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4 Terrifying New Releases from Indie and Small Presses This August

Walk with us through horror's darkest corners.

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August is the wonderful bridge between summer and fall. What better way to celebrate the encroaching spooky season than with some delightfully terrifying books? And why not let this last month of summer be about discovery? Take the unbeaten path and pick up your new read from a small or independent publisher!

From folkloric frights to religious reckonings, here are four spine-chilling horror books coming to indie and small presses this August!

New Indie Horror Books Releasing This August!

the encyclopocalypse of legends and lore volume i

The Encyclopocalypse of Legends and Lore: Volume One

By Janine Pipe

In this incredible folklore horror anthology edited by Janine Pipe, discover a collection of chilling tales. From the well-known seductive sirens to the less common and pitiable Squonk, these stories come from some of the most titillating voices in modern horror. This anthology includes work from Stephanie Ellis, Ross Jeffery, R. J. Joseph, and more!

This book is now available for pre-order, and will be released on August 4th by Encyclopocalypse Publications!

bad moon rising

Bad Moon Rising

By Luisa Colon

16-year-old Elodia is having a hard time in Gravesend, Brooklyn. At school, she's a misfit. She and her father never see eye to eye. And all she wants is her absent mother. Feeling completely alone, Elodia is certain that something awful has happened to her. If only she could remember what...

In upstate New York, Gabriel passes his days hunting sparrows and looking for his biological parents. He could be a wonderful son, and he wants his birth parents to know that. But a vicious betrayal fills him with a resentment that sours into a thirst for vengeance.

Elodia and Gabriel are both torn between their hopes for the future and the mysteries of their pasts. With their lives in shambles, their wounds may be irreversible.

This book is now available for pre-order, and will be released on August 11th by Cemetery Dance Publications!

her teeth like waves

Her Teeth, Like Waves

By Nikki R. Leigh

When her twin brother, Mitch, disappears during a diving expedition, Kat sets out to find him. She takes her girlfriend, Jules, with her to his last known destination, and prepares to face the unknowable dangers of the deep ocean. A weird horror romp that's heavy on emotion, this novelette will delight lovers of creature features.

This book is now available for pre-order, and will be released on August 15th by Spooky House Press LLC!

i'm having regrets

I’m Having Regrets

By Caitlin Marceau

A tragic fire has left Madeleine a widowed mother of two. She tries to piece her life back together by attending a support group for the bereaved. The fact that the group is run by Our Lady of Porete, a religious group, gives her sister pause. But when Madeleine hesitantly agrees to a week-long retreat with the congregation, she packs up her sister and her children to come with her. Out in the middle of nowhere, she's about to find out a lot about herself—and about this community's true intentions.

This book is now available for pre-order, and will be released on August 27th by Hear Us Scream Press!

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