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[CLOSED] GIVEAWAY: Emerging Horror Authors—The Ultimate Starter Pack

One lucky winner will win SIX books for a taste of a thrilling new era of horror fiction.

Emerging horror authors giveaway

Editor's note: This giveaway is now closed.

It’s no secret: horror fiction is booming. With more books coming out than we can count—and several horror subgenres to choose from—it’s a glorious time to be a lover of creepy books. 

A while back, we featured a piece on some of the fantastic emerging horror authors who are changing the face of horror. Reading the incredible authors on this list is a brilliant way to get a snapshot of how the horror landscape is evolving. The authors currently emerging upon the horror landscape are electrifying the genre: creating subversive art and crafting a terrifying new era of horror fiction. Not to mention, several of them—if not most—are names that appear on the 2021 Bram Stoker Awards Final Ballot

Today, we are beyond excited to be bringing you this exclusive giveaway, featuring books by some of the most astonishing emerging horror authors of our time. These books are not only wildly devastating in all the best ways, but you’ll also get a feel for the current state of the horror genre—and a taste of what the future of horror holds. Even better than that: one of these books is now out of print, and though it will be re-released from a major publisher later this year, this is pretty much your last chance to get your hands on a copy of the book in its original form. 

So what are you waiting for? Today might be your lucky day! Read more about the six books included in this devilishly enticing package below—and enter your email for a chance to win this coveted prize!

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Cirque Berserk, an 80s horror novella by horror author Jessica Guess

Cirque Berserk

By Jessica Guess

The summer of 1989 brought terror to the town of Shadows Creek, Florida in the form of a massacre at the local carnival, Cirque Berserk. One fateful night, a group of teens killed a dozen people then disappeared into thin air. No one knows why they did it, where they went, or even how many of them there were, but legend has it they still roam the abandoned carnival, looking for blood to spill. 

Thirty years later, best friends, Sam and Rochelle, are in the midst of a boring senior trip when they learn about the infamous Cirque Berserk. Seeking one last adventure, they and their friends journey to the nearby Shadows Creek to see if the urban legends about Cirque Berserk are true. But waiting for them beyond the carnival gates is a night of brutality, bloodshed, and betrayal. Will they make it out alive, or will the carnival’s past demons extinguish their futures?

Cirque Berserk, an 80s horror novella by horror author Jessica Guess
Mestiza Blood by V Castro

Mestiza Blood

By V. Castro

From the lauded author of The Queen of the Cicadas (which picked up starred reviews from PWKirkus and Booklist who called her "a dynamic and innovative voice") comes a short story collection of nightmares, dreams, desire and visions focused on the Chicana experience. V.Castro weaves urban legend, folklore, life experience and heartache in this personal journey beginning in south Texas: a bar where a devil dances the night away; a street fight in a neighborhood that may not have been a fight after all; a vengeful chola at the beginning of the apocalypse; mind swapping in the not so far future; satan who falls and finds herself in a brothel in Amsterdam; the keys to Mictlan given to a woman after she dies during a pandemic. The collection finishes with two longer tales: The Final Porn Star is a twist on the final girl trope and slasher, with a creature from Mexican folklore; and Truck Stop is an erotic horror romance with two hearts: a video store and a truck stop.

A starred review from Booklist said, "This collection will rip readers apart in the best way possible."

Mestiza Blood by V Castro
Children of Chicago by Cynthia Pelayo

Children of Chicago

By Cina Pelayo

A gripping, modern-day spin on the Pied Piper fairy tale, as well as a gritty love letter to the underworld of Chicago from acclaimed Bram Stoker nominee Cynthia Pelayo.

Reminiscent of the Bloody Mary urban legend, the Pied Piper’s story can be tracked back to the deaths of children for centuries and across the world—call to him for help with your problems, but beware when he comes back asking for payment.

Chicago detective Lauren Medina’s latest call brings her to investigate a brutally murdered teenager in Humboldt Park—a crime eerily similar to the murder of her sister decades before. Unlike her straight-laced partner, she recognizes the crime, and the new graffiti popping up all over the city, for what it really means: the Pied Piper has returned.

When more children are found dead, Lauren is certain her suspicion is correct. Still reeling from the recent death of her father, she knows she must find out who has summoned him again, and why, before more people die. Lauren’s torn between protecting the city she has sworn to keep safe, and keeping a promise she made long ago with her sister’s murderer. She may have to ruin her life by exposing her secrets and lies to stop the Pied Piper before he collects.

Children of Chicago by Cynthia Pelayo
Things Have Gotten Worse Since We Last Spoke, body horror by Eric Larocca

Things Have Gotten Worse Since We Last Spoke

By Eric LaRocca

Sadomasochism. Obsession. Death.

A whirlpool of darkness churns at the heart of a macabre ballet between two lonely young women in an internet chat room in the early 2000s—a darkness that threatens to forever transform them once they finally succumb to their most horrific desires.

What have you done today to deserve your eyes?

Things Have Gotten Worse Since We Last Spoke, body horror by Eric Larocca
Someone to Share my Nightmares With by Sonora Taylor

Someone to Share My Nightmares

By Sonora Taylor

A band of bloodthirsty sea creatures terrorize a scientist and a journalist trapped in a Carolina cove. The seduction of a plumber making a house call becomes a nightmarish haunting for both parties. A woman transformed for her lover has second thoughts about just how good "together forever" can be. And the one man a woman wants for Christmas is the holiday demon sent to punish the wicked.

Someone to Share My Nightmares is a tapestry of horrors interwoven with sensuality. Can our deepest fears be vanquished when they’re shared with someone else? Or is the danger doubled when two people come together? 

Someone to Share my Nightmares With by Sonora Taylor
The Worm and His Kings, a cosmic horror novella by horror author Hailey Piper

The Worm and His Kings

By Hailey Piper

When you slip through the cracks, no one is there to catch you. Monique learns that the hard way after her girlfriend Donna vanishes without a trace.

Only after the disappearances of several other impoverished women does Monique hear the rumors. A taloned monster stalks the city's underground and snatches victims into the dark.

Donna isn't missing. She was taken.

To save the woman she loves, Monique must descend deeper than the known underground, into a subterranean world of enigmatic cultists and shadowy creatures. But what she finds looms beyond her wildest fears-a darkness that stretches from the dawn of time and across the stars.

The Worm and His Kings, a cosmic horror novella by horror author Hailey Piper

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Note: The sweepstakes is open to all legal residents of the 50 United States and Washington, D.C. who are 18 years of age and older by March 18, 2022.