Some of the most gruesome horrors are those that are hidden in the dark. Now we at The Lineup are shining a light on the cobwebbed corners of horror publishing! Indie and small presses don't get as much attention as major publishing houses, but that doesn't mean their titles aren't just as chilling. In fact, smaller presses are often known for taking more risks. Let's hear some screams for the underdog. Here are four gripping horror titles coming to indie and small presses this March.
Every Woman Knows This
This short story collection comes from the brilliant mind of recent Stoker Award nominee Laurel Hightower. Collected here in one place are the gripping tales we already know and love, along with five new stories to chill us to the bone. In these works, womanhood is pushed to the limits. The unimaginable pressure of motherhood, a barrage of dangerous advances, the endless responsibility of caretaking—these stories piece together to paint a portrait of the uncomfortable, distressing horrors women face every day.
This book is available now from Death Knell Press!
This One’s Gonna Hurt
Five friends driving through the remote California desert on their way to a music festival must stop when their electric car runs out of its charge. Stranded and alone, they hunt down a charging station in an isolated parking lot. But waiting there in the shadows is a relentless maniac with an indiscriminate hunger. As the group fights for survival against a quick-witted killer, their relationships to each other begin to fray at the seams.
This book is now available for pre-order, and will be released on March 9th by Black Rose Writing!
This short story collection hits close to home... Across 13 terrifying tales, author Christopher Hawkins preys upon what is supposed to be the safest place on Earth—suburbia. From a mannequin-loving store clerk with a macabre secret to a thief that breaks into a house that won't let him leave, these tales will have you second-guessing your neighbors.
This book is now available for pre-order, and will be released on March 15th by Coronis Publishing!
The Shoemaker’s Magician
Paloma has been watching the Grand Vespertilio Show for as long as she can remember. The classic horror showcase is hosted by Grand himself, complete with a tuxedo and a dramatic flair. But one day Paloma notices there's something ever more peculiar about Grand than his Gothic visage.
When Paloma's homicide detective husband finds a corpse at the Chicago Theater with an obscure movie posture pinned to its chest, it seems like Grand is the only one that can solve this dark mystery. As another body turns up at a historic movie palace, the clues point to a connection to a silent film that has been somehow linked to numerous local tragedies. Paloma soon learns that Grand is more than a host of a beloved horror show, and this mystery may put her young son at risk.
This book is now available for pre-order, and will be released on March 22nd by Agora/Polis Books!
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