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4 Terrifying New Releases from Indie and Small Presses This July

Scares that'll really make you sweat.

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This summer is hot, and so are the new horror releases this month! You'll find that some of the best of the best come from small and independent publishers. From isolated settlements brimming with folk magic to indulgent cannibals, you'll be screaming for these unique voices in horror. Here are four chilling horror books coming to indie and small presses this July!

New Indie Horror Books Releasing This July!



By Alex Woodroe

Anna is a nomad with a vicious witch-hunting ex on her trail. When she learns of the town of Whisperwood—a place not documented on any map—it seems like the perfect place to hide. Unfortunately, isolation doesn't always mean peace. Soon Anna will be tested by a vanishing town, a gruesome funeral rite, an emergency field surgery, and more. Plus, mysterious folk magic keeps her trapped in the settlement...

This book is now available for pre-order, and will be released on July 11th by Flame Tree Press!

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The Screaming Child

By Scott Adlerberg

Mystery meets horror in this gripping new work. A woman overcome with grief busies herself writing a book about an explorer who was murdered in the remote wilderness. But when she hears the distant screams of her own missing child from somewhere deep in the woods, she is catapulted into her own dangerous journey.

This book is now available for pre-order, and will be released on July 11th by Ghoulish Books!

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Exquisite Hunger

By Emma E. Murray

In this debut chapbook, a woman is torn between desire and repulsion. When the narrator of this tale meets her striking neighbor, Carly, she can't resist giving in to her darkest inclinations. A sapphic story woven through with simmering cannibalistic horrors, this book also includes cover art and illustrations by Caitlin Marceau.

This book is now available for pre-order, and will be released on July 18th by Medusa Publishing Haus!

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The Butterfly Circle

By Mary Carroll Leoson

In 1948, Eliza Kendall is pregnant. Her father abandons her at Prescott House, a home for unwed mothers, where she finds connection in her three roommates. Unfortunately, their cold headmistress slings constant abuse.

As the girls straddle the threshold between adolescence and womanhood, they start to find solace in what exists beyond the veil of dreams. They also discover hidden passages of the house, rumored to once be a part of the Underground Railroad. As they explore, they uncover a plot to hide the bodies of other pregnant women. Can they survive with the help of the wise women who came before them?

This book is now available for pre-order, and will be released on July 18th by Manta Press!

For more great 2023 indie horror books, check these out:

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