Here’s the newest horror for your Friday!
If you are an author with a 2019 upcoming horror 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.
WOUNDS: Six Stories from the Border of Hell, by Nathan Ballingrud
A gripping collection of six stories of terror—including the novella “The Visible Filth,” the basis for the upcoming major motion picture—by Shirley Jackson Award–winning author Nathan Ballingrud, hailed as a major new voice by Jeff VanderMeer, Paul Tremblay, and Carmen Maria Machado—“one of the most heavyweight horror authors out there” (The Verge).
In his first collection, North American Lake Monsters, Nathan Ballingrud carved out a distinctly singular place in American fiction with his “piercing and merciless” (Toronto Globe and Mail) portrayals of the monsters that haunt our lives—both real and imagined: “What Nathan Ballingrud does in North American Lake Monsters is to reinvigorate the horror tradition” (Los Angeles Review of Books).
Now, in Wounds, Ballingrud follows up with an even more confounding, strange, and utterly entrancing collection of six stories, including one new novella. From the eerie dread descending upon a New Orleans dive bartender after a cell phone is left behind in a rollicking bar fight in “The Visible Filth” to the search for the map of hell in “The Butcher’s Table,” Ballingrud’s beautifully crafted stories are riveting in their quietly terrifying depictions of the murky line between the known and the unknown.
Scheduled to Release April 18, 2019
METAS by Rae Louise
When justice becomes revenge, a monster is born…
After the unsolved murder of her teenage sister, Violet Kendal spirals down a path of violence and self-destruction. A group of mysterious individuals lead her into a nightmare world, where she encounters a force more primal than man itself. As past secrets unfold, they bring her closer to the truth of how her life is connected to Isabelle’s death. Will Violet bury the monster inside her or use it to exact bloody revenge?
Scheduled to Release April 19, 2019
REAPER: A Horror Novella by Jonathan Pongratz
Gregory and his little sister Imogen love spending Halloween with their parents. But this year is different. If he proves he can take care of Imogen all by himself, he’ll finally have the allowance he’s dreamed of.
That was before the basement door opened on its own. Before the strange door appeared in the basement and Imogen was taken from him by the monster.
Now everyone in town is blaming him for her disappearance, but no one is listening to his story. Where did the door come from? What was that creature? And most of all, can he find his sister before it’s too late, or will he bury his memories of her along with his parents?
THE TOWN THAT FEARED DUSK, by Calvin Demmer
Sylvia Bernstein doesn’t want to end up on a dead-end path like a former journalism colleague. She begins searching the tabloid’s archives for a story that can get her career back on track. A strange bridge, with an abnormally high rate of suicides, seems like the perfect place to start. She journeys to the little town, eager to investigate, but encounters a tale far more sinister than she ever expected…
(Cover by Adrian Baldwin)
Scheduled to Release April 20, 2019
Sefira & Other Betrayals by John Langan
From the award-winning writer of The Fisherman comes a new collection of stories. A pair of disgraced soldiers seek revenge on the man who taught them how to torture. A young lawyer learns the history of the secret that warped her parents’ marriage. A writer arrives at a mansion overlooking the Hudson River to write about the strange paper balloons floating through its grounds. A couple walks a path that shows them their past, present, and terrible future. A woman and her husband discover a cooler on the side of the road whose contents are decidedly unearthly. A man driving cross country has a late-night encounter with a figure claiming to be the Devil. And in the short novel that gives the collection its title, a woman chases a monster in a race against time.
Under Rotting Sky by Matthew v. Brockmeyer
Twenty tales of darkness and transgression from Matthew V. Brockmeyer, award-winning author of KIND NEPENTHE.
Enter a disturbing dreamscape where your worst fears are illuminated and taboos are mockingly shattered.
In MINE a child hangs precariously between the isthmus of innocence and evil, shedding his humanity for the altar of a wolf pup. In RUMPELSTILTSKIN the troll under the bridge is very real, and wants your children for unspeakable deeds. In THE GYM TEACHER a boy’s obsession with serial killers leads him to discover the true nature of a monster.
These twenty stories traverse the outskirts of society to reveal the brutality of humanity in all its gory glory.
Scheduled to Release April 22, 2019
OSGOOD AS GONE (The Spectral Inspector #1), by Cooper S. Beckett
Once, Osgood and Frost were the up-and-coming stars of the burgeoning paranormal investigation TV show craze before a hoax put an end to their friendship, partnership, and television careers. Now, over a decade later, Prudence Osgood is a barely-functioning alcoholic ghosthunter for hire. Her yearning for mystery and adventure is reignited when she receives a cryptic, untraceable email. She can’t resist embarking on an investigation that tugs threads winding through a sinister series of disappearances, her former partner’s family, and a night twenty years ago when a semi blew a yellow light and nearly killed her.
Tune in next week for another round of recent releases! In the meantime, please share what you’re reading in April.