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Looking for the scariest new horror books of 2023? You’re at the right place. We collected some of the most anticipated and spookiest horror novels and book series that will take you around the world and beyond.
You’ll find here some of the most anticipated horror books written by new writers as well as beloved horror novelists who will surely raise all the hair on your neck. While we love Stephen King, Joe Hill, and Dean Koontz, we wanted to show you a few other excellent horror authors we thought you might like or even fall in love with.
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You’ll also find here some of the creepiest upcoming fantasy horror books, new seriously scary horror romance thriller books as well as new sci-fi horror books for adults and teens. But you’ll find here all kinds of novels from the horror genre including, gothic, psychological, serial killers, and atmospheric horror books coming in 2023.
In case you’re looking for more new books of 2023 you should check out our book nook where you’ll find curated book lists with the best new fiction and fantasy books coming in 2023.
23| So Pretty by Ronnie Turner – January 2023
The arrival of a young man in a small town sparks, hoping to leave his past behind him, but everything changes when he takes a job in a peculiar old shop, and meets a lonely single mother… A hypnotic gothic thriller and a mesmerising study of identity and obsession.
When Teddy Colne arrives in the small town of Rye, he believes he will be able to settle down and leave his past behind him. Little does he know that fear blisters through the streets like a fever. The locals tell him to stay away from an establishment known only as Berry & Vincent, that those who rub too closely to its proprietor risk a bad end.
Despite their warnings, Teddy is desperate to understand why Rye has come to fear this one man, and to see what really hides behind the doors of his shop.
Ada moved to Rye with her young son to escape a damaged childhood and years of never fitting in, but she’ s lonely, and ostracised by the community. Ada is ripe for affection and friendship, and everyone knows it.
As old secrets bleed out into this town, so too will a mystery about a family who vanished fifty years earlier, and a community living on a knife edge.
Teddy looks for answers, thinking he is safe, but some truths are better left undisturbed, and his past will find him here, just as it has always found him before. And before long, it will find Ada too.
So Pretty is one of the most atmospheric new gothic horror books for adults.
22| How to Cook and Eat the Rich by Sunyi Dean – January 2023
How to Cook and Eat the Rich is one of the best new horror books with a unique dystopian story.
21| The Midnight Game by Cynthia Murphy – January 2023
Rules of The Midnight Game:
Do not turn on the lights.
Do not go to sleep.
Do not leave the building.
When a group who have met on a creepy Deddit thread decide to meet in real life, they only have one plan in mind: they are going to summon the Midnight Man. And once you start the Midnight Game, you must finish it – there’s no other way out! Six strangers. One night. But how many survivors?
The Midnight Game is one of the best new Ya Horror books with a dark crime story.
20| Camp Damascus by Chuck Tingle – July 2023
From beloved internet icon Chuck Tingle, Camp Damascus is a searing and earnest horror debut about the demons the queer community faces in America, the price of keeping secrets, and finding the courage to burn it all down.
They’ll scare you straight to hell.
Welcome to Neverton, Montana: home to a God-fearing community with a heart of gold.
Nestled high up in the mountains is Camp Damascus, the self-proclaimed “most effective” gay conversion camp in the country. Here, a life free from sin awaits. But the secret behind that success is anything but holy.
Camp Damascus is one of the most chilling new horror books for adults.
19| The Nightmare Man by James Markert – January 2023
T. Kingfisher meets Cassandra Khaw in a chilling horror novel that illustrates the fine line between humanity and monstrosity.
Blackwood mansion looms, surrounded by nightmare pines, atop the hill over the small town of New Haven. Ben Bookman, bestselling novelist and heir to the Blackwood estate, spent a weekend at the ancestral home to finish writing his latest horror novel, The Scarecrow. Now, on the eve of the book’s release, the terrible story within begins to unfold in real life.
Detective Mills arrives at the scene of a gruesome murder: a family butchered and bundled inside cocoons stitched from corn husks, and hung from the rafters of a barn, eerily mirroring the opening of Bookman’s latest novel.
When another family is killed in a similar manner, Mills, along with his daughter, rookie detective Samantha Blue, is determined to find the link to the book—and the killer—before the story reaches its chilling climax.
As the series of “Scarecrow crimes” continues to mirror the book, Ben quickly becomes the prime suspect.
He can’t remember much from the night he finished writing the novel, but he knows he wrote it in The Atrium, his grandfather’s forbidden room full of numbered books. Thousands of books. Books without words.
As Ben digs deep into Blackwood’s history he learns he may have triggered a release of something trapped long ago—and it won’t stop with the horrors buried within the pages of his book.
The Nightmare Man is one of the scariest new horror books with a terrifying mystery story.
18| The Destroyer of Worlds by Matt Ruff – February 2023
“Ruff renders a very high-concept, imaginary world with such vividness that you can’t help but feel it’s disturbingly real.”
Christopher Moore In this thrilling adventure, a blend of enthralling historical fiction and fantastical horror, Matt Ruff returns to the world of Lovecraft Country and explores the meaning of death, the hold of the past on the present, and the power of hope in the face of uncertainty.
Summer, 1957. Atticus Turner and his father, Montrose, travel to North Carolina, where they plan to mark the centennial of their ancestor’s escape from slavery by retracing the route he took into the Great Dismal Swamp.
But an encounter with an old nemesis turns their historical reenactment into a real life-and-death pursuit. Back in Chicago, George Berry fights for his own life. Diagnosed with cancer, he strikes a devil’s bargain with the ghost of Hiram Winthrop, who promises a miracle cure—but to receive it, George will first have to bring Winthrop back from the dead.
Meanwhile, fifteen-year-old Horace Berry, reeling from the killing of a close friend, joins his mother, Hippolyta, and her friend Letitia Dandridge on a research trip to Nevada for The Safe Negro Travel Guide.
But Hippolyta has a secret—and far more dangerous—agenda that will take her and Horace to the far end of the universe and bring a new threat home to Letitia’s doorstep. Hippolyta isn’t the only one keeping secrets. Letitia’s sister, Ruby, has been leading a double life as her white alter ego, Hillary Hyde.
Now, the supply of magic potion she needs to transform herself is nearly gone, and a surprise visitor throws her already tenuous situation into complete chaos. Yet these troubles are soon eclipsed by the return of Caleb Braithwhite.
Stripped of his magic and banished from Chicago at the end of Lovecraft Country, he’s found a way back into power and is ready to pick up where he left off. But first he has a score to settle. . . .
The Destroyer of Worlds is one of the most chilling new horror books for adults and is a great choice for readers who enjoy dark sci-fi and Lovecraftian stories.
17| Vampires of El Norte by Isabel Canas – August 2023
Vampires and vaqueros face off on the Texas-Mexico border in this supernatural western from the author of The Hacienda.
As the daughter of a rancher in 1840s Mexico, Nena knows a thing or two about monsters—her home has long been threatened by tensions with Anglo settlers from the north. But something more sinister lurks near the ranch at night, something that drains men of their blood and leaves them for dead.
Something that once attacked Nena nine years ago.
Believing Nena dead, Néstor has been on the run from his grief ever since, moving from ranch to ranch working as a vaquero. But no amount of drink can dispel the night terrors of sharp teeth; no woman can erase his childhood sweetheart from his mind.
When the United States attacks Mexico in 1846, the two are brought abruptly together on the road to war: Nena as a curandera, a healer striving to prove her worth to her father so that he does not marry her off to a stranger, and Néstor as a member of the auxiliary cavalry of ranchers and vaqueros.
But the shock of their reunion—and Nena’s rage at Néstor for seemingly abandoning her long ago—is quickly overshadowed by the appearance of a nightmare made flesh.
And unless Nena and Néstor work through their past and face the future together, neither will survive to see the dawn.
Vampires of El Norte is one of the most exciting new gothic horror books for adults that’s set in 1840s Mexico.
16| Bad Cree by Jessica Johns – January 2023
In this gripping debut tinged with supernatural horror, a young Cree woman’s dreams lead her on a perilous journey of self-discovery that ultimately forces her to confront the toll of a legacy of violence on her family, her community and the land they call home.
When Mackenzie wakes up with a severed crow’s head in her hands, she panics. Only moments earlier she had been fending off masses of birds in a snow-covered forest. In bed, when she blinks, the head disappears.
Night after night, Mackenzie’s dreams return her to a memory from before her sister Sabrina’s untimely death: a weekend at the family’s lakefront campsite, long obscured by a fog of guilt.
But when the waking world starts closing in, too–a murder of crows stalks her every move around the city, she wakes up from a dream of drowning throwing up water, and gets threatening text messages from someone claiming to be Sabrina–Mackenzie knows this is more than she can handle alone.
Traveling north to her rural hometown in Alberta, she finds her family still steeped in the same grief that she ran away to Vancouver to escape. They welcome her back, but their shaky reunion only seems to intensify her dreams–and make them more dangerous.
What really happened that night at the lake, and what did it have to do with Sabrina’s death? Only a bad Cree would put their family at risk, but what if whatever has been calling Mackenzie home was already inside?
Bad Cree is one of the best new supernatural horror books for adults and is a great choice for those readers who love magical realism and psychological horror stories.
15| The Salt Grows Heavy by Cassandra Khaw – May 2023
From USA Today bestselling author Cassandra Khaw comes The Salt Grows Heavy, a razor-sharp and bewitching fairytale of discovering the darkness in the world, and the darkness within oneself.
You may think you know how the fairytale goes: a mermaid comes to shore and weds the prince. But what the fables forget is that mermaids have teeth. And now, her daughters have devoured the kingdom and burned it to ashes.
On the run, the mermaid is joined by a mysterious plague doctor with a darkness of their own. Deep in the eerie, snow-crusted forest, the pair stumble upon a village of ageless children who thirst for blood, and the three ‘saints’ who control them.
The mermaid and her doctor must embrace the cruellest parts of their true nature if they hope to survive.
The Salt Grows Heavy is one of the most atmospheric new horror books for adults who love haunting fantasy tales.
14| Don’t Fear the Reaper by Stephen Graham Jones – February 2023
December 12th, 2019, Jade returns to the rural lake town of Proofrock the same day as convicted Indigenous serial killer Dark Mill South escapes into town to complete his revenge killings, in this riveting sequel to My Heart Is a Chainsaw from New York Times bestselling author, Stephen Graham Jones.
Four years after her tumultuous senior year, Jade Daniels is released from prison right before Christmas when her conviction is overturned.
But life beyond bars takes a dangerous turn as soon as she returns to Proofrock. Convicted Serial Killer, Dark Mill South, seeking revenge for thirty-eight Dakota men hanged in 1862, escapes from his prison transfer due to a blizzard, just outside of Proofrock, Idaho.
Dark Mill South’s Reunion Tour began on December 12th, 2019, a Thursday.
Thirty-six hours and twenty bodies later, on Friday the 13th, it would be over.
Don’t Fear the Reaper is the page-turning sequel to My Heart Is a Chainsaw from New York Times bestselling author Stephen Graham Jones.
Don’t Fear the Reaper is one of the scariest new horror books with a chilling mystery.
13| Into Shadow – amazon original stories – New Dark Fantasy Short Story collection
This eerie new dark fantasy anthology collection has seven brilliant short stories by acclaimed and popular authors, namely Alix E. Harrow, Garth Nix, Lev Grossman, Nghi Vo, Tamsyn Muir, and Veronica G. Henry, and Tomi Champion-Adeyemi.
Readers can enjoy a wide range of stories and explore atmospheric dark fantasy worlds while also getting to know female knights and bodyguards, mediums, and ghouls among many other fascinating characters human and supernatural characters.
The settings also vary and readers can get immersed in modern and historical dark fantasy worlds as well as travel around the world and visit all sorts of places from small US towns to the magic-filled streets of Brazil.
You’ll be able to find all types of dark fantasy stories in this collection so you can actually enjoy modern, historical, mystery, and epic dark fantasy tales all in one. These spooky stories were designed to be read or listened to in a single sitting so they make perfect companions for those who are looking for quick but chilling bedtime reads.
Into Shadows is one of the most exciting new dark fantasy anthology collections with thought-provoking and imaginative stories that are perfect for adults and YA readers who are looking for short but complex and thrilling reads.
12| Gallant by V.E. Schwab, Victoria Schwab – New Horror Fantasy Book, April 2022
V.E. Schwab is known for her adult fantasy books and this story is among the best new horror books for young adults. We are convinced everyone is going to enjoy it as Schwab seems to be great in this area as well. Olivia Prior receives an invitation back home, to Gallant, but no one appears to know about that letter.
Is there a proper bone-chilling horror without a mansion that is out of this world? Once Olivia crosses those ruined walls, her life changes forever. A dark, at first scary world answers many of Olivia’s questions about who she is and where she belongs. If you’re into dark fantasy books you should check out this one.
Gallant is deservedly among the most anticipated fantasy horror books for teens and adults in 2022.
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11| Manhunt by Gretchen Felker-Martin – New Sci-fi Horror Book, February 2022
If you enjoy post-apocalyptic horrors, this one is definitely going to be on your must-read lists. In case you are new to the genre, Felker-Martin’s remarkable piece is a superb start without a doubt. Travel the New England coast with Beth, Fran, and Robbie, who know they cannot trust anyone, but each other. Hunting feral men is their only key to survival, but plenty of adventure awaits our heroes.
2022 is a great year for new horror novels and if you are looking for perfectly written LGBT+ new dystopian books for adults then Manhunt is for you.
Manhunt by Gretchen Felker-Martin is definitely among the spookiest horror books of 2022.
10| Dead Silence by S.A. Barnes, Stacey Kade – New Sci-fi Horror Book, February 2022
Some of the scariest horror books and stories take place on ships. For a good reason; there are always plenty of mysterious occurrences in the middle of the ocean. Furthermore, the idea of not being able to get away raises the hair on everyone’s neck. S.A. Barnes and Stacey Kade invite readers to a spaceship, where all hell is about to break loose.
A freshly redundant crew receives a distress signal, which turns out to be the future’s Titanic, the Aurora, a gigantic luxury spaceship. You might think it is not a good idea to enter that ship, and probably you are right.
Dead Silence by S.A. Barnes and Stacey Kade is one of the creepiest sci-fi horror books for adults.
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9| The Hacienda by Isabel Cañas – New Supernatural Horror Book, 2022
Isabel Cañas’ book début is certainly a strong one, The Hacienda is full of unique characters, petrifying secrets, and captivating ideas. We are hopeful about many exciting new horror novels coming from Cañas’ pen.
Beatriz has to accept Rodolfo’s proposal, as she is left on her own after the Mexican government was overthrown. Despite the dark rumors, she seeks safety at Rodolfo’s infamous countryside estate Hacienda San Isidro.
Not long after moving in Beatriz had to realize, the rumors were in fact true; something lurks in the darkness. Can she get out alive and unravel the mystery? If you’re craving new fantasy books you should put this spooky read on your TBR.
The Hacienda by Isabel Cañas is among the most entraining and mysterious fantasy horror books in 2022.
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8| The Children on the Hill by Jennifer McMahon – New Ghost Horror Books, April 2022
One of the most anticipated upcoming horror books is Jennifer McMahon’s peculiar and lovable piece. The Children on the Hill is going to be one of your favorites in no time if you enjoy reading gothic horrors. The book shows that friendship can be anywhere, no matter the differences.
When renowned psychiatrist Dr. Helen Hildreth takes a little girl home from her treatment center, she forms a bond with the doctor’s grandchildren.
Their friendship blooms as they face their fears in the dark. A magnificent book you are not going to be able to put down. If you’re looking for spooky new gothic books then don’t miss this thrilling read.
Jennifer McMahon’s The Children on the Hill is among the most frightening fantasy horror books for teens and adults alike.
7| All the White Spaces by Ally Wilkes – New Historical Horror Novel, January 2022
2022 is a great year for horror lovers, as there are a number of amazing horror books for adults and teens as well. Ally Wilkes’ writing career kicks off on a high note for sure. All the White Spaces is a fascinating LGBT horror novel that is packed with scary moments in the frozen corners of Antarctica.
Jonathan Morgan wouldn’t have thought that going on an expedition with his hero, James “Australis” Randall, the famous explorer would end up being the scariest time in his life. Due to a terrible disaster, the crew has to leave the ship and survive winter in the snow. If it wasn’t enough, it seems supernatural forces are decimating the crew.
All the White Spaces by Ally Wilkes is an eerie Polar LGBT horror that is going to raise the hair on your neck while reading.
6| What Moves the Dead by T. Kingfisher – New Gothic Horror Book, July 2022
Probably most horror fans would love to find an answer to this question. Alex Easton, a retired soldier, is going to find it out the hard way when he learns his old friend is dying.
If you are looking for gothic horrors packed with sinister forces and dark secrets, you are at the right place. The modern retelling of Edgar Allen Poe’s classic, The Fall of the House of Usher is going to make your weekend. It is certainly a read that will make you want to leave the lights on at night.
What Moves the Dead by T. Kingfisher is one of the creepiest new horror books in 2022.
5| String Follow by Simon Jacobs – New Horror Book, February 2022
If you are a huge fan of gothic horrors with a modern vibe then Simona Jacob’s String Follow is a superb choice for you. Beyond the unique and quirky characters and the dark humor, there is plenty to enjoy in this book.
A group of Ohio misfits live their absolutely out-of-the-ordinary lives and darkness doesn’t avoid any of them. There are a lot of potentially triggering elements in the book, so make sure to pick it up when you are in the right mindset.
String Follow by Simon Jacobs is a unique and spooky read that is full of dark moments and releasing humor.
4| Mestiza Blood by V. Castro – New Short Horror Story Collection, January 2022
V. Castro is most likely to become a household name in horror circles as the first book, Mestiza really shows off the author’s talents. This collection of nightmarish stories will give you the chills while not being able to put it down until you read all of them.
Each of the stories is amazing for various reasons. You can find sci-fi shorts as well as the darkest horrors. There are some really incredible strong female leads that are going to inspire everyone. The urban legend and folklore stories are most definitely among the creepiest horror stories you can find in 2022.
V. Castro’s Mestiza Blood is a fascinating collection of remarkable horror stories, you’ll hope to be only fiction.
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3| The Shadow Glass by Josh Winning – New Fantasy Horror Books, March 2022
Josh Winning’s passion for nostalgia and movies show in the pages of this captivating dark fantasy. While it is a bit different from most of the books on the list, we guarantee, every reader is going to feel a little darkness creeping up on their spine. Jack Corman seems to have hit rock bottom; work and life do not work as he imagined earlier.
Just when he would have been evicted from his home, he decides to return to his childhood home while mourning his father. An unbelievable group of beings need his help; the puppets from his father’s failed movie came to life so they can save the world against other of his father’s creations. If you’re looking for scary and exciting new dark fantasy books then pick up this unique novel.
The Shadow Glass by Josh Winning is a suspenseful and creepy fantasy all horror lovers will love.
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2| Sundial by Catriona Ward – New Fiction Horror Books, March 2022
One of the most gripping Psychological thriller-horror books for adults is Sundial. Catriona Ward has a great sense to build suspense, while also freaking readers out with every page.
Rob has everything she dreamed of, a loving husband, children, and the perfect home. Still, she cannot rest when she realizes something is wrong with her oldest daughter. Callie has strange hobbies, and her friends hide in the shadows.
To help her, Rob decides to take Callie back to where she grew up, but at Sundial she has to make a terrible decision and both of their lives will change forever. If you’re looking for new thriller and mystery books then you should pick up this thrilling novel.
Catriona Ward’s Sundial is one of the most anticipated new horrors of 2022 for both adults and teens.
1| The Fervor by Alma Katsu – New Psychological Horror Books, April 2022
Lovers of the horror genre are most definitely familiar with Alma Katsu’s name. The award-winning author has brought to us another frightening story, this time we are going to the second world war.
Meiko Briggs and her daughter Aiko had to go through difficult times; it wasn’t easy to be a Japanese-American in the forties. As they are sent to an internment camp, unexpected forces are unleashed; a demon poses a much darker threat than any war on the planet.
The historical fiction book The Fervor by Alma Katsu is among the most anticipated horror books in 2022.
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