The Book of Cold Cases by Simone St. James is a supernatural crime mystery novel that alternates between two time periods: 1977 and 2017. During the former era in Claire Lake, Oregon, the state was rocked by the murder of two men, which were deemed the Lady Killer Murders. A suspect was arrested, however, upon her acquittal, she retreated into isolated solitude.
The Book of Accidents by Chuck Wendig is a supernatural horror novel with a story that follows a husband and wife who move into the hubby’s abusive dad’s house after the old man dies, where they are both drawn into the wicked events of their spooky arse pasts and faced to confront some gnarly fucking frights.
Peril on the Page by Margaret Loudon is the third book in the author’s cosy mystery series, Open-Book Mysteries. Writer-in-residence, Penelope, is co-hosting a marketing event at the Open-Book, along with the owner, to celebrate a local resident’s book release. However, when the author drops dead at the event, Penelope becomes determined to discover the secrets of the author’s life and how it may have gotten her nixed.
Horseman by Christina Henry is a queer dark fantasy re-imagining of the classic, The Legend of Sleepy Hollow by Washington Irving. All the people of Sleepy Hollow know of the Horseman, yet no one truly believes in his existence. Not even Ben’s badass grandfather, Brom Bones, who was there when the rumoured Horseman chased one of their own out of town. Thirty-some-odd years later,
The Haunting of Ashburn House by Darcy Coates is a Gothic horror novel about a woman named Adrienne who inherits a creepy old house from her late great aunt, which couldn’t have occurred at a more opportune moment as Adrienne was about to find herself homeless! After moving in with her floofy kitty, Wolfgang, Adrienne starts to realise that the house has quite the morbid history
The Final Girl Support Group by Grady Hendrix is a horror, slasher novel by the same author of The Southern Book Club’s Guide to Slaying Vampires and My Best Friend’s Exorcism. When a member of a support group of final girls ends up dead, a dangerous intrigue unfolds. Is someone killing off the remaining survivors? Has one of the member’s finally gone insane via intense PTSD? Or there is an even greater plot at play?
The Lords of the Sands of Time by Issui Ogawa is a Japanese science-fiction novel about a cyborg named Messenger Orville who was created in the 26th century so he could be sent back into multiple points in human history, with other cyborg mates, to save humanity from going extinct via an alien invasion.
A Spindle Splintered by Alix E. Harrow is a portal fantasy novella that’s a loosely inspired adult retelling of Sleeping Beauty that’s also steeped in the dissection of the basic formulaic foundation of other classic fairy tales. It follows a young teenager with a terminal illness that just seeks to experience some sort of magical splendour of her own before her ticker stops.
The Stowaway by James S. Murray and Darren Wearmouth is a crime thriller about a woman who was on a jury panel that couldn’t agree on the guilty verdict without reasonable doubt, which led to the release of a seemingly treacherous child killer. As the case takes a psychological toll on this specific juror, she decides to take a sabbatical and go on a vacation cruise with her family
Cold Moon Over Babylon by Michael McDowell is a Southern Gothic horror story that follows the Larkin family. In the 1960s, they had the great misfortune of undergoing a terrifying tragedy that would only repeat itself twenty years later. As a result, many spooky supernatural things start occurring in their small Southern town of Babylon including
Home Before Dark by Riley Sager is a Gothic horror mystery thriller about a woman named Maggie who returns to a house that she has no memory of residing in. All she knows about the house—Baneberry Hall—is the controversial nonfiction book her dad had written about it, flinging her family into an incredibly stressful limelight that’s followed her since childhood. When her dad dies
Blood Rites by Jim Butcher is the sixth instalment in the author’s adult urban fantasy series, The Dresden Files. Harry’s latest client is a sassy and suave vampire named Thomas with morally ambiguous allegiances, who seeks out the cranky wizard man to help him hunt down the malevolent forces that’s killing off the lovely ladies of a skin flick
The Strange Library by Haruki Murakami is a Japanese surrealist children’s novel about a young boy, a girl, and a strange fucking sheep dude that are trying to escape a creepy library. This was my very first Borzoi book (i.e.: has unique emphasis on details such as card stocks, illustrations and overall craftsmanship of the book) and it’s one I won’t be forgetting anytime soon!
The Old Capital by Yasunari Kawabata is a Japanese literature novel taking place in the traditional city of Kyōto, Japan and follows a young woman named Chieko as she starts to uncover mysterious bits of her past.
The Leavers by Lisa Ko is Chinese-American fiction literature book that centres on the lifelong consequences and ramifications of abandonment, and how it contributes heavily to cultural identity crises of multicultural children adopted into white families. We follow Deming Guo, a Chinese-American adoptee that lives in the suburbs with his white parents amid forced assimilation into a world of racist white privilege.