The Devil Crept In: A Novel by Ania AhlbornThe residents of Deer Valley, Oregon have worried for years about the mysterious deaths and disappearances of animals, and -- even more disturbing -- the death of a young boy. Now 12-year-old Jude Brighton has also gone missing, and his ten-year-old cousin Stevie Clark fears that the woods harbor a monster. Jude suddenly returns, but Stevie senses that he's changed beyond recognition. Author Ania Ahlborn sensitively portrays her characters' emotions while deftly escalating the dread that emanates from the forest. Fans of Graham Masterton's Forest Ghost will appreciate The Devil Crept In for its portrayal of a child's apprehension of evil in the woods.
Little Heaven: A Novel by Nick Cutter; illustrated by Adam GorhamOpening in 1980, Little Heaven reunites three professional killers (Micah Shughrue, Minerva Atwater, and Ebenezer Elkins) who barely survived a rescue operation 15 years earlier in remote New Mexico, where a shape-shifting evil creature occupies the mountains. The gruesome, vividly described events of 1965 left its participants victorious but psychologically damaged. In 1980 the monster returns and snatches Micah's daughter, forcing him to call on his former comrades-in-arms to resume the battle. This intense adventure isn't for the faint of heart, but it will satisfy horror fans who crave gore along with unremitting dread.
The Burning World: A Novel by Isaac MarionAuthor Isaac Marion's Warm Bodies zombie series continues in The Burning World, where sentient zombie R and his living girlfriend Julie, along with several undead and living friends, flee a violent anti-zombie militia called Axiom. R, who was revived at the beginning of the series, pieces together his past as he and Julie work frantically to discover what's behind the zombie apocalypse. If this is the first book of the series you've picked up, you can still enjoy R and Julie's love story in the face of death and danger -- but you'll probably want to read the earlier novels as you wait for the planned next installment.
The Undesired: A Thriller by Yrsa Sigurdardóttir; translated by Victoria CribbIn Icelandic author Yrsa Sirgurdardóttir's The Undesired, investigator Ódinn Hafteinsson takes over a cold case involving boys from a home for delinquents who died in the 1970s. Their deaths connect unexpectedly to a present-day crime -- and raise the possibility that Ódinn's dead wife Lára is seeking revenge for her murder. This "slow-burning, bone-chilling tale" (Kirkus Reviews) presents a ghost story in the guise of a twisting, creepy thriller. For another haunting supernatural mystery involving the unexplained deaths of children, try Catriona McPherson's The Child Garden.
The Troupe by Robert Jackson BennettTeenage musical prodigy George Carole runs away from home to pursue a life on the stage -- and also to find his alleged father, Hieronomo "Harry" Silenus, who heads a magical Vaudeville troupe that travels across turn-of-the-century America performing in some of the nation's worst venues. But, as George soon learns, the Troupe has another, secret agenda: they're searching for surviving fragments of the song of creation. However, Harry and his players aren't the only ones following the music. Dark forces also seek the song -- in order to silence it forever.
The Suicide Motor Club by Christopher BuehlmanIn an endless undead road trip, vampires roam American highways in their souped-up muscle cars, leaving behind wrecked autos and dead bodies as they abduct fresh prey. They leave no witnesses -- except for one woman who vows to exact vengeance for her husband's death and son's abduction. The Suicide Motor Club traces the bereaved Judith Lamb's odyssey of revenge in this intricately plotted and inventive twist on vampire lore that is "gripping the whole way through" (Publishers Weekly).
NOS4A2: A Novel by Joe HillDriving a 1938 Rolls Royce Wraith that sports the license plate NOS4A2, Charles Talent Manx abducts children and spirits them away to Christmasland, the creepiest place in this world or any other. Over the years, Manx adds numerous youngsters to his macabre collection -- with the notable exception of Victoria "Vic" McQueen, whose unusual powers enable her to escape his clutches. Years later, Manx kidnaps Vic's young son, forcing her to face her childhood nightmares in order to save her child's life.
Odd Apocalypse by Dean KoontzAfter the lethal clash recounted in Odd Hours, short-order cook Odd Thomas and his companion Annamaria have taken refuge in an opulent California estate called Roseland. Though he's grateful for the respite from his flight, Odd soon realizes that Roseland conceals evil secrets that could prove to be as deadly as any he's met before. In Odd Apocalypse he must embark on a quest for justice on behalf of the dead and the living. This 5th book in the series balances Odd's trademark wisecracks and insightful musings with terrifying apparitions -- and worse!
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