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June 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."

Despite the days being longer and the weather much warmer, summer doesn’t officially start until June 21st, so there’s plenty of time to check out some of the hottest horror novels coming up over the next month and pick out your favorites before hitting the beach or the pool. 

Below you’ll find 7 of our most anticipated titles hitting shelves in June. 

The Eyes Are The Best Part by Monika Kim 

A new voice in the feminist horror genre, Monika Kim is one to look out for (eye pun totally intended). 

Her novel, The Eyes are the Best Part, tells the story of Ji-won, a young Korean girl who is struggling with her family dynamic and experiencing grotesque dreams that are full of eyeballs. When her Umma brings home a new boyfriend in the wake of her husband having an affair, Ji-won can’t help but be fascinated and obsessed with his blue eyes. 

Horror Movie by Paul Tremblay 

What do The Crow, Rosemary’s Baby, and Poltergeist all have in common? Enough tragedy befell the folks working on these movies that people began to wonder if the sets themselves were cursed. Paul Tremblay’s upcoming novel, Horror Movie, is a new twist on this genre. 

Set in part during the early 90s, Horror Movie kicks off when a group of young filmmakers spend four weeks making an art house horror movie together. Only one cast member made it out of that time they spent together alive, and now he’s determined to remake the movie despite the tragedies and strange happenings that he managed to survive the first time around.

Cuckoo by Gretchen Felker-Martin 

Those who are familiar with birds know that a cuckoo will lay its eggs in another bird’s nest instead of raising their own young. Gretchen Felker-Martin’s upcoming horror novel is an interesting, and bone chilling, spin on this concept. Set in the 90s, Cuckoo begins when five queer kids are sent to a hellish conversion therapy camp by their parents. It is a brutal experience to say the least, but they soon realize that there’s something strange in the mountains just north of camp that is calling out to the campers and changing the kids who return to their families.

youthjuice by EK Sathue 

Perfect for fans of books like Rouge and American Psycho, Youthjuice by EK Sathue is an Elizabeth Bathory-esque tale and critique of the beauty industry that is not for the faint of heart. 

When Sophia Bannon joins the team at Hebe, a luxury skincare company in New York City, she knows that something isn’t right. The interns keep going missing and she can’t help but notice that their latest cream seems to have almost supernatural healing powers. When the truth comes to light, she finds herself torn between doing the right thing or becoming part of the Hebe family for good. 

Small Town Horror by Ronald Malfi 

From one of the masters of horror comes an all bone chilling new tale in which five friends are forced to confront the events of their past. 

When an old friend suddenly passes away, Andrew Larimer feels he has no choice but to return to the place he grew up. Once there, he and his friend are forced to face the consequences of their actions and a curse that could change everything. 

Brat by Gabriel Smith 

Featuring a protagonist with the same name as its author, Brat is a haunting tale of grief about the loss of a loved one and new spin on what makes a ghost story a ghost story. 

Grappling with a breakup and the death of his father, Gabriel agrees to move into his parents house in order to help get it ready for sale. What he doesn’t expect to find are a series of unfinished manuscripts written by his parents and an unsettling home video that leads Gabriel to believe that his parents weren’t telling him the whole story.

The Boy From Two Worlds by Jason Offutt

Pitched as being a perfect book for readers  who love Stephen King and Stephen Graham Jones, The Boy From Two Worlds promises to be every bit as scary as its predecessor. 

Thomas Cavanaugh has a sneaking suspicion that something isn’t right when his fae girlfriend, Jillian, kidnaps a four-year-old by the name of Jacob Jenkins. When Jacob reappears some years later, seemingly the same age, and a series of grisly murders occur shortly after, folks in town are quick to point fingers at Jacob as the number one suspect.