Tuesday, April 23, 2024

8 Bloody New Spring Horror Books Blooming in 2024

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It’s hard to believe spring is finally here. And with spring, comes spring horror. This list has one of the biggest releases of the entire year, so I have been eagerly awaiting the season. Let’s get right into it.

The Angel of Indian Lake by Stephen Graham Jones from Saga Press – March 26, 2024

The Angel of Indian Lake is the third and final installment in the Indian Lake Trilogy by Stephen Graham Jones. I’m not going to give too much of a plot synopsis, just in case you haven’t read the start of the series. And if that is you, go read those right now. This book takes place four years after the events of Don’t Fear the Reaper, and Proofrock and Jade have some unfinished business. I loved this book, and I love Jade Daniels. Read this.

Diavola by Jennifer Thorne from Tor Nightfire – March 26, 2024

A family vacation in a Tuscan villa? That sounds idyllic, right? Not for the Pace family–at least, not for Anna. It’s hard to enjoy yourself when you are constantly judged for your choices. And it’s hard to relax when you’re the only family member who can speak Italian. And okay, the villa may be haunted, too. This one was so much fun, so if you’re not sold yet, you can see my review here.

No One Is Safe by Philip Fracassi from Lethe Press – April 1, 2024

Three words: pulp horror stories. This collection is not beholden to genre. It promises aliens, monsters, detectives, vampires, skeletons… it’s promising a lot. But its biggest promise is that anyone could die. It won’t hold back. I have it on extremely trusted authority that this collection is incredible. I really need to get my hands on it.

This Skin Was Once Mine and Other Disturbances by Eric LaRocca from Titan Books – April 2, 2024

LaRocca’s newest collection features four stories dealing with the complexities of human emotions. In particular, those that cause pain and trauma. These are tales of grief and trauma. This one feels most similar to Things Have Gotten Worse Since We Last Spoke if you’re familiar with their other works. I’m almost finished reading through it myself, and there are some unsettlingly familiar feelings. I’m not mad about it, though. I don’t read LaRocca to feel comfortable.

All the Fiends of Hell by Adam Nevill from Ritual Limited – April 2, 2024

This book is a cataclysm of alien horror. It is a quest for survival against a predatory horde. One that is based only on a hope that the sea may be safe. Having survived the initial onslaught, Karl heads south. But it is not just aliens he and his companions will have to contend with—human evil is fighting to survive, too. This book sounds like an epic. I’ve only read one of Nevill’s books, and the scope was not this large. I can’t wait to see how he handles the scope.

The Gathering by CJ Tudor from Ballantine – April 9, 2024

The small town of Deadhart, Alaska, has a gruesome murder on their hands. And they’re pretty sure a vampyr from a place known as the Colony is to blame. But one detective isn’t so sure. Rather than taking the easy way road, she enlists the help of a former sheriff. One who knows the Colony well. I love when a supernatural mystery isn’t contending with ignorance. It is always scarier, to me, when the monster is human. I’m curious to see if that is the case here.

Indian Burial Ground by Nick Medina from Berkley – April 16, 2024

Noemi had a plan. Just like her Uncle Louie, she was going to leave the reservation she grew up on. And she probably would have, if her boyfriend didn’t kill himself. Allegedly. Noemi isn’t so sure. Not only is Noemi not leaving, Uncle Louie returns, and the two work together to figure out what is happening to their home—and more importantly the people in it. I love horror like this. The family ties, the cultural history, the grief. I am really looking forward to seeing what they find… and I hope it devastates me.

First Light by Liz Kerin from Tor Nightfire – April 23, 2024

Another series ending to round out my list. First Light completes the duology Liz Kerin began with Night’s Edge. Picking up nine months after the first book, Mia is on a mission. One that will force her into close proximity with her mother’s past. And more concerning, one that highlights how similar they are. Whether Mia wants to be, or even admit it, at all. I am able to pick this one up so soon, and I cannot wait. Night’s Edge really took me by surprise with how much I enjoyed it, so I am ready for this ride to finish out.

Any releases I didn’t touch on that you’re excited for? Let me know!

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