The Remaking by Clay McLeod ChapmanLegend has it: In 1931 Pilot's Creek, Virginia, Ella Louise Ford and her young daughter Jessica are burned at the stake for witchcraft, an act that will have chilling reverberations for decades to come.
What sets it apart: Based on a real urban legend, The Remaking unravels the tale of "The Witch Girl of Pilot's Creek" via a 1951 campfire story, a 1971 B-movie, its 1990s meta remake, and a present-day podcast, charting the evolution of the eerie tale as it's shaped by generations of storytellers.
The Lost Causes of Bleak Creek by Rhett McLaughlin & Link Neal What it's about: In 1992 Bleak Creek, North Carolina, teens Rex and Leif investigate the creepy supernatural happenings at a local reform school after their friend Alicia is sent there.
Who it's for: Peppered with pop culture references and plenty of humor, this coming-of-age tale will appeal to Stranger Things fans and readers who prefer their horror bloodless.
About the authors: Rhett McLaughlin and Link Neal are the creators and co-hosts of the YouTube comedy-talk series Good Mythical Morning and authors of the bestselling Rhett & Link’s Book of Mythicality.
Violet by Scott ThomasWhat it's about: Following her husband's tragic death, Kris Barlow retreats with her daughter to a seemingly idyllic vacation town where the two soon find themselves contending with the menacing manifestation of their grief.
Want a taste? "She imagined the road ending without warning, driving over the edge, plummeting into an infinite nothingness, until her screams became a song for the darkness."
For fans of: Sarah Pinborough, Jennifer McMahon, and atmospheric slow burns with unreliable narrators.
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Sealed by Naomi BoothWhat it is: a nail-biting blend of body horror, dystopian fiction, and fable "that will stay with readers long after they turn the final page" (Booklist).
The setting: a remote town in rural Australia, where Alice and her boyfriend Pete have fled to escape from a highly contagious skin-sealing epidemic called cutis.
The catch: A panicked Alice is grappling with anxiety, paranoia, and grief over her mother's death...and she's also 36 weeks pregnant.
Stoker's Wilde by Steven Hopstaken & Melissa PrusiWhat it is: a rollicking adventure in which Bram Stoker and Oscar Wilde team up to fight vampires and werewolves in Victorian London.
Read it for: the prickly odd couple dynamic between Stoker and Wilde; the epistolary format that mimics Stoker's own Dracula.
For fans of: TV's Penny Dreadful and horror starring real-life historical figures, like Dracul by Dacre Stoker and J.D. Barker.
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.
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