New Releases

March New Releases

Hold on to your wallets, here comes new horror!

We foolishly thought we were going to be able to fit all of the new March horror releases in one post but our fingers hurt and we’ll have to do another installment of the mid-month releases next week. If you are an author with a brand new release that you’d like us to feature in these posts, please leave your book link in the comments! Reader additions are always welcome too. We want to include ALL the new horror. Also, please note publishing dates change constantly so please kindly note any changes in the comments.


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Marionette by S.B. Poe

This is what happens when the dead don’t stay dead.

As fall descends in the south, the Toles family prepare for another holiday season. Bridger Preston prepares for another day in front of the camera. Tilly and Raj Varma head home after a much delayed honeymoon in New Orleans. And scattered news reports echo the outbreak of the Marionette virus. 

The day the world ends starts just like every other day. 

Join the journey from the beginning. This is the story of people who try to live. Some do some don’t. 

This is the first book in the Marionette Zombie Series. An ongoing tale of the zombie apocalypse.

Amazon | Goodreads


The Day of the New Gods by Luke Walker

Fleeing from a successful bank robbery, Brian Jackson has an iron-clad plan: get his twelve-year-old daughter and escape Britain for the good life in Spain with the rest of his crew. All he has to do is avoid the police and the gangsters who want the twenty-five grand he’s stolen.

Or so he thinks. 

Three hideous gods have broken through from outside the universe, each monstrous deity crawling through the void with the sole intention of turning Earth into their own playground of Hell. Now, all that stands between Brian losing his little girl to the gods are the few bullets in his gun and the fellow criminals who’ve got his back. 

Brian’s one shot at saving humanity from being consumed means racing into the burning heart of a country that’s tearing itself apart. There, he will wage war upon the gods while they release their final horrific assault on the world. 

Bad men are going against bad gods. 

It’s going to be a bad day.

Amazon | Goodreads


Scheduled Release Date March 1


Catfish In The Cradle by Wile E. Young

Grady Pope has hit bottom; his alligator hunting business is failing and his daughter has abandoned him. Nearly giving up, his life is turned upside down when she reappears and dies giving birth to a son. Grady takes in his erstwhile grandson, vowing to raise him. He soon notices that strange events occur around the child, culminating in the revelation that he isn’t entirely human. The ancient forces who dwell in the river want their kin back and Grady Pope must decide whether blood does run thicker than water.

Amazon | Goodreads


Scheduled Release Date March 4



The Beast of Rose Valley by J.P. Barnett

Something evil stalks the citizens of Rose Valley—not for the first time, but hopefully for the last.

After suffering through a horrific car accident, Jake Rollins struggles to survive in his tiny hometown of Rose Valley—a place to which he hoped never to return.

When a sheep is viciously mutilated on the ranch where Jake is recovering, he’s dragged back into the cloying politics of small town life. While the Sheriff tries to pass off the incident as the work of coyotes, Jake turns to a local reporter and old high school flame, Shandi Mason, to search for the truth.

They discover that this creature has stalked Rose Valley before, claiming nearly a century of carnage and intrigue, all starting with a shameful secret guarded over by one of the town’s most respected citizens.

As livestock mutilations escalate into deadly attacks on humans, and the Sheriff organizes a foolhardy manhunt, Jake and Shandi must race to save the town from a seemingly unstoppable evil.

Amazon | Goodreads


Scheduled Release Date March 5


The Carnival of the Night by Nicholas Carey

Some call it purgatory, others know it as the in-between, but for those poor souls who are trapped there eternally, it is simply The Carnival — a macabre mockery where night is never-ending, and a sadistic creature known as The Fool reigns unchallenged. 

And The Fool has one rule: No one leaves The Carnival. Ever. 

Christopher, the latest arrival thrust reluctantly through the gates, is certain that he doesn’t belong there, and he’s damn sure he’s not staying. 

To have any chance of escaping, he must confront not only The Fool, but his own dark past.

Amazon | Goodreads


The Migration by Helen Marshall

When I was younger I didn’t know a thing about death. I thought it meant stillness, a body gone limp. A marionette with its strings cut. Death was like a long vacation–a going away. 

Storms and flooding are worsening around the world, and a mysterious immune disorder has begun to afflict the young. Sophie Perella is about to begin her senior year of high school in Toronto when her little sister, Kira, is diagnosed. Their parents’ marriage falters under the strain, and Sophie’s mother takes the girls to Oxford, England, to live with their Aunt Irene. An Oxford University professor and historical epidemiologist obsessed with relics of the Black Death, Irene works with a centre that specializes in treating people with the illness. She is a friend to Sophie, and offers a window into a strange and ancient history of human plague and recovery. Sophie just wants to understand what’s happening now; but as mortality rates climb, and reports emerge of bodily tremors in the deceased, it becomes clear there is nothing normal about this condition–and that the dead aren’t staying dead. When Kira succumbs, Sophie faces an unimaginable choice: let go of the sister she knows, or take action to embrace something terrifying and new. 

Tender and chilling, unsettling and hopeful, The Migration is a story of a young woman’s dawning awareness of mortality and the power of the human heart to thrive in cataclysmic circumstances.

Amazon | Goodreads


Trinity Row by Kelly Martin

Local legend says Trinity Row is the house that won’t die. Local legend isn’t wrong.

Sixteen-year-old Ivy Black and her mom have moved in for a quick renovation to make an easy buck. Then it will be on to the next rundown, abandoned eyesore.

Simple.

Move.

Fix.

Sell.

Run.

For the last three years, Ivy and her mom have run far away from their past. That’s the thing about Trinity Row, though. It doesn’t let the past die.

When Ivy finds out that the friends she thought she made and the things she thought she’s seen aren’t exactly what she believed, she goes on a mission to free her mother from the snare of Trinity Row and the evil spirit controlling it.

Except, after a trip to Trinity Row, you’ll never want to go home again.

Amazon | Goodreads


The Aspect by Craig Russell

Prague, 1935: Viktor Kosárek, a psychiatrist newly trained by Carl Jung, arrives at the infamous Hrad Orlu Asylum for the Criminally Insane. The state-of-the-art facility is located in a medieval mountaintop castle outside of Prague, though the site is infamous for concealing dark secrets going back many generations. The asylum houses the country’s six most treacherous killers–known to the staff as The Woodcutter, The Clown, The Glass Collector, The Vegetarian, The Sciomancer, and The Demon–and Viktor hopes to use a new medical technique to prove that these patients share a common archetype of evil, a phenomenon known as The Devil Aspect. As he begins to learn the stunning secrets of these patients, five men and one woman, Viktor must face the disturbing possibility that these six may share another dark truth. 

Meanwhile, in Prague, fear grips the city as a phantom serial killer emerges in the dark alleys. Police investigator Lukas Smolak, desperate to locate the culprit (dubbed Leather Apron in the newspapers), realizes that the killer is imitating the most notorious serial killer from a century earlier–London’s Jack the Ripper. Smolak turns to the doctors at Hrad Orlu for their expertise with the psychotic criminal mind, though he worries that Leather Apron might have some connection to the six inmates in the asylum. 

Steeped in the folklore of Eastern Europe, and set in the shadow of Nazi darkness erupting just beyond the Czech border, this stylishly written, tightly coiled, richly imagined novel is propulsively entertaining, and impossible to put down.

Amazon | Goodreads


While You Sleep by Stephanie Merritt

It begins, they say, with a woman screaming . . .

On a remote Scottish island, the McBride house stands guard over its secrets. A century ago, a young widow and her son died mysteriously there; just last year a local boy, visiting for a dare, disappeared without a trace.

For Zoe Adams, newly arrived from America, the house offers a refuge from her failing marriage. But her peaceful retreat is disrupted by strange and disturbing events: nighttime intrusions; unknown voices; a constant sense of being watched.

The locals want her to believe that these incidents are echoes of the McBrides’ dark past. Zoe is convinced the danger is closer at hand, and all too real—but can she uncover the truth before she is silenced?

Amazon | Goodreads


12 Tales Lie 1 Tells True by Maria Alexander

Twelve Tales Lie | One Tells True brings together 13 stories of the fantastic and fearsome by award-winning author Maria Alexander. 

WARNING: This is not your typical short story collection. While twelve of the tales are fictitious, one is a creepy true story sure to amuse and alarm even die-hard horror fans. Guessing which one is half the skin-crawling fun. Is it the man who resurrects his abusive father for revenge that goes awry? The woman who brings home a birthday balloon inflated with hellion instead of helium? Or the couple that accidentally buys a home sitting at The Crossroads, where the “H” in “HOA” has a whole new meaning…? 

Read on and decide for yourself.

Amazon | Goodreads


Palace of Ghosts by Thomas S. Flowers

Evil resides in Amon Palace. Something worse came to visit. 

Four veterans of the Iraq War seeking a cure for Post-Traumatic-Stress Disorder arrive at a notoriously haunted house in the bogs of Galveston Island called Amon Palace. 

Samantha Green, a friendless former Army K-9 handler looking for a way to put her loss behind her. 

Brad Myers, a lighthearted former Military Police Officer severally wounded in war wanting nothing more than a good nights sleep. 

Andy Lovejoy, an overweight light spoken drone operator who once watched the war from above now questions who he has become. 

Marcus Pangborn, a headstrong Marine who desperately wants a dead friend’s forgiveness. 

The group joins Doctor Frederick Peters, an experimental psychologist looking to prove his exposure theory hypothesis, and his two assistants, Tiffany Burgess and Dexter Reid. 

At first, their stay seems to conjure nothing more than spooky encounters with inexplicable phenomena. But Amon Palace is gathering its powers—and soon it will reveal that these veterans are not who they seem.

Amazon | Goodreads


Lady From The Black Lagoon by Mallory O’Meara

The Lady from the Black Lagoon uncovers the life and work of Milicent Patrick—one of Disney’s first female animators and the only woman in history to create one of Hollywood’s classic movie monsters.

As a teenager, Mallory O’Meara was thrilled to discover that one of her favorite movies, The Creature from the Black Lagoon, featured a monster designed by a woman, Milicent Patrick. But for someone who should have been hailed as a pioneer in the genre there was little information available. For, as O’Meara soon discovered, Patrick’s contribution had been claimed by a jealous male colleague, her career had been cut short and she soon after had disappeared from film history. No one even knew if she was still alive.

As a young woman working in the horror film industry, O’Meara set out to right the wrong, and in the process discovered the full, fascinating story of an ambitious, artistic woman ahead of her time. Patrick’s contribution to special effects proved to be just the latest chapter in a remarkable, unconventional life, from her youth growing up in the shadow of Hearst Castle, to her career as one of Disney’s first female animators. And at last, O’Meara discovered what really had happened to Patrick after The Creature’s success, and where she went.

A true-life detective story and a celebration of a forgotten feminist trailblazer, Mallory O’Meara’s The Lady from the Black Lagoon establishes Patrick in her rightful place in film history while calling out a Hollywood culture where little has changed since.

Amazon | Goodreads


Scheduled Release Date March 6


The Devil’s Hairball by Peter Caffrey

When Victor Holycross commits an act of heinous sacrilege at the Festival of the Blessed Virgin, he unwittingly brings forth a curse that transforms his wife and daughter into living hair balls. To seek absolution and lift the hairy plague, a penance is given: the recovery of stolen religious relics.

With a time frame of forty days and forty nights and a bicycle as his sole form of transport, Victor finds himself helped (and often hindered) by a one-legged whore, a talking dog with strange sexual proclivities and an attack-nun. 

Thrust into a maelstrom of demonic confrontations, unholy alliances and duplicitous relationships, he soon discovers that the world is a darker place than he anticipated.

The Devil’s Hairball is an absurdist journey through a bizarro landscape, riddled with black humour, twisted characters and an unhealthy serving of spite and malice.


Amazon | Goodreads

Scheduled Release Date March 8


The Tracker by John Hunt

Taylor is being hunted. A sinister shadow trails him playing a game of hide and seek. If Taylor is caught, a cruel death awaits him. There are rules for this game. To break them would mean dire consequences for Taylor and anyone close to him. Taylor must outwit and outlast the fiend for forty-eight hours.

Amazon | Goodreads


Tune in next week for another round of recent releases! In the meantime, please share what you’re reading in March.

Laurie

Scary books make everything so much better! I've been reading them since I was a wee, weird little thing and grew up with a steady diet of King, Koontz, Barker, and Brite and will read and watch just about anything with a hint of darkness.

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