The fall is perfect for some new horror. But it is also when the publishing houses are flooding the marked with books from all genre. And those writing horror might fall a bit behind because of this. But don’t despair. We at Moonmausoleum have found some great-looking titles we are really looking forward to hit the shelves in the fall.

Consensual Hex

By Amanda Harlowe

Publication date 06 Oct 2020

Witches have always been a tool and a trope to explore female empowerment, and also the more hidden side, female anger. This is also something the debut novel. And we are really looking forward to this revenge driven story.

Consensual Hex

Synopsis: When Lee, a first year at Smith, is raped under eerie circumstances during orientation week by an Amherst frat boy, she’s quickly disillusioned by her lack of recourse. As her trauma boils within her, Lee is selected for an exclusive seminar on Gender, Power, and Witchcraft, where she meets Luna (an alluring Brooklyn hipster), Gabi (who has a laundry list of phobias), and Charlotte (a waifish, chill international student). Granted a charter for a coven and suddenly in possession of real magic, the four girls are tasked by their aloof Professor with covertly retrieving a grimoire that an Amherst fraternity has gotten their hands on. But when the witches realize the frat brothers are using magic to commit and cover up sexual assault all over Northampton, their exploits escalate into vigilante justice. As Lee’s thirst for revenge on her rapist grows, things spiral out of control, pitting witch against witch as they must wrestle with how far one is willing to go to heal.

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Lovecraft Mythos New & Classic Collection

The collection of horror anthologies from Flame Tree Publishing are just the most beautiful things. They sparkle, looks great on the shelves and keeps the world filled with great horror content. This time, they do the Lovecraft universe accompanied with line illustration

Lovecraft Mythos New & Classic Collection

Synopsis: Featuring new stories specially commissioned for the collection this offering of H.P. Lovecraft’s shared universe is a thrilling immersion into the world of Old Ones and the Elder Gods, an ancient race of terrifying beings. In Lovecraft’s vision we live in a deep, but fragile illusion, unable to comprehend the ancient beings, such as the Cthulhu who lies dead but dreaming in the submerged city of R’lyeh, waiting to rise then wreak havoc on our realm of existence.

Lovecraft used the mythos to create a background to his fiction, and challenged many writer companions to add their own stories. Clark Ashton Smith, Robert E. Howard, Robert Bloch, Frank Belknap Long, Henry Kuttner were amongst the first but over the years many others such as Ramsey Campbell, Lin Carter and August Derleth added their voices to the many mythic cycles, developing themes and new fictional pathways for the town of Arkham, and the creatures Azathoth and Nyarlathotep.

The Lovecraft Mythos is fertile ground for any writer of supernatural, horror, fantasy and science fiction, so for this edition we opened our submissions for brand new stories, many published here for the first time, to continue expanding the shared universe.

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We Hear Voices

By Evie Green

Publication date 06 Oct 2020

We always love a good debut novel, and this one looks so promising! And strangely fitting for the times we’ve been through throughout the spring and the summer.

We Hear Voices

Synopsis: An eerie debut about a little boy who recovers from a mysterious pandemic and inherits an imaginary friend who makes him do violent things… Kids have imaginary friends. Rachel knows this. So when her young son, Billy, miraculously recovers from a horrible flu that has proven fatal for many, she thinks nothing of Delfy, his new invisible friend. After all, her family is healthy and that’s all that matters. But soon Delfy is telling Billy what to do, and the boy is acting up and lashing out in ways he never has before. As Delfy’s influence is growing stranger and more sinister by the day, and rising tensions threaten to tear Rachel’s family apart, she clings to one purpose: to protect her children at any cost–even from themselves. We Hear Voices is a gripping near-future horror novel that tests the fragility of family and the terrifying gray area between fear and love.

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Imaginary Friend

By Stephen Chbosky

Publication date 13 Oct 2020

What is going on here? Stephen Chbosky, the author of Perks of being a wallflower is doing a horror genre book? It is too intriguing and surprising to not get excited. And when they publish it in October, you know they are going all in on this.

Imaginary Friend

Synopsis: Kate Reese is a single mother fleeing an abusive relationship by starting over in a new town, with her young son Christopher. But Mill Grove, Pennsylvania, is not the safe place they thought it would be…

Their world begins to unravel after Christopher vanishes into the Mission Street Woods – where 50 years earlier an eerily similar disappearance occurred. When he emerges six days later, unharmed but not unchanged, he brings with him a secret: a voice only he can hear and a warning of tragedy to come.

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Ghost Stories : Classic Tales of Horror and Suspense

Publication date 12 Nov 2020

Again a collection, but this time, with ghosts! Giving ghost stories the time and place in the book industry is something we love, and this edition looks great, with ghost stories from some of our most famous writer. Both of horror, and those we didn’t know wrote it.

Ghost Stories

Synopsis: The ghost story has long been a staple of world literature, but many of the genre’s greatest tales have been forgotten, overshadowed in many cases by their authors’ bestselling work in other genres. In this spine-tingling anthology, little known stories from literary titans like Charles Dickens and Edith Wharton are collected alongside overlooked works from masters of horror fiction like Edgar Allan Poe and M. R. James.

Acclaimed anthologists Leslie S. Klinger (The New Annotated Sherlock Holmes) and Lisa Morton (Ghosts: A Haunted History) set these stories in historical context and trace the literary significance of ghosts in fiction over almost two hundred years-from a traditional English ballad first printed in 1724 through the Christmas-themed ghost stories of the Victorian era and up to the science fiction-tinged tales of the early twentieth century.

In bringing these masterful tales back from the dead, Ghost Stories will enlighten and frighten both longtime fans and new readers of the genre.

Including stories by:

Ambrose Bierce, Wilkie Collins, Charles Dickens, Olivia Howard Dunbar, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Henry James, M. R. James, Arthur Machen, Georgia Wood Pangborn, Mrs. J. H. Riddell, Elizabeth Stuart Phelps, Edgar Allan Poe, Sir Walter Scott, Frank Stockton, Mark Twain, and Edith Wharton.

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  1. These all look awesome! Except, just a heads up for anyone else who thought the synopsis sounded really cool, apparently (allegedly?) Amanda Harlowe based all of the characters in Consensual Hex on herself and her former friends and included a bunch of personal information about them (like medical history) in really creepy and easily identifiable ways. Whether it’s true or not, worth reading the reviews on Goodreads before buying… super icky!

    • Oh my, oh my, I’ll admit, when I first read your comment I was like: What? The fiction story about a queer witch coven for the metoo era? Surely not! Then I looked it up, and oh lord, what a clusterfuck! Looking back, there have been a weird radio silence from the publishers regarding the release. Not what I was looking forward to this fall at all! But oh well, what was… But thank you, Meredith, for pointing it out to us all!

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