Poisoned Pen’s Upcoming Horror Novels Guarantee Chills and Thrills

summer horror books Poisoned Pen

March 14, 2024

Written by Kelli Marchman McNeely

Kelli Marchman McNeely is the owner of HorrorFuel.com. She is an Executive Producer of "13 Slays Till Christmas" which is out on Digital and DVD and now streaming on Tubi. She has several other films in the works. Kelli is an animal lover and a true horror addict since the age of 9 when she saw Friday the 13th. Email: horrorfuelinfo@gmail.com

Looking for a chilling read that will leave you sleeping with the lights on? We’ve got you covered. Here’s a list of killer books from Poisoned Pen, top horror titles headed your way that should be added to your summer reading list.


poisoned pen summer reading listMY DARLING DREADFUL THING by Johanna van Veen 

On sale May 2024 | 9781728281544 | Trade Paperback 

Atmospheric Horror | LGBTQ+ | Debut 



Named one of Goodreads users’ most anticipated horrors of 2024, My Darling Dreadful Thing expertly weaves together a desperately intimate Sapphic romance, bloodthirsty spirit companions, and a lush but crumbling estate that houses unspeakable horrors.   

This standout debut hauntingly explores “madness,” obsession, and desire. New York Times bestselling author Rachel Gillig calls My Darling Dreadful Thing “dark and decadent, with the haunting allure of a true gothic tale.”  

 “A sapphic seance of preternatural proportions, My Darling Dreadful Thing summons a stunning new literary voice to be reckoned with.”  

—Clay McLeod Chapman, author of What Kind of Mother and Ghost Eaters 



The Midnight Door Poisoned Pen press summer readingTHROUGH THE MIDNIGHT DOOR by Katrina Monroe 

On sale August 2024 | 9781728248264 | Trade Paperback 

Supernatural Thriller | Jump Scares | Haunted House 



Katrina Monroe blends the psychological suspense of Jason Rekulak’s Hidden Pictures meets Riley Sager’s haunted house with a twist in Through the Midnight Door. This supernatural thriller is about three sisters who step into an abandoned house and the darkness that follows them out. ​ 

While exploring the abandoned properties littering their dying town, the Finch sisters stumbled upon a decrepit home with an endless hall of doors and three keys that unlocked rooms housing their worst fears. Years later, the youngest has been found dead in the house, leaving her grieving sisters to unravel the darkness that has shadowed them for decades.​ 

Through the Midnight Door tugs on your heartstrings even as it terrifies you…this novel should be your scary-perfect next read.”

–Layne Fargo, author of They Never Learn



The Drowning House Poisoned Pen summer reading listTHE DROWNING HOUSE by Cherie Priest 

On Sale July 23, 2024, | Trade Paperback Original | 9781728292823  

Metafiction | considers ‘post-truth’ world with a doppelganger story-of-stories 



Houses on the Pacific Coast fall into the ocean all the time, but none have ever come back until today.​ 

A house wreck lies in wait as Cherie Priest twists the familiar—long ago boring-slash-thrilling summers with grandma—into a place that is wild, unpredictable, and dangerous. Perfect for readers ready to slip through a secret portal a la The Hollow Places by T Kingfisher, THE DROWNING HOUSE takes a stab at maintaining friendship into adulthood with a tale of horror, suspense, and Nordic folklore to glimpse the upside down that awaits two “friends” if they can’t work together.   

“Propulsive, exciting, often terrifying, The Drowning House effortlessly threads compelling mysteries and horrors into a supernatural thriller, drawing readers in from the first heart-stopping pages and not letting go until the end.”  

John Hornor Jacobs, author of A Lush and Seething Hell 



Ghost Camera Poisoned press summer horror readingGHOST CAMERA by Darcy Coates 

On sale July 2024 | 9781728278964 | Trade Paperback 

Horror Anthology | Supernatural Horror 



USA Today bestselling author Darcy Coates’ original tale of horror, Ghost Camera, is here by popular demand and in print for the first time ever. Two brand-new novellas also accompany it for a highly anticipated collection. ​ 

When Jenine finds an abandoned Polaroid camera in a tower, she takes a photo just for fun. But there’s something wrong with the image: a ghostly figure stands in the background, watching her. Ghosts seem to be following her and with each new photo taken, they’re more precise and closer. Fans of The Ring, Poltergeist, and Annabelle will be screaming, don’t pick up that camera… 

Want more terror-filled Books? Check out our section on books that will haunt you. 

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