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The 13 Scariest Books Written This Year

  • FICTION

    IF IT BLEEDS

    APRIL 20, 2020

FICTION

IF IT BLEEDS

by Stephen King

Vintage King: a pleasure for his many fans and not a bad place to start if you’re new to him. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • FICTION

    THAT TIME OF YEAR

    SEPT. 8, 2020

FICTION

THAT TIME OF YEAR

by Marie NDiaye ; translated by Jordan Stump

Part ghost story, part satiric horror, this gorgeously eerie book will keep you holding your breath even past the end. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • FICTION

    MEXICAN GOTHIC

    JUNE 30, 2020

FICTION

MEXICAN GOTHIC

by Silvia Moreno-Garcia

Fans of gothic classics like Rebecca will be enthralled as long as they don’t mind a heaping dose of all-out horror. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • FICTION

    THE BOATMAN'S DAUGHTER

    FEB. 11, 2020

  • NONFICTION

    CULTURE WARLORDS

    OCT. 13, 2020

NONFICTION

CULTURE WARLORDS

by Talia Lavin

Righteous indignation meets techie magic to shine light on one of America’s most malignant warts. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • NONFICTION

    OUR BODIES, THEIR BATTLEFIELDS

    SEPT. 22, 2020

NONFICTION

OUR BODIES, THEIR BATTLEFIELDS

by Christina Lamb

A searing, absolutely necessary exposé of the uses of rape in recent wars and of global injustices to the survivors. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • NONFICTION

    THE COLD VANISH

    JULY 7, 2020

NONFICTION

THE COLD VANISH

by Jon Billman

A compassionate, sympathetic, and haunting book sure to make you think twice before stepping out into the wilderness alone. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • TEEN

    CLOWN IN A CORNFIELD

    AUG. 25, 2020

TEENS & YOUNG ADULT

CLOWN IN A CORNFIELD

by Adam Cesare

A pulse-pounding thrill ride for retro-horror fans who are not faint of heart (or stomach). Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • TEEN

    ALL THESE MONSTERS

    JULY 7, 2020

TEENS & YOUNG ADULT

ALL THESE MONSTERS

by Amy Tintera

A thrilling and worthy #MeToo story with frightening monsters of all kinds. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • CHILDREN'S

    HIDE AND SEEKER

    SEPT. 15, 2020

CHILDREN'S

HIDE AND SEEKER

by Daka Hermon

A chilling debut—like the Seeker, a tale that doesn’t let you go. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • CHILDREN'S

    THE MULBERRY TREE

    JULY 14, 2020

CHILDREN'S

THE MULBERRY TREE

by Allison Rushby

Crafted from shivery supernatural elements, this fable celebrates the power of empathy and forgiveness. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • CHILDREN'S

    THEY THREW US AWAY

    SEPT. 15, 2020

CHILDREN'S

THEY THREW US AWAY

by Daniel Kraus ; illustrated by Rovina Cai

Reflective children will revel in this thought-provoking world. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >

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