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4 Terrifying New Releases from Indie and Small Presses in May 2024

This May has flowered some fresh new frights.

Covers for "When the Devil" by Emma E Murray, "The Dead Spot" by Angela Sylvaine, "Mazi" by Koji A. Dae, and "From the Belly" by Emmett Nahil
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April scaries bring May terrors. That's what we always say, anyway. With hot new horror novels hitting shelves every month, it can be hard for avid readers to know where to start.

We at The Lineup like to kick things off with the little guys—after all, it's these underdogs that are publishing the most unique tales in horror.

Are you on the prowl for a masterpiece of feminine rage? Hungry for a mind-bendingly erotic folktale? Maybe you want to take a dip into aquatic horrors? This selection is here to deliver.

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

When the Devil

When the Devil

By Emma E Murray

Short on time but desperate for terror? This novelette is waiting for you. Libby is stuck in an abusive marriage, losing hope fast under the suffocating weight of her oppressive religion.

But her new lover, June, changes everything. A sapphic tale of feminine rage, liberation, and unconventional justice, this is one read you won't want to miss.

This book is now available for pre-order, and will be released on May 7th by Shortwave Publishing!

The Dead Spot: Stories of Lost Girls

The Dead Spot: Stories of Lost Girls

By Angela Sylvaine

This short story collection will hit you where it hurts. Featuring 17 masterful tales centered around women and girls victimized by circumstance, manipulation, and obsession, The Dead Spot will haunt you long after you've finished the last page.

From a claustrophobic tale of lies to a nightmarish account of longing, this collection pulls no punches.

This book is now available for pre-order, and will be released on May 21st by Dark Matter Ink!



By Koji A. Dae

In this debut novella, Silvena heads to an isolated Bulgarian villa in the mountains for a nice vacation with her boyfriend. But as remote as their stay may be, Silvena can't shake the feeling that she's being watched by the house's wooden walls.

Though her boyfriend tries to get her mind off things with their typical BDSM play, Silvena finds her hallucinations get worse after she meets a local woodcutter. Does this man and his peculiar interest in her have some sort of tie to her delusions?

This book is now available for pre-order, and will be released on May 21st by Ghost Orchid Press!

Cover of "From the Belly" by Emmett Nahil

From the Belly

By Emmett Nahil

The Merciful is a whaling vessel that has just made a bizarre catch: a gigantic whale with a still-living man inside its stomach lining. One of the sailors, Isaiah Chase, is given the job of keeping this mysterious man alive.

As the two men grow ever closer, the ship and its crew experience a slew of accidents, injuries, and deaths. And as the crew continues their hunt for whale oil, Isaiah finds himself overcome by peculiar prophetic dreams.

With the ship captain growing more unhinged with each passing day, the odd stranger makes a confession: The Merciful and its crew is trapped in a cycle of punishment for their destructive greed.

Isaiah could make things right by facing the fleshy manifestation of the sea's vengeance, but to do so he must pick between the ship and his burgeoning new love.

This book is now available for pre-order, and will be released on May 30th by Tenebrous Press!

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