This week’s dark news

Happy weekend readers. What thriller/horror books have been published in the last seven days?

What horror/thriller books have been published this week?

Here are some horror/thriller books that have been published this week:

  • The Hacienda by Isabel Cañas (May 16, 2023) – The book follows Beatriz, a mestiza woman, and her fight to survive the haunted hacienda she has recently been charged with. In it, Cañas delivers a chilling and compelling story that melds a childhood fear of the dark with the impacts of colonialism and Catholicism in Mexico after the War of Independence.
  • All the White Spaces by Ally Wilkes (May 16, 2023) Jonathan Morgan is a trans man from Portsmouth, England. He was previously called Jo and was the sister of two older brothers who were killed in France in 1918 during World War I. His brothers planned on enlisting with polar explorer James Randall after the War in a 1920 British expedition to the South Pole. Jo decides to honour them by taking their place on the voyage. The eighteen-year-old changes his name to Jonathan, dresses like a man, and stows away aboard Randall’s ship, the Fortitude, bound for Antarctica. Jonathan hides in a storage closet aboard the Fortitude, but is discovered after five days. Randall is not happy with a stowaway on board, but agrees to let him stay on as a “spare”. It takes several days before Jonathan earns the respect of the crew when he saves the navigator from certain death. Disaster strikes the Fortitude in the frozen Weddell Sea off Coats Land on Antarctica’s west coast. A fire on board forces the crew to abandon ship. They manage to make it ashore but have to survive on the frozen land with minimal provisions. Randall is determined to locate a German expedition led by Karlmann that landed in the same area two years previously, but had never returned. Randall eventually finds Karlmann’s huts, but they have been abandoned and there is no sign of the Germans. As Randall’s crew prepares to overwinter in the huts, they find themselves seeing and hearing things in the dark and the wind and the ever-shifting aurora. Some of the men are lured out into the frozen wasteland and never return. Jonathan is convinced his brothers are out there, and is tempted to follow them. It soon becomes apparent what happened to the Germans.
  • The Final Girl Support Group by Grady Hendrix (May 16, 2023) In horror movies, the final girls are the ones left standing when the credits roll. They made it through the worst night of their lives…but what happens after? Like his bestselling novel The Southern Book Club’s Guide to Slaying Vampires, Grady Hendrix’s latest is a fast-paced, frightening, and wickedly humorous thriller. From chain saws to summer camp slayers, The Final Girl Support Group pays tribute to and slyly subverts our most popular horror films—movies like The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, A Nightmare on Elm Street, and Scream. Lynnette Tarkington is a real-life final girl who survived a massacre. For more than a decade, she’s been meeting with five other final girls and their therapist in a support group for those who survived the unthinkable, working to put their lives back together. Then one woman misses a meeting, and their worst fears are realized—someone knows about the group and is determined to rip their lives apart again, piece by piece. But the thing about final girls is that no matter how bad the odds, how dark the night, how sharp the knife, they will never, ever give up.
  • The Twisted Ones by T. Kingfisher (May 16, 2023) The highly anticipated sequel to the bestselling Five Nights at Freddy’s: The Silver Eyes.It’s been a year since the horrific events at Freddy Fazbear’s Pizza, and Charlie is just trying to move on. Even with the excitement of a new school and a fresh start, she’s still haunted by nightmares of a masked murderer and four gruesome animatronic puppets. Charlie thinks her ordeal is over, but when a series of bodies are discovered near her schoolbearing wounds that are disturbingly familiar she finds herself drawn back into the world of her father’s frightening creations. Something twisted is hunting Charlie, and this time if it finds her, it’s not letting her go.
  • Those were new this week; below are classics published in May but in years gone by.
  • The Only Good Indians by Stephen Graham Jones (May 16, 2022)
  • The Fisherman by John Langan (May 16, 2021)
  • The Ballad of Black Tom by Victor LaValle (May 16, 2020)
  • The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson (May 16, 1959)
  • Dracula by Bram Stoker (May 26, 1897)

I hope you enjoy reading some of them!

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