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New Releases: October 2023

Looking for your next dark read?

This lists covers all corners of horror, from hardcore horror to books classified in other categories (thriller, fantasy, science fiction) that I think might appeal to horror readers. I've tried to make this list as comprehensive as possible, covering adult novels, non-fiction, YA, middle grade, novellas, poetry, short story collections, anthologies, graphic novels, and more. Each title is organized by publication date with the publisher and category listed. If a Goodreads link is available, that's there too. If not, I've linked the title to the publisher or author site.


October New Releases...


A Haunting on the Hill by Elizabeth Hand (Sphere) - novel

After the Forest by Kell Woods (Tor) - novel

Before the Devil Knows You're Here by Autumn Krause (Peachtree Teen) - YA novel

Edenville by Sam Rebelein (William Morrow) - novel

Heart of Skulls by Ashley Earley (Earley Literary Press) - novel

Let Me Out written by Emmett Nahil and illustrated by George Williams (Oni Press) - graphic novel

Midnight Is the Darkest Hour by Ashley Winstead (Sourcebooks) - novel

Midnight Showing (Malice Compendium #2) by Megan Shepherd (Hyperion Avenue) - novel

Out There Screaming: An Anthology of New Black Horror edited by Jordan Peele (Random House) - anthology

Scarewaves by Trevor Henderson (Scholastic) - middle grade

Starling House by Alix E. Harrow (Tor) - novel

Sword of the Demon Hunter: Kijin Gentosho Vol. 3 written by Motoo Nakanishi & illustrated by Yū Satomi - Manga

Tales from the Pizzaplex #8: B7-2: An AFK Book (Five Nights at Freddy's series) by Scott Cawthon (Scholastic) - YA

The Dead Take the A Train (Carrion City #1) by Cassandra Khaw and Richard Kadrey (Tor Nightfire) - novel

The Forest Demands Its Due by Kosoko Jackson (Quill Tree Books) - YA novel

The Night Eaters: Her Little Reapers (The Night Eaters #2) written by Marjorie M. Liu and illustrated by Sana Takeda (Abrams) - graphic novel

The Night House by Jo Nesbø with a translation by Neil Smith (Knopf) - novel

The Quiet Room (Rabbits #2) by Terry Miles (Del Rey) - novel

The Sanctuary by Gustavo Eduardo Abrevaya with a translation by Andrea G. Labinger (Schaffner Press) - novel?

The Scandalous Confessions of Lydia Bennet, Witch by Melinda Taub (Grand Central Publishing) - novel

The Voice Upstairs by Laura E. Weymouth (Margaret K. McElderry Books) - YA novel

When Ghosts Call Us Home by Katya de Becerra (Page Street Publishing) - YA novel


The Cursed Earth by D.T. Neal (Nosetouch Press) - novel


Earthdivers: Vol 1 written by Stephen Graham Jones and illustrated by Davide Gianfelice & Joana LaFuente (IDW) - graphic novel


A Light Most Hateful by Hailey Piper (Titan Books) - novel

Becoming the Boogeyman by Richard Chizmar (Gallery Books) - novel

Bluebeard's Castle by Anna Biller (Verso Books) - novel

Brainwyrms by Alison Rumfitt (Tor Nightfire) - novel

Frost Bite by Angela Sylvaine (Dark Matter INK) - novel

Last to Leave the Room by Caitlin Starling (St. Martin's Press) - novel

Let the Woods Keep Our Bodies by E.M. Roy (Ghoulish Books) - novel

Root Rot by Sarah Read (Bad Hand Books) - short story collection

The Leftover Woman by Jean Kwok )William Morrow) - novel

They Stalk the Night by Brian Moreland (Flame Tree Press) - novel

Too Scared to Sleep by Andrew Duplessie (Clarion Books) - YA short fiction collection

Wrath Becomes Her by Aden Polydoros (Inknyard Press) - YA novel


Lost Oblivion by Katherine Silva (Strange Wilds Press) - novella


Gordon B. White is Creating Haunting Weird Horror(s) by Gordon B. White (Trepidatio) - short story collection

Reader Beware!: A Fear Street Appreciation Anthology edited by Roxie Voorhees and Briana Morgan (DarkLit Press) - anthology


All These Sunken Souls: A Black Horror Anthology edited by Circe Moskowitz (Amberjack Publishing) - YA anthology

Distant Sons by Tim Johnston (Algonquin Books) - novel

Monster Lairs edited by Anna Madden (Dark Matter INK) - anthology

Oracle by Thomas Olde Heuvelt (Tor Nightfire) - novel

The Nighthouse Keeper (Blight Harbor #2) by Lora Senf (Atheneum Books for Young Readers) - middle grade

Unfamiliar, Vol. 2 by Haley Newsome ( Andrews McMeel Publishing) - YA graphic novel


Posthaste Manor by Carson Winter and Jolie Toomajan (Tenebrous Press) - novel


Christmas and Other Horrors: An Anthology of Solstice Horror edited by Ellen Datlow (Titan Books) - anthology

Morbidologies edited by John F.D. Taff and Shane D. Keene (Bleeding Edge Books) - anthology


Wrapped in Plastic and Other Sweet Nothings by Robert P. Ottone (JournalStone) - short fiction collection


A Season of Monstrous Conceptions by Lina Rather ( - novel

Green Fuse Burning by Tiffany Morris (Stelliform Press) - novella

I Died Too, But They Haven’t Buried Me Yet by Ross Jeffrey (CLASH Books) - novel

Nestlings by Nat Cassidy (Tor Nightfire) - novel

Necessary Death: What Horror Movies Teach Us About Navigating the Human Experience by Preston Fassel and Chris Grosso (Health Communications Inc) - nonfiction

The Bleed by Stephen S. Schreffler (Dark Matter INK) - novel

What are you excited to read this month? Share it in the comments.

[Disclosure: I have a short story in Monster Lairs from Dark Matter INK]

[Image Credit: graphic by Emily Ruth Verona]

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