Sightings in the streets? Maybe a supernatural creature or two? The stars of the new crop of horror books make you worry about making it through the night.
Catch hell! By Michael Bishop
Maple, 128 pages, $14.99
Something is out to get us all, and when Drake Bragg graduates high school and leaves behind his home, his parents and an unfortunate friend, they must find a way to prevent it. Pastor Russell and his wife Elizabeth were in a construction accident that left Russell blinded in one eye, and his wife left him months later. The family lost everything.
However, all that changed when the minister meets Kelly and his family. As with many happy couples, their relationship takes a dark turn when they stumble upon the property of the devil, and the devil’s personal demon, Baba Yaga. This is a novel that a lot of people, including myself, found very disturbing.
Everyone dies there: Romance at a cemetery. (Not that that’s a bad thing.) By P.S. Ondaatje
Doubleday, 232 pages, $18.99
No one has ever died at Thomas House Cemetery, and it is not as shut down as one might imagine. The ghosts of the forgotten had no chance when the owners went broke but, in the past 200 years, they have allowed at least a hundred odd travelers to find love there.
Life at the Graves hits all the nerve points. There is romance, real-life double-crosses, racism, pilgrimages, remorse and loss. At that funeral chapel, there are no boundaries and no rules; anything is possible. With each story, readers get their own twist, and in the end, the reader will want to return to Thomas House Cemetery to get more.
The Great Sleeper
By Melody McKim
Harper Collins, 339 pages, $19.99
Melody McKim is on a mission: to find a man responsible for a series of deaths at a haunted high school in Ohio, where she was once a student. But the bad news is, someone is hunting her down with some very nasty info. The good news is the story unfolds in a graphic novel format that encourages readers to explore an old portion of the landscape to discover an old mystery.
By Maari Dewitz
HarperCollins, 256 pages, $22.99
A bunch of aspiring celebrities and their models live in the abandoned space of a hotel, where they agree to help each other through the year. What should be a fun morning can turn into a frightening, living nightmare if they don’t carry out the conditions set by the sinister Logan on his 12-year survival plan.