Becker, Elayne Audrey: Forestborn
(Tor Teen 978-1-250-75216-1, $17.99, 368pp, formats: hardcover, ebook, audio, August 31, 2021)
A young, orphaned shapeshifter in a world that fears magic must risk everything if she hopes to save her only friend.
Brenchley, Chaz: Everything in All the Wrong Order: The Best of Chaz Brenchley
(Subterranean Press 978-1-64524-011-2, $45, 427pp, formats: hardcover, ebook, August 31, 2021)
Collection of 31 stories. Hardcover is a signed, limited edition. Kindle ebook also available for $5.99.
Cadigan, Pat, Gibson, William: Alien 3: The Unproduced First-Draft Screenplay by William Gibson
(Titan Books US 978-1789097528, $24.95, 432pp, formats: hardcover, ebook, audio, August 31, 2021)
Novelization by Pat Cadigan based on the never-produced first-draft screenplay by William Gibson. A direct sequel to Aliens, revealing the fates of Ripley, Newt, the synthetic Bishop, and Corporal Hicks.
Gregory, Daryl: Revelator
(Penguin Random House/Knopf 978-0525657385, $27, 352pp, formats: hardcover, ebook, audio, August 31, 2021)
Historical fantasy novel about a family in the hills of Tennessee in the 1940s, and their unusual religion. Stella leaves home to escape her role as a Revelator who communicates with her family’s god, but is forced to return years later to fulfill her destiny.
Revelator is a novel in which the magic is real, but the real magic lies as much in figures like Stella and her oddball community as in the spectral figure of the Ghostdaddy.
—Gary Wolfe, Locus, August 2021
Jones, Stephen Graham: My Heart Is a Chainsaw
(Simon & Schuster/Saga Press 978-1-9821-3763-2, $26.99, 416pp, formats: hardcover, ebook, audio, August 31, 2021)
Supernatural thriller/horror novel. Jade’s encyclopedic knowledge of horror films helps when horror strikes her gentrifying rural lake town.
Laurenston, Shelly: Breaking Badger
(Kensington 978-1-4967-3014-5, $15.95, 368pp, formats: trade paperback, ebook, audio, August 31, 2021)
Shapeshifter paranormal romance novel, fourth in the Honey Badgers Chronicles series. Tiger shifter Finn Malone rescues a bunch of honey badgers in trouble, but can’t let them stay at his place because of family drama — then it turns out they’re the only ones who can help.
Lu, S. Qiouyi: In the Watchful City
(Tordotcom 978-1-250-79298-3, $14.99, 194pp, formats: trade paperback, ebook, audio, August 31, 2021)
Anima, a self-aware city “node” that protects and monitors citizens, becomes interested in a visitor with a collection of objects, each with a story of its own.
Naslund, Brian: Fury of a Demon
(Tor 978-1-250-30970-9, $30.99, 464pp, formats: hardcover, trade paperback, audio, August 31, 2021)
Fantasy novel, the third and final book in the Dragons of Terra series. The war against Osyrus Ward goes poorly for Bershad and Ashlyn. The Witch Queen struggles with her new powers. Meanwhile, with every wound Bershad suffers, he gets closer to losing his humanity forever.
Perry, Carol J.: Be My Ghost
(Kensington 978-1-4967-3141-8, $15.95, 288pp, formats: trade paperback, ebook, audio, August 31, 2021)
Paranormal mystery novel, the first in the Haunted Haven series. Maureen Doherty acquires a charming old inn, only to find it’s occupied by ghosts.
Rocha, Kit: The Devil You Know
(Tor 978-1-250-78148-2, $30.99, 304pp, formats: hardcover, trade paperback, audio, August 31, 2021)
SF novel, sequel to Deal with the Devil. A genetically engineered woman who escaped from the TechCorps risks getting caught again to stop trade in genetically enhanced children.
Sain, Ginny Myers: Dark and Shallow Lies
(Penguin Random House/Razorbill 978-0593403969, $17.99, 432pp, formats: hardcover, ebook, audio, August 31, 2021)
Young-adult supernatural thriller novel. A teen girl disappears from a small town in bayou country, the self-proclaimed Psychic Capital of the World.
Smith, Sasha Peyton: The Witch Haven
(Simon & Schuster 978-1-5344-5438-5, $19.99, 448pp, formats: hardcover, ebook, audio, August 31, 2021)
Young-adult historical fantasy novel set in 1911 New York, the first in a duology. When sweatshop worker Frances Hallowell unexpectedly kills an attacker she didn’t know she had, she’s swept away to a disguised boarding school for female and nonbinary witches.