The Edge of Sleep by Jake Emanuel and Willie Block with Jason GurleyWhat it is: a creepy cosmic horror novel based on the podcast of the same name.
The premise: When all the residents of a quaint coastal California town die in their sleep, parasomniac night watchman Dave Torres and three others fight to stay awake and figure out what's going on.
Reviewers say: "a wild ride that is equally trippy and jarring" (Library Journal); "a fresh take on the apocalyptic genre" (Publishers Weekly).
Dead Eleven by Jimmy JulianoWelcome to... the mysterious Clifford Island, an isolated Lake Michigan community where residents have a cult-like devotion to living like it's 1994.
Read it for: a slow-burn storyline that unfolds via multiple perspectives and is told through interview transcripts, letters, and newspaper articles.
Book buzz: A People Must-Read for Summer, Dead Eleven is the debut of NoSleep subreddit sensation Jimmy Juliano.
Maeve Fly by CJ LeedeStarring: unreliable narrator and nihilistic 20something Maeve Fly, a theme park ice princess who spends her nights trawling seedy Los Angeles dive bars.
What happens: a twisted relationship with her friend's brother descends into murder and mayhem as Maeve becomes increasingly untethered from reality.
For fans of: provocative, boundary-pushing horror novels à la American Psycho.
Our Hideous Progeny by C.E. McGillInspired by: an epigraph written by Mary Shelley: "And now, once again, I bid my hideous progeny go forth and prosper."
What it's about: In 1853 London, Mary Sutherland, Victor Frankenstein's great-niece, aspires to reanimate a plesiosaur alongside her geologist husband, Henry.
Why you might like it: C.E. McGill's engaging debut blends gothic and science fiction for a queer feminist homage to Frankenstein...with dinosaurs!
Silver Nitrate by Silvia Moreno-GarciaHow it begins: In 1993 Mexico City, Montserrat Curiel works as a sound editor while her friend Tristán Abascal toils away as a soap opera actor. A chance encounter with Abel Urueta, the pair's favorite cult director, leads to their involvement in helping him finish one of his films.
What happens next: Urueta claims his unfinished film was cursed by a Nazi occultist, and that completing it will finally bring him the success he was promised. But once the trio finish their work, a terrifying magic is reawakened that threatens to consume them all.
Camp Damascus by Chuck TingleWelcome to... Camp Damascus, a conversion therapy program in Montana that boasts a 100% success rate.
Until... autistic high school senior Rose Darling, a once-proud member of the church that runs Camp Damascus, begins having demonic visions tied to her crush on another girl and makes startling discoveries about the human and supernatural threats harbored at the camp.
Book buzz: This dread-fueled mainstream debut from cult erotica author Chuck Tingle ("Space Raptor Butt Invasion") "should win [him] a slew of new fans" (Publishers Weekly).
The Beast You Are: Stories by Paul TremblayWhat's inside: a wide-ranging collection of 15 short stories penned by multiple Bram Stoker Award-winning author Paul Tremblay.
Stories include: title novella "The Beast You Are," set in the universe of Tremblay's novel A Head Full of Ghosts; "The Blog at the End of the World," an epistolary COVID-19 allegory.
Featuring: commentary from the author on the influences behind each story's creation.
Burn the Negative by Joshua WinningWhat it's about: Decades after starring in The Guesthouse, a cult horror film that left eight of its cast and crew members dead during filming, journalist and former child actress Polly Tremaine finds herself drawn to the production of its remake, where people start dying again...
Read it for: a chilling and action-packed homage to 1980s slasher movies.
Try this next: The Remaking by Clay McLeod Chapman; Mister Magic by Kiersten White.
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