Ames, Alison: It Looks Like Us
(Page Street 978-1-64567-618-8, $18.99, 288pp, formats: hardcover, ebook, September 27, 2022)
Young-adult horror novel. Teens interning at an Antarctic research base face something that looks human.
Anderson, Taylor: Artillerymen: Hell’s March
(Ace 978-0-593-20074-2, $28.00, 480pp, formats: hardcover, ebook, audio, September 27, 2022)
Alternate-world military SF novel, second in the Artillerymen series set in the world of the Destroyermen series. American soldiers from 1847 struggle to survive on a deadly alternate Earth.
Beharrie, Therese: A Ghost in Shining Armor
(Kensington/Zebra 978-1-4201-5340-8, $16.95, 304pp, formats: trade paperback, ebook, audio, September 27, 2022)
Humorous paranormal romance novel. Gemma sees ghosts and helps them with unfinished business, but then a sexy ghost turns up determined to help her.
Campbell, Rebecca: Arboreality
(Stelliform Press 978-1-7776823-2-3, $19.99, 128pp, formats: trade paperback, ebook, September 22, 2022)
SF novella about ways a West Coast community survives climate change. Novella-length expansion of the 2021 Sturgeon Award-winning story.
Chupeco, Rin: The Sacrifice
(Sourcebooks Fire 978-1728255910, $17.99, 304pp, formats: hardcover, ebook, audio, September 27, 2022)
Young-adult horror novel/survival story about a legendary curse killing off a Hollywood film crew one by one on a Philippine island.
Coxon, Dan, ed.: Isolation
(Titan Books UK 978-1803360683, $15.95, 400pp, formats: trade paperback, ebook, September 27, 2022)
Horror anthology of 18 stories. Authors include Nina Allan, Ramsey Campbell, M.R. Carey, Joe Lansdale, Tim Lebbon, Ken Liu, A.G. Slatter, Michael Marshall Smith, Lisa Tuttle.
Ennes, Hiron: Leech
(Tordotcom 978-1-250-81118-9, $27.99, 226pp, formats: hardcover, ebook, audio, September 27, 2022)
Post-apocalyptic gothic SF horror novel. A medical institute has lost one of the bodies it uses to replace human doctors, to protect the species from apocalyptic horrors their ancestors unleashed — but a parasite is spreading through the castle.
Gillig, Rachel: One Dark Window
(Orbit US 978-0-316-31248-6, $17.99, 432pp, formats: trade paperback, ebook, audio, September 27, 2022)
Gothic fantasy novel, first in the Shepherd King series. Elspeth has a monster trapped in her head, and a highwayman persuades her to join a quest to free the kingdom of Blunder from dark magic.
Henderson, Alexis: House of Hunger
(Ace 978-0-593-43846-6, $26.00, 304pp, formats: hardcover, ebook, audio, September 27, 2022)
Gothic horror novel. An impoverished young woman applies to be a bloodmaid, feeding debauched vampiric nobles.
Hogarth, Ainslie: Motherthing
(Penguin Random House/Vintage 978-0-593-46702-2, $17.00, 288pp, formats: trade paperback, ebook, audio, September 27, 2022)
Domestic ghost story/horror novel. Abby struggles with her cruel mother-in-law, and things just get worse after she dies and comes back as a vengeful ghost.
Kudei, Sonya: The City Beneath the Hidden Stars
(BHC Press 9781643973104, $30.00, 320pp, formats: hardcover, trade paperback, ebook, September 27, 2022)
Fantasy novel based in part on myths and history of Zagreb, Croatia. A philosophy student follows a strange man in a star suit and finds himself in a magical world with beings out of legend.
Lawson, Madison: The Registration
(CamCat Books 978-0-7443-0702-3, $25.99, 320pp, formats: hardcover, ebook, audio, September 27, 2022)
Near-future SF novel set in a world where everyone has the right to register for a fee to murder one person of their choice.
McAuley, Paul: Beyond the Burn Line
(Orion UK/Gollancz 9781399603713, $28.99, 464pp, formats: hardcover, ebook, audio, September 22, 2022)
Far-future SF novel. Long after humanity’s existing, the ruling bear species has been wiped out by a mind-damaging plague and their former slaves believe they have inherited the Earth — but one scholar questions whether sightings of visitors and sky craft are real, and a threat.
Nethercott, GennaRose: Thistlefoot
(Penguin Random House/Anchor 978-0-593-46883-8, $28.00, 448pp, formats: hardcover, ebook, audio, September 27, 2022)
Fantasy novel mixing fairytales, Jewish folklore, and road trip, in a tale of modern-day estranged siblings who inherit Baba Yaga’s house on chicken legs and take it touring as a mobile puppet theater.
Novik, Naomi: The Golden Enclaves
(Penguin Random House/Del Rey 978-0-593-15835-7, $28.00, 407pp, formats: hardcover, ebook, audio, September 27, 2022)
Fantasy novel, the third in the Scholomance trilogy. El, determined to save Orion, uncovers horrifying secrets about his family and the dark forces that underlie the powerful wizard enclaves.
Sain, Ginny Myers: Secrets So Deep
(Penguin Random House/Razorbill 978-0-593-40399-0, $18.99, 400pp, formats: hardcover, ebook, audio, September 27, 2022)
Young-adult horror novel/supernatural thriller about a teen investigating her mother’s death 12 years before.
Szmidt, Robert J.: Escape from Paradise
(WordFire Press 978-1-68057-235-3, $24.99, 358pp, formats: trade paperback, ebook, September 27, 2022)
SF space opera novel, second in the Fields of Long-Forgotten Battles series. In the mid 24th century humanity encounters an advanced and hostile alien civilization, leading to total war. But a secret hidden on a colony world may change the war’s course. Translated from the Polish.
Yang, Neon: The Genesis of Misery
(Tor 978-1-250-78897-9, $27.99, 432pp, formats: hardcover, ebook, audio, September 27, 2022)
Fantasy space opera novel, inspired by the story of Joan of Arc.
In their debut novel The Genesis of Misery, Neon Yang takes the story of Joan of Arc and moves it from medieval France to a far-future, galactic empire. The nixen Misery Nomaki (she/ they) is not the pious country girl that Joan is generally understood to have been: Misery grew up on a galactic backwater, yes, but she has nothing but contempt for her priest-brother Cremoline. Attempts to see her as (use her as) The Final Messiah are just convenient ways for her to get off said galactic backwater, as far as she is concerned. Like Joan, she hears angels; for Misery, it’s specifically one angel, name of Ruin – a hallucination that Misery fears is the beginning of madness, which is definitely not to be trusted, let alone listened to.
—Alexandra Pierce, Locus, September 2022
Young, Adrienne: Spells for Forgetting
(Penguin Random House/Delacorte 978-0-593-35851-1, $28.00, 368pp, formats: hardcover, ebook, audio, September 27, 2022)
Contemporary fantasy novel. Emery Blackwood runs an herbal tonic and tea leaf reading shop on a remote island, where strange happenings are beginning to occur, related to long-buried secrets.
Young, Laura Kat: The Butcher
(Titan Books UK 9781789099034, $15.95, 320pp, formats: trade paperback, ebook, audio, September 27, 2022)
Horror novel. In Settlement Five, petty crimes are punished by dismemberment, and it’s the butcher’s job to extract the penalty. Lady Mae inherits the position as a teen, when her mother is executed for refusing to butcher a six year old boy.