Most Anticipated Horror Books for Summer 2022

Created by Bob Helmbrecht, collection development librarian

Summer is a great time for some scary reads! There are a lot of great horror books coming out in the next few months, so check out some of the titles I’m most looking forward to, and place your holds now.

Blood Mountain” by Brenda S. Tolian

In this mosaic of Southwestern Gothic Horror, a primordial goddess awakens deep within the Sangre de Cristo Mountains. The mountain hungers for revenge as invaders leave her emancipated with their greed and brutality. She cries out for blood, infusing the minds of those who do not belong-twisting them outwardly into the dark forms of their true intentions.

Darling” by Mercedes M. Yardley

Cherry LaRouche escaped the claws of Darling, Louisiana, at 16. When she is forced to return after her mother’s death, Cherry and her children move back into her childhood home where the walls whisper and something sinister skitters across the roof at night.

Daughter of Doctor Moreau” by Silvia Moreno-Garcia

From the best-selling author of “Mexican Gothic” and “Velvet Was the Night” comes a dreamy reimagining of “The Island of Doctor Moreau” set against the backdrop of 19th-century Mexico.

The Devil Takes You Home” by Gabino Iglesias

From an award-winning author comes a genre-defying thriller about a father desperate to salvage what’s left of his family — even if it means a descent into violence.

Mary: An Awakening of Terror” by Nat Cassidy

Fired from her job in New York, Mary moves back to her hometown, hoping to reconnect with her past and inner self. Instead, visions of terrifying, mutilated specters overwhelm her with increasing regularity and she begins auto-writing strange thoughts and phrases.

Number One Fan” by Meg Elison

Terrifying and timely, set against the backdrop of convention culture and the #MeToo reckoning, “Number One Fan” unflinchingly examines the tension between creator and work, fandom and source material, and the rage of fans who feel they own fiction.

Pallbearers Club” by Paul Tremblay

A cleverly voiced psychological thriller about an unforgettable–and unsettling–friendship, with blood-chilling twists, crackling wit, and a thrumming pulse in its veins–from the nationally best-selling author of “The Cabin at the End of the World” and “Survivor Song.”

They Drown Our Daughters” by Katrina Monroe

Part queer modern gothic, part ghost story, “They Drown Our Daughters” explores the depths of motherhood, identity, and the lengths a woman will go to hold on to both.

Three Days in the Pink Tower” by EV Knight

Josey Claypool begins the summer before her senior year at a carnival, where a fortune teller with milky-white eyes gives her a foreboding tarot reading. She’s spooked, but nothing could prepare her for the following day when two strange men show up at her front door.

What Moves the Dead” by T. Kingfisher

When he receives word that his childhood friend Madeline Usher is dying, retired soldier Alex Easton races to the House of Usher where he, after encountering a nightmare of fungal growths and possessed wildlife, recruits a British mycologist and a baffled American doctor to unravel the truth.