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July Horror Preview

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."

Temperatures might be steadily rising but there are plenty of books coming out over the month of July that will certainly send a chill down your spine. Whether you’re at the beach or the pool with friends, enjoying the AC at your local library, or kicked back in a hammock by the lakeside, you need look no further for your summer reading fix. The following are 6 horror novels coming out over the month of July to keep your TBR pile stacked. 

Smothermoss by Alisa Alering

Set in Appalachia in the 1980s, Smothermoss tells the story of two very different sisters, Sheila and Angie, who find themselves drawn into the hunt for a serial killer after two female hikers are found brutally murdered in the mountains that they call their backyard.

The Building That Wasn’t by Abigail Miles 

Have you ever experienced an intense feeling of déjà vu? In Abigail Miles’s new horror novel, The Building That Wasn’t, Everly Tertium finds herself in a constant state of déjà vu after being invited to a mysterious apartment building by a man who claims to be her grandfather. And of course, the longer Everly spends in the building, the stranger things are and the stronger the feeling of being trapped becomes.

I Was a Teenage Slasher by Stephen Graham Jones 

Fans of Stephen Graham Jones, rejoice! He’s back once again with a terrifying new horror novel. 

Set in a small town in the heart of Texas, I Was A Teenage Slasher tells the story of Tolly Driver. Only, Tolly isn’t your typical teen in a horror story. As he relays his life and circumstance to readers, it becomes quickly clear that Tolly is the killer and that his story is about to become a bloody one. 

Bury Your Gays by Chuck Tingle 

Probably best known for his niche, gay erotica (with titles and cover art that often goes viral on social media), Chuck Tingle has more recently begun to dabble in the world of horror novels.

His latest, Bury Your Gays, is not only a fun play on a tired literary trope, but a look at one writer’s life haunted—literally and metaphorically—by past decisions.

Pink Slime by Fernanda Trías, translated by Heather Cleary 

What’s more terrifying than a dystopian future and environmental collapse? Not much. 

In Pink Slime by Fernanda Trías, a woman has to navigate a world being torn apart by a plague, oceans that have been taken over by a mysterious algae bloom that has poisoned the air blowing inland off of them, and multimillion corporations that make the only food anyone can afford to buy, which happens to be a vile pink slime. Amidst the chaos and ruin, Trías’s protagonist must learn how to protect those that she loves the most. 

Midnight Rooms by Donyae Coles

Think of every strange, bloody, fever dream of a historic gothic novel that you’ve ever read and then dial things up to a thousand. That’s what reading Donyae Coles’s upcoming novel, Midnight Rooms is like.

Set in England during the year 1840, Midnight Rooms tells the story of Orabella Mumthorp, a young woman who finds herself suddenly married to the mysterious and very handsome Elias Blakersby. While she is initially charmed, Orabella quickly learns that not all is as it seems, and that Elias’s family has deeply sinister intentions for her.