there lives the legend of the Melon Heads, a race of creatures that shun human interaction and prey on those who dare to wander down Dracula Drive. Maybe this night, one band of misfits can help the other. Or maybe some legends are meant to be feared for a reason. Released 8 September in hardcover, paperback and eBook editions, you can grab your copy right here, now.
Demain Publishing unleashes the second wave of the Short Sharp Shocks range, beginning with Unbecoming Me, by Christopher Stanley and four other releases
Out today are the first six releases in Demain Publishing’s second wave of the Short Sharp Shocks range. First up, entry number fifty-one in the series, Unbecoming Me, sees the return of Christopher Stanley, whose novelette, The Forest is Hungry, was a highlight of the first wave of releases. This time he turns his hand to a mini-collection, with three chilling stories. Also released at this time are M.I.C.H.A.E.L. by Jess Doyle, The Cliff House, by James Marx, The Night Creatures, by Lee Allen Howard and Curfew, by Kev Harrison. Available in eBook format, with paperback editions to follow early in 2021, you can pick up your copies, here.