7 New Horror Books I’m Excited About for 2017

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With the notable absence of Stephen King, who is yet to announce his latest solo project, here are a few of my most anticipated supernatural horror novels for 2017.

 

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Image: Titan Books

Book: Relics

Author: Tim Lebbon (The Silence, Coldbrook)

Release Date: March 21, 2017

What it’s About: A woman uncovers a black market for supernatural objects that might hold the key to her lover’s disappearance.

Why I’m Looking Forward to it: Not only did The Silence put Lebbon onto my auto-buy list but this one sounds like an interesting mix of horror and urban fantasy.

 

 

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Image: St Martin’s Press

Book: Ararat

Author: Christopher Golden (Dead Ringers, Snowblind)

Release Date: April 18, 2017

What it’s About: A blizzard strands a couple inside a cave with a Lovecraftian evil.

Why I’m Looking Forward to it: I first discovered Golden writing Buffy novels and have been a fan ever since.  Snowblind still holds a special place in my heart as the first book I ever reviewed.

 

 

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Book: Skitter

Author: Ezekiel Boone (The Hatching)

Release Date: April 25, 2017

What it’s About: Part two of Boone’s Hatching trilogy promises more apocalyptic spider mayhem.

Why I’m Looking Forward to it: The Hatching was one of the most enjoyable horror novels of 2016, which is why I’m glad we didn’t have to wait too long for a sequel.

 

 

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Book: The Boy on the Bridge

Author: M.R. Carey (The Girl With All the Gifts)

Release Date: May 2, 2017

What it’s About: Carey’s long-awaited return to the post-apocalyptic world of The Girl With All the Gifts.

Why I’m Looking Forward to it: Carey’s Girl kept readers guessing, breathing new life into overused horror tropes, so I’m eager to see where he takes this idea next.

 

 

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Image: HarperCollins

Book: Black Mad Wheel

Author: Josh Malerman (Bird Box)

Release Date: May 23, 2017

What it’s About: The US Army hires a group of musicians to help them locate the source of a malevolent sound.

Why I’m Looking Forward to it: With his 2014 debut, Bird Box, Malerman established himself as one of the most promising new horror writers of the decade. After more than a year in limbo, his sophomore effort finally has a title and an official release date.

 

 

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Image: Mulholland Books

Book: The White Road

Author: Sarah Lotz (Day Four, The Three)

Release Date: May 30, 2017

What it’s About: Lotz has already ruined air travel and cruises for an entire generation of horror readers.  Next on her list: mountain climbing.

Why I’m Looking Forward to it: Horror can be a bit of a Boys’ Club so I’m always thrilled to read something from a female author as talented as Lotz.

 

 

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Image: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

Book: The Dark Net

Author: Benjamin Percy (The Dead Lands, Red Moon)

Release Date: August 1, 2017

What it’s About: Percy proposes the ultimate Creepypasta – an ancient evil hidden in the darkest corners of the Internet.

Why I’m Looking Forward to it: This one sounds similar in tone and scope to Percy’s werewolf epic Red Moon which was one of my favourite books of 2014. I already have an Advanced Reading Copy from the publisher, so watch out for my review closer to the publication date.

 

Honourable Mention: It didn’t make the list by virtue of being an anthology, but I was excited to read that Joe Hill (The Fireman, NOS4R2) will be publishing  a collection of four novellas under the title Strange Weather some time in 2017.

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