Blogtober Day 2 – 11 New Horror Releases for October

I love this time of year. The leaves are changes. The temperature is dropping. Mosquitoes return to Hell where they belong. It’s fantastic.

It also means a new crop of horror books ripe for the harvest.

So, sit back. Grab your pumpkin spice latte. And check out my list of the new, upcoming horror books coming out this month.

For the record, I use affiliate links. They don’t cost you extra if you click and buy. And I can earn a little bit of money from it. So, thank you.

If This Book Exists, You’re in the Wrong Universe

by Jason Pargin

Publish date: 10/18/2022

https://amzn.to/3flMUxy

If the broken neon signs, shuttered businesses, and sub-par homes haven’t already alerted you, you’ve entered the city of “Undisclosed.” You don’t want to be found dead here, for you could just find yourself rising from the tomb. That hasn’t deterred people from paying a visit to see the strange phenomena that lingers around our town like nuclear fallout. We have interdimensional parasites feeding on human hosts, paranormal cults worshiping demonic beings, and enraged young sorcerers.

Did I mention the toy that was possessed? It’s a plastic football-sized egg that, when “fed” via a synced smartphone app, is expected to hatch into lovely, multicolored plush bird. What’s within is an unearthly beast seducing gullible kids into murdering people and placing their body parts into the egg as if it’s a ravenous piggy bank waiting to trigger the end of the world.

Dave, John, and Amy come in handy here. They face otherworldly perils so the rest of us don’t have to—and occasionally even get paid for it. However, between the horrific ritual sacrifices and soul-crushing nightmares, our trio understands that this catastrophe is much beyond their pay grade.

Malice House

by Megan Shepherd

Publish date: 10/04/2022

https://amzn.to/3r8eJfm

A complicated tale of dark magic, family secrets, and creatures that don’t stay on the page from New York Times bestselling author Megan Shepherd. “A propulsively lovely nightmare, spilling over your thoughts like spilt ink.” — Kiersten White, Hide, New York Times bestselling author “Haunting and wonderfully written… an examination of stories’ strange power.” —Megan Miranda, best-selling author of All the Missing Girls and The Last to Vanish. “Another world is one step away from ours: a country of terrible fancies, of sharp-toothed thrills…” Bedtime Stories for Monsters was not on the list of things aspiring artist Haven Marbury expected to uncover when emptying out her late father’s secluded seaside property. This hidden handwritten manuscript is disconcertingly different from his Pulitzer-winning works: its intertwined short stories are crawling with terrifying monsters and strange individuals who reside somewhere between this world and the next. The stories frighten but also intrigue Haven, almost pushing her to depict them while staying in the house her father told her was haunted. Clearly, dementia was whispering in his ear… right? After a broken marriage, Haven is hoping that an illustrated Bedtime Stories would be the profitable posthumous father-daughter collaboration she requires to kick-start her painting career. Everyone in the nearby vacation town wants a piece of the manuscript, including her father’s obsessive literary salon members, the Ink Drinkers; her mysterious yet charming neighbor, who has a penchant for three a.m. bonfires; a young barista with a literary forgery business; and, of course, whoever keeps breaking into her house. However, when a monster beast appears under Haven’s bed just as horrible killings are reported in the neighboring woods, she is forced to rush to unearth dark, otherworldly family secrets, rewriting all she ever knew about herself in the process.

Such Sharp Teeth

by Rachel Harrison

Publish date: 10/04/2022

https://amzn.to/3LJS0Qf

In this thrilling, sharp thriller from the author of Cackle and The Return, a young lady in need of transformation comes into contact with the beast within.

Rory Morris isn’t delighted to be returning to her hometown, even if it is just for a short time. There are some unpleasant recollections there. However, Rory’s twin sister, Scarlett, is pregnant, separated from the baby’s father, and in need of assistance, so Rory returns to the location she thought she’d placed in her rearview mirror. She smashes a huge animal with her car after a night out at a pub where she meets Ian, an old almost-flame. When she goes outside to investigate, she is attacked.

Rory miraculously survives, but his life begins to look and feel different. She’s abnormally powerful, with an allergy to silver—and the moon has suddenly captured her. She’s transforming into something else—perhaps a monster. But does it imply she’s endangering people close to her? Is it accepting her wildness that will lead to acceptance?

This darkly comic love tale is a masterfully interwoven portrayal of grief, wrath, and vulnerability.

The Sacrifice

by Rin Chupeco

Publish date: 10/04/2022

https://amzn.to/3SfWHnc

In this chilling tale from the critically renowned author of The Girl from the Well and the Bone Witch trilogy, an island sanctuary becomes deadly as a horrifying rumor threatens to take off visitors one by one.

If it weren’t for the curse, the island of Kisapmata would be the perfect holiday destination, with its pristine beaches, rich flora, and beautiful weather. Local Filipinos speak of it in whispers and refuse to set foot on the island. They are aware of the lives it has taken. They will not be the next.

A Hollywood film team will not be deterred. According to legend, a Dreamer deity sleeps, preparing to bestow inconceivable abilities in exchange for eight sacrifices. The producers are adamant about documenting the evidence. And they persuade Alon, a local adolescent, to be their tour guide.

A massive sinkhole opens minutes after they arrive, revealing a massive balete tree with a mummified body wrapped in its twisted branches. And the group begins to get odd visions. Alon realizes they are being cursed by the island. If Alon cannot persuade them to go, no one knows who will live. Or how much the Dreamer god will annihilate…

The Sacrifice is a creepy and frightening novel that is ideal for those seeking for:

Books for young adults that are creepy and terrifying
Horror stories
Teenage ghost tale books
Folklore from East Asia

The Hollow Kind

by Andy Davidson

Publish date: 10/11/2022

https://amzn.to/3R76E56

The epic horror book by Andy Davidson about the catastrophic collapse of the Redfern family, plagued by an ancient evil.

Nellie Gardner is trying to escape an abusive marriage when she discovers that her long-lost grandpa, August Redfern, has left her his turpentine estate. She packs all she owns into a suitcase and leaves to Georgia with her eleven-year-old son, Max.

The “estate” turns out to be a dilapidated farmhouse on a thousand acres of ancient pine forest, but Nellie is ecstatic about the opportunity for a new beginning for her and Max, as well as the potential for the happy household she never had. So it takes her a time to notice the odd scratching in the walls, the faint muttering at night, and how silent the woodland is. Max, on the other hand, recognizes what his mother cannot: they are no safer here than they were in South Carolina. In fact, things might become worse. Something is wrong with Redfern Hill. Something old and ravenous lies beneath the earth, with the potential to corrupt hearts and destroy souls. It is Redfern Hill’s actual legacy: a kingdom of anguish and death, to which Nellie’s own blood has gained her access.

The Hollow Kind, by the author of The Boatman’s Daughter, is a breathtaking tale about legacy and the horrors that lurk in the shadows of family history. Andy Davidson’s stunning Gothic fable charting the dramatic collapse of the Redfern family will stay with you long after you’ve turned the last page.

The Restless Dark

by Erica Waters

Publish date: 10/04/2022

https://amzn.to/3DOiBK2

You enter Cloudkiss Canyon entirely at your own risk.

In this unsettling novel about the battle for existence, the twisted satisfaction of vengeance, and the evil that lurks inside all of us, Sadie meets Wilder Girls. This mystery will haunt you till the conclusion, written by Erica Waters, the acclaimed author of Ghost Wood Song and The River Has Teeth.

The Cloudkiss Killer is no longer alive. A true-crime podcast is now holding a competition to discover his bones.

Lucy was nearly the serial killer’s last victim. Carolina is a true-crime aficionado who is terrified of her own fury. Maggie is a psychology student who has a lot to hide.

They’re all seeking for answers, a new identity, and a place to bury their secrets.

But there’s more to the shadows than bones…

The darkness within can be more terrifying than whatever the dead leave behind.

Lute

by Jenn Marie Thorne

Publish date: 10/04/2022

https://amzn.to/3C5WFIZ

Jennifer Thorne’s evocative, frightening folk horror tale about love, responsibility, and community is a cross between Wicker Man and Final Destination.

Every seventh summer, seven individuals die on the lovely island of Lute. Nothing more, nothing less.

Year after year, Lute and its residents are blessed with wonderful weather, good health, and good prosperity. They enjoy a pleasant, privileged existence, unaffected by the violence raging all around them. So it’s only right that the island’s donation be recognized every seven years, on the day of the tithe.

Nina Treadway has just joined The Day. She was born in Florida and became a Lady by her marriage to Lord Treadway, whose family had long guarded the island. Of course, Nina has heard about The Day. She’s heard about the awful catastrophes and the lost lives, but she doesn’t believe it. It’s all bullshit based on superstitions. Stories are told to keep outsiders at bay and children in order.

Then The Day starts. And this is a day of dreams, sadness, and reckoning. However, it is also a day of community. Of survival and fortitude. Love at its most untamed and genuine. Nina and Lute will never be the same after The Day.

When the Night Bells Ring

by Jo Kaplan

Publish date: 10/11/2022

https://amzn.to/3LJuxyL

Don’t stir up what is sleeping in the dark.

In a future ravaged by fire and drought, two climate refugees ride their motorbikes across the western US wasteland and come find an abandoned silver mine. Descending into the chilly darkness of the caved-in tunnels in frantic pursuit of water, the two ladies discover the journal of Lavinia Cain, a pioneer seeking fortune who brought her family to Nevada in the late 1860s.

However, Lavinia and the people of the Western village discovered something horrific in the mine’s depths, something that does not want greedy prospectors upsetting the ground. Curses and ghostly figures haunt the diaries, and now, more than 150 years later, imprisoned and injured in the abandoned mine, the ladies learn they’re not alone… and there’s no simple way out.

The monsters have returned—and they’re thirsty.

It Rides a Pale Horse

by Andy Marino

Publish date: 10/04/2022

https://amzn.to/3SwCRUt

The Larkin siblings are well-known in their hometown of Wofford Falls. Both are artists, but Peter Larkin, affectionately known as Lark to his friends, is the neighborhood hero. The one who traveled to the big city, became famous, and then returned to settle home. He’s the type of man who makes quick friends with virtually everyone. Betsy, on the other hand, is more… quirky. She remains silent.

When Lark travels to deliver one of his latest works to a very wealthy customer, it appears to be a routine transaction. Even being greeted at the estate’s enormous, remote entrance by an imposing security guard appears regular. Until the guard shows him a live stream of Betsy being kidnapped.

Lark is assured that she is secure for the time being, but her future is solely in his hands. He’s been given a book. If you follow the instructions in the book, Betsy will be set free.

It appears to be straightforward. However, as Lark continues to read, he realizes that the book may be demonic. Its author may be insane. His sister’s kidnappers are almost definitely not who they appear to be. And his village and its people are… changing.

And there is only one way out: through.

The Dark Between The Trees

by Fiona Barnett

Publish date: 10/11/2022

https://amzn.to/3DTkftH

A small party of Parliamentarian soldiers is ambushed in a remote section of Northern England in 1643. Their only chance of life is to retreat into the neighboring Moresby Wood… however foolish this may appear. For Moresby Wood is a recognized unnatural location, a domain of witchcraft and shadows where the devil is claimed to wander by moonlight…

Seventeen guys go into the woods. Only two people are ever seen again, and the explanations they tell about what happened are illogical. Stories about changing landscapes, trees that come and vanish at random… and something else. Something sinister. Something is starving.

Today, five women are heading into Moresby Wood to find out what happened to that sad set of soldiers once and for all. Dr. Alice Christopher, a historian who has dedicated her whole academic career to unraveling the secrets of Moresby Wood, will lead the team. Dr. Christopher’s party enters the woods prepared for anything, armed with metal detectors, GPS devices, cell phones, and the most recent map of the region (which is approximately 50 years old).

Or so they believe.

One Dark Window

by Rachel Gillig

Publish date: 10/18/2022

https://amzn.to/3UIaKUu

Fans of Uprooted and For the Wolf will like this dark, lushly gothic tale about a girl who must release the monster within herself to preserve her kingdom—but the monster in her brain isn’t the only menace looming.

Elspeth requires a monster. She may be the monster.

Elspeth Spindle needs a monster to keep her safe in the weird, mist-locked realm she calls home. She refers to him as the Nightmare, an old, erratic entity locked in her mind. He shields her. He guards her secrets.

But nothing, especially magic, comes for free.

Elspeth’s life changes dramatically when she encounters a mysterious highwayman on the woodland path. Thrown into a realm of shadow and deception, she embarks on a perilous adventure to rid the kingdom of the black magic that has infected it. Except the highwayman is the King’s own nephew, Captain of the Destriers…and a high treasoner.

He and Elspeth have until Solstice to collect twelve Providence Cards—the cure’s keys. But, as the stakes rise and their irresistible love grows stronger, Elspeth is forced to confront her greatest secret yet: the Nightmare is gradually, ominously, taking over her mind. And she may be unable to stop him.

So, there you have them. 11 new horror books that will have you sleeping with the lights on. What do you think? Will you try any of them out? Let me know.

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