Patricia Wants to Cuddle by Samantha AllenWhat it's about: As the final handful of contestants on reality dating show The Catch vie for the affections of the show's star, a lesbian Sasquatch enters the fray to wreak havoc on the production.
Why you might like it: Samantha Allen's satirical fiction debut offers gore and humor aplenty, perfect for adventurous readers who enjoy genre-defying novels.
For fans of: The Bachelor, The X-Files, and Jennifer's Body.
From Below by Darcy CoatesHow it begins: Decades after the sinking of an "unsinkable" ship, documentary filmmaker Cove Waimarie and a team of deep sea divers are hired to explore the wreckage.
What happens next: The team find more than they bargained for as their investigations turn disastrous and they are plagued by unexplained phenomena.
Try this next: For another claustrophobic horror novel about a crew investigating a mysterious shipwreck, read Mira Grant's Into the Drowning Deep.
Screams from the Dark: 29 Tales of Monsters and the Monstrous by Ellen Datlow (editor)What it is: a spine-tingling anthology of stories about monsters both human and supernatural.
Featuring: all-new tales from established and emerging authors including Stephen Graham Jones, Richard Kadrey, Caitlín R. Kiernan, Cassandra Khaw, Priya Sharma, and more.
Reviewers say: "This is a treat for horror fans" (Booklist).
Hokuloa Road by Elizabeth HandWhat it's about: Looking for a fresh start, listless carpenter Grady Kendall accepts a caretaker job for a billionaire who lives at a palatial estate in Hawaii.
But then... Grady's seemingly idyllic new life takes a turn when he discovers that dozens of locals have vanished without a trace, and their disappearances may be linked to his eccentric employer.
Read it for: an evocative blend of mystery and supernatural horror.
What Moves the Dead by T. KingfisherWhat it is: a fast-paced retelling of Edgar Allan Poe's 1839 short story "The Fall of the House of Usher."
Why you should read it: This compelling latest from T. Kingfisher (The Hollow Places) offers a fresh spin on a classic Gothic tale, starring a nonbinary protagonist who must find a way to defeat killer fungi.
Reviewers say: "It's thoroughly creepy and utterly enjoyable" (Publishers Weekly).
The Daughter of Doctor Moreau by Silvia Moreno-GarciaStarring: sheltered Carlota Moreau, whose father, mad scientist Doctor Moreau, keeps her isolated on their estate in 1870s Yucatán, Mexico.
What happens: A visit from Eduardo Lizalde, the son of her father's benefactor, sets Carlota down a dangerous path as she navigates her feelings for him and begins to see herself reflected in her father's human-animal hybrid creatures who long for freedom.
Try this next: For another inventive take on H.G. Wells' 1896 novel The Island of Doctor Moreau, read Daryl Gregory's The Album of Dr. Moreau.
The Pallbearers Club by Paul TremblayThen: In 1988 Beverly, MA, teenager Art Barbara serves as a volunteer pallbearer at funerals alongside his eccentric friend Mercy Brown, who likes to take photographs of corpses.
Now: Years later, Art pens a memoir, The Pallbearers Club, and begins to suspect that Mercy may be a vampire. But then Mercy takes over the manuscript to tell her side of the story.
Read it for: the unreliable narrators, steadily building dread, and experiments with form.
Hide by Kiersten WhiteThe premise: A hefty cash prize is not all that's at stake for the 14 contestants playing a game of hide-and-seek at an abandoned amusement park, as they soon realize that whatever is hunting them is not human.
Book buzz: Hide is the adult fiction debut of Bram Stoker Award-winning YA author Kiersten White (The Dark Descent of Elizabeth Frankenstein).
For fans of: Reprieve by James Han Mattson; Netflix's Squid Game.
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