All new horror and genre books are coming in August!
Head below for a list of genre titles – horror, mystery, short fiction collections, and more – available to you in August!
Keep track of all new SFF releases here. All title summaries are taken and/or abstracted from the copy provided by the publisher. Release dates are subject to change. Discover Tor Nightfire for a more comprehensive list of horror, dark fantasy, and bizarre fiction titles released this month, including anthologies, collections, and reissues.
First week (August 2)
The devil bring you home —Gabino Iglesias (Mulholland Books)
In debt due to the illness of his young daughter, his marriage on the brink, Mario reluctantly takes a job as a hitman, surprising himself with his penchant for violence. After a tragedy destroys the life he once knew, Mario accepts one last task: to hijack a cartel’s shipment of cash before it reaches Mexico. Along with an old friend and cartel insider named Juanca, Mario embarks on a near-suicidal mission, which will leave him with either $200,000 or a bullet to the skull. But the path to reward or ruin is never as straight as it seems. As the three complicated men travel across the endless landscape of Texas, across the border and back, their hidden motivations are uncovered alongside nightmarish encounters that defy explanation. One thing is certain: even if Mario makes it out alive, he won’t come back the same.
The Wild Hunt —Emma Seckel (Tin House)
Islanders have only three rules: don’t stick your nose where you don’t want to, don’t mention war, and never let your guard down in October. Leigh Welles hasn’t set foot on the island in years, but when she finds herself called home by the unexpected death of her father, she is determined to forget the sorrows of the past: the abandonment of her mother, the icy distance from her brother. , the indescribable tragedy of World War II – and start fresh. Fellow countryman Iain MacTavish, an RAF veteran with his eyes on the sky and his head in the past, is also in desperate need of a fresh start. A young widower, Iain struggles to regain the normal life he knew before the war. But this month of October is anything but normal. In October, the sluagh are restless. The ominous bird-like creatures of Celtic legend – whispered to carry the souls of the dead – have haunted the islanders for decades, but in the wake of war there are more wandering souls and more sluagh. When a young man goes missing, Leigh and Iain are thrown together to investigate the truth in the island’s dark heart and reveal their own hidden secrets. Rich in historical detail, a skilful speculative side and a deep imagination, the propulsive and transporting beginnings of Emma Seckel The Wild Hunt unravels long stories of love, loss and redemption.
Second week (August 9)
women could fly —Megan Giddings (Amistad)
Josephine Thomas has heard every conceivable theory about her mother’s disappearance. That she was kidnapped. Murdered. That she took on a new identity to start a new family. That she was a witch. It’s the most disturbing accusation because in a world where witches are real, a particular behavior arouses suspicion and a woman – especially a black woman – can find herself on trial for witchcraft. But fourteen years have passed since her mother’s disappearance, and now Jo is finally ready to let go of the past. However, its future is uncertain. The state requires all women to marry before the age of 30 or register in a register that allows them to be watched, thus losing their autonomy. At 28, Jo is ambivalent about marriage. With her ability to control her life on the line, she feels like she’s never understood her mother better. When offered the chance to honor a final request from her mother’s will, Jo leaves her usual life behind to feel connected to her one last time.
Ruthless (Immortal Enemies #2)— Gena Showalter (HQN)
Micah the Unwilling, fae King of the Forgotten, can tame even the most violent beasts. Forged on the battlefield, this iron-willed warrior regards his soldiers as his family, and he will stop at nothing to reclaim their dispossessed lands. Preparing for war against a sadistic foe, he is disciplined and focused, until a savage beauty he met long ago wanders into his camp. Aoibheall’s Viori possesses a terrifying ability to sing monsters to life. Having spent her childhood in a forest, raising herself and her fearsome creations – the only friends she has ever known – she is ill-prepared for the Scarred King and his fearsome brutality. Not to mention the fierceness of their connection and the sensuality of his touch. But the real problem? His brother is Micah’s biggest enemy. And although the sensual king makes her burn, she must stop him, no matter what.
The day before —Katelyn Monroe Howes (Dutton)
When Alabine Rivers, a politically active young woman with a bright career and a romance ahead of her, hears the devastating news that she has terminal cancer, the only thing that comforts her is the possibility of a second life thanks to the estate. emerging from cryogenics. . A century later, scientists have indeed discovered how to bring back the dead from preservation, but humanity has found itself locked in a philosophical battle over the ethics of this new divine power, a battle that has turned violent: those who are resurrected, the Awakened, have been declared illegal and must be shot on sight. This is the world into which Alabine is brought by the Resurrectionists, an underground militia fighting for the rights of the Awakened. Finding herself in a completely unknown world, and where she is a stranger for the first time in her life, Alabine must figure out how to survive and figure out her place in this new world, all while being haunted by lucid memories of her past. life and the man she loved.
Third week (August 16)
No new titles.
Week four (August 23)
Reluctant Immortals — Gwendolyn Kiste (Gallery/Saga)
Reluctant Immortals is a historical horror novel that looks at two men from classic literature, Dracula and Mr. Rochester, and the two women who survived them, Bertha and Lucy, who are now undead immortals residing in Los Angeles in 1967 when Dracula and Rochester make a shocking return to the Haight-Ashbury neighborhood of San Francisco. Combining elements of historical and gothic fiction with a modern perspective, in a story of love, betrayal and coercion, Reluctant Immortals is the lyrical and harrowing journey of two women of classic literature as they bravely claim their own destiny in a man’s world.
Meet us by the Roaring Sea — Akil Kumarasamy (Farrar, Straus and Giroux)
In the near future, a young woman finds her mother’s starfish body on the kitchen floor in Queens and embarks on a journey through language, archives, artificial intelligence and television to come back to herself- same. She begins to translate an old manuscript about a group of female medical students – living through a drought and on the brink of war – as they create a new way of life to help the people around them. In the process, the life of the translator and the manuscript begin to become entangled. Along the way, the arrival of a childhood friend, a stranger, and an unusual AI project will force her to question her own moral compass and sense of kindness. How involved are we in the suffering of others? What does true compassion look like? How to create a better world?
Fifth week (August 30)
suburban hell —Maureen Kilmer (Putnam)
Amy Foster considers herself lucky. After leaving town and moving to the suburbs, she quickly found her footing with neighbors Liz, Jess and Melissa, grinding together from the outskirts of the PTA crowd. One night during their monthly wine date, the crew concocted a plan for a She Shed clubhouse in Liz’s backyard – a space all to themselves, with no spouses or children allowed. But the night after christening the She Shed, things start to feel…off. Little did they expect, Liz’s little home improvement project would unleash a demonic force that turns their quiet enclave into something out of a nightmare. And that’s before the homeowners association got wind of it. Even the calmest mothers can’t justify the strange burn marks, self-moving dolls, and horrible smells that surround their possessed friend, Liz. Together, Amy, Jess, and Melissa must battle the evil spirit to save Liz and the neighborhood…before the suburbs go from hell to hell.
number one fan —Meg Elison (MIRA)
On her way to a speech, best-selling novelist Eli Gray gets into a taxi and accepts a drink from the driver, convinced that all is well. She wakes up chained in the basement of the stranger. With no close family or friends expecting her to check in, Eli knows she must save herself. She soon realizes that his abduction wasn’t random, and while she thinks she might recognize her captor, she can’t figure out what he wants. Her only clues are that he knows her books very well and is deeply invested in the fantasy world she creates. What follows is a test of will as Eli stands against a man who believes she owes him everything and is determined to take it from him.