Mothtown by Caroline HardakerWhen ten-year-old David's grandfather dies suddenly, the boy is convinced he's simply missing. Searching for answers nearly 20 years later, David discovers a door to a hidden world. This twisty fantastical tale will appeal to fans of Stephen King's Lisey's Story.
The Djinn Waits a Hundred Years by Shubnum KhanAfter relocating from Johannesburg to Durban, Indian teen Sana begins researching the history of her new home, a ramshackle apartment building that was once an opulent mansion. As she uncovers secrets of the building's deceased tenants, she tries to hold on to some of her own. Try this next: The Last Dreamwalker by Rita Woods.
This Wretched Valley by Jenny KieferJenny Kiefer's fast-paced and atmospheric debut stars four friends whose rock-climbing expedition in Kentucky takes a turn for the worse when the natural world comes to menacing life around them. For fans of: survival horror like Scott Smith's The Ruins.
Mister Lullaby by J.H. MarkertCaught between the land of the living and the dreamlike Lalaland, comatose eight-year-old "seer" Sully Dupree fights to keep otherworldly monsters out of his small Nebraska town, whose unused train tunnel serves as the weakening boundary between worlds. Try this next: The Edge of Sleep by Jake Emanuel and Willie Block.
The Ghosts of Beatrice Bird by Louisa MorganIn 1970s San Francisco, psychologist Beatrice Bird discovers that her ability to see ghosts is strengthened when she takes LSD. Fleeing to a remote island, she puts her gifts to use to help Anne Iredale, a young mother who has recently escaped from her abusive husband. Try this next: Himself by Jess Kidd.
The Parliament by Aimee PokwatkaWhen middle school science teacher Madigan Purdy and her students are attacked by owls, they take refuge in a library, where they find inspiration in one of Madigan's favorite childhood novels as they plot their escape. For fans of: "The Birds" by Daphne du Maurier; Whalefall by Daniel Kraus.
The Star and the Strange Moon by Constance SayersBlending elements of horror, fantasy, and mystery, this creepy and intricately plotted parallel narrative centers on the cursed production of a French New Wave horror film and the disappearance of its star. For fans of: Silver Nitrate by Silvia Moreno-Garcia.
Where the Dead Wait by Ally WilkesYears after surviving a disastrous Arctic expedition that resulted in cannibalism, captain William Day is tasked with rescuing his stranded former second-in-command from the same waters, where he finds himself haunted by both past and present terrors. Try this next: Dead Silence by S.A. Barnes.
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