Are you tired of sitting inside, watching I Know What You Did Last Summer again and again to get a piece of horror, but still a summer feeling? Get some books and head to the beach, your back yard, the woods or the mountains, the parks or your favourite cafe. Horror in a book format can follow you everywhere.

Want to get some new horror books on your bookshelves but don’t know were to start? Look no further. This is a list of horror books being published this summer and that we are really looking forward to. Check it out to get some inspiration to what darkness you want to bring to the beach!

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The Institute

The Institute

By Stephen King

Publication date 14 Jul 2020

The King of horror is back, giving Maine a creepy reputation as always! This summer will give us a chilling tale from the woods and a tale of kids with scary abilities. A classic from King then!

Synopsis: Deep in the woods of Maine, there is a dark state facility where kids, abducted from across the United States, are incarcerated. In the Institute they are subjected to a series of tests and procedures meant to combine their exceptional gifts – telepathy, telekinesis – for concentrated effect.

Luke Ellis is the latest recruit. He’s just a regular 12-year-old, except he’s not just smart, he’s super-smart. And he has another gift which the Institute wants to use…

Far away in a small town in South Carolina, former cop Tim Jamieson has taken a job working for the local sheriff. He’s basically just walking the beat. But he’s about to take on the biggest case of his career.

Back in the Institute’s downtrodden playground and corridors where posters advertise ‘just another day in paradise’, Luke, his friend Kalisha and the other kids are in no doubt that they are prisoners, not guests. And there is no hope of escape.

But great events can turn on small hinges and Luke is about to team up with a new, even younger recruit, Avery Dixon, whose ability to read minds is off the scale. While the Institute may want to harness their powers for covert ends, the combined intelligence of Luke and Avery is beyond anything that even those who run the experiments – even the infamous Mrs Sigsby – suspect.

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The Glass Hotel

The Glass Hotel

By Emily St John Mandel

Publication date 06 Aug 2020

If this book is anything like the beautiful sci-fi Station 11, we are in for a treat. Emily St. John Madel truly has a way of poetic ways into genre writing, lifting the genre books to the heights were they deserve to be. Is she continues like this, I call for that she will contribute to change how we look at genre literature.

Synopsis: Vincent is the beautiful bartender at the Hotel Caiette, a five-star glass-and-cedar palace on the northernmost tip of Vancouver Island. New York financier Jonathan Alkaitis owns the hotel. When he passes Vincent his card with a tip, it’s the beginning of their life together. That same day, a hooded figure scrawls a note on the windowed wall of the hotel: ‘Why don’t you swallow broken glass.’ Leon Prevant, a shipping executive for a company called Neptune-Avramidis, sees the note from the hotel bar and is shaken to his core. Thirteen years later Vincent mysteriously disappears from the deck of a Neptune-Avramidis ship.

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The Only Good Indians

The Only Good Indians

By Stephen Graham Jones

Publication date 21 Jul 2020

Sometimes books comes in a time were it seems fitting. Looking at how the situation of the world is today, this is one of those books we hope will reflect something deep from our time and the way we live today. Horror is good at that.

Synopsis: Ten years ago, four young men shot some elk then went on with their lives. It happens every year; it’s been happening forever; it’s the way it’s always been. But this time it’s different.

Ten years after that fateful hunt, these men are being stalked themselves. Soaked with a powerful gothic atmosphere, the endless expanses of the landscape press down on these men – and their children – as the ferocious spirit comes for them one at a time.

The Only Good Indians, charts Nature’s revenge on a lost generation that maybe never had a chance. Cleaved to their heritage, these parents, husbands, sons and Indians, men live on the fringes of a society that has rejected them, refusing to challenge their exile to limbo.

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Anno Dracula 1999: Daikaiju

Anno Dracula 1999: Daikaiju

 By Kim Newman

Publication date 28 Jul 2020

This look so promising, and we desperately need something from an alternative reality now. It is just as ridiculous and cool as it needs to be. This is definitely going on my summer beach reading list.

Synopsis: The new novel in the acclaimed alternate history vampire series from Kim Newman.
“Compulsory reading… glorious” Neil Gaiman on Anno Dracula It is the eve of the new millennium, and the vampire princess Christina Light is throwing a party in Daikaiju Plaza – a building in the shape of a giant mechanical dragon – in Tokyo, attended by the leaders of the worlds of technology, finance, culture and innovation. After a century overshadowed by the malign presence of Dracula, Christina decrees the inauguration of an Age of Light. The world is connected as never before by technology, and conquests have been made in cyberspace that mark out new nations of the living and the undead. But the party is crashed by less enlightened souls, intent on ensuring that the brave new world dies before it can come to fruition. The distinguished guests are held hostage by cyberpunk terrorists, yakuza assassins and Transylvanian mercenaries. Vampire schoolgirl Nezumi – sword-wielding agent of the Diogenes Club – finds herself alone, pitted against the world’s deadliest creatures. Thrown out of the party, she must fight her way back up through a building that seems designed to destroy her in a thousand ways. Can Nezumi survive past midnight? Can the hopes of a shining world?

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The Year of the Witching

The Year of the Witching

By Alexis Henderson

Publication date 09 Jul 2020

The Handmaid’s Tale meets The Village in this stunning feminist debut . . .

This is the line that got me exited. If this lives up to the hype, this is the book I’ve been waited on all my life that I never knew I needed. But anything feminism horror, I stand behind. Now, let it also be super scary.

Synopsis: Born on the fringes of Bethel, Immanuelle does her best to obey the Church and follow Holy Protocol. For it was in Bethel that the first Prophet pursued and killed four powerful witches, and so cleansed the land.

And then a chance encounter lures her into the Darkwood that surrounds Bethel.

It is a forbidden place, haunted by the spirits of the witches who bestow an extraordinary gift on Immanuelle. The diary of her dead mother . . .

Fascinated by and fearful of the secrets the diary reveals, Immanuelle begins to understand why her mother once consorted with witches. And as the truth about the Prophets, the Church and their history is revealed, so Immanuelle understands what must be done. For the real threat to Bethel is its own darkness.

Bethel must change. And that change will begin with her . . .

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The Wayward Girls

The Wayward Girls

By Amanda Mason

Publication date 06 Aug 2020

It looks sort of the perfect cross of back to the small time during summer holiday and look back to our childhood were it was always summer type of book. A new debut writer is always scary taking a risk on, but anything with the word wayward in it knows what’s up in the horror genre.

Synopsis: Their dangerous game became all too real . . .

THEN
1976. Loo and her sister Bee live in a run-down cottage in the middle of nowhere, with their artistic parents and wild siblings. Their mother, Cathy, had hoped to escape to a simpler life; instead the family find themselves isolated and shunned by their neighbours. At the height of the stifling summer, unexplained noises and occurences in the house begin to disturb the family, until they intrude on every waking moment . . .

NOW
Loo, now Lucy, is called back to her childhood home. A group of strangers are looking to discover the truth about the house and the people who lived there.

But is Lucy ready to confront what really happened all those years ago?

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