Although Halloween is over, and some are putting up their Christmas decorations, it doesn’t mean you have to give up your thrills and chills! With next year set to be another hot year in books, here are some of the most anticipated horror novels of 2022 that are guaranteed to keep you creeped out all year long.
Such a Pretty Smile by Kristi DeMeester (January 18, 2022)
Something known as The Cur is killing young women known as troublemakers, leaving only dismembered bodies behind. In 2004 a woman named Caroline Sawyer can hear dogs everywhere, thinking this is an unusual side effect of insomnia. Her husband doesn’t believe her and her psychiatrist tries to medicate her. In 2019, Caroline’s thirteen-year-old daughter, Lila, hides her secrets from everyone around her and finally finds her voice, but is soon punished when she uses it.
Manhunt by Gretchen Felker-Martin (February 22, 2022)
Beth and Fran hunt feral men in New England to harvest their organs in an effort to stay alive. Robbie ensures his gun is always within arm’s reach, refusing to trust anyone. But suddenly, an accident forces the three lives to intertwine and rely on each other as they try to survive against packs of feral men and a sociopathic billionaire.
The Book of Cold Cases by Simone St. James (March 15, 2022)
In 1977, Beth Greer was acquitted from two random murders after being seen fleeing one of the crimes. In 2017, Shea Collins, a receptionist and true crime blogger, meets Beth by chance and gets an interview with her. As the two begin to meet regularly, Shea finds herself feeling unsettled at Beth’s mansion and begins to wonder if she’s befriending a murderer—or if something more sinister is lurking around Beth’s home.
The Children on the Hill by Jennifer McMahon (April 26, 2022)
In 1978, Dr. Helen Hildreth is an acclaimed psychiatrist who has her own treatment center in Vermont and lives with her two grandchildren, Vi and Eric. When Helen brings home a child to live with them named Iris, Vi and Eric are ecstatic to have a new friend to play with and invite her to join their Monster Club. In 2019, Lizzy Shelley is a popular podcast host who travels to Vermont where a young girl has been abducted and people claim to have seen a monster. Lizzy is determined to get to the bottom of hunting down this monster and who else could do it best? After all, she has a monster for a sister.
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The Pallbearers Club by Paul Tremblay (June 5, 2022)
Art Barbara was a loner in high school during the late 1980s, yet he still managed to make a friend at the Pallbearer’s Club; a friend who brought her Polaroid camera to take pictures of the corpses. Decades later, Art tries to make sense of the girls desire to dig up the dead and the strange things that happened at night when she was around. Unfortunately for Art, this mysterious friend from his past gets her hands on the manuscript and is not happy about what he’s written.
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The Daughter of Doctor Moreau by Silvia Moreno-Garcia (June 19, 2022)
Carlota Moreau is a young woman growing up in a luxuriant estate and is the daughter of a genius or a madman. Montgomery Laughton is a melancholic overseer with a tragic past who assists Dr. Moreau with his experiments. The hybrids are the part human, part animal creations of the Doctor. Everyone’s unusual lives are about to be disturbed when a mysterious visiter comes to the estate.
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Don’t Fear the Reaper by Stephen Graham Jones (June 26, 2022)
In the sequel to My Heart is a Chainsaw, Jade’s conviction is overturned and she is released from prison four years after her senior year. Upon returning to Proofrock, Jade has no time to settle in and prepare for Christmas when convicted serial killer Dark Mill South escapes from a prison transfer in a blizzard.
Piñata by Leopoldo Gout (November 1, 2022)
Carmen Sanchez is back in her home country of Mexico for the summer with her two teenage daughters, Izel and Luna. While Carmen oversees the renovation of an ancient cathedral into a boutique hotel, Izel and Luna are left unsupervised in an unfamiliar city. After an accident at the construction site almost injures Luna, the three return to New York and Izel notices Luna’s odd behavior. What awoke during the accident and what did they bring home with them?