My Gothic Haul from BEA/BookCon

This year was my second year attending Book Expo America—a giant event for publishing industry professionals—and its open-to-the-public counterpart, BookCon. I spent Wednesday, May 27th through Saturday, May 30th running around, meeting authors, getting books signed, and grabbing stacks and stacks of free books and advanced reader copies. My total haul came out to about 44 books!

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It would take way too long to go through every one of those books with you, so I’ve picked out ten of the spookiest looking titles that I am most excited to read:

1. The Doll Collection
edited by Ellen Datlow (already released)

An anthology of short stories by best-selling authors featuring one of the creepiest of horror motifs: dolls.

2. The Eterna Files by Leanna Reneé Hieber (already released)

The first in a new series by the celebrated gaslamp fantasy author (and one of my favorite human beings), The Eterna Files tells the tale of the struggle between America and Victorian England over control of a mysterious compound that may hold the secret to eternal life.

3. Poe by J. Lincoln Fenn (already released)

The story of a young man caught up in a web of supernatural forces, racing to unravel the mystery around a slew of gruesome murders in his town.

4. Night Chill by Jeff Gunhus (already released)

Featuring a little girl who looks like the one from The Ring on the cover, Night Chill appears to be a classic horror tale about a father trying to save his daughter from the mysterious horrors of a small mountain town.

5. Daughter of Deep Silence by Carrie Ryan (already released)

A revenge thriller about one of only three survivors of a devastating ship wreck, who must hide her identity and bide her time until she is able to take revenge on those who caused the deaths of her friends.

6. Blood Lite II: Overbite edited by Kevin J. Anderson (already released)

A collection of humorous horror stories by a variety of authors.

7. Netherworld by Lisa Morton (already released)

A paranormal steampunk tale set in Victorian England, featuring a young widow who must solve the mystery of her husband’s death and confront her literal demons in order to prevent the apocalypse.

8. The Witch Hunter by Virginia Boecker (Just released!)

A witch hunter is accused of being a witch herself and finds herself thrown into the world of witches, ghosts, pirates, and more. This book was just released on June 2nd, and it has a really creepy book trailer which you can check out below:

9. Nightfall by Jake Halpern and Peter Kujawinski (release date: Sept. 2015)

Takes place on a mysterious island where daylight lasts for twenty-eight years…followed by twenty-eight years of night. As the rest of the islanders pack up to leave before night falls, three teenagers are accidentally left behind. And after the day comes to an end, they begin to realize why the rest were so eager to leave…

10. V-Wars: Night Terrors edited by Jonathan Maberry (release date: Oct. 2015)

A collection of shared-world stories by various authors chronicling the Vampire Wars that have begun consuming the world, a follow-up Maberry’s initial V-Wars collection.


Have you read any of these, yet? Which ones are you most excited to see me review? Let me know in the comments!

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