September 6, 2022 – Locus online

Berwah, Tanvi: Monsters born and created

(Sourcebooks Fire 978-1-72824-762-5, $18.99, 352pp, formats: hardcover, ebook, audio, September 6, 2022)

Fantasy novel for young adults with South Asian and classic mythic elements, about a teenage girl who hunts maristags, giant beasts of the ocean, so her family can survive, but desperation forces her to cheat in order to kill herself. path in a competition for the elite.

Bishop, Ash: Intergalactic Exterminators, Inc.

(CamCat Books 978-0744305869, $20.99, 608pp, formats: paperback, hardcover, ebook, audio, September 6, 2022)

Roman SF. Russ finds a strange artifact in his grandfather’s antique collection, and it attracts the attention of a ferocious alien and a team of overeager exterminators.

Blackbury, Sabrina: Dirty lying fairies

(Wattpad/W by Wattpad 978-1990259197, $27.99, 416pp, formats: hardcover, paperback, ebook, September 6, 2022)

Paranormal romance novel, the first in a series. Thea discovers that she is not human and adapting to her fae side makes her attraction to Devin Grayson dangerous. This had been modified from its original series appearance on Wattpad.

Blackwell, CW: Song of the Red Squire

(Nosetouch Press 978-1-944286-26-2, $12.99, 170pp, formats: paperback, ebook, September 6, 2022)

Folk horror novel set in 1949 North Carolina, where an agricultural inspector stumbles upon suspicious farmers and a forgotten village with bizarre Old World harvest rites.

Bovalino, Tori, ed. : The Gathering of Darkness

(Page Street 978-1-64567-622-5, $18.99, 272pp, formats: hardcover, ebook, September 6, 2022)

Original young adult anthology of 10 new takes on popular horror and urban legends.

Brook, Allison: Dewey decimated

(The Quick Brown Fox/Crooked Lane 978-1-64385-780-0, $26.99, 336pp, formats: hardcover, ebook, audio, September 6, 2022)

Fantasy detective novel, sixth in the Haunted Library series. A body is found in the basement of the library and librarian Carrie Singleton must once again figure out what happened, aided by the resident cat and the library’s ghost.

Brown, Roseanne A.: Serwa Boateng’s Guide to Vampire Hunting

(Disney/Rick Riordan Presents 978-1-368-06636-5, $17.99, 400pp, formats: hardcover, ebook, September 6, 2022)

Upper-middle-range fantasy novel, the first in the Serwa Boateng series about a 12-year training to become a slayer of the Abomofuo order, Ghanaian warriors tasked with defeating dark creatures.

Correia, Larry, Ezell, Kacey, eds. : No game for knights

(Baen 978-1-9821-9208-2, $25.00, 368pp, formats: hardcover, ebook, September 6, 2022)

Original anthology of speculative fiction with a hard noir twist. With stories from Larry Correia, Laurell K. Hamilton, Craig Martelle, Robert Buettner, Sharon Shinn, and more.

Dedman, Stephen: Charm, Strangeness, Mass and Spin

(Norstrilia Press (Australia) 978-0-6453696-2-5, $12.99, 368pp, formats: paperback, ebook, September 1, 2022)

Collection of 28 high-profile speculative short stories, including three short stories.

Dylan, Kate: Mindwalker

(Hodder & Stoughton UK 978-1529392685, $26.99, 315pp, formats: ebook, audio, 1 Sep 2022)

Cyberpunk sci-fi novel for young adults. Sil Sarrah, 18, has twelve months left before the supercomputer grafted onto her brain kills her.

Fager, Anders: Swedish cults

(Valancourt Books, $16.99, 232pp, formats: paperback, hardcover, ebook, September 1, 2022)

Collection of nine lovecraftian/cosmic horror stories set in Sweden. Translated by Ian Lemke & Henning Koch from Swedish Samlade Svenska Kulter

Hammer, Dana: The Cannibal’s Guide to Fasting

(Cinnabar Moth 9781953971524, $20.99, 310pp, formats: hardcover, ebook, September 6, 2022)

Roman SF. A former researcher – and massive bodybuilder – has been infected with viral cannibalism and sent to a government-mandated containment center, while his infected brother leads a cannibal rights group.

Hawkins, Finbar: Rock

(Bloomsbury UK/Head of Zeus/Zephyr 978-1-83935641, $14.31, format: audio, September 1, 2022)

Fantasy novel for young adults. On the day of his father’s funeral, Sam finds a strange black stone that grants him supernatural powers.

Howard, AG: Shades of rust and ruin

(Bloomsbury USA 978-1-547608089, $18.99, 400pp, formats: hardcover, ebook, audio, September 6, 2022)

Fantasy novel for young adults, the first in the Mystiquiel series. Nix searches for her missing uncle on Halloween and finds herself in her own fantasy world of Mystiquel.

Jackson, Tiffany D.: The weight of blood

(HarperCollins/Tegen Books 978-0-06-302914-9, $18.99, 416pp, formats: hardcover, ebook, audio, September 6, 2022)

Young adult horror novel inspired by Stephen King’s Carrie, following a biracial young woman forced by her abusive white father to live like a white woman until a rainstorm at school betrays the natural texture of her hair and provokes racist events.

Josephson, Kalyn: Ravenfall

(Penguin Random House/Delacorte 978-0-593-48358-9, $16.99, 256pp, formats: hardcover, ebook, audio, September 6, 2022)

Fantasy novel for young adults about Ravenfall Inn, a magical B&B at the crossroads of the human world and the Otherworld.

King, Stephen: Fairy tale

(Simon & Schuster/Scribner 978-1-668002179, $32.50, 608pp, formats: hardcover, ebook, audio, September 6, 2022)

Dark fantasy novel. Charlie Reade, 17, inherits both a dog and the keys to a parallel world where good and evil are at war.

Koboldt, Dan: Deploy dragons

(Baen 978-1-9821-9210-5, $16.00, 320pp, formats: paperback, ebook, September 6, 2022)

Near-future sci-fi novel, second in the Build-a-Dragon Sequence series started in Tame the dragons.

Kolluri, Talia Lakshmi: What we gave the Manticore

(Tin House 978-1-953534-41-5, $16.95, 200pp, formats: paperback, ebook, audio, September 6, 2022)

Collection of nine stories told from the point of view of animals, usually involving human disturbance of the natural world, including climate change.

Krzhizhanovsky, Sigizmund: “Strange” Stravage

(Columbia University Press 978-0-231-19947-6, $17.95, 224pp, formats: paperback, hardcover, ebook, September 6, 2022)

A collection of three stories in new translations: the title track following the darkly humorous journeys of an apprentice mage, a travelogue and a parody of Kant’s philosophical parable; this also includes a selection of excerpts from the author’s notebooks. Newly translated from Russian by Joanne Turnbull with Nikolai Formozov. Introduction by Caryl Emerson; biographical afterword by Anna Bovshek.

LaRocca, Eric: Things have gotten worse since our last conversation and other misfortunes

(Titan Books UK 978-1803363141, $19.95, 288pp, formats: hardcover, ebook, September 6, 2022)

Collection of three horror stories, including the eponymous short story.

Lawless, Shauna: The children of the gods and the fighters

(Bloomsbury UK/Head of Zeus/Ad Astra 978-1803282626, $29.95, 431pp, formats: hardcover, ebook, September 1, 2022)

Fantasy novel, first in the Gael Song series, based on Irish mythology and real history.

Morrison, Grant: Luda

(Penguin Random House/Del Rey 978-0-593-35530-5, $28.00, 448pp, formats: hardcover, ebook, audio, September 6, 2022)

Fantasy novel about a drag queen, whose ambitious protege is determined to learn the art of perception from The Glamour; inspired by All About Eve.

North, Claire: Ithaca

(Orbit US/Redhook 978-0-316-42296-3, $28.00, 400pp, formats: hardcover, ebook, audio, September 6, 2022)

Historical fantasy novel, the first in the Penelope series based on the story of Odysseus’ wife.

Oppel, Kenneth: ghost light

(Penguin Random House/Knopf 978-0-593-48793-8, $17.99, 400pp, formats: hardcover, ebook, audio, September 6, 2022)

Mid-level fantasy novel. A teenager’s summer job who scares tourists with ghost stories takes a terrifying turn when he accidentally summons the spirit of a dead girl.

Riddle, AG: lost in time

(Bloomsbury UK/Head of Zeus/Ad Astra 9781804541760, $24.95, 416pp, formats: hardcover, ebook, audio, September 1, 2022)

sci-fi thriller. Sam Anderson, inventor of the device that sends convicted felons back to dinosaur times, falsely confesses to murdering his girlfriend to save his accused daughter.

Rue, Gretchen: Drenched to death

(The Quick Brown Fox/Crooked Lane 978-1-63910-164-1, $28.99, 304pp, formats: hardcover, ebook, audio, September 6, 2022)

Fantastic and cozy crime novel, first in the Witches’ Brew series. Phoebe Winchester inherits a Victorian mansion and a tearoom/bookstore from an aunt who is said to have been a witch.

Sumption, Caren Gussoff: So fast, bright things get confused

(Vernacular 978-1952283215, $15.99, 116pp, formats: paperback, ebook, September 6, 2022)

Post-colonial SF romance novel from the far future inspired in part by Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Exo-geologist James Blacksthorne studies a newly discovered planet and falls in love with a native Zil who receives an experimental drug to bring their species’ sleep cycle into line with that of humans.

Thomas, Aidan: The Trials of the Sunbringers

(Macmillan/Feiwel and Friends 978-1-250-82213-0, $18.99, 416pp, formats: hardcover, ebook, audio, September 6, 2022)

Mexico-inspired young adult fantasy novel, the first in The Sunbearer duology.

Thorne, Sally: Angelika Frankenstein makes her match

(HarperCollins/Avon 978-0-06-291283-1, $17.99, 384pp, formats: paperback, ebook, audio, September 6, 2022)

Sci-fi romantic comedy novel inspired by Shelley’s Frankenstein, in which her sister creates the man of her dreams from body parts.

Valentino, Serena: Raise the rider

(Disney Press 978-1-368-05461-4, $17.99, 304pp, Formats: hardcover, ebook, September 6, 2022)

Young adult fantasy novel reimagining “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow” from the perspective of a modern teenager.Ï

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