Bad Man by Dathan AuerbachWhat it's about: Five years after losing his three-year-old brother at a grocery store in their small Florida town, guilt-stricken 20-year-old Ben takes a job at the same store, becoming obsessed by the possibility that his creepy co-workers may have had a hand in the tot's mysterious disappearance.
For fans of: Southern Gothic literature, unreliable narrators, and the early works of Stephen King.
Author alert: Dathan Auerbach is the author of Penpal and is a frequent contributor to Reddit's popular NoSleep forum.
We Sold Our Souls by Grady HendrixGetting the band back together: In this pulpy Faustian fable with a heavy metal twist, washed-up guitarist Kris embarks on a redemptive road trip to reconnect with her old bandmates and stop their former frontman from unleashing hell on earth.
What sets it apart: Complex heroine Kris, whose grit and verve make her a worthy successor to the "final girls" of slasher horror films.
Want a taste? "A girl with a guitar never has to apologize for anything."
Flight or Fright by Stephen King (editor) and Bev Vincent (editor)What it is: A nail-biting anthology about air travel that will have even the most grounded of readers searching for the nearest emergency exit.
Contributors include: Arthur Conan Doyle, Ray Bradbury, Dan Simmons, and co-editor Stephen King (who has a lifelong fear of flying).
Don't miss: In E. Michael Lewis's "Cargo," a crew transporting dead bodies after the Jonestown massacre begins hearing noises coming from the cargo bay.
Halcyon by Rio YouersWhat it's about: After the night terrors of his 10-year-old daughter Edith tragically prove to be premonitions, Martin whisks his family off to recover in Halcyon, a seemingly utopian island community in the middle of Lake Ontario.
What's the catch? The island harbors secrets, including a dangerous connection to Edith's abilities.
Why you might like it: Halcyon features brisk, creepy prose and sympathetic characters worth rooting for.
200 Years of Frankenstein
Teen Frankenstein by Chandler BakerWhat it's about: Texas high schooler Victoria "Tor" Frankenstein's Nobel Prize aspirations are put to the test when she accidentally kills -- and subsequently reanimates -- a teenage boy.
Series alert: Teen Frankenstein is the 1st in the young adult series High School Horror, followed by Teen Hyde and Teen Phantom.
Reviewers say: "a bleak, grisly story with a healthy dose of atmospheric horror" (Publishers Weekly).
The Only Child by Andrew PyperWhat it is: A tense, gripping homage to classic monster tales; a globetrotting cat-and-mouse thriller.
Starring: Driven forensic psychiatrist Lily Dominick (who's no stranger to violence) and her new patient Michael, who claims to be 200 years old and the inspiration for Dracula, Frankenstein's monster, and Mr. Hyde.
Author alert: Andrew Pyper is the bestselling author of The Demonologist.
Frankenstein in Baghdad by Ahmed SaadawiWhat it's about: In an effort to honor the dead in U.S.-occupied Baghdad, scavenger Hadi collects body parts from bombing victims, stitching them together to form a new body. But then the body disappears and begins wreaking terrifying vengeance upon the city.
Is it for you? If you like your horror to skew more literary, this visceral allegory offers a moving exploration of life in war-torn Iraq.
Book buzz: Frankenstein in Baghdad is the winner of the International Prize for Arabic Fiction and a Man Booker International Prize finalist.
Dean Koontz's Frankenstein. Book One, Prodigal Son by Dean R. KoontzWhat it's about: In a dramatic reworking of Mary Shelley's classic horror novel, Detective Carson O'Connor and her partner, Michael Maddison, are confronted by a vicious serial killer who stalks the city streets in search of victims that possess the humanity missing in himself, and uncover a link to ages-old conspiracy in which their quarry is not only a homicidal maniac but also his deranged maker.
Series alert: This is the first title in a series of five books.
Reviewers say: "The odd juxtaposition of a police procedural with a neo-gothic, mad scientist plot gives the novel a wickedly unusual and intriguing feel" (Publishers Weekly).
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