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We are avid book worms here at NightTide! So, we're highlighting some of our anticipated reads, whether newly released or arriving in the coming months ... Which books are you looking forward to?


Merciless Waters by Rae Knowles (Brigids Gate Press)

Aboard the ship Scylla, there is no future or past. Jaq, her fickle lover Lily, and their all-female crew exist in an endless present. It's better this way. At least it keeps Lily by Jaq's side, where she belongs. But the meddling gods care little for Jaq's longing, and despite her protective rituals, their punishment arrives all the same: a man, adrift on the open ocean.


Delivered to snatch Lily from Jaq's arms forever. Jaq knows what to do. She's lost Lily before. Her lover will return when this interloper, this distraction, is snuffed out. But Jaq's murderous schemes may not be enough. The intruder's presence infects her crew with a plague her spells cannot cure memory. And as the women recall how they came to Scylla ... Their minds bend one by one towards revenge.

Where the Dead Wait by Ally Wilkes (Atria/Emily Bestler Books)

William Day should be an acclaimed Arctic explorer. But after a failed expedition, in which his remaining men only survived by eating their dead comrades, he returned in disgrace.

Thirteen years later, his second-in-command, Jesse Stevens, has gone missing in the same frozen waters. Perhaps this is Day’s chance to restore his tarnished reputation by bringing Stevens­­—the man who’s haunted his whole life—back home. But when the rescue mission becomes an uncanny journey into his past, Day must face up to the things he’s done.

Abandonment. Betrayal. Cannibalism.

Aboard ship, Day must also contend with unwanted passengers: a reporter obsessively digging up the truth about the first expedition, as well as Stevens’s wife, a spirit medium whose séances both fascinate and frighten. Following a trail of cryptic messages, gaunt bodies, and old bones, their search becomes more and more unnerving, as it becomes clear that the restless dead are never far behind. Something is coming through.


Wrapped in Plastic and Other Sweet Nothings by Robert Ottone (JournalStone)

Seventeen stories claw at you from that dark space in the corner of your eye in this collection from Stoker Award-winning author Robert P. Ottone.


In "Only That You Are Still Sane," uncover the accidental and bizarre discovery of time travel. Meet an ordinary couple with sexual desires that are anything but ordinary in "Nibble." Follow the harrowing story of Sleepy Hollow's town constable in "A Mourning in Sleepy Hollow." Tread carefully along the precipice of darkness in "A Most Curious Tome." And in the title story, meet a lonely civil service worker who comes face to face with the darkness eating away at him.


Featuring six previously unpublished stories, Wrapped in Plastic and Other Sweet Nothings will force you to stare into the darkness within. Pray you don't blink.


Mother Knows Best: Tales of Homemade Horror  (Anthology)

(Black Spot Books)

Sometimes Mother is the savior tucking us into our warm beds, other times she is the monster waiting beneath it. MOTHER KNOWS BEST is an exploration of the more monstrous aspects of motherhood -- both for the mothers, and the mothered.


Contributors include Gwendolyn Kiste, Rachel Harrison, Kristi DeMeester, and Kelsea Yu, and Nyx Horror Collective’s own Lisa Kröger, with an introduction from Mother Horror, Sadie Hartmann, and cover art from Najla Qamber.

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