2023 is knocking on the door and with that, the year is bringing along books of all genres – fantasy, horror, young adult, romance, and all that you love to read. In this article, we are going to read about most anticipated horror novels of 2023. So, if you are all about psychological thrillers and horror in general, you are at the right place. Keep reading!

How to Sell a Haunted House by Grady Hendrix (January)

Most Anticipated Horror Novels of 2023 - How to Sell a Haunted House by Grady Hendrix (January)
Most Anticipated Horror Novels of 2023 – How to Sell a Haunted House by Grady Hendrix (January)

Louise and Mark Joyner are devastated when their parents die at the end of coronavirus. However, nothing can prepare both of them for how worse things are about to get. They could not be more different and are almost totally estranged. But now, they don’t have an option but to get along. When they face an economic meltdown, their only asset is their childhood home. They need to get in on the market soon because they need money. Yet, before her parents died they taped newspapers over the mirrors and nailed shut the attic door.

Hell Bent by Leigh Bardugo (January)

Hell Bent by Leigh Bardugo (January)
Hell Bent by Leigh Bardugo (January)

Alex and Dawes can’t call upon the help of the Ninth House. This is why they accumulate a team of uncertain allies to save the gentleman of Lethe. Together they have to plot a course to arcane texts and bizarre artifacts to uncover the societies’ most closely guarded secrets and shatter all the rules while doing it. When faculty members begin to die one after another, Alex knows it is no an accident. Something deadly is at work in New Haven and now Alex might have to go back to her past.

Don’t Fear the Reaper by Stephen Graham Jones (February)

Most Anticipated Horror Novels of 2023 - Don’t Fear the Reaper by Stephen Graham Jones (February)
Most Anticipated Horror Novels of 2023 – Don’t Fear the Reaper by Stephen Graham Jones (February)

Jade Daniel is released from prison before Christmas when her conviction is overturned. However, life beyond bars takes a hazardous turn as soon as she returns to Proofrock. Dark Mill South, convicted serial killer seeks revenge for thirty-eight Dakota men hanged in the year 1862, escapes from prison transfer due to blizzard, outside Proofrock. Soon, the death count will begin.

A House with Good Bones by T. Kingfisher (March)

A House with Good Bones by T. Kingfisher (March)
A House with Good Bones by T. Kingfisher (March)

When Sam turns onto the silent North Carolina street her brother’s words “Mom seems off” echo in her ear. She brushes the thought as she climbs the front steps. Sam is excited about this alone time with her mother, watching mystery show, drinking wine, and guessing the killer of the show before the revelation. However, as soon as she gets inside she realizes that home is not what it used to be. Her mother’s warm charm is not there anymore. She is scared and jumps off by small noises and looks over her shoulder even though she is all alone. When Sam gets out of the house for some fresh hair she finds out a jar of teeth beneath rose bushes and vultures are circling the garden from above.

Mothered by Zoje Stage (March)

Most Anticipated Horror Novels of 2023 - Mothered by Zoje Stage (March)
Most Anticipated Horror Novels of 2023 – Mothered by Zoje Stage (March)

Grace is not exactly thrilled about her newly widowed mother Jackie moving in with her. They never shared a great relationship. Grace loves her space and especially now that she is stuck at home during the pandemic. However, this might be an opportunity to bond or at least help each other. The thing is living with a mother is not for everyone. Soon, the good intentions turn bad. Jackie learns Grace secretly catfishes online which is an unforgivable hobby in her opinion. Grace starts having nightmares about her disabled twin sister who died when they were small.

This Delicious Death by Kayla Cottingham (April)

This Delicious Death by Kayla Cottingham (April)
This Delicious Death by Kayla Cottingham (April)

Three years ago, the melting of arctic permafrost released a pathogen that made a small percentage of people undergo a kind of transformation known as Hollowing. Slowly the impacted ones became intolerant of normal food, only human flesh will help them sustain themselves. The ones who went without flesh became feral and turned to their close ones. Scientists managed to make a synthetic version of human meat which caused humanity to return to normal, though with fear. However, the plot starts from here.

The Haunting of Alejandra by V. Castro (April)

Most Anticipated Horror Novels of 2023 - The Haunting of Alejandra by V. Castro (April)
Most Anticipated Horror Novels of 2023 – The Haunting of Alejandra by V. Castro (April)

Alejandra is suffering from an identity crisis as everyone is looking at her as her role and not as a woman who is besieged with a darkness that threatens to eat her. They can’t even see what she sees. In times of desolation, a ghostly vision appears as an apparition of a weeping woman in a tattered white gown. It is when she sees a therapist she gets to delve deeper into the matter. She begins to explore her family history prefacing with a biological mother she never knew. When she goes deeper into the lives of the women in her family, she finds similarities with her ancestors. The crying woman is La Llorona, the murderous and vengeful mother of a Mexican legend. She will not leave Alejandra till she follows her mother and grandmother into the darkness. But, Alejandra has inherited the pain along with strength from her foremothers.

Maeve Fly by CJ Leede (June)

Maeve Fly by CJ Leede (June)
Maeve Fly by CJ Leede (June)

By day, Maeve works as the children’s favorite ice princess at the happiest place in the world. During the night, she haunts the dive bars with a drink in one hand and a book in the other, imitating her misanthropic literary favorites. When her best friend’s brother Gideon Green moves to town, he manages to awaken something dangerous within Maeve. The world she is aware of suddenly alters. Maeve shifts from her usual doings and tries a new persona inspired by American Psycho.

Burn the Negative by Josh Winning (July)

Most Anticipated Horror Novels of 2023 - Burn the Negative by Josh Winning (July)
Most Anticipated Horror Novels of 2023 – Burn the Negative by Josh Winning (July)

Journalist Laura Warren is mid-flight to Los Angeles when she learns that the series she is about to report is a remake of a curse horror flick. The horror flick she starred in and has been running away from it ever since. She played the role of Tammy Manners in The Guesthouse as a child actor. The little girl Tammy can tell people how the Needle Man would murder them. This big break of Laura was her last as the film became infamous due to the mysterious death of eight cast and crew members. To move on from the negative media exposure, Laura changed her accent, hair, and even name and moved across the Atlantic Ocean. And, history repeats itself.

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