I Am Behind You by John Ajvide LindqvistThe grass is greener: Awakening at their campsite to find the world they knew gone, replaced with a sunless blue sky and an endlessly green landscape devoid of landmarks, four families confront the menacing physical forms of their buried traumas and desires.
Series alert: I Am Behind You is the first in a planned trilogy.
Reviewers say: "It will keep entranced and shocked readers guessing until the very end" (Library Journal).
Alice Isn't Dead by Joseph FinkOn the road again: Spotting her presumed-dead wife, Alice, in the background of a news report, Keisha takes a job with the mysterious trucking company Alice worked for before her disappearance, hoping to find information about her beloved.
What sets it apart: As she becomes embroiled in an eerie otherworldly conspiracy, fully realized heroine Keisha grapples with chronic anxiety and must battle monsters both real and metaphorical.
Book buzz: This suspenseful Lovecraftian novel is based on the eponymous podcast from Welcome to Night Vale creator Joseph Fink.
What it is about: Charlie is a Husker on the prowl in the New Hampshire wilderness when he falls in love with one of them: a girl named Jill. Loving Jill means leaving the Husk clan, with its gruesome cannibalistic rituals, and that will be far more difficult - and dangerous - than Charlie could have foreseen. It's only in New York City that the secret to ending his terrible cravings may reveal itself - if it doesn't kill him and everything he has grown to love first.
Is it for you? If you are a fan of Zombies and The Walking Dead give this a try.
In the House in the Dark of the Woods by Laird HuntDon't go in there! Drawn into a fantastical forest in colonial New England, Goody encounters three witches who compel her to make a life-changing decision.
Is it for you? Rife with inventive shocks and vivid, nightmarish imagery, Goody's intensifying journey is both lyrical and puzzling.
Want a taste? "Once upon a time there was and there wasn't a woman who went to the woods."
Dracul by Dacre Stoker and J.D. BarkerThen: As a boy, Bram Stoker was on death's door when his strange nanny, Ellen Crone, saved him with a bite before vanishing from his life.
Now: Years later, the seemingly ageless Ellen is spotted, sending Bram and his compatriots across Europe to investigate her connection to a sinister creature who has her in his thrall...and who wants Bram, too.
Why you might like it: Co-written by Bram Stoker's great-grandnephew, this atmospheric "prequel" to Dracula reimagines the origins of the 1897 classic -- and of Stoker himself.
Stranded by Bracken MacLeodIce-bound: After a catastrophic storm sends the Arctic Promise off-course, the crew falls ill to a strange flu-like ailment. Now stuck in thickening ice and fog, the few healthy crewmates set out to investigate a looming shape on the horizon.
Why you might like it: Nothing is quite as it seems in this visceral and claustrophobic thriller.
Want a taste? "The void churned and swelled, reaching up to pull them down into frigid darkness, clamoring to embrace them, every one."
The Ritual by Adam NevillIll-fated reunion: When four friends from university reconnect for a camping trip in a Scandinavian forest, tensions escalate when it's revealed that two members of the party aren't cut out for the task. Taking a disorienting shortcut, the group discovers a harrowing sacrificial site and a bestial predator that stalks their every move.
For fans of: The Blair Witch Project, Dreamcatcher, and Deliverance.
Book buzz: The Ritual is the basis of the Netflix Original Movie of the same name, which premiered earlier this year.
The Terror by Dan SimmonsTrapped! In this well-researched and intricately plotted fictionalization of the disastrous Franklin Expedition, the crews of the HMS Terror and HMS Erebus reckon with frostbite, snow-blindness, disease, mutiny...and a monstrous creature on the ice.
Reviewers say: "Outstanding" (Booklist); "One of Simmons' best" (Kirkus).
Book buzz: AMC's new horror anthology series (also called The Terror) adapted this grisly historical novel for its first season, which debuted in March 2018.
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