Zero Day by Ezekiel BooneWhat it is: an edge-of-your seat apocalyptic showdown featuring a diverse cast of characters working tirelessly to defeat a race of man-eating spiders.
Why you might like it: Zero Day balances terror with humor, weaving numerous plot threads into a web of high-stakes adventure.
Series alert: Zero Day is the exciting conclusion to the trilogy that began with Hatching.
The Hunger by Alma KatsuWhat it is: a sinister retelling of the ill-fated Donner Party, in which a mysterious illness makes the travelers ravenous for human flesh.
Why you might like it: The Hunger offers a fresh take on a famous tragedy, blending historical fiction with the supernatural.
For fans of: Chilling historical horror à la Dan Simmons' The Terror.
The Dead Road by Seth PatrickWhat it's about: Forensic "reviver" Jonah Miller, gifted with the ability to speak to the recently deceased, is presumed dead after a harrowing battle with the soul-consuming Beast. Now in hiding, Miller must once again risk his life to save the world.
Is it for you? If you enjoy imaginative world-building in your horror stories, The Dead Road is worth traveling.
Series alert: The Dead Road is the explosive conclusion to the trilogy that began with Reviver.
The Beauty by Aliya WhiteleyWhat it's about: In this post-apocalyptic novella, an epidemic has killed all women, leaving a displaced community of men waiting to die off. When creatures resembling women mysteriously appear, enticing many of the men, the community faces the freakish and disastrous consequences of their desire.
Don't miss: the stand-alone bonus short story "Peace, Pipe," which whimsically explores interspecies language barriers.
Book buzz: The Beauty was nominated for the Shirley Jackson Award and the Saboteur Award.
Pines: A Wayward Pines Thriller by Blake CrouchWhat it's about: Federal Agent Ethan Burke is en route to Wayward Pines, Idaho, in search of two fellow agents who have gone missing. After a car accident on the outskirts of town puts him in the hospital, Burke realizes that the seemingly idyllic small town is not what it seems.
For fans of: Dennis Lehane's similarly twisty Shutter Island.
Book buzz: This is the 1st entry in the Wayward Pines trilogy and the basis for the television adaptation starring Matt Dillon.
Welcome to Night Vale by Joseph Fink and Jeffrey Cranor What it's about: In this stand-alone tale set in the universe of the eponymous podcast, the unlikely team of teenage pawnbroker Jackie and PTA mom Diane investigates cryptic messages that point them toward a mysterious place called King City.
Featuring: "Broadcasts" from podcast narrator Cecil, cameos by fan favorite characters like the Glow Cloud and Old Woman Josie.
Series alert: A follow-up novel, It Devours!, was published in October 2017.
Hex by Thomas Olde HeuveltWhat it's about: Haunted by the spirit of 17th-century witch Katherine, the townsfolk of Black Springs, New York are doomed to isolation by strict government-imposed security measures and by the machinations of Katherine herself.
Is it for you? Hex cleverly explores the intersection of ancient evil with modern technology, perfect for fans of The Blair Witch Project.
Reviewers say: "Definitely not for the faint of heart" (School Library Journal).
Travelers Rest by Keith Lee MorrisWhat it's about: A snowbound family find themselves separated from each other in the maze-like Travelers Rest, a hotel that exists in multiple places and times simultaneously.
Why you might like it: Traveler's Rest is atmospheric, with a steadily unraveling plotline reminiscent of Stephen King's The Shining.
Reviewers say: Keith Lee Morris' weighty, suspenseful writing style envelops the reader like "a curtain of drifting snow identified too late as an avalanche" (Publishers Weekly).
Wytches. Volume 1 by Scott SnyderWhat it's about: In this graphic novel, the Rook family is eager to make a fresh start in a new town after experiencing several tragedies, unaware that an evil far greater than they could have imagined lurks in the woods behind their home.
For fans of: Witchcraft myths and folktales.
What's inside: An illustration style featuring angular, dark art schemes to convey a creepy and disorienting tone.
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