More of 2019’s Most Anticipated Blood Curdlers
2019 has already proved a stellar year for horror books. But we've just pulled over the half-way point and we have SO many books left to see the light of day. I've complied a list of my most anticipated horror books in 2019. Hold onto your butts, because here we go...
Revenge of Monsters from the Vault
Innsmouth Free Press - August 15th, 2019
I'm kicking off with my only non-fiction book on this list. It comes courtesy of horror fiction's favorite skeleton, Orrin Grey! This sequel to 2016's Monsters from the Vault once again takes us on a tour through some classic and lesser known horror films. The last one is a frequent re-read for me, so I'm excited to see what this one has to offer.
Behold The Undead of Dracula! Edited by Jonathan Raab
Muzzleland Press - August 22, 2019
Behold! Muzzleland Press has conjured up a new anthology! This one is dedicated to the cinematic gothic, and it's truly a candle-lit dream come true. I've been a fan of everything Muzzleland has been put out, and it certainly helps that I'll be picking this one up when I attend NecronomiCon Providence this this month.
A Sick Grey Laugh by Nicole Cushing
Word Horde - August 27th, 2019
I had the pleasure of interviewing Nicole Cushing on my blog in early July (slyly points at my website). We chatted a little about her new novel, A Sick Gray Laugh. It looks to be over-flowing with darkness. Which is always a plus.
All the Things We Never See by Michael Kelly
Undertow Publications - September 3rd, 2019
Michael Kelly is a man of many talents. When he's not masterminding Undertow Publications' newest releases, he's churning out his own unsettling fiction. All The Things We Never See comes out in a few weeks and I'm going to need to own one of these in hardcover.
The Best Horror of the Year: Volume 11 edited by Ellen Datlow
Night Shade Books - September 3, 2019
Ellen Datlow is the undisputed master of horror anthologies. Her annual 'Best-Of' anthology is the perfect showcase for her unique editor superpowers. We've hit Volume 11, and each anthology is always a must buy. Look at the table of contents and that art and tell me I'm wrong.
The Monster of Elendhaven by Jennifer Giesbrecht
Tor.com - September 24th, 2019
This COVER alone is enough to make me excited. But the premise (a murderous creature stalks a crumbling city) is enough to make me fall in love. I'll be looking forward to this dark fantasy when it drops in late September.
Violet by Scott Thomas
Inkshares - September 24th, 2019
Scott Thomas has a new book coming out! If you haven't read Kill Creek, please drop your phone in the nearest toilet and go to your favorite bookstore/website and pick it up! This new narrative centered around grief and small town evil sounds like a worthy successor.
Full Throttle: Stories by Joe Hill
William Marrow - October 1st, 2019
I first discovered Joe Hill through his debut collection, 21st Century Ghosts. He has since revealed himself to be one of the best and most imaginative writers in mainstream horror. Heart-Shaped Box is one of the greatest horror novels ever. I expect this collection to be incredible as well.
A Lush and Seething Hell: Two Tales of Cosmic Horror by John Hornor Jacobs
Harper Voyager - October 8th, 2019
John Hornor Jacobs has been getting a lot of attention over the last year. This book is a collection of two cosmic tales put together into one creepy looking package. Each story sounds unique and crazy and I am here 215%. It looks like a great way to ring in the spookiest month of the year.
False Bingo: Stories by Jac Jemc
MCD x FSG Originals - October 8th, 2019
Jemc's last novel, The Grip of It, was a disquieting and wholly original version of the haunted house tale. If this collection of short stories is as disturbing and unique as her last book, then I am in like Flynn.
In Dreams We Rot by Betty Rocksteady
Trepidatio Publishing - October 18th, 2019
Betty Rocksteady is a bit of a legend in the horror field. In Dreams We Rot, her newest collection, has already been receiving some pretty impressive praise. I'm always down to read an incredible collection. And this one looks promising.
Into Bones Like Oil by Kaaron Warren
Meerkat Press - November 2019
Kaaron Warren has been praised by many of the legends in this vast field. Her work is new to me, but when I saw early buzz for this novella, I knew I had to look into it. Into Bones Like Oil seems to focus on a oceanside side rooming house that is filled with ghosts. That's like 3 spots on my 'Horror Fiction Bingo Card'.
Gwendy's Magic Feather by Richard Chizmar
Cemetery Dance Publications - November 19th, 2019
It's time to return to Castle Rock once again! This time, Richard Chizmar is rolling solo. I'm very interested in this sequel to 2017's Gwendy's Button Box. The premise sounds like it will be full of the kind of mysterious small town horror that'd you come to expect from Chizmar.
Malorie: A Bird Box Novel by Josh Malerman
Del Rey - December 3rd, 2019
I'm a little shocked to be getting a sequel to Josh Malerman's seminal novel Bird Box... But I won't look a blind-folded gift horse in the mouth. Though plot details are scant, I'm eagerly anticipating this one when it drops at the end of the year.
That's it for this list! Though I'm sure I missed plenty more 2019 releases, I think this is a good starting place. What books are you looking forward to this year? And which of these are you most excited to read?