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 Monster of Elendhaven by Jennifer GiesbrechtWhat it is: a gory, vengeance-fueled dark fantasy tinged with Gothic elements and sardonic humor.
Starring: outcast sorcerer Florian, hell-bent on creating a plague to wipe out his enemies; unkillable monster Johann, whom Florian enlists to help him in his destructive endeavors.
Read it for: debut author Jennifer Giesbrecht's evocative prose and lively dialogue; the twisted romance that develops between Florian and Johann.
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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The Dark Game by Jonathan JanzAnd then there were none: Invited to a secluded writer's retreat hosted by famed author Roderick Wells, 10 aspiring writers are pitted against each other in a deadly competition to achieve literary stardom.
Why you might like it: Starring flawed characters harboring dark secrets and a deranged puppet master in Wells, this gory battle royale offers knowing meta commentary on the thrills -- and chills -- of reading.
Read it for: the tension-filled twists and turns.
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