8 Horror Books to Read This Summer

As summer’s heat intensifies and the nights become warm and muggy, there’s no better time to immerse yourself in some chilling horror fiction. Here are eight highly anticipated titles set for release this summer that are guaranteed to keep you captivated and on the edge of your seat.

“I Was a Teenage Slasher” by Stephen Graham Jones
Set in 1989 Texas, this novel tells the story of a teenager cursed to kill for revenge, blending slasher horror with personal reflection. Released July 16, 2024, by Saga Press.

The God of the Woods” by Liz Moore
This novel intertwines the stories of a wealthy family and their working-class neighbors, all connected by the mysterious disappearance of a young girl at a summer camp. Released July 2, 2024, by Riverhead Books.

“The Haunting of Hecate Cavendish” by Paula Brackston
Set in 1881 England, Hecate Cavendish can see ghosts and starts her new life as an assistant librarian in a cathedral with a magical collection of books. Released July 2, 2024, by St. Martin’s Press.

“What Have You Done?” by Shari Lapena
This domestic suspense novel follows teenagers in a small Vermont town who tell ghost stories, only to find their own lives becoming intertwined with dark and mysterious events. Released July 30, 2024, by Penguin Random House.

“Cuckoo” by Gretchen Felker-Martin
A gripping tale of five queer kids sent to a conversion camp in the Utah desert, where they confront an otherworldly evil. Released June 11, 2024, by Tor Nightfire.

“Youthjuice” by E.K. Sathue
In this chilling novel, a sociopath becomes involved with a wellness company that has a suspicious number of missing interns, revealing dark secrets about its operations. Released June 4, 2024, by Hell’s Hundred.

“The Eyes Are the Best Part” by Monika Kim
This psychological horror follows a college student who must protect her family from her mother’s sinister boyfriend, leading her through a dark journey of rage and revenge. Released June 25, 2024, by Erewhon Books.

“The Handyman Method” by Andrew F. Sullivan & Nick Cutter
A new take on the haunted house genre, this novel explores the horrors of DIY repairs gone wrong, compounded by technological nightmares and graphic violence. Released August 8, 2024, by Gallery/Saga Press.

Eric Akoto

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