The Chill by Scott CarsonWhat it's about: Seventy-five years after the village of Galesburg was flooded to build the Chilewaukee Reservoir (aka "The Chill"), descendants of the area's displaced residents find themselves contending with vengeful spirits lurking in the water's murky depths.
Book buzz: Inspired by true events, this suspenseful novel penned by the pseudonymous Scott Carson counts Stephen King among its fans.
Try this next: For another creepy novel about a small town reckoning with the sins of its past, check out Thomas Olde Heuvelt's Hex.
The Boatman's Daughter by Andy DavidsonWhat it is: a violent and atmospheric Southern Gothic set in a fictional Arkansas bayou.
Starring: hardscrabble 21-year-old Miranda Crabtree, reluctant ferrywoman to an unstable preacher whose sinister criminal enterprises she can no longer overlook.
Read it for: a tense, world-building fable populated by monsters both human and supernatural.
Daughter from the Dark by Marina & Sergey Dyachenko; translated by Julia Meitov HerseyThe premise: After he rescues 10-year-old Alonya from a dark alley one night, hard-partying DJ Aspirin struggles to determine the mysterious girl's identity as the pair are pursued by those who seek to harm her.
Who is she? Alonya claims she's come from another world to find her musician brother, whom she can locate only by playing a difficult piece on a magical violin. Will she be able to master the tune before it's too late?
Don't miss: Alonya's treasured teddy bear, which comes to monstrous life to protect her when she's under threat.
The Deep by Alma KatsuAll aboard! Four years after surviving the sinking of the Titanic, Irish nurse Annie books passage on its sister ship, the Britannic, where she encounters the same eerie phenomena that plagued the fateful voyage.
Want a taste? "Some days, she wakes from nightmares of black water rushing into her open mouth, freezing her lungs to stone."
Why you might like it: Though both voyages' outcomes will already be well known to readers, Alma Katsu imbues her well-researched novel's evocative dual timeline with nail-biting suspense.
Outcast Volume 1: A Darkness Surrounds Him by Robert Kirkman; illustrated by Paul AzacetaWhat it's about: brooding demon-magnet Kyle Barnes' violent misadventures in exorcism, for which he has a reluctant aptitude.
Art alert: Paul Azaceta's bold and shadowy artwork ramps up the tension in this slow-burning graphic novel.
Series alert: Outcast kicks off the titular ongoing series created by The Walking Dead's Robert Kirkman; a TV adaptation starring Patrick Fugit (Almost Famous) ran for two seasons on Cinemax.
All Things Bright and Strange by James MarkertStarring: suicidal 22-year-old World War I veteran and amputee Ellsworth Newberry, who's mourning the death of his wife and the loss of his professional baseball dreams.
What happens: In 1920 Bellhaven, South Carolina, all the flowers bloom, even out-of-season ones, and a mysterious “healing” chapel in the woods appears -- but things aren't as they seem. As people turn on each other, Ellsworth fights against evil forces to save the town.
For fans of: Christian supernatural fiction by Frank Peretti and Ted Dekker (though the religious elements in All Things Bright and Strange are less overt).
A Head Full of Ghosts by Paul Tremblay15 years ago: Desperate to make ends meet in the wake of their teen daughter Marjorie's apparent demonic possession, the suburban Barrett family allowed a reality TV crew to film the girl's exorcism.
Now: Marjorie's sister Merry recounts the tragic ordeal to a journalist, attempting to puzzle out what really happened to her older sibling.
Movie buzz: Antlers director Scott Cooper will helm a forthcoming film adaptation starring Margaret Qualley (Once Upon a Time in Hollywood).
Over Your Dead Body by Dan WellsWhat it's about: On the prowl for the last of the Withered who killed his family, demon hunter John Wayne Cleaver is accompanied by girlfriend Brooke, who carries the souls of the dead inside her. When John's first love Marci suddenly sets up shop in Brooke's head, things get very complicated...
Series alert: Over Your Dead Body is the 5th of the fast-paced John Cleaver novels; newcomers will want to start with I Am Not a Serial Killer.
For fans of: TV's Supernatural.
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