Here’s a small selection of the horror and genre news that caught our eye during the last week …
It’s Christmas day in the morning, and all is calm, all is bright.
Or is it? Peter and his young niece Alice are unwrapping presents when they first hear it: a sound, long and loud and wrong, somehow. The kind of sound that makes the hairs on the back of your neck stir. The kind of sound that is a harbinger to grief, and suffering. Screams, coming from next door.
Peter finds his teenaged neighbour cowering, terrified and blood-soaked in her hallway. Her mom and dad are nowhere to be seen. When he eventually discovers them- or what is left of them- he wishes he hadn’t. Because someone, or something, has butchered the Morris family, and made peculiar festive decorations with their remains.
Deranged killer, or something else entirely? Whatever it is, it came down the chimney… And it’s killing spree is just getting started. Can Peter keep Alice safe? Or will they end up the same way: grisly ornaments on a blood-soaked tree? Available now in eBook, you can grab your copy here.
William Day should be an acclaimed Arctic explorer. But after a failed expedition to find the fabled Open Polar Sea, in which his men only survived by eating their comrades, he returned in disgrace. A cannibal. A murderer.
Thirteen years later, his second-in-command, Jesse Stevens, has gone missing in the same waters. Perhaps this is Day’s chance to restore his tarnished reputation by bringing Stevens – the man who’s haunted his whole life – back home. But when the rescue mission into the frozen wastes becomes an uncanny journey into his own past, Day must face up to the things he’s done.
Aboard ship, Day must also contend with unwanted passengers: a reporter obsessively digging up the truth about the first expedition, and Stevens’s wife, a spiritualist whose séances both fascinate and frighten. Following a trail of cryptic messages, gaunt bodies, and old bones, their search becomes more and more unnerving, as it becomes clear that – for Day – the restless dead are never far behind. Available now in the US and for pre-order in the UK in eBook and paperback editions, you can guarantee your copy here.
Forced by his publisher to deliver a fresh manuscript by the end of the year, author Rick Rooney retreats to a secluded cottage in the West of Ireland in search of inspiration.
After a night of dabbling with a spirit board at the local pub, strange events begin to unfold at the cottage, while a menacing figure lurks in the trees outside.
When Rick digs deeper into the area’s dark history, he makes a chilling discovery about a local family, a devastating fire, and a centuries-old curse. Has Rick disturbed an ancient evil, and who, or what, is stalking him now?
Some souls should never be summoned … Available now in eBook and hardcover editions, you can pick up your copy here.