Back in May, the first issue of Regression caught my eye, and I added it to my pull list. Then I stumbled upon Victor LaValle’s Destroyer. Next, a fellow Book Rioter recommended Winnebago Graveyard. When I ran through all of those, I re-read the first volume of Wytches, just to scratch that same itch. And now I’m reading Victor LaValle’s recently-published The Changeling, and still I want more. More creeping horror. More goosebumps running up and down my arms. More being afraid to go down into the basement by myself because, holy shit, what if there’s a wytch down there?!
Luckily, there’s plenty of new horror forthcoming in the second half of 2017. Here’s what’s on my mental TBR:
As for Winnebago Graveyard, it’s about a family on a road trip who gets stranded in a small town, and there has only been one issue as of yet but it is so super creepy.
Benjamin Percy’s The Dark Net. According to this book’s description, The Dark Net is about an “ancient darkness” gathering in the far reaches of the web that threatens to spread virally and engulf the world. Which sounds like an over-the-top PSA about the dangers of our tech-saturated world (and didn’t The Circle already cover that?), but Percy is known for his solid literary horror, and I do like my horror literary. This one pubs August 1.
Jac Jemc’s The Grip of It. A two-time reader of Mark Danielewski’s House of Leaves, I was excited to see another novel about a young couple and their new (unfortunately haunted) home in a list of forthcoming releases. I look forward to reading about their torment as their home decays in front of their eyes, hinting at the building’s troubled history. Also drops August 1.
Jordie Bellaire and Vanesa R. Del Rey’s Redlands #1. Coming to your local comic shop on August 9 is the first issue of a comic about a close-knit, old-fashioned town and the coven of killer witches who plan to take over. We’ve already established that I’m obsessed with horror, and I’m thrilled to see a two-woman team behind this one.
Christine Morgan’s Spermjackers from Hell. A fellow Book Rioter brought this one to my attention, and first I was like: wut. And then I read the description and I was like: what. the. hecking. heck. And then I moved it to the top of my wish list. Just a glimpse of the book description: “Let’s summon a succubus, they said. It’ll be fun, they said … We were wrong. Really fucking wrong.” (giggle-snorts) Snag this one August 15.
Cassandra Khaw’s A Song for Quiet. This forthcoming novella is about two lost souls who happen to be carrying something evil deep inside themselves. They decide to pair up in order to find out the truth about what seems to be their inescapable fates. But will they survive? Also due out August 29.
Stephanie Perkins’s There’s Someone Inside Your House. This one’s a YA novel that’s been billed as Scream for young adults. Which makes me feel all sorts of nostalgic, so onto the list it goes. It pubs September 26.
Stephen and Owen King’s Sleeping Beauties. You may have noticed—from the way I chronicle every new Stephen King adaptation trailer—that I’m a fan of the guy. His latest is a family affair, undertaken with his son Owen, and it’s about what might happen if women disappeared from the world of men. The description makes my antennae go up, as it mentions women who go feral and violent, and asks if the last remaining woman is actually a demon. Which is…excuse me? But maybe, in the end, men discover that the world is doomed without the extremely capable and awesome hands of women guiding it? Am I hoping for too much? This one drops September 26.
Mira Grant’s Into the Drowning Deep. I have been terrified in the past by scary stories that take place beneath the sea. I mean, it’s just so… claustrophobic. This one, out on November 14, is a YA novel about ancient sea creatures that reside down deep.
Which horror works are you most looking forward to?