Ghost Eaters by Clay McLeod ChapmanHow it begins: When her ex-boyfriend, Silas, dies from an overdose, Erin discovers he was using a drug called "Ghost," which allowed him to see the dead.
What happens next: Hoping to find closure with Silas, Erin takes Ghost and is quickly plunged into a nightmarish world of gruesome psychedelic horrors.
Try this next: Summer Sons by Lee Mandelo.
Shutter by Ramona EmersonIntroducing: Diné forensic photographer Rita Todacheene, who works for the Albuquerque police and is gifted at what she does, partly because she can see and hear ghosts.
What happens: Interspersed with flashbacks to Rita's misfit early years on the rez with her grandmother, the contemporary story follows her as she tries to calm the angry ghost of a murder victim by finding her killers.
Read it for: a gory combination of horror and crime novel.
The Women Could Fly by Megan GiddingsIn a world... where women must either marry a male "keeper" or submit to constant monitoring through a government-mandated registry, Josephine Thomas, a bisexual, biracial Black woman, has lived under a cloud of suspicion ever since her unconventional mother disappeared amid rumors of witchcraft.
Why you might like it: This dystopian novel by the author of Lakewood explores themes of race, gender, and oppression that will appeal to fans of Alexis Henderson's The Year of the Witching.
The Devil Takes You Home by Gabino IglesiasThe premise: Down-on-his-luck hitman Mario agrees to "one last job" to help make ends meet. His assignment? Rob a Mexican drug cartel.
What happens next: En route to Mexico, Mario grapples with disturbing and unexplained phenomena that make him question his aptitude for the job -- and his chances of coming home alive.
Is it for you? Rising author Gabino Iglesias' nail-biting latest offers an unflinching blend of paranormal thriller and barrio noir that doesn't shy away from the violence and brutality its characters face.
Daphne by Josh MalermanWelcome to... small-town Samhattan, Michigan, where the local legend of murderous seven-foot-tall Daphne looms large.
Where you'll meet: high school basketball player Kit Lamb, whose teammates are being murdered one by one. Is the legend of Daphne real?
Why you might like it: Relatable would-be final girl Kit navigates debilitating anxiety in her quest to stay alive and put a stop to Daphne's vengeful rampage.
Small Angels by Lauren OwenThen: Teenage Kate befriended the reclusive Gonne sisters, who were tasked with protecting their small British village from the dark presence lurking in Mockbeggar Woods.
Now: In town for her brother's wedding, Kate confronts the horrors of her past as new threats emerge, forcing her to reconnect with the Gonnes. Meanwhile, bride-to-be Chloe learns the terrible truth about Mockbeggar Woods and finds herself drawn to the fight.
Read it for: a slow-burn tale that updates gothic ghost story tropes.
Old Country by Matt Query & Harrison QueryHome sweet home: Seeking a respite from corporate life, urbanites Harry and Sasha buy the home of their dreams in rural Idaho. But shortly after they arrive, their neighbors warn them of a menacing spirit that haunts the valley.
Buyer's remorse: Harry and Sasha must learn to face the escalating supernatural horrors if they want to survive.
Book buzz: Old Country is adapted from the Reddit sensation "My Wife and I Bought a Ranch" and has been optioned for film by Netflix.
The Wild Hunt by Emma Seckel1940s Scotland: In the aftermath of World War II, Leigh returns to her childhood home and finds the island overrun by barbarous sluagh, crow-like creatures who host the souls of the dead.
For fans of: The Birds, folk horror, and magical realism.
Reviewers say: "[Emma] Seckel keenly captures a tone that echoes the eerie moor scenery of the island: hazy, haunting, and teeming with misgivings" (Kirkus Reviews).
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