News Round-up Week Ending 26 June 2020

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

Seeing ThingsNew novel, Seeing Things, from writer Sonora Taylor, out now

Abby Gillman has discovered that with growing up, there comes a lot of blood. But nothing prepares her for the trail of blood she sees in the hallway after class – or the ghost she finds crammed inside an abandoned locker. No one believes Abby, of course. She’s only seeing things. As much as Abby wants to be believed, what she wants more is to know why she can suddenly see the dead. Unfortunately, they won’t tell her. In fact, none of them will speak to her. At all. Abby leaves for her annual summer visit to her uncle’s house with tons of questions. The visit will give her answers the ghosts won’t – but she may not like what she finds out. Following on from the acclaimed 2019 collection, Little Paranoias, Seeing Things is already picking up rave reviews. Pick up your copy now, here.


True StoryTrue Story, the new novel by Katy Reed Perry, coming 4 August from Random House

After a college party, two boys drive a girl home: drunk and passed out in the back seat. Rumours spread about what they did to her, but later they’ll tell the police a different version of events. Alice will never remember what happened. Her fracture runs deep, hidden beneath cleverness and wry humour. Nick – a sensitive, misguided boy who stood by – will never forget.
That’s just the beginning of this extraordinary journey into memory, fear and self-portrayal. Through university applications, a terrifying abusive relationship, a fateful reckoning with addiction and a final mind-bending twist, Alice and Nick will take on different roles to each other – some real, some invented – until finally, brought face to face once again, the secret of that night is revealed. Startlingly relevant and enthralling in its brilliance, True Story is by turns a campus novel, psychological thriller, horror story and crime noir, each narrative frame stripping away the fictions we tell about women, men and the very nature of truth. True Story is available for Pre-order now, here.


Survivor SongNew from Paul Tremblay, Survivor Song, coming 7 July

In a matter of weeks, Massachusetts has been overrun by an insidious rabies-like virus that is spread by saliva. But unlike rabies, the disease has a terrifyingly short incubation period of an hour or less. Those infected quickly lose their minds and are driven to bite and infect as many others as they can before they inevitably succumb. Hospitals are inundated with the sick and dying, and hysteria has taken hold. To try to limit its spread, the commonwealth is under quarantine and curfew. But society is breaking down and the government’s emergency protocols are faltering. Dr. Ramola “Rams” Sherman, a soft-spoken pediatrician in her mid-thirties, receives a frantic phone call from Natalie, a friend who is eight months pregnant. Natalie’s husband has been killed—viciously attacked by an infected neighbor—and in a failed attempt to save him, Natalie, too, was bitten. Natalie’s only chance of survival is to get to a hospital as quickly as possible to receive a rabies vaccine. The clock is ticking for her and for her unborn child. Natalie’s fight for life becomes a desperate odyssey as she and Rams make their way through a hostile landscape filled with dangers beyond their worst nightmares—terrifying, strange, and sometimes deadly challenges that push them to the brink. Paul Tremblay once again demonstrates his mastery in this chilling and all-too-plausible novel that will leave readers racing through the pages . . . and shake them to their core. With only eleven days to go at time of going to press, you can pre-order your copy, here.


Our Biggest FearsNew from writer Bo Chappell, Our Biggest Fears, available for pre-order now

From the creator of the number one horror western Year 47 comes a new blueprint for home invasion horror. “Can you love people the wrong way? It’s a question that goes often ignored by both the victims and offenders but must be confronted by two siblings when a home invader pays a visit to a tiny home community in South Carolina. It’s horror survival on a small scale.” Ray and his estranged sister Amber have had both their individual dreams of a home lost in the heartache of failed relationships. When Ray enlists the help of his kid sister to move into his new tiny home, neither suspect the evening will turn into a confrontation with ugly truths, forgotten pasts, unspoken words, and a masked killer stalking the community. Released 7 June, Our Biggest Fears is available for pre-order now, here.


KEV HARRISON


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