Check out these essential January 2018 releases. Read more on Riffle
Shining in the Dark: Celebrating Twenty Years of Lilja's Library! by Hans-Ake Lilja
"Shining in the Dark: Celebrating Twenty Years of Lilja's Library!" edited by Hans-Ake Lilja. For years, the website "Lilja's Library" has been a source of information on Stephen King's projects as well as news, reviews, interviews and articles. To celebrate twenty years of service, Hans-Ake and Cemetery Dance have put together this anthology including a rare Stephen King story.
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Black Wings of Cthulhu (Volume 5) by S. T. Joshi
"Black Wings of Cthulhu 5: Twenty New Tales of Lovecraftian Horror" (Volume 5) edited by S. T. Joshi. The Black Wings of Cthulhu series continues to bring the best in H. P. Lovecraft inspired cosmic horror stories by new and established horror authors. The popularity of the Cthulhu Mythos seems as eternal as Great Cthulhu itself and the scope and variety of these stories point out one of the reasons why.
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The Cackle of Cthulhu by
"The Cackle of Cthulhu" edited by Alex Shvartsman. Feeling ground down by the over bearing pressures of cosmic horror? Tired out by ridiculous end-of-all-existence deadlines? Just need a way to turn that frown upside down? Try this volume of twenty-three humorous horror stories of the Cthulhu Mythos -- tongue-and-tentacles-in-cheek.
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Cry Your Way Home by Damien Angelica Walters
"Cry Your Way Home" by Damien Angelica Walters. This collection of seventeen horror stories by Damien Angelica Walters -- her second collection -- bring together stories of love and loss, horror and the surreal, aching beauty and aching devastation exploring many ways a tale can be a horror story and yet push at the boundaries of the genre.
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Frankenstein in Baghdad: A Novel by Ahmed Saadawi
"Frankenstein in Baghdad: A Novel" by Ahmed Saadawi and translated from the Arabic by Jonathan Wright. This award winning novel shows how powerful horror can be. Hadi sews the pieces of corpses together to create a whole cadaver. When it goes missing, a series of murders grips the city. At first only criminals are the victims but in time innocent bystanders are killed by the monster that needs more flesh.
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The Dark Circus by Ana Ballabriga
"The Dark Circus" by Ana Ballabriga and David Zaplana and translated from the Spanish by Michael Meigs. L grew up in a run down circus. Exploited by day and ritually abused by night, she knows only the circus' perverted morality, debauchery and the art of thieving. Elías Segado is an art appraiser and detective who has a painting stolen right out from under him by L.
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The Job of the Wasp: A Novel by Colin Winnette
"The Job of the Wasp: A Novel" by Colin Winnette. A new, oddly emotionless boy arrives at the school for orphaned boys in search of an education, food and shelter. What he finds is mysteries, a murder -- well several murders, strange behavior and ghosts in this horror novel that combines the coming of age tale with the unreliable narrator story.
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Palaces by Simon Jacobs
"Palaces" by Simon Jacobs. In this debut horror novel, John and Joey are a couple in the punk rock scene in a Midwestern city when they get caught out in the middle of a full-scale riot. Eventually they find themselves riding the commuter train to its last exit to escape the fighting but when they get off. they're in an abandoned community of mansions and gated housing with no clues as to where everybody has gone.
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A Ghost's Story: A Novel by Lorna Gibb
"A Ghost's Story: A Novel" by Lorna Gibb. Katie King is a famous "spirit celebrity" who graced many seances throughout the 19th and 20th century spiritualist movement in the United States and the United Kingdom. As Katie tells her story of a quest to understand various aspects about humanity, a modern day scholar tries to understand the allure of the spirit world.
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The Beauty by Aliya Whiteley
BONUS BOOK: "The Beauty" by Aliya Whiteley was originally published in 2014 by Unsung Stories, and was shortlisted for a Shirley Jackson Award among others. The novella has been expanded into a novel. All the women are dead and the men's favorite stories are about their death. But one storyteller has news of strange mushroom like plants growing on the graves of the fallen women. Literary horror at its best.
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Broken Shadows by Tim Waggoner
BONUS BOOK: "Broken Shadows" by Tim Waggoner. The first month of 2018 saw the ebook reprint of an expensive limited edition hardcover short story collection published nine years ago by Delirium: "Broken Shadows (Delirium X-Series, Book 11)". This ebook collects fourteen stories of horror demonstrating Tim Waggoner's versatility as a horror writer.
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