I Am Behind You by John Ajvide LindqvistThe grass is greener: Awakening at their campsite to find the world they knew gone, replaced with a sunless blue sky and an endlessly green landscape devoid of landmarks, four families confront the menacing physical forms of their buried traumas and desires.
Series alert: I Am Behind You is the first in a planned trilogy.
Reviewers say: "It will keep entranced and shocked readers guessing until the very end" (Library Journal).
Alice Isn't Dead by Joseph FinkOn the road again: Spotting her presumed-dead wife, Alice, in the background of a news report, Keisha takes a job with the mysterious trucking company Alice worked for before her disappearance, hoping to find information about her beloved.
What sets it apart: As she becomes embroiled in an eerie otherworldly conspiracy, fully realized heroine Keisha grapples with chronic anxiety and must battle monsters both real and metaphorical.
Book buzz: This suspenseful Lovecraftian novel is based on the eponymous podcast from Welcome to Night Vale creator Joseph Fink.
Hark! The Herald Angels Scream by Christopher Golden (editor)The most wonderful time of the year? In this creepy Yuletide anthology, manipulative chimney sweeps, party-crashing cultists, and genetically modified puppies put a chilling spin on the holiday season.
Unwrap this! 18 original tales from acclaimed authors including Josh Malerman, Sarah Pinborough, Jonathan Maberry, and Kelley Armstrong.
For fans of: Tales from the Crypt and Creepshow.
In the House in the Dark of the Woods by Laird HuntDon't go in there! Drawn into a fantastical forest in colonial New England, Goody encounters three witches who compel her to make a life-changing decision.
Is it for you? Rife with inventive shocks and vivid, nightmarish imagery, Goody's intensifying journey is both lyrical and puzzling.
Want a taste? "Once upon a time there was and there wasn't a woman who went to the woods."
Dracul by Dacre Stoker and J.D. BarkerThen: As a boy, Bram Stoker was on death's door when his strange nanny, Ellen Crone, saved him with a bite before vanishing from his life.
Now: Years later, the seemingly ageless Ellen is spotted, sending Bram and his compatriots across Europe to investigate her connection to a sinister creature who has her in his thrall...and who wants Bram, too.
Why you might like it: Co-written by Bram Stoker's great-grandnephew, this atmospheric "prequel" to Dracula reimagines the origins of the 1897 classic -- and of Stoker himself.
Zodiac Station by Tom HarperSole survivor? Rescued from an ice floe in the middle of the Arctic, scientist Thomas Anderson paints a baffling picture of his escape from the Zodiac Station outpost, where foul play and an explosion claimed the lives of the other researchers. But something's not adding up, and when other survivors are discovered, they tell a much different story...
Read it for: the gripping, page-turning prose and unpredictable ending.
Don't miss: evocative nods to classic works of horror and science fiction including Frankenstein, Alien, and The Thing.
Stranded by Bracken MacLeodIce-bound: After a catastrophic storm sends the Arctic Promise off-course, the crew falls ill to a strange flu-like ailment. Now stuck in thickening ice and fog, the few healthy crewmates set out to investigate a looming shape on the horizon.
Why you might like it: Nothing is quite as it seems in this visceral and claustrophobic thriller.
Want a taste? "The void churned and swelled, reaching up to pull them down into frigid darkness, clamoring to embrace them, every one."
The Ritual by Adam NevillIll-fated reunion: When four friends from university reconnect for a camping trip in a Scandinavian forest, tensions escalate when it's revealed that two members of the party aren't cut out for the task. Taking a disorienting shortcut, the group discovers a harrowing sacrificial site and a bestial predator that stalks their every move.
For fans of: The Blair Witch Project, Dreamcatcher, and Deliverance.
Book buzz: The Ritual is the basis of the Netflix Original Movie of the same name, which premiered earlier this year.
The Terror by Dan SimmonsTrapped! In this well-researched and intricately plotted fictionalization of the disastrous Franklin Expedition, the crews of the HMS Terror and HMS Erebus reckon with frostbite, snow-blindness, disease, mutiny...and a monstrous creature on the ice.
Reviewers say: "Outstanding" (Booklist); "One of Simmons' best" (Kirkus).
Book buzz: AMC's new horror anthology series (also called The Terror) adapted this grisly historical novel for its first season, which debuted in March 2018.
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