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The Best Horror and True Crime Book Deals of the Month

Grab these deals while they last.

We're always on the hunt for a killer book that gives us the creeps. And if it's on sale, even better! Every month, we bring you a new selection of scary reads at a discounted price. 

Note: These deals were last updated on 9/3/19. Check back soon for more scary good book sales! 

Buy The Poison Tree at Amazon

The Poison Tree

By Alan Prendergast

On Sale $

2.99

$8.99

Edgar Award Finalist: The shocking account of a Wyoming father who terrorized his family for years—until his children plotted a deadly solution.

One cold November night, in Cheyenne, Wyoming, fifteen-year-old Richard Jahnke Jr., ROTC leader and former Boy Scout, waited for his parents to return from celebrating the twentieth anniversary of the night they met. When his father got out of the car, the boy blasted him through the heart with a twelve-gauge pump-action shotgun. Richard’s seventeen-year-old sister, Deborah, was sitting on the living room couch with a high-powered rifle—just in case her brother missed.

Hours later the Jahnke kids were behind bars. Days later they made headlines. So did the truth about the house of horrors on Cowpoke Road. But was it cold-blooded murder? Or self-defense?

The Poison Tree

By Alan Prendergast

Buy Forest Ghost at Amazon

Forest Ghost

By Graham Masterton

On Sale $

2.99

$11.99

A bone-chilling tale of terror and suspense from a “master of modern horror” (Library Journal).

In modern-day America, fifteen Boy Scouts and their seven adult leaders are found to have committed suicide in the forest of a scout reservation. One of the dead boys is a friend of Sparky Wallace, whose father Jack runs a Polish restaurant in Chicago. Drawn into investigating the suicides, Jack discovers a connection with his own grandfather, who killed himself in the Kampinos Forest in Poland when he was fighting the Nazis in World War II.

Together, Jack and Sparky travel to Poland to unlock the terrifying mystery of what really makes people panic in the forest. But before they can do so, they have to experience panic for themselves, and reach the very brink of madness.

Forest Ghost

By Graham Masterton

Buy Murderer with a Badge at Amazon

Murderer with a Badge

By Edward Humes

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2.99

$7.99

From the Pulitzer Prize–winning author: “The story of L.A.’s dirtiest cop . . . A riveting glimpse of the dark side of human behavior” (Flint Journal).

Bill Leasure was among the least ambitious officers ever to wear the badge for the Los Angeles Police Department. He was content to work the traffic beat and only rarely gave out tickets.

He also ran scams that netted him countless riches, from stealing yachts to collecting guns and cars. And he further enriched himself by setting up a murder-for-hire ring. Was he in it for the thrills? Pulitzer Prize–winning journalist Edward Humes explores the lies and psychopathy that enabled Bill Leasure to fool even the most savvy of city prosecutors, his own wife.

Murderer with a Badge

By Edward Humes

Buy The Unicorn's Secret at Amazon

The Unicorn's Secret

By Steven Levy

On Sale $

2.99

$9.99

The true story of Ira Einhorn, the Philadelphia antiwar crusader, environmental activist, and New Age guru with a murderous dark side.

During the cultural shockwaves of the 1960s and ’70s, Ira Einhorn—nicknamed the “Unicorn”—was the leading radical voice for the antiwar movement at the University of Pennsylvania. At his side were such noted activists as Abbie Hoffman and Jerry Rubin. He rallied followers toward the growing antiestablishment causes of free love, drugs, and radical ecological reform.

Then, in 1979, the mummified remains of Einhorn's girlfriend Holly Maddux were found in a trunk in his apartment. Einhorn claimed a CIA frame-up. Incredibly, his network of influential friends and powerful politicians supported him. Represented by renowned district attorney and future senator Arlen Specter, Einhorn was released on bail. But before trial, he fled the country to an idyllic town in the French wine region and disappeared. It would take more than twenty years—and two trials—to finally bring Einhorn to justice.

The Unicorn's Secret

By Steven Levy

Buy The Dennis McDougal True Crime Collection at Amazon

The Dennis McDougal True Crime Collection

By Dennis McDougal

On Sale $

4.99

$14.99

From a murderous mother to a famous actor accused of killing his wife in cold blood, gripping true crime exposés from an award-winning journalist.

Mother’s Day: The true story of Theresa Cross Knorr, the twisted child abuser who murdered two of her own daughters—with the help of her sons.

Blood Cold: In May 2001, Bonny Lee Bakley was shot to death in a car parked on a dark Hollywood side street. Eleven months later, Robert Blake—her husband, the father of her child, and the star of the classic film In Cold Blood and the popular 1970s TV detective series Baretta—was arrested for murder, conspiracy, and solicitation. Did Blake kill his wife? Did he hire someone to do the job for him? 

The Dennis McDougal True Crime Collection

By Dennis McDougal

Buy Darklings at Amazon

Darklings

By Ray Garton

On Sale $

2.99

$6.99

Darklings by Grand Master of Horror Ray Garton will truly scare the hell out of you.

The emergency room is no stranger to death, but not like this. Normally, a death serves as a final ending. Now, as a parasite straight out of hell slithers from the body of a serial killer, death has only begun its terrifying, grisly rampage through the small hospital and town.

Buy The Shapeshifters at Amazon

The Shapeshifters

By Stefan Spjut

On Sale $

2.99

$15.99

This tale of missing children and mythic monsters is “a fantastic novel in every sense of the word” (Karl Ove Knausgård).

Summer 1978. A young boy disappears without a trace from a summer cabin. His mother claims he was carried away by a giant. He is never found.

Twenty-five years later, another child goes missing. This time there’s a lead, a single photograph taken by Susso Myrén. She’s devoted her life to the search for trolls, the legendary giants said to control human thoughts and assume animal form. Convinced that the fabled beasts are real, she follows the trail of missing children to northern Sweden. But humans, some part stallo themselves, have been watching over the creatures for generations, and this hidden society of protectors won’t hesitate to close its deadly ranks.

The Shapeshifters

By Stefan Spjut

Buy Crimes & Criminals of 17th Century Britain at Amazon

Crimes & Criminals of 17th Century Britain

By Daniel J. Codd

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2.99

$17.99

Think the world is bad today? Then take a true-crime trip back in time to 1600s England, where violence, robbery, and cold-blooded murder ran amuck.

Daniel J. Codd examines some of the most heinous, shocking, and unbelievable transgressions of the law in seventeenth century England. Together, these cases harken back to a time of witch hunts, dueling, and political assassinations, when the punishment for killing one’s fellow man was either more barbaric than the crime itself, or corruptly lenient.

Illustrated throughout and shedding a unique light on the era, Crimes & Criminals of 17th Century Britain is the first work of its kind to explore the monstrous murders that occurred at a time when England was repeatedly plunged into chaos.

Crimes & Criminals of 17th Century Britain

By Daniel J. Codd

Buy The Sentinel at Amazon

The Sentinel

By Jeffrey Konvitz

On Sale $

2.99

$8.99

New York Times Bestseller: A young woman moves into a posh Manhattan brownstone and descends into an unholy nightmare . . .

Aspiring model Allison Parker finally moves into her dream apartment: a brownstone on Manhattan’s Upper West Side. But her perfect home quickly turns hellish.

The building is filled with a cast of sinister tenants, including a reclusive blind priest, who seems to watch her day and night through an upstairs window. Eventually, Allison starts hearing strange noises from the empty apartment above hers. Before long, she uncovers the building’s demonic secret and is plunged into a nightmare of sinful misdeeds and boundless evil.

The Sentinel

By Jeffrey Konvitz

Buy Smoke Ghost at Amazon

Smoke Ghost

By Fritz Leiber

On Sale $

1.99

$4.99

A collection of supernatural horror stories by a multiple award-winning master of the fantastic.

From the author of Swords and Deviltry and many other classic novels, a recipient of both the Hugo and Nebula Awards, this is a treasure trove of horrific tales, many of which remained out of print for decades after appearing in such magazines as Unknown, Thrilling Mystery, Startling Stories, The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, and the acclaimed horror specialty magazine Whispers 13–14.

Smoke Ghost

By Fritz Leiber

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Published on 01 May 2019

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