If you’re like me, you’re excited about the most anticipated horror books of 2023. The horror genre has a long and storied history, with classic tales of ghosts, monsters, and things that go bump in the night thrilling readers for centuries. Whether you’re a fan of psychological horror, supernatural thrills, or just plain creepy stories, there’s something for everyone in the horror genre.

2023 is shaping up to be a great year for horror fans, with a host of highly anticipated books set to hit store shelves. These works, by some of the most talented and respected authors in the field, are sure to haunt your nightmares and keep you up at night. From haunted houses to killer creatures, these books are sure to have something for every horror fan.

So if you’re looking for a good scare, make sure to keep an eye out for this year’s most highly anticipated horror releases. Whether you’re a seasoned veteran of the genre or a newcomer looking to dip your toes into the dark and terrifying waters of horror, there’s sure to be something for you in this year’s lineup.

Switch off the lights, pull the duvet over your head and let’s tentatively reveal the most anticipated horror books of 2023…


She Is A Haunting by Trang Thanh Tran

She Is A Haunting is a gripping horror novel that tells the story of Jade Nguyen, a young woman who travels to Vietnam to visit her estranged father. When she arrives, Jade finds herself trapped in a decrepit French colonial house that her father is determined to restore to its former glory. However, the house has a terrifying appetite and seems to be haunted by the ghost of a beautiful bride who leaves Jade cryptic warnings.

As Jade investigates the strange occurrences in the house, she uncovers the truth about her family’s past and must confront the rot within the house and within herself in order to save her family. This book is a must-read for fans of gothic horror and is perfect for anyone who enjoys a suspenseful and creepy read. The novel is filled with twists and turns that will keep you on the edge of your seat and the atmospheric writing will transport you to the haunted house in Vietnam.

In addition to its suspenseful plot, She Is A Haunting is also a thought-provoking examination of colonialism and its effects on families and communities. The house serves as a metaphor for the way that colonialism eats away at the people and cultures it touches, and the story of Jade and her family’s struggle to confront their own history and move forward is a poignant one. Overall, She Is A Haunting is a powerful and haunting novel that is sure to stay with you long after you’ve finished reading.

The Nightmare Man by J.H. Markert

The Nightmare Man is a chilling horror novel that follows the story of bestselling novelist Ben Bookman and Detective Mills as they try to solve a series of gruesome murders that seem to be inspired by Ben’s latest horror novel, The Scarecrow. As the murders continue to mirror the events in the book, Ben becomes the prime suspect, and he is forced to delve deep into the history of Blackwood mansion, his ancestral home, to uncover the truth.

As he investigates, Ben discovers that he may have triggered the release of a terrifying creature that has been trapped within the mansion’s walls for centuries. This creature, known as the nightmare man, preys upon the townspeople and seems to be connected to a series of numbered books without words that are stored in the mansion’s forbidden Atrium room. As Ben and Detective Mills race to stop the nightmare man before it’s too late, they must also confront the fine line between humanity and monstrosity.

The Nightmare Man is a suspenseful and atmospheric horror novel that is perfect for fans of T. Kingfisher and Cassandra Khaw. With its complex characters, twisty plot, and creepy atmosphere, this book is sure to keep you up at night and leave you haunted by its terrifying tale, making it one of the most anticipated horror books of 2023.

Episode Thirteen by Craig DiLouie

Episode Thirteen is a heart-pounding horror novel that takes readers on a terrifying journey with a ghost hunting reality TV crew. Led by husband and wife team Matt and Claire Kirklin, Fade to Black is the newest hit show that investigates weekly hauntings with a team of experts. In Episode Thirteen, the team travels to the Paranormal Research Foundation, a famously haunted mansion that holds secrets about bizarre experiments that took place there in the 1970s.

As the team investigates the mansion, they begin to uncover proof of an afterlife, but things take a turn for the worse as the house reveals itself to them. Told in broken pieces through tapes, journals, and correspondence, Episode Thirteen is a creepy and unsettling tale that is sure to keep readers on the edge of their seats. With its complex plot and well-written characters, this book is a must-read for fans of paranormal documentaries and ghost-hunting shows.

As the story unfolds, it becomes clear that there is more to the mansion and its hauntings than meets the eye. With its blend of psychological suspense and horror, Episode Thirteen is a true page-turner that is sure to leave readers feeling overwhelmed and disturbed by its haunting tale. Whether you’re a fan of found-footage horror or just love a good ghost story, this book is not to be missed.

Mothered by Zoje Stage

Mothered is a claustrophobic psychological thriller about one woman’s nightmarish experience while quarantined with her mother. Grace is less than thrilled when her newly widowed mother, Jackie, asks to move in with her, but she agrees in order to help with the mortgage after losing her job. However, living with her mother proves to be a nightmare as old wounds fester and new ones open.

As the two women struggle to coexist, Grace starts having nightmares about her disabled twin sister who died when they were kids, and Jackie discovers that Grace has been secretly catfishing people online, something Jackie finds unforgivable. When Jackie makes a shocking accusation against Grace, it sends her spiraling into a sleep-deprived madness. As the walls close in, Grace is haunted by the ghosts of her past and the new but familiar threat of her mother.

Mothered is a gripping and suspenseful novel that is perfect for fans of psychological thrillers. With its complex characters and intense plot, this book is sure to keep you on the edge of your seat and leave you feeling disturbed and unnerved. Whether you’re a fan of the author’s previous work or just love a good thriller, Mothered is one of the most anticipated horror books of 2023.

The Scourge Between Stars by Ness Brown

The Scourge Between Stars is one of the most highly anticipated horror books of 2023, and with good reason. This tense and claustrophobic sci-fi/horror blend is set aboard a doomed generation ship that is harboring something terrible within its walls. With constant threats of starvation and destruction, the crew of the starship Calypso is pushed to the breaking point, and as unrest spreads throughout the ship, a new threat emerges, picking off crew members one by one.

Acting captain Jacklyn Albright is responsible for keeping the last of humanity alive as they make their way back to Earth, and she must lead her team in hunting down the ship’s unknown intruder if they have any hope of making it home alive. This fast-paced and thrilling horror novel is perfect for fans of Chloe Gong’s work and is sure to be a hit with readers looking for a scare that can be swallowed up in one sitting. Don’t miss out on this highly anticipated release!

The Haunting of Alejandra by V. Castro

The Haunting of Alejandra is one of the most highly anticipated horror books of 2023, and with good reason. This literary horror novel is a haunting and provocative tale about motherhood, family legacy, and self-discovery. Alejandra is a woman who is haunted by the Mexican folk demon La Llorona and is struggling with a darkness that threatens to consume her.

As Alejandra visits a therapist and begins exploring her family’s history, she learns that heartbreak and tragedy are not the only things she has in common with her ancestors. She also discovers that she has inherited the strength and courage of the women who came before her and must summon everything they have given her to banish La Llorona forever.

The Haunting of Alejandra is a powerful and moving novel that is sure to appeal to readers who love horror stories with complex characters and themes. Whether you’re a fan of Mexican folklore or just love a good ghost story, this book is not to be missed. Get ready to be haunted by the incredible tale of Alejandra and the vengeful spirit of La Llorona.

How to Sell a Haunted House by Grady Hendrix

How to Sell a Haunted House is one of the most highly anticipated horror books of 2023 and is sure to be a hit with readers who love stories about the past and how it can haunt you. Written by New York Times bestselling author Grady Hendrix, this thrilling novel follows the story of Louise, who returns home to Charleston after her parents die and is forced to confront her family home, which is stuffed with her father’s academic career and her mother’s obsession with puppets and dolls.

As Louise tries to get the house ready for sale with the help of her brother Mark, she begins to realize that some houses don’t want to be sold and that her home has other plans for both of them. With its mix of heartfelt emotion and terror, How to Sell a Haunted House is classic Hendrix and is sure to be a gripping and memorable read. Don’t miss out on this exciting new release from “the horror master” (USA Today).

Lone Women by Victor LaValle

Lone Women is one of the most highly anticipated horror books of 2023 and is sure to be a hit with readers who love stories about the American West and the secrets that it holds. Written by award-winning author Victor LaValle, this gripping novel follows the story of Adelaide Henry, a woman with a past who is in trouble and is forced to flee California for Montana as a homesteader.

Adelaide carries an enormous steamer trunk with her wherever she goes, which is locked at all times because when it opens, people around Adelaide start to disappear. As Adelaide becomes one of the “lone women” taking advantage of the government’s offer of free land in Montana, she must confront the harsh territory and the secret that she has tried so desperately to lock away.

Lone Women is a beautifully crafted novel that blends shimmering prose, a captivating cast of characters, and a portrait of early-twentieth-century America like you’ve never seen before. With its mix of magical suspense and gripping storytelling, this book is not to be missed.

A House With Good Bones by T. Kingfisher

A House With Good Bones is an upcoming horror novel written by T. Kingfisher, an award-winning author known for her suspenseful writing. The story follows Sam Montgomery, who visits her mother’s home in North Carolina only to find that something is off. Sam’s mother’s behavior has changed and the house is now sterile and white, with hints of something sinister lurking beneath the surface.

As Sam tries to uncover the truth about what is happening in her mother’s home, she discovers secrets that are best left buried. She finds a jar of teeth hidden beneath the rose bushes and vultures circling the garden, and her mother becomes increasingly jumpy and paranoid. Sam realizes that she must dig deeper to understand the source of her mother’s fear and unravel the mysteries of the house.

A House With Good Bones is a haunting tale of the dark and twisted roots that can be found in even the most seemingly perfect families and homes. It is a story of suspense and horror that will keep readers on the edge of their seats as they follow Sam’s journey to uncover the secrets of her mother’s home. With its compelling characters and immersive setting, A House With Good Bones is sure to be one of the most anticipated horror novels of 2023.

Her Little Flowers by Shannon Morgan

Her Little Flowers is an upcoming horror novel set in the lush hills of England’s Lake District. The story follows Francine Thwaite, a solitary woman who has lived all her life in her family’s crumbling ancestral manor house. Francine is not alone, however, as the manor is home to several ghosts, including Bree, a mischievous ghost girl who has been Francine’s companion since childhood.

When francine’s estranged sister, Madeleine, returns to the manor after years away, she brings with her a disturbing story of cruelty and desperation from decades earlier. As francine learns more about the darkness in her family’s past and the role she may have played in it, she realizes that confronting the truth may mean losing what she holds most dear.

Her Little Flowers is a bewitchingly atmospheric and melancholy modern ghost story that is sure to appeal to readers of Eve Chase, Kate Morton, and Anita Frank. It is a story of grief and enduring love, and of the haunting regrets that only forgiveness can dispel. With its compelling characters and immersive setting, Her Little Flowers is one of the most anticipated horror novels of 2023.

Don’t Fear the Reaper by Stephen Graham Jones

Don’t Fear the Reaper is an upcoming horror novel by Stephen Graham Jones, the New York Times bestselling author of My Heart Is a Chainsaw. The story takes place in the rural lake town of Proofrock, Idaho, where Jade Daniels has just returned after her conviction was overturned. However, her life takes a dangerous turn when convicted Indigenous serial killer, Dark Mill South, escapes from prison and seeks revenge on the Dakota men who were hanged in 1862.

As Dark Mill South embarks on a killing spree in Proofrock, Jade finds herself caught in the middle of the chaos. With only 36 hours and 20 bodies left before the end of Dark Mill South’s “reunion tour,” Jade must find a way to survive and bring an end to the terror.

Don’t Fear the Reaper is a page-turning horror novel that will keep readers on the edge of their seats as they follow Jade’s struggle for survival in the face of a deadly enemy. With its fast-paced action and compelling characters, Don’t Fear the Reaper is sure to be one of the most anticipated horror novels of 2023.

Piñata by Leopoldo Gout

Piñata is an upcoming horror novel by Leopoldo Gout, combining elements of possession tales and Mexican Gothic. The story follows the Sanchez family, who are spending the summer in Mexico supervising the renovation of an ancient abbey. When an accident at the worksite unearths rare artifacts, the family trip is cut short and they return home to New York. However, they soon realize that something malevolent and unexplainable has followed them, stalking the family and heralding a coming catastrophe.

Inspired by the ancient deities worshiped by their ancestors, Piñata is a terrifying tale of possession and the malevolent forces that threaten to destroy the Sanchez family. With its fast-paced action and compelling characters, Piñata is sure to be one of the most anticipated horror novels of 2023. Fans of A Head Full of Ghosts and Mexican Gothic will not want to miss this chilling novel.


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