New Books: 18 October 2022
Andrew, Kelly: The Whispering Dark
(Scholastic Press 978-1338809473, $18.99, 400pp, formats: hardcover, ebook, audio, October 18, 2022)
Young-adult dark fantasy novel. A deaf girl joins a prestigious university program that trains students to slip between parallel worlds.
Azad, Nafiza: Road of the Lost
(Simon & Schuster/McElderry 978-1-5344-8499-3, $19.99, 336pp, formats: hardcover, ebook, October 18, 2022)
Young-adult fantasy novel. Croi believes herself to be a humble brownie, until a book starts to break the enchantment on her, driving her to undertake a quest to find her true identity.
Blackmoore, Stephen: Hate Machine
(DAW 978-0-7564-1765-9, $18.00, 288pp, formats: trade paperback, ebook, October 18, 2022)
Urban fantasy/noir novel, number 8 in the series about LA necromancer Eric Carter. Carter needs to rescue a friend’s trapped soul, but the powerful artifact required to save her has been stolen.
Blue, Luke Dani: Pretend It’s My Body
(Feminist Press/Amethyst Editions 978-1-952177-03-3, $17.95, 356pp, formats: trade paperback, ebook, October 18, 2022)
Collection 10 short stories exploring dysphorias of body and reality.
Cacek, P.D.: Sebastian
(Flame Tree Press UK 978-1-78758-688-8, $29.95, 240pp, formats: hardcover, trade paperback, ebook, October 18, 2022)
Horror novel. A man grows worried as his mother becomes obsessed with a child-sized featureless plastic manikin she calls Sebastian.
Gilman, Laura Anne: Uncanny Times
(Simon & Schuster/Saga Press 978-1534415928, $17.99, 384pp, formats: trade paperback, ebook, October 18, 2022)
Historical fantasy novel, first in the Huntsmen series. In 1913 America, Huntsmen protect humanity by fighting the Uncanny.
Guran, Paula, ed.: The Year’s Best Dark Fantasy and Horror: Volume Three
(Start/Pyr 978-1-64506-034-5, $21.95, 460pp, format: trade paperback, October 18, 2022)
Year’s Best anthology with 23 stories from 2021, the second volume in the series from Pyr (after ten from Prime). Authors include Zen Cho, Elizabeth Hand, Alix E. Harrow.
Lamb, Sacha: When the Angels Left the Old Country
(Levine Querido 978-1-64614-176-0, $19.99, 400pp, formats: hardcover, ebook, October 18, 2022)
Fantasy novel. Uriel the angel and Little Ash the demon track down a young emigrant from their shtetl who has gone missing in America.
Mehrotra, Rati: Night of the Raven, Dawn of the Dove
(St. Martin’s/Wednesday Books 978-1-250-82368-7, $18.99, 352pp, formats: hardcover, ebook, audio, October 18, 2022)
Young-adult fantasy novel inspired by medieval India. Katyani, was raised to become an advisor and protector of Crown Prince Ayan, but tragedy strikes before her training is complete.
Morris, Mark, ed.: Close to Midnight
(Flame Tree Press UK 978-1-78758-723-6, $16.95, 304pp, formats: trade paperback, hardcover, ebook, October 18, 2022)
Original horror anthology, the third volume in an annual series, with 20 stories. Authors include Nathan Ballingrud, Gemma Files, Christopher Golden, Lisa Tuttle, and Aliya Whiteley.
Pargin, Jason: If This Book Exists, You’re in the Wrong Universe
(St. Martin’s 978-1-250-19582-1, $28.99, 432pp, formats: hardcover, ebook, audio, October 18, 2022)
Darkly humorous horror novel, fourth in the John Dies at the End series; previous books in the series were originally published under the pseudonym David Wong. Dave, John, and Amy investigate when owners of a toy and its connected smartphone app report that it’s demanding flesh.
Pink, Randi: We Are the Scribes
(Macmillan/Feiwel and Friends 978-1-250-82031-0, $18.99, 304pp, formats: hardcover, ebook, audio, October 18, 2022)
Young-adult fantasy novel. Ruth begins to receive written messages from the past, sent by Harriet Jacobs, author of Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl.
Pokwatka, Aimee: Self-Portrait With Nothing
(Tordotcom 978-1-250-82084-6, $26.99, 304pp, formats: hardcover, ebook, audio, October 18, 2022)
SF novel. Pepper hides the fact her birth mother is a reclusive painter of portraits that possibly summon subjects’ selves from parallel worlds.
Roth, Veronica: Poster Girl
(HarperCollins/Morrow 978-0-358-16409-8, $26.99, 288pp, formats: hardcover, ebook, audio, October 18, 2022)
SF dystopian mystery novel about a woman’s search for a missing girl after the collapse of a dystopian regime which maintained mass surveillance on society.
Saunders, George: Liberation Day
(Penguin Random House/Random House 978-1-9848-1802-7, $28.00, 256pp, formats: hardcover, ebook, audio, October 18, 2022)
Collection of nine subversive stories.
Slayton, David: Deadbeat Druid
(Blackstone Publishing 978-1-09-406798-8, $15.99, 350pp, formats: trade paperback, ebook, audio, October 18, 2022)
Fantasy novel, the third book in the Adam Binder series about a backwoods man with the Sight.
Soto, Adam: Concerning Those Who Have Fallen Asleep
(Astra House 978-1662601354, $27.00, 272pp, formats: trade paperback, ebook, audio, October 18, 2022)
Collection of ghost stories.
Stevenson, Robert Louis, Klinger, Leslie S.: The New Annotated Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr, Hyde
(Mysterious Press 978-1613163214, $39.95, 224pp, formats: hardcover, ebook, October 18, 2022)
Annotated version of the classic horror novel by Robert Louis Stevenson (Scribner 1886), offering historical context and looks at some of the many adaptations. Introduction by Joe Hill. Over 150 color images. Includes bibliography and four appendices on the notebook draft, the printer’s copy, notable dramatic adaptations, and graphic adaptations.
Vincent, Bev: Stephen King: A Complete Exploration of His Work, Life, and Influences
(Quarto Publishing Group/becker&mayer! 978-0-7603-7681-2, $30.00, 240pp, formats: hardcover, ebook, October 13, 2022)
Non-fiction, a critical look at King’s life and career, timed for King’s 75th birthday. Includes archival photos and documents from King’s personal collection, and appendixes with bibliography, filmography, and more.
Walton, David: Living Memory
(Archaeopteryx 979-8406630532, $14.99, 240pp, formats: trade paperback, ebook, audio, October 18, 2022)
Thriller/horror novel. Paleontologists uncover remains of an ancient genetic technology that nations will kill to control.