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Maeve Fly By CJ Leede Cover Image
$26.99
ISBN: 9781250857859
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Published: Tor Nightfire - June 6th, 2023

I’ll admit that horror is not my go-to genre, but “Disney princess by day, dive bar dweller by night” was too good a premise for me to pass up. Maeve is young, beautiful, and descended from Hollywood royalty, but she’s lonely and deeply unhappy. Haunted by her past and unwilling to accept the future, she tries her hardest to maintain the status quo. But then Gideon enters her life, and Maeve’s carefully regimented routines start to spiral out of control. Leede doesn’t hold back on the bloodshed, but the gore here is more than just spectacle. While horror as a genre is often prone to stereotypes and tropes that leave it feeling shallow or gimmicky, Leede draws characters with such depth and pure humanness that you can’t help but root for them. Dark, visceral, and unapologetically violent Maeve Fly is not for the faint of heart. I loved it, but maybe don’t give this one to your mom. 

 


Review by Jade

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The Skull: A Tyrolean Folktale By Jon Klassen, Jon Klassen (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Jon Klassen, Jon Klassen (Illustrator)
$19.99
ISBN: 9781536223361
Availability: On our shelves now at one or more of our stores
Published: Candlewick - July 11th, 2023

To me this is the perfect kids book.

Beautifully illustrated: check

Spooky: check

Gazes into a vast, human loneliness and dares to reach out a hand: check


Review by Allie

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No One Will Come Back For Us By Premee Mohamed Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9781988964423
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Published: Undertow Publications - May 16th, 2023

Haunted kids, ancient horrors in the garden shed, mad science gone wrong - this short story collection does it all. Mohamed writes dark fantasy and horror with a deft, captivating hand. Creepy fun!


Review by Kit

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The Houseguest: And Other Stories By Amparo Dávila, Matthew Gleeson (Translated by), Audrey Harris (Translated by) Cover Image
By Amparo Dávila, Matthew Gleeson (Translated by), Audrey Harris (Translated by)
$14.95
ISBN: 9780811228213
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Published: New Directions - November 27th, 2018

I hate scary things. I don't get why one would choose to feel fear. But this little book got me. I was mesmerized by the discomfort these stories brought me, in small doses and somehow overwhelmingly. She leans into the eeriness of the everyday and the miniscule uncanniness that lingers in her juicy and transfixing prose. Dávila may have made me less fearful and hesitant of being afraid. 


Review by Sofia

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The Salt Grows Heavy By Cassandra Khaw Cover Image
$21.99
ISBN: 9781250830913
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Published: Tor Nightfire - May 2nd, 2023

Finally! This book has given me the depiction I've wanted since I was child, that of a mermaid gnawing on raw viscera. Its an ashy and melodic tale that packs an impressively rich world into so few pages. Honk if you love mermaids! *HONK HONK*



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Monstrilio By Gerardo Sámano Córdova Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9781638931607
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Published: Zando - January 30th, 2024

This tender horror novel unhinged its precious jaw, bared its beautiful fangs, and devoured me completely. Please, don't forget to feed your inner Monstrilio. 


Review by Sarah C.

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Voices in the Snow (Black Winter) By Darcy Coates Cover Image
$14.99
ISBN: 9781728220185
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Published: Poisoned Pen Press - January 7th, 2020

In an instant everything stops and the world goes silent, but why? As the first novel in the Black Winter series, we are thrown into a mysterious yet terrifying new look at what the end might look like. A perpetual blizzard rages outside whilst Clare and Dorran must confront that what brought them together was much more sinister than a car accident. This book is fast-paced, insidiously descriptive, and thoroughly spine-chilling. 


Review by Lauren

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Sister, Maiden, Monster By Lucy A. Snyder Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781250825650
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Published: Tor Nightfire - February 21st, 2023

This book is fast-paced, gut-wrenchingly macabre, and well-fitting for a cosmic horror novel. Through the eyes of three women–Erin, Savannah, and Mareva–we are shown the devastating and life-altering effects of an unknown virus which ravages the human population. Their world is only made more terrifying as it is often difficult to differentiate between reality, dream, and hallucination. As the story unfolds, the pieces of what is happening to the planet crash into place and we must face the wreckage. 


Review by Lauren

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The Book of Accidents: A Novel By Chuck Wendig Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780399182150
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Published: Del Rey - March 15th, 2022

This book delivers horror, with an even greater dose of humanity, revolving around cycles of abuse, ghosts of our past, generational trauma, and the ultimate power of having love for our fellow humans. It does all of this with a readability that makes time melt away, I had a hard time putting this book down whenever I picked it up.



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Our Share of Night: A Novel By Mariana Enriquez, Megan McDowell (Translated by), Pablo Gerardo Camacho (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Mariana Enriquez, Megan McDowell (Translated by), Pablo Gerardo Camacho (Illustrator)
$28.99
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ISBN: 9780451495143
Published: Hogarth - February 7th, 2023

I just love this woman. Enriquez has a signature scent to her writing, one that conjured up images of bone shards and blood mingled with mud. This table-shaking tome offers up so much: Argentinian mysticism, the (literal) cult of family, political trauma, queer experiences and an attempt to escape the tugs of fate. An enriching and grisly read.
 



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