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A Sinister Quartet C. S. E. Cooney & Mike Allen & Amanda J. McGee & Jessica P. WickMythic Delirium Books
Black Cranes: Tales of Unquiet Women Lee Murray & Geneve FlynnOmnium Gatherum
Crooked Houses Mark BeechEgaeus Press
Dead Awake: 12 Tales of Darkness Sarah Scutt LOM Media LLC
Dominion: An Anthology of Speculative Fiction from Africa and the African Diaspora Ekpeki Oghenechovwe Donald & Joshua Omenga & Zelda KnightAurelia Leo
Graveyard Smash Jill Girardi Kandisha Press
Miscreations: Gods, Monstrosities, & Other Horrors Doug Murano & Michael BaileyWritten Backwards
Not All Monsters Sara TantlingerStrangehouse Books
SLAY: Stories of the Vampire Noire Nicole Givens Kurtz Mocha Memoirs Press
Shadows & Tall Trees, Volume 8 Michael KellyUndertow Publications
Shadowy Natures: Stories of Psychological Horror Rebecca RowlandDark Ink Books
The Fiends in the Furrows II: More Tales of Folk Horror David T. Neal & Christine M. ScottNosetouch Press
The Ghosts & Scholars Book of Mazes Rosemary PardoeSarob Press
The Valancourt Book of World Horror Stories, Volume 1 James D. Jenkins & Ryan CagleValancourt
Uncertainties, Volume IV Timothy J. JarvisSwan River Press

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A Carnival of Chimeras Stephen WoodworthHippocampus Press
Aftermath of an Industrial Accident: Stories Mike AllenMythic Delirium Books
Ape In The Ring Douglas FordMadness Heart Press
As Summer's Mask Slips and Other Disruptions Gordon B. WhiteTrepidatio Publishing
Bleedthrough and Other Small Horrors Scarlett R. AlgeeCold War Radio Press
Bloody Britain Anna TaborskaShadow Publishing
Children of the Fang John LanganWord Horde
Dark Blood Comes From The Feet Emma J. GibbonTrepidatio Publishing
Grotesque: Monster Stories (Things in the Well Book 38) Lee Murray Things In The Well
Her Infernal Name & Other Nightmares Robert P. OttoneSpooky House Press LLC
I'll Tell You a Love Story Couri JohnsonBridge Eight Press
If It Bleeds Stephen KingScribner
Lucid Screams Red LagoeLa Red Books
Nine Bar Blues Sheree Renée ThomasThird Man Books
Submitted for the Approval of the Midnight Pals Bitter Karella
Terrible Things David SurfaceBlack Shuck Books
The Best of Jeffrey Ford Jeffrey FordPS Publishing
The Immeasurable Corpse of Nature Christopher SlatskyGrimscribe Press
The Passengers You Cannot See The BehrgPricks Like Thorn Media
The Skeleton Melodies Clint SmithHippocampus Press
These Evil Things We Do: The Mick Garris Collection Mick GarrisFangoria
Thin Places Kay ChronisterUndertow Publications
Things That Never Happened Scott EdelmanCemetery Press Publications
Velocities Kathe KojaMeerkat Press
Vistas Chris KelsoDemain Publishing
We All Hear Stories in the Dark Robert ShearmanPS Publishing

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Belle Vue C.S. AlleyneCrystal Lake Publishing
Fairest Flesh K. P. KulskiRooster Republic Press
Hexis Charlene ElsbyClash Books
Hunger on the Chisholm Trail M. EnnenbachDeath's Head Press
Stalking the Moon Angel Leigh McCoyWily Writers LLC
The Bright Lands John FramHanover Square Press
The Curse of the Mountain Tyler CramDarkstroke Books
The Fourth Whore EV KnightRaw Dog Screaming Press
The Occultists Polly SchattelJournalStone
The Phlebotomist Chris PanatierAngry Robot
The Return Rachel HarrisonBerkley
The Unsuitable Molly PohligHenry Holt and Co.
Treif Magic John BaltisbergerAggadah Try It

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Basketful of Heads Joe Hill DC/Hill House Comics
Black Stars Above Volume 1 Lonnie NadlerVault Comics
Family Tree Vol. 1: Sapling Jeff LemireImage
Farmhand Volume 3: Roots of All Evil Rob GuilloryImage Comics

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Armageddon House Michael GriffinUndertow Publications
Attack of the 50 Foot Indian Stephen Graham JonesGallery/Saga Press
Benny Rose, the Cannibal King Hailey PiperUnnerving
Beyond the Reef Gabino Iglesias Lullabies for SufferingWicked Run Press
Blood and Mud John BaltisbergerSt Rooster Books
Carmagnole Gemma FilesThe Willows: Complete AnthologyWillows 2020
Cirque Berserk Jessica GuessUnnerving
Coleridge Tom DeadySilver Shamrock Publishing
Convergence in Chorus Architecture Dare Segun FalowoDominion: An Anthology of Speculative Fiction from Africa and the African DiasporaAurelia Leo
Crazytimes Scott ColeGrindhouse Press
Crossroads Laurel HightowerOff Limits Press
Do You Mind If We Dance With Your Legs? Michael T. CiscoNightscape Press
Forest of Fire Russell JamesSevered Press
Fury Christina SngBlack Cranes: Tales of Unquiet WomenOmnium Gatherum
Hairspray and Switchblades V. CastroUnnerving
Helena Claire L. SmithClash Books
Hell's Bells Lisa QuigleyUnnerving
Hungry Rain Brian Fatah SteeleSevered Press
Ife-Iyoku, the Tale of Imadeyunuagbon Ekpeki Oghenechovwe DonaldDominion: An Anthology of Speculative Fiction from Africa and the African DiasporaAurelia Leo
Juniper Ross JefferyThe Writing Collective
Mr. Harrigan's Phone Stephen KingIf It BleedsScribner
Night of The Mannequins Stephen Graham JonesTor.com
Proof of Death and Other Facts David E. CowenHorror USA - Texas: An Anthology of Horror from the Lone Star StateSoteira Press
Recall Night Alan BaxterGrey Matter Press
Ring Shout P. Djèlí ClarkTor.com
Sabbath of the Fox-Devils Sam RichardWeirdpunk Books
Scanlines Todd KeislingDim Shores
Sicko Stephen VolkBlack Static #73 (January-February 2020)
Sisters Of The Moon Alexandrea WeisVesuvian Books
Slaves to Gravity Wesley Southard & Somer CanonSilver Shamrock Publishing
Some Kind of Monster Tim WaggonerApex Book Company
The Air in My House Tastes Like Sugar ZZ ClaybourneGiganotosaurus.org
The Attic Tragedy J. Ashley-SmithMeerkat Press
The Balance Kev HarrisonLycan Valley Press
The Best of Both Worlds S. P. MiskowskiTrepidatio Publishing
The Body Will Follow Rob E. BoleySilver Shamrock Publishing
The Demon Tailor Susan McCauleyCeltic Sea LLC
The Devil's List Terry M. WestPleasant Storm Entertainment
The Fearing: Blood & Brimstone John F.D. TaffSaturday Morning Scenarios
The Flesh Molder's Love Song Roland BlackburnEraserhead Press
The Hidden Track Stephen WoodworthA Carnival of ChimerasHippocampus Press
The Immeasurable Corpse of Nature Christopher SlatskyThe Immeasurable Corpse of NatureGrimscribe Press
The Invention of Ghosts Gwendolyn KisteNightscape Press
The Life of Chuck Stephen KingIf It Bleeds Scribner
The Melting Point of Meat John F.D. TaffLullabies for Suffering: Tales of Addiction HorrorWicked Run Press
The Night Sun Zin E RocklynTor
The Owl Count Elizabeth HandConjunctions: 74, Grendel's Kin: The Monsters Issue
The Plot Against Heaven Mark KirkbrideOmnium Gatherum Media
The Satellite Charmer Mame Bougouma DieneDominion: An Anthology of Speculative Fiction from Africa and the African DiasporaAurelia Leo
True Crime Samantha KolesnikGrindhouse Press
We Need To Do Something Max Booth IIIPerpetual Motion Machine Publishing

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America's First Female Serial Killer: Jane Toppan and the Making of a Monster Mary Kay McBrayerMango Publishing
Be Scared of Everything: Horror Essays Peter CounterInvisible Publishing
Behind the Horror: True Stories That Inspired Horror Movies Dr. Lee MellorDK - Penguin Random House
Cursed Objects: Strange but True Stories of the World's Most Infamous Items J.W. OckerQuirk Books
Horror Fiction in the 20th Century: Exploring Literature's Most Chilling Genre Jess NevinsPraeger
The Book of Horror: The Anatomy of Fear in Film Matt GlasbyWhite Lion Publishing
The Monster Theory Reader Jeffrey Andrew WeinstockUniversity of Minnesota Press
The Streaming of Hill House: Essays on the Haunting Netflix Adaption Kevin J. Wetmore, Jr.McFarland
Writing in the Dark Tim WaggonerGuide Dog Books/Raw Dog Screaming Press

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Along the Path of Torment Chandler Morrison Atlatl Press
Apartment 6 Stuart JamesBloodhound Books
Bad People Craig WallworkUnderbelly Books
Bone Harvest James BrogdenTitan Book
Boneset and Feathers Gwendolyn KisteBroken Eye Books
Bottled Stephanie EllisSilver Shamrock Publishing
Boy in the Box Marc E. FitchFlame Tree Press
Carpenter's Farm Josh Malermanjoshmalerman.com
Curse of the Pigman Asher EllisSilver Shamrock Publishing
Devil's Creek Todd KeislingSilver Shamrock Publishing
Eden Tim LebbonTitan Books
Gone to See The River Man Kristopher TrianaCemetery Dance
Greyfriars Reformatory Frazer LeeFlame Tree Press
His Scream Queen Brooklyn AnnBoroughs Publishing Group
Maggie's Grave David SodergrenSelf Published
Malorie Josh MalermanDel Rey
Mask of Ghosts J.H. MoncrieffDeathZone Books
Mexican Gothic Silvia Moreno-GarciaDel Rey
Midnight Horror Show Ben Lathrop Crystal Lake Publishing
Murmur Patrick FreivaldBarking Deer Press
Neptune's Reckoning Robert J. StavaSevered Press
Red Hood Elana K. ArnoldHarperCollins Publishers
Spungunion John BodenFungasm
Survivor Song Paul TremblayWilliam Morrow
Tender is the Flesh Agustina BazterricaScribner
The Ancestor Danielle TrussoniWilliam Morrow Books
The Bank Bentley LittleCemetery Dance
The Boatman's Daughter Andy DavidsonMCD x FSG Originals
The Children of Red Peak Craig DiLouieRedhook
The Deep Alma KatsuG.P. Putnam's Sons
The Diary Of A Serial Killer's Daughter L A DetwilerSelf Published
The House on Rectory Lane Stuart JamesBloodhound Books
The Living Dead George A. Romero & Daniel KrausTor Books
The Loop Jeremy Robert JohnsonGallery/Saga Press
The Midwives Duncan RalstonShadow Work Publishing
The Only Good Indians Stephen Graham JonesGallery/Saga Press
The Raven Jonathan JanzFlame Tree Press
The Realm L. Marie WoodCedar Gove Books
The Reticent Witch (Cathy's Story) J. E. MartinIndependently published
The Shopkeeper: Curios, Curiosities and Rarities G.A. MillerDark Imagination Publications
The Southern Book Club's Guide to Slaying Vampires Grady HendrixQuirk Books
The Wise Friend Ramsey CampbellFlame Tree Press
Touch the Night Max Booth IIICemetery Dance
Until Summer Comes Around Glenn RolfeFlame Tree Press
White Pines Gemma AmorSelf Published
Worse Angels (An Isaiah Coleridge Novel Book 3) Laird BarronG.P. Putnam's Sons

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A Collection of Dreamscapes Christina SngRaw Dog Screaming Press
A Complex Accident of Life Jessica McHughApokrupha
Android Girl: And Other Sentient Speculations Michael H. HansonThree Ravens Publishing
Black Flames & Gleaming Shadows Frank CoffmanBold Venture Press
Broken Nails Susan SnyderMadness Heart Press
Burials Jessica Drake-ThomasCLASH Books
Cradleland of Parasites Sara TantlingerRooster Republic Press
Cries to Kill the Corpse Flower Ronald J. MurrayBizarro Pulp Press
Into the Forest and All the Way Through Cynthia PelayoBurial Day Books
John The Revelator John UrbancikDark Fluidity
La Belle Ajar Adrian Ernesto CepedaClash Books
Past the Glad and Sunlit Season: Poems for Halloween K. A. Opperman Jackanapes Press
Sacred Summer Cassandra Rose ClarkeAqueduct Press
Tea with Death Abigail WildesAlban Lake Publishing
The Bedlam Philharmonic & Other Poems Steven WithrowSelf-Published
The Day You Learned To Swim Amanda CrumIndependently Published
Whitechapel Rhapsody: Dark Poems Alessandro ManzettiIndependent Legions Publishing

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1BR David MarmorEpicenter
Color Out of Space Richard Stanley & Scarlett AmarisSpectreVision
Dracula, Season One, Episode One: "The Rules of the Beast" Mark Gatiss & Steven MoffatNetflix
Dracula, Season One, Episode Two: "Blood Vessel" Mark Gatiss & Steven MoffatNetflix
Gretel & Hansel Rob HayesOrion Pictures
Haunting of Bly Manor, Season 1, Episode 5, "The Altar of the Dead" Angela LaMannaIntrepid Pictures
I'm Thinking of Ending Things Charlie KaufmanLikely Story
Into the Dark, Season Two, Episode Five: "My Valentine" Maggie LevinHulu
Into the Dark: The Current Occupant Alston RamsayBlumhouse Productions
Lovecraft Country, Season 1, Episode 1: "Sundown" Misha GreenMonkeypaw Productions
Lovecraft Country, Season 1, Episode 2: "Whitey's on the Moon" Misha GreenMonkeypaw Productions
Lovecraft Country, Season 1, Episode 4: "A History of Violence" Misha GreenMonkeypaw Productions
Lovecraft Country, Season 1, Episode 6: "Meet Me in Daegu" Misha Green & Kevin LauMonkeypaw Productions
Lovecraft Country, Season 1, Episode 8: "Jig-a-Bobo" Misha Green & Ihuoma OfordireMonkeypaw Productions
Relic Natalie Erika James & Christian WhiteAGBO & Carver Films & Nine Stories Productions
Shirley Sarah Gubbins Killer Films
Spiral Colin Minihan & John PoliquinDigital Interference Productions
The Babysitter: Killer Queen Dan Lagana & Brad Morris & Jimmy Warden & McGWonderland Sound and Vision
The Beach House Jeffrey A. BrownLow Spark Films
The Gloaming, Season One, Episode Eight: "The Night of the Mothers" Vicki Madden2 Jons
The Gloaming, Season One, Episode One: "The Dying of the Light" Vicki Madden2 Jons
The Invisible Man ‎Leigh WhannellUniversal Pictures
The Other Lamb C.S. McMullenRumble Films Subotica Entertainment
The Turning Chad Hayes & Carey W. HayesDreamWorks
Vivarium Lorcan Finnegan & Garret ShanleyLovely Productions

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A Deed Without a Name Jack LothianThe Fiends in the Furrows IINosetouch Press
Black Feathered Phlogiston K.P. KulskiNot All MonstersStrangehouse Books
Cleaver, Meat, and Block Maria HaskinsBlack Static, #73 (January-February 2020)
Come Away, Come Away Cynthia PelayoLockdown: Stories of Crime, Terror and Hope During a PandemicPolis Books
Corpse Walks Into a Bar Lesley BannatyneTheGhostStory.comTheGhostStory.com
Cucuy of Cancon V. CastroWorst Laid Plans: An Anthology of Vacation HorrorGrindhouse Press
Dead Horse Club Jude WetherellReckoning 4
Feeding the Peat Claire DeanUncertainties: Volume IVSwan River Press
Getaway Nicole Kornher-StaceUncanny Magazine
Grotesque Lee MurrayGrotesque: Monster Stories (Things in the Well Book 38)Things In The Well
Halloween Wine Robert StatzerIndependently Published
Heart Music Lee MurrayGrotesque: Monster Stories (Things in the Well Book 38)Things in The Well
Holes R.A. BusbyGraveyard Smash: Women of Horror Anthology Volume 2Kandisha Press
Hopscotch for Keeps Hailey PiperPlaces We Fear to TreadCemetery Gates Media
Joy of Life Alessandro ManzettiSpace and Time Magazine Issue 137
Late Sleepers Steve Rasnic TemIt Came from the Multiplex: 80s Midnight ChillersHex Publishers
Layover Rebecca RowlandFull Metal Horror III: The UnknownZombie Pirate Publishing
Lirpaloof Island Garry Kilworth The Alchemy Book of Horrors 2
Mouselode Maze Christopher HarmanThe Ghosts & Scholars Book of Mazes Sarob Pres
Ode to Joad the Toad Laird BarronMiscreations: Gods, Monstrosities & Other HorrorsWritten Backwards
Of Marrow and Abomination Morgan SylviaPseudopod
One Last Transformation Josh MalermanMiscreations: Gods, Monstrosities & Other HorrorsWritten Backwards
Only Bruises Are Permanent Scott EdelmanMiscreations: Gods, Monstrosities & Other HorrorsWritten Backwards
Real Estate C.E. WardThe Ghosts & Scholars Book of Mazes Sarob Pres
Scars of War Ray DaleyChrome Baby, Bairn #93
Scream Queen Nathan BallingrudFinal Cuts: New Tales of Hollywood Horror and Other SpectaclesBlumhouse Books/Anchor Books
Screen Haunt Orrin GreyIt Came from the Multiplex: 80s Midnight ChillersHex Publishers
See You on a Dark Night Ben PeekNightmare Magazine, April 2020 (Issue 91)
Should Fire Remember the Fuel? Kyla Lee WardOz is Burning B Cubed Press
Sleepers Gerard HouarnerPsychedelic Horror Press
Slow King Tim MajorFiends in the Furrows IINosetouch
Smilers Chip HouserBourbon Penn Issue 20
Snake Hips V. CastroSed de SangreIndependently Published
Summer At Camp Longdrop Ray DaleyGhostlight, The Magazine of Terror: Fall 2020
Sunday Morning L. Marie Wood Chosen Realities, The Diverse Writers & Artists of Speculative Fiction, Summer 2020, Issue No. 1The Diverse Writers and Authors of Speculative Fiction
Tea With The Earl of Twilight Sonya TaaffeNightmare Magazine Issue 96
The Complete Compleat Gardener Elizabeth TwistThe Fiends in the Furrows IINosetouch Press
The Darker Side of Grief Naching T. KassaArterial BloomCrystal Lake Publishing
The Genetic Alchemist's Daughter Elaine CuyegkengBlack Cranes: Tales of Unquiet WomenOmnium Gatherum
The Gift of Death Christina SngSpace and Time Magazine
The Glassy, Burning Floor of Hell Brian EvensonShadows & Tall Trees, Volume 8Undertow Publications
The Lament of the Vejigante Cynthia PelayoBoth Sides: Stories from the BorderPolis Books
The Last Drive-In Movie B.D. PrinceMonsters, Movies and Mayhem WordFire Press LLC
The Man Who Fell Beyond the Wall Paolo di OrazioKDP Amazon
The Mosaic Maze Victoria DayThe Ghosts & Scholars Book of Mazes Sarob Pres
The New You Ainslie HogarthBlack Static, #74 (March-April 2020)TTA Press
The One We Tell Bad Children Laird BarronFinal Cuts: New Tales of Hollywood Horror and Other SpectaclesBlumhouse Books/Anchor Books
The Secret of St. Cyr Maxwell I. GoldThe Dark Corner Zine #4
The Space Between Larry HinkleDeep Magic, Spring 2020Amberlin
The Teeth of America Michael Wehuntmichaelwehunt.com
The Thing I Found Along A Dirt Patch Road Cindy O'QuinnShotgun Honey Presents Volume 4: RecoilDown and Out Books
Those Who Made Us J.A.W. McCarthyLamplight Volume 8, Issue 3&4Apokrupha
Thresher of Men Michael BoatmanDominion: An Anthology of Speculative Fiction from Africa and the African DiasporaAurelia Leo
Too Lonely, Too Wild Kay ChronisterShadows & Tall Trees, Volume 8Undertow Publications
Trickin Nicole Givens KurtzDominion: An Anthology of Speculative Fiction from Africa and the African DiasporaAurelia Leo
Trick of the Light Andrew HumphreyNightjar Press
Unschooled Christi NogleEighteen: Stories of Mischief & MayhemUnderland Press
Waves of Sound and Water Stephen WilliamsSelf Published
We Aren’t Violent People E.C. BarrettBourbon Penn Issue 20
We Do Like to Be Beside Peter SuttonThe Alchemy Book of Horrors 2
Where The Hollow Tree Waits John LanganWeird Horror #1Undertown Publications
Workday Kurt FawverShadows & Tall Trees, Volume 8Undertow Publications
You Can't Save Them All Ian RogersWeird Horror #1Undertow Publication

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'Get Out,' 'Lovecraft Country,' 'Us': Black Writers, Filmmakers are Transforming Horror Jim BeckermanNorthJersey.com
Changing Mike, Changing History: Erasing African-America in It (2017) Kevin J. Wetmore, Jr.The Many Lives of It: Essays on the Stephen King FranchiseMcFarland
Hell Is Other Mushroom People: Societal Decay in Matango Kelly RobinsonScary Monsters MagazineMyMovieMonsters.com
I Need to Believe Cina PelayoSouthwest ReviewSouthwest Review
Imagining Horror as the World Burns Sarah Langanhttps://tornightfire.com/sarah-langan-on-imagining-horror-as-the-world-burnsTor Nightfire
Not everything that moves, breathes and talks is alive: Christianity, Korean Shamanism and Reincarnation in Whispering Corridors (1998) and The Wailing (2016) Frazer LeeScared Sacred: Idolatry, Religion & Worship in the Horror FilmHouse of Leaves Publishing
Racing the King Wrath James WhiteStephenKingRevisited.com
Sicko Doctors: Suffering and Sadism in 19th-Century America Chelsea DavisThe Public Domain Review
Spirits and Mediums: Adapting Jackson Kevin J. Wetmore, Jr.The Streaming of Hill House: Essays on the Haunting Netflix AdaptionMcFarland
The Eternal Return of “The Turn of the Screw” Chelsea DavisElectric Lit
The H Word: An Empathy of Fear Premee MohamedNightmare Magazine
The H Word: Mental Health, Ableism, and the Horror Genre Evan J. PetersonNightmare Magazine, April 2020 (Issue 91)
The Horror of Humanity: Brands that Serve to Dehumanise and Isolate Dave JefferyGingernuts of HorrorJim McLeod
The Safe Negro Guide to Lovecraft Country: 'Strange Case' Kinitra D. BrooksThe Root
They Never Believe Me: Discourses of Belief in Hill House and #MeToo Brandon R. Grafius The Streaming of Hill House: Essays on the Haunting Netflix AdaptionMcFarland
What Writing Horror Can Teach All Writers Gabino Iglesias Tor Nightfire
“American Psycho,” “American Beauty,” “American Pie”: White Male Rage at the Turn of the Millennium Chelsea DavisLos Angeles Review of Books

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Category Five Ann Davila CardinalTor Teen
Cemetery Boys Aiden ThomasSwoon Reads
Clown in a Cornfield Adam CesareHarperTeen
Deathless Divide Justina IrelandBalzer + Bray
Hellion Allan BurdBox Nine Books
Jennifer Strange Cat ScullyYap Books
The Ghost Tree Christina HenryBerkley Books

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