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Horror & ghost stories

See below for a selection of the latest books from Horror & ghost stories category. Presented with a red border are the Horror & ghost stories books that have been lovingly read and reviewed by the experts at Lovereading. With expert reading recommendations made by people with a passion for books and some unique features Lovereading will help you find great Horror & ghost stories books and those from many more genres to read that will keep you inspired and entertained. And it's all free!

Crawling Horror

Crawling Horror

Author: Daisy Butcher Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 17/06/2021

'What a terrible calamity, what a stupefying circumstance, if mosquitoes were the size of camels, and a herd of wild slugs the size of elephants invaded our gardens and had to be shot with rifles...' A blue scarab which makes the sound of a terrifying death-tick. A moth with the markings of a dead man's face. An empire of intelligent, aggressive and colossal ants. The insect kingdom has finally come to seek retribution for humankind's negligence. Never has a creature been so topical - with headlines warning of the mosquito bearing viruses, fire ants destroying power sources, invasive yellow ladybirds or an ecological insect apocalypse that threatens the very balance of our natural world. With growing concerns about global warming, pesticides, and genetically modified crops, Eco-Gothic is moving to the fore in modern scholarship, and this collection allows readers to be a fly on the wall to some of the creepiest and crawliest accounts of insectoid horror from the likes of Edgar Allan Poe, E. F. Benson and Jane G. Austin. Fear indeed walks on many legs.

Devolution

Devolution

Author: Max Brooks Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 10/06/2021

FROM THE #1 BESTSELLING AUTHOR OF WORLD WAR Z 'A visceral tale of survival horror' FINANCIAL TIMES ______________________________________ As the ash and chaos from Mount Rainier's eruption swirled and finally settled, the story of the Greenloop massacre has passed unnoticed, unexamined . . . until now. But the journals of resident Kate Holland, recovered from the town's bloody wreckage, capture a tale too harrowing - and too earth-shattering in its implications - to be forgotten. In these pages, Max Brooks brings Kate's extraordinary account to light for the first time, faithfully reproducing her words alongside his own extensive investigations into the massacre and the beasts behind it, once thought legendary but now known to be terrifyingly real. Kate's is a tale of unexpected strength and resilience, of humanity's defiance in the face of a terrible predator's gaze, and inevitably, of savagery and death. Yet it is also far more than that. Because if what Kate Holland saw in those days is real, then we must accept the impossible. We must accept that the creature known as Bigfoot walks among us - and that it is a beast of terrible strength and ferocity. Part survival narrative, part bloody horror tale, part scientific journey into the boundaries between truth and fiction, this is a Bigfoot story as only Max Brooks could chronicle it - and like none you've ever read before. ______________________________________ 'A masterful blend of laugh-out-loud social satire and stuff-your-fist-in-your-mouth horror. One elevates the other, making the book, and its message, all the more relevant.' David Sedaris 'For any fan of Bigfoot or cryptozoology, it's a referential treat.' Guardian 'Dark, gripping and visceral, Devolution is a unique journey into terror.' Waterstones 'Another triumph from Max Brooks! . . . I can't wait until he turns every monster from childhood into an intelligent, entertaining page-turner' Stephen Chbosky, No. 1 New York Times bestselling author of Imaginary Friend and The Perks of Being a Wallflower 'Drawing you in with likeable characters in a real-world situation, then smashing your trust to pieces like a giant ape crushing a skull with his bare hands. Devolution will make you think twice about booking that remote weekend getaway in the woods.' Sci-Fi Now, 5* review 'Max Brooks has written the next great epistolary novel. Devolution is phenomenal' Josh Malerman, New York Times bestselling author of Bird Box 'One of the greatest horror novels I've ever read. The characters soar, the ideas sing, and it's all going to scare the living daylights out of you' Blake Crouch, New York Times bestselling author of Dark Matter 'Grisly page-turner . . . Brooks' eye for rich characterisation, pointed social commentary and nail-chomping suspense is as sharp as ever' Total Film 'Delightful . . . A tale of supernatural mayhem that fans of King and Crichton alike will enjoy' Kirkus Reviews (starred review) 'Timely, terrifying, and utterly terrific.' SFX Magazine *****

Constellations of Scars

Constellations of Scars

Author: Melissa Eskue Ousley Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 09/06/2021

The Open Door

The Open Door

Author: Margaret Oliphant Format: Hardback Release Date: 03/06/2021

'There was not a soul to be seen, up or down; and the trees stood like ghosts, and the silence was terrible, and everything clear as day. You don't know what silence is until you find it in the light like that, not morning, but night, no sun-rising, no shadow, but everything as clear as the day.' Despite being a household name during the latter half of the 19th century, few today are aware of the thrilling tales of Margaret Oliphant, and yet they are ripe for rediscovery. From suspenseful hauntings to strange tales of afterlife and the emotional echoes of ghosts beyond simple frights, Oliphant's stories possess a unique style and nuanced voice to deliver thoroughly unnerving and unforgettable moments. This newly edited collection features many of her 'Seen and Unseen' series - her most popular in her day - and rare tales newly revived from the Library collections.

Till We Become Monsters

Till We Become Monsters

Author: Amanda Headlee Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/06/2021

The Bridge

The Bridge

Author: J.S. Breukelaar Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/06/2021

The Queen of the Cicadas

The Queen of the Cicadas

Author: V. Castro Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 28/05/2021

In the age of phony fiction, V. Castro is the voice of authenticity; una voz que lucha por la igualdad. Dark, atmospheric, sexy, and dangerous, her fiction brings readers her unfiltered Latinx essence and a unique pulpy flavor. Her work matters. Read it. -Gabino Iglesias, author of Coyote Songs 2018 - Belinda Alvarez has returned to Texas for the wedding of her best friend Veronica. The farm is the site of the urban legend, La Reina de Las Chicharras - The Queen of The Cicadas. In 1950s south Texas a farmworke r- Milagros from San Luis Potosi, Mexico, is murdered. Her death is ignored by the town, but not the Aztec goddess of death, Mictecacihuatl. The goddess hears the dying cries of Milagros and creates a plan for both to be physically reborn by feeding on vengeance and worship. Belinda and the new owner of the farmhouse - Hector, find themselves immersed in the legend and realize it is part of their fate as well. FLAME TREE PRESS is the new fiction imprint of Flame Tree Publishing. Launched in 2018 the list brings together brilliant new authors and the more established; the award winners, and exciting, original voices.

Seeing Things

Seeing Things

Author: Suzanne Linsey-Mitellas Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 28/05/2021

Rachel Holloway is a school teacher with an unremarkable life. That is, until one day when everything changes forever and she is given the gift (or is it curse?) of being able to see and speak with the dead - amongst others... As she grapples with this strange new ability, she encounters many colourful characters, both living and dead. Some try to guide her, while others use her power for their own ends. When a girl is brutally murdered, Rachel is thrust further into a labyrinthine world of spirits that are trapped in a limbo state between earth and whatever lies beyond. She soon discovers that what lies in the shadows is legion and some things that exist in this dimension are far more evil than anyone could imagine.

The Queen of the Cicadas

The Queen of the Cicadas

Author: V. Castro Format: Hardback Release Date: 28/05/2021

In the age of phony fiction, V. Castro is the voice of authenticity; una voz que lucha por la igualdad. Dark, atmospheric, sexy, and dangerous, her fiction brings readers her unfiltered Latinx essence and a unique pulpy flavor. Her work matters. Read it. -Gabino Iglesias, author of Coyote Songs 2018 - Belinda Alvarez has returned to Texas for the wedding of her best friend Veronica. The farm is the site of the urban legend, La Reina de Las Chicharras - The Queen of The Cicadas. In 1950s south Texas a farmworke r- Milagros from San Luis Potosi, Mexico, is murdered. Her death is ignored by the town, but not the Aztec goddess of death, Mictecacihuatl. The goddess hears the dying cries of Milagros and creates a plan for both to be physically reborn by feeding on vengeance and worship. Belinda and the new owner of the farmhouse - Hector, find themselves immersed in the legend and realize it is part of their fate as well. FLAME TREE PRESS is the new fiction imprint of Flame Tree Publishing. Launched in 2018 the list brings together brilliant new authors and the more established; the award winners, and exciting, original voices.

The House of a Hundred Whispers

The House of a Hundred Whispers

Author: Graham Masterton Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 13/05/2021

On a windswept moor, an old house guards its secrets... The new standalone horror novel from 'a true master of horror.' All Hallows Hall is a rambling Tudor mansion on the edge of the bleak and misty Dartmoor. It is not a place many would choose to live. Yet the former Governer of Dartmoor Prison did just that. Now he's dead, and his children - long estranged - are set to inherit his estate. But when the dead man's family come to stay, the atmosphere of the moors seems to drift into every room. Floorboards creak, secret passageways echo, and wind whistles in the house's famous priest hole. And then, on the same morning the family decide to leave All Hallows Hall and never come back, their young son Timmy disappears - from inside the house. Does evil linger in the walls? Or is evil only ever found inside the minds of men? Praise for Graham Masterton: 'A true master of horror' James Herbert 'One of the most original and frightening storytellers of our time' Peter James 'A natural storyteller with a unique gift for turning the mundane into the terrifyingly real' New York Journal of Books 'This is a first-class thriller with some juicy horror touches. Mystery readers who don't know the Maguire novels should change that right now' Booklist 'One of Britain's finest horror writers' Daily Mail

Dear Liza

Dear Liza

Author: Sydney Banks Format: Hardback Release Date: 11/05/2021

Campfire Ghost Stories

Campfire Ghost Stories

Author: Geordie Telfer Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 11/05/2021