Happy New Year, fiends! 2018 is still a baby, but there are already a ton of horror films to look forward to this year. It’s shaping to be another busy year, but what about those dead periods of time in between horror premieres? What should you do to pass the time? Well, why not pick up a bloody-good book? Because aside from movies, 2018 is full of great freaky fiction that you may want to put on your reading list!
Below, we’ve provided a top-10 list of some of the most anticipated horror reads heading our way in 2018!
TALES FROM GREYSTONE BAY by Robert McCammon
You will now be able to revisit Robert McCammon’s chilling stories from Charles L. Grant’s classic anthology books of the 1980s, now reprinted in hardcover.
“There are so many things Bob Deaken remembers about Greystone Bay. He could tell you about what he and a friend found in the wreck of an old Chevy down where the blind man lives amid the junked cars. He could tell you about the time the snakes started coming out of old lady Farrow’s faucets and what she did with them. He could tell you about that Elvis Presley impersonator who came to town and went crazy when he couldn’t get his makeup off.
Some things he wouldn’t want to tell you after the sun goes down…
This time, Deacon tells you about the house across the street, painted a striking shade of red a color that reflects a dark secret about his family’s new neighbors.”
Released: January 31, 2018
THE SHAPE OF WATER by Daniel Kraus and Guillermo del Toro
If you liked the movie, you can now look forward to the novel which is sure to be a visual treat!
“It is 1962, and Elisa Esposito―mute her whole life, orphaned as a child―is struggling with her humdrum existence as a janitor working the graveyard shift at Baltimore’s Occam Aerospace Research Center. Were it not for Zelda, a protective coworker, and Giles, her loving neighbor, she doesn’t know how she’d make it through the day.
Then, one fateful night, she sees something she was never meant to see, the Center’s most sensitive asset ever: an amphibious man, captured in the Amazon, to be studied for Cold War advancements. The creature is terrifying but also magnificent, capable of language and of understanding emotions…and Elisa can’t keep away. Using sign language, the two learn to communicate. Soon, affection turns into love, and the creature becomes Elisa’s sole reason to live.”
Released: February 27, 2018
ZERO DAY by Ezekiel Boone
Author Ezekiel Boone concludes his spider-apocalypse Hatching trilogy with Zero Day.
“The world is on the brink of apocalypse. Zero Day has come.
The only thing more terrifying than millions of spiders is the realization that those spiders work as one. But among the government, there is dissent: do we try to kill all of the spiders, or do we gamble on Professor Guyer’s theory that we need to kill only the queens?
For President Stephanie Pilgrim, it’s an easy answer. She’s gone as far as she can—more than two dozen American cities hit with tactical nukes, the country torn asunder—and the only answer is to believe in Professor Guyer. Unfortunately, Ben Broussard and the military men who follow him don’t agree, and Pilgrim, Guyer, and the loyal members of the government have to flee, leaving the question: what’s more dangerous, the spiders or ourselves?”
Released: February 27, 2018
AFTERLIFE WITH ARCHIE VOLUME 2: BETTY R.I.P. by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa
Archie Horror is on a roll! And they’re back with their most anticipated horror comic yet…
“The dark plague of the undead has swallowed Riverdale whole, forcing the survivors led by Archie, Betty and Veronica to flee the formerly idyllic town in search of safe haven. The rag-tag group’s once-lighthearted romantic rivalries, power struggles and family feuds are now cast in a desperate light, as tensions and emotions are heightened by the fact that any decision, no matter how trivial it may seem, could now be a choice between life and death. And more and more frequently… death is the winner.”
Released: March 20, 2018
The Invasion by Peadar O’Guilin
The sequel to Peadar’s best-selling YA horror novel The Call, The Invasion continues the story of Nessa and Anto.
“After so much danger, Nessa and Anto can finally dream of a happy life. But the terrible attack on their school has created a witch-hunt for traitors — boys and girls who survived the Call only by making deals with the enemy. To the authorities, Nessa’s guilt is obvious. Her punishment is to be sent back to the nightmare of the Grey Land for the rest of her life. The Sídhe are waiting, and they have a very special fate planned for her.”
Released: March 27, 2018
THE OUTSIDER by Stephen King
“An unspeakable crime. A confounding investigation. At a time when the King brand has never been stronger, he has delivered one of his most unsettling and compulsively readable stories.
An eleven-year-old boy’s violated corpse is found in a town park. Eyewitnesses and fingerprints point unmistakably to one of Flint City’s most popular citizens. He is Terry Maitland, Little League coach, English teacher, husband, and father of two girls. Detective Ralph Anderson, whose son Maitland once coached, orders a quick and very public arrest. Maitland has an alibi, but Anderson and the district attorney soon add DNA evidence to go with the fingerprints and witnesses. Their case seems ironclad.
As the investigation expands and horrifying answers begin to emerge, King’s propulsive story kicks into high gear, generating strong tension and almost unbearable suspense. Terry Maitland seems like a nice guy, but is he wearing another face? When the answer comes, it will shock you as only Stephen King can.”
Released: May 22, 2018
BLACK MAD WHEEL by Josh Malerman
From the author of Bird Box, Josh Malerman brings readers a new tale of psychological horror…
“The Danes—the band known as the “Darlings of Detroit”—are washed up and desperate for inspiration, eager to once again have a number one hit. That is, until an agent from the US Army approaches them. Will they travel to an African desert and track down the source of a mysterious and malevolent sound? Under the guidance of their front man, Philip Tonka, the Danes embark on a harrowing journey through the scorching desert—a trip that takes Tonka into the heart of an ominous and twisted conspiracy.
Meanwhile, in a nondescript Midwestern hospital, a nurse named Ellen tends to a patient recovering from a near-fatal accident. The circumstances that led to his injuries are mysterious—and his body heals at a remarkable rate. Ellen will do the impossible for this enigmatic patient, who reveals more about his accident with each passing day.
Part Heart of Darkness, part Lost, Josh Malerman’s breathtaking new novel plunges us into the depths of psychological horror, where you can’t always believe everything you hear.”
Released: May 23, 2018
THE CABIN AT THE END OF THE WORLD by Paul Tremblay
Paul Tremblay, author of A Head Full of Ghosts, gives us a new take on the home invasion genre.
“Seven-year-old Wen and her parents, Eric and Andrew, are vacationing at a remote cabin on a quiet New Hampshire lake. Their closest neighbors are more than two miles in either direction along a rutted dirt road.
One afternoon, as Wen catches grasshoppers in the front yard, a stranger unexpectedly appears in the driveway. Leonard is the largest man Wen has ever seen but he is young, friendly, and he wins her over almost instantly. Leonard and Wen talk and play until Leonard abruptly apologizes and tells Wen, “None of what’s going to happen is your fault”. Three more strangers then arrive at the cabin carrying unidentifiable, menacing objects. As Wen sprints inside to warn her parents, Leonard calls out: “Your dads won’t want to let us in, Wen. But they have to. We need your help to save the world.”
Thus begins an unbearably tense, gripping tale of paranoia, sacrifice, apocalypse, and survival that escalates to a shattering conclusion, one in which the fate of a loving family and quite possibly all of humanity are entwined. The Cabin at the End of the World is a masterpiece of terror and suspense from the fantastically fertile imagination of Paul Tremblay.”
Released: June 26, 2018
RETURN TO FEAR STREET: YOU MAY NOW KILL THE BRIDE by R. L. Stine
R. L. Stine is bringing the fear back to your street yet again…
“Two sisters, divided by time. Each with a terrible resentment she can barely contain.
Two Fear family weddings, decades apart… Each bride will find that the ancient curse that haunts the Fears LIVES ON. It feeds off the evil that courses through their blood. It takes its toll in unexpected ways, and allows dark history to repeat itself.”
Released: July 24, 2017
WE SOLD OUR SOULS by Grady Hendrix:
There isn’t an official cover or synopsis for this one yet, but We Sold Our Souls is definitely one you want to put on your list.
A new novel of supernatural horror (and pop culture) from the author of HORRORSTOR, MY BEST FRIEND’S EXORCISM, and PAPERBACKS FROM HELL.
Released: September 18, 2018
Are there any horror titles not listed here that you’re excited for? Let us know!