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5 Terrifying New Releases from Indie and Small Presses in June 2024

These horror books will leave you feeling cold in the summer heat.

'youthjuice' by E.K. Sathue, 'The Truest Sense' by Laura Keating, 'Voracious' Belicia Rhea, 'Invaginies' by Joe Koch, and 'Hollow Tongue' by Eden Royce
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June is kicking off a sizzling summer, and if you need some reads to help cool yourself down, we've got the perfect recommendations to bring the chills. But let's make this summer one to remember. By focusing on the little guys of horror, you can keep your TBR fresh and unique.

Are you ready to sweat with a short story collection that preys on your senses? Hoping to take a dive into apocalyptic visions? We've got some terrifying treats picked out for you!

Here are four of our most anticipated horror books from indie and small presses this June!

youthjuice

youthjuice

By E.K. Sathue

Mixing gut-churning body horror with outrageous satire, this debut from E.K. Sathue follows 29-year-old copywriter Sophia Bannon. It's obvious that there's something off about the luxury skincare company HEBE—Sophia can tell from her first day on the Storytelling team. But she's got enough secrets of her own, and HEBE  (and it's charming founder, Tree Whitestone) is offering her purpose and meaning.

Before long, Sophia herself is addicted to what HEHE is peddling, specifically youthjuice, the moisturizer Tree has asked Sophia to try out. When Sophia figures out the special ingredient in youthjuice, she has to determine just how big of a price she's willing to pay to stay beautiful forever…

This book is now available for pre-order, and will be released on June 8th by Hell's Hundred!

The Truest Sense: A Collection of Horrors

The Truest Sense: A Collection of Horrors

By Laura Keating

An author to watch, Laura Keating has returned with a chilling new collection. These 15 short tales are ready to unleash torment upon your senses.

From a time-defying cave that acts as the setting for a group of archeologists' last moments to a town under the thrall of an alien presence forcing them to build with anything they can find, these stories will have you squirming in your seat.

This book is now available for pre-order, and will be released on June 11th by Cemetery Gates Media!

Hollow Tongue

Hollow Tongue

By Eden Royce

Maxine Forrest is left financially strapped after a major accident. To try and make ends meet, she moves back into her childhood home.

The empty house holds nothing more for her than the memories of her abusive father and her mother who couldn't leave him. Now both of her parents are nowhere to be found, and Maxine is haunted by her past.

Her mother always swore things would change, but maybe Maxine's fate is inescapable…

This book is now available for pre-order, and will be released on June 20th by Raw Dog Screaming Press!

Invaginies

Invaginies

By Joe Koch

Joe Koch is a Shirley Jackson Award-nominated author with a unique and vital voice, and this month he's bringing you a brand new collection of literary horror and weird fiction.

From plages to possession, these 17 short stories will leave you feeling disturbed. Diving into topics from gender to corruption, his work will also guide you through postmodern terrors.

This book is now available for pre-order, and will be released on June 25th by CLASH Books!

Voracious

Voracious

By Belicia Rhea

Lila is 16 years old. She's pregnant, bulimic, and spiraling under the weight of her dark, prophetic dreams.

She sees visions of the world ending at the hands of swarms of insects, but no one believes her. She doesn't have a friend in the world, and her boyfriend has gone mysteriously missing, now presumed dead.

Pressured into going to therapy by her mother, things change after she talks to her therapist, but not in the way one might imagine. After hearing Lila's doomsday prophecies, the therapist soon develops similar symptoms. And as the end of days nears closer, Lila confesses a disturbing secret.

This book is now available for pre-order, and will be released on June 25th by Dark Matter INK!

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