Get ready for spine-tingling chills this January with the 10 Most Anticipated Horror Novels of January 2024. From eerie curses to haunted mansions, mysterious disappearances to sinister obsessions, these books promise to keep you on the edge of your seat. If you’re a fan of the macabre, love a good scare, and enjoy diving into the darkest corners of the human psyche, these horror novels are a must-read to kick off the new year with a thrilling dose of terror.
10 Most Anticipated Horror Novels of January 2024
- No One Can Know by Kate Alice Marshall
- The Invocations by Krystal Sutherland
- The House of Last Resort by Christopher Golden
- Where You End by Abbott Kahler
- The Clinic by Cate Quinn
- This Wretched Valley by Jenny Kiefer
- Midnight on Beacon Street by Emily Ruth Verona
- The Djinn Waits a Hundred Years by Shubnum Khan
- The Curse of Eelgrass Bog by Mary Averling
- Rabbit Hole by Kate Brody
No One Can Know by Kate Alice Marshall
In “No One Can Know” by Kate Alice Marshall, Emma’s life turns upside down as she moves back into her eerie family mansion with dark secrets and an unsolved double murder. She must confront her hidden past and the mystery of her parents’ death, which some believe she’s responsible for.
With unexpected twists and a gripping plot, this novel offers a fresh take on thriller stories and keeps readers hooked until the surprising end. It’s a must-read for fans of gothic mysteries and Marshall’s unique storytelling.
The Invocations by Krystal Sutherland
Krystal Sutherland’s “The Invocations” weaves a chilling tale where Zara Jones turns to the occult to resurrect her murdered sister, while Jude Wolf, cursed and slowly dying, seeks a remedy.
Both cross paths with Emer Bryne, a witch’s daughter who trades spells for souls, but her grim history catches up as her clients start dying. Set in London, this gripping story follows the trio as they unite to stop a relentless killer, blending witchcraft, suspense, and a fight against dark forces that threaten their very existence.
The House of Last Resort by Christopher Golden
In “The House of Last Resort” by Christopher Golden, American couple Tommy and Kate jump at the chance to buy a near-abandoned house in Italy’s hilltop town of Becchina for just one Euro. However, the romantic dream quickly turns into a nightmare.
Their new home, previously owned by the Church, hides a dark history of sinister rituals and deaths. As they uncover the house’s horrifying secrets and something evil stirs in the catacombs below, they realize they might be the latest victims of its curse.
Where You End by Abbott Kahler
In Abbott Kahler’s “Where You End,” 22-year-old Kat Bird wakes from a coma with only her twin sister Jude’s face in her memory. As Kat tries to piece together her past, she suspects Jude of lying about their dark upbringing in a New Age cult.
The story unfolds with intense suspense as Kat unravels Jude’s fabrications, confronting dangerous childhood games and looming threats. This psychological thriller blends past and present, revealing a complex tale of intrigue and the desperate fight for redemption and survival between twins bound by secrets.
The Clinic by Cate Quinn
A gripping thriller “The Clinic” by Cate Quinn is set in a remote rehab center on the Pacific Northwest coast. Meg, who works in a casino, rushes to the facility when she hears that her famous actress sister, Haley, has died there.
Meg doesn’t believe the reports of suicide and decides to go undercover as a patient to uncover the truth. But she faces her own addiction struggles and finds herself isolated without support. It’s a dark and mysterious story perfect for fans of twisted medical mysteries and complex heroines.
This Wretched Valley by Jenny Kiefer
In “This Wretched Valley” by Jenny Kiefer, four adventurous climbers head into the Kentucky wilderness for a groundbreaking expedition. But seven months later, only their gruesome remains are found. The mystery surrounding their deaths unfolds with eerie and chilling details.
Inspired by the Dyatlov Pass incident, this survival horror tale is not for the faint-hearted. It evokes fear of the unknown, similar to books like “The Ruins” and “The Ritual.” Kiefer’s storytelling prowess leaves you questioning reality, making this a must-read for horror enthusiasts. Dylan, the climber, is missing, adding to the eerie atmosphere. The book keeps you hooked till the end.
Midnight on Beacon Street by Emily Ruth Verona
A thrilling debut novel “Midnight on Beacon Street” by Emily Ruth Verona is set in October 1993. It follows Amy, a teenager with anxiety, who’s babysitting two kids, Ben and Mira, for a single mom named Eleanor. As the night progresses, strange and terrifying events unfold in the suburban New Jersey house, including unexpected visitors and a shocking discovery of a dead body.
The story weaves between past and present, building suspense with nods to classic horror films. It’s a gripping and heartwarming tale of fear, devotion, and the lengths we’ll go to protect loved ones. Readers will find it engaging and satisfying.
The Djinn Waits a Hundred Years by Shubnum Khan
A captivating and atmospheric novel “The Djinn Waits a Hundred Years” by Shubnum Khan is set in the mysterious Akbar Manzil mansion off the coast of South Africa. Sana and her father move into the mansion seeking a fresh start, but Sana’s curiosity leads her to uncover the tragic history hidden within its walls.
She stumbles upon a locked room frozen in time, containing a diary and the lingering presence of a grieving djinn. As she delves into the mansion’s secrets, she unravels a haunting love story and uncovers long-buried family secrets. This beautifully written tale is a blend of mystery, love, and belonging, spanning generations and continents.
The Curse of Eelgrass Bog by Mary Averling
A thrilling and enchanting story “The Curse of Eelgrass Bog” by Mary Averling is about a twelve-year-old girl named Kess Pedrock. Kess lives in an unusual place, her family’s Unnatural History Museum, and has a talking demon’s head in a jar as her best friend. When a new girl, Lilou Starling, arrives in town seeking help to break a mysterious curse, Kess and Lilou embark on a daring adventure into the eerie Eelgrass Bog.
Despite the bog’s reputation for being filled with witches and demons, they are determined to uncover the truth and confront the curse, discovering secrets that hit close to home. This middle-grade novel is a beautifully written, heartwarming, and spooky tale that readers of all ages will enjoy.
Rabbit Hole by Kate Brody
A gripping debut novel “Rabbit Hole” by Kate Brody is delving into the dark world of true crime obsession and the complexities of female friendships. Teddy’s older sister, Angie, disappeared ten years ago, and her father’s recent suicide reveals his involvement in a Reddit community fixated on Angie’s case. Teddy becomes consumed by the same obsession, putting her relationships and job at risk.
She joins forces with a charming amateur sleuth named Mickey, leading her down a dangerous path. The novel explores the consequences of online voyeurism and the toll it takes on Teddy’s sanity as she searches for answers about her sister’s disappearance. It’s a compelling and suspenseful read.