Dead Silence by S.A. BarnesHow it begins: En route to Earth, maintenance ship captain Claire Kovalik and her crew pick up a distress call from the Aurora, a spaceliner that disappeared more than 20 years ago.
What happens next: When Claire's team boards the Aurora, they discover the gruesome remains of its inhabitants -- could this be their future?
Read it for: a fast-paced blend of horror and science fiction; a relatable protagonist desperate to save herself from a horrific fate.
Beneath the Stairs by Jennifer FawcettWelcome to... Octagon House, a cursed estate in Sumner's Mills, NY with a long history of unexplained deaths and disappearances.
Enjoy your stay: Years after they spent a traumatic evening at Octagon House as teens, Clare discovers her estranged childhood friend Abby has attempted suicide in the home. Returning to Octagon House, Clare hopes to confront her haunted past and uncover the site's secrets once and for all....
For fans of: Jennifer McMahon's The Drowning Kind.
Manhunt by Gretchen Felker-MartinIn a world... where a plague turns anyone with high testosterone levels into a zombie-like fiend, a group of trans men and women band together to evade both the creatures and the transphobic gangs seeking to kill them.
Featuring: formidable "manhunters" Fran and Beth, who harvest the testes of the infected to keep themselves safe.
Who it's for: Readers who like their horror gritty and disturbing will enjoy Gretchen Felker-Martin's "ballsy apocalyptic tale" (Publishers Weekly).
Road of Bones by Christopher GoldenWhat it is: the pulse-pounding latest from Bram Stoker Award-winning author Christopher Golden, set along Siberia's icy Kolyma Highway, the titular "Road of Bones" under which lies the bodies of gulag prisoners.
Highway...to hell? In search of his next project, struggling documentary producer Felix "Teig" Teigland finds more than he bargained for when he encounters horrors both human and supernatural on the remote road.
Try this next: For another creepy horror-thriller about a documentary crew on an ill-fated adventure, check out Michael Rutger's The Anomaly.
Tripping Arcadia by Kit MayquistWhat it's about: Determined to save her family from financial ruin, med school dropout Lena takes a job as an assistant to Dr. Prosenko, who serves the powerful Verdeau family. When she's asked to take part in the Verdeaus' sinister schemes, she plots her revenge.
Why you might like it: Kit Mayquist's intensifying debut offers lush prose, plenty of twists and turns, and an unforgettable heroine in Lena.
For fans of: books that offer a fresh spin on the gothic genre, like Emily M. Danforth's Plain Bad Heroines or Silvia Moreno-Garcia's Mexican Gothic.
Echo by Thomas Olde HeuveltWhat it's about: Stranded and disfigured during a climbing accident, mountaineer Nick Grevers is rescued and brought home to recover with the help of his boyfriend, Sam Avery.
But... it seems Nick hasn't come back alone, and now he and Sam must figure out what's happened to him before the darkness takes over...
Try this next: For another slow-burn horror novel about an adventurer who comes back wrong, read Rachel Harrison's The Return.
Sundial by Catriona WardThen: Rob grew up isolated from the outside world at Sundial, her father's creepy and remote research commune in the Mojave Desert.
Now: Returning to Sundial with her disturbed teenage daughter, Callie, in tow, Rob knows she must face her past to save her family's future.
Reviewers say: "a seething, hallucinatory tale of family, death and hereditary trauma that will keep readers guessing all the way to the devastating conclusion" (Publishers Weekly).
All the White Spaces by Ally WilkesWhat it is: author Ally Wilkes' suspenseful and atmospheric debut, set during a doomed Antarctic expedition after World War I.
Starring: trans man and stowaway Jonathan Morgan, whose coming of age is beset by dangers both human and supernatural as he and the stranded crew battle malevolent forces, subzero temperatures, and their own darker natures.
For fans of: Dan Simmons' The Terror.
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