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A March Horror Bounty

Written By Rachael Conrad

Rachael Conrad is an award-winning indie bookseller with over a decade of experience in the industry. When she's not reading or writing Rachael can often be found exploring the woods and tide pools of Maine and discussing who the best Chris is (it's Pine, obviously). Her writing can be found in Tor/Reactor, Polygon, and Kirkus Reviews."

With February come and gone, it’s time to turn our eyes to March and the bounty of horror novels that it brings with it.

Whether you’re in the mood to read the final book in a critically acclaimed series, a Frankenstein inspired tale with a fungal twist, or an unsettling collection of illustrated short stories, there’s a little something for everyone hitting shelves this month. Read on, and let us know which you’re looking forward to the most! 

The Haunting of Velkwood by Gwendoline Kiste 

There’s a reason that Gwendolyn Kiste is a Bram Stoker-award winning horror author and her new paranormal horror novel is just further proof as to why. 

The Haunting of Velkwood is the story of three childhood best friends who miraculously manage to survive the night that everyone in their town turns into ghosts (think the teenage coming of age drama of Yellowjackets meets the chilling suburban mystery of Under the Dome). Talitha Velkwood in particular has made a point of avoiding her old home town, but when a researcher offers to pay her a large sum of money to return she reluctantly agrees to do so.

A Botanical Daughter by Noah Medlock

It’s safe to say that Simon and Gregor, the romantically entangled protagonists of Noah Medlock’s upcoming novel, A Botanical Daughter, are a little bit strange. 

Simon spends long hours toiling away in a basement working on his strange, taxidermical projects. Gregor is fascinated by exotic plants. But they’re both safe to enjoy their hobbies and each other in the botanical garden where they live. At least, that is, until a fungus that Gregor is studying begins to show intelligence unlike any he has ever seen before. Spurred on by the fame and glory he will no doubt receive upon revealing his discovery, Gregor soon discovers that the fungus—affectionately named Chloe—is rapidly expanding and truly only thrives on nourishment provided by fresh corpses.

The Angel of Indian Lake by Stephen Graham Jones

The month of March excitingly marks the return of one of the strongest and most terrifying voices in modern horror literature, Stephen Graham Jones. 

The third and final book in the Indian Lake Trilogy, Angel of Indian Lake picks up with Jade four years after the events of Don’t Fear the Reaper took place. Jade returns to Proofrock, Idaho and the serial killer cultists and ancient curses that she left behind. Angel of Indian Lake promises to be a bloody finale to Graham Jones’s stunning trilogy, and fans know to brace themselves as he pulls no punches. 

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    Rainbow Black by Maggie Thrash 

    Rainbow Black begins during the Satanic Panic during the 90s but spans two decades as it follows Lacey Bond, a young woman whose parents are accused of and arrested for sexually assaulting a child when she herself is thirteen-years-old. As if that isn’t horrific enough, Lacey’s life is thrown into further turmoil when a murder takes place that spurs her to go on the run with her trans best friend. It’s a riveting, queer coming-of-age thriller that will have readers questioning the truth—are Lacey’s parents guilty or are they victims of a larger moral panic that had the country in its grip?

    Werewolf At Dusk: Stories by David Small

    Accompanied by David Small’s own gorgeous illustrations, Werewolf At Dusk is a collection of short stories that is as deeply unsettling as it is tragic. 

    While the central story—a heartbreaking and surprisingly human tale about an aging werewolf reckoning with his mortality and loneliness—is one of his own creation, the other two have been plucked from the brilliant minds of Lincoln Michel (The Body Scout) and Jean Ferry (Le Tigre Mondain). It’s a quick book that you’ll breeze through in a few hours unless you choose to savor each story—which you should—but it’s also one that will stick with you long after it’s over. 

    The Woods All Black by Lee Mandelo 

    Lee Mandelo returns once again to the haunted and blood-soaked hills of Appalachia in his new queer historical fiction horror novel, The Woods All Black

    Set in the 1920s, The Woods All Black tells the story of Leslie, a member of the Frontier Nursing Service who is assigned to the small town of Spar Creek. While Leslie believes he can handle what Spar Creek holds in store for him, what he doesn’t expect is the religious congregation that keeps the village in a violent and hateful choke hold. Soon, what began as a trip to help vaccinate livestock becomes something much more sinister as a young person in town faces the wrath of the group and the ancient land that surrounds them begins to shudder awake.