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Back in May, the first issue of Regression caught my eye, and I added it to my pull list. Then I stumbled upon Victor LaValle’s Destroyer. Next, a fellow Book Rioter recommended Winnebago Graveyard. When I ran through all of those, I re-read the first volume of Wytches, just to scratch that same itch. And now I’m reading Victor LaValle’s recently-published The Changeling, and still I want more. More creeping horror. More goosebumps running up and down my arms. More being afraid to go down into the basement by myself because, holy shit, what if there’s a wytch down there?!


Luckily, there’s plenty of new horror forthcoming in the second half of 2017. Here’s what’s on my mental TBR:

First of all, because all of those single-issue comics have left me hanging, I’m looking forward to the next few issues of Regression, Destroyer, and Winnebago Graveyard. Regression is about a man plagued with waking nightmares. In order to get to the bottom of what in heck might be causing them, he tries past life regression hypnotherapy…unleashing something dark and terrible from his past. The terrifying story (by Cullen Bunn) is accompanied by gorgeous artwork by both Danny Luckert and Marie Enger, making the most gruesome aspects of the protagonist’s nightmares that much more vivid.


Edgar Cantero’s Meddling Kids. Teen detectives reuniting years later to confront the last night they spent together in a haunted house. This horror/satire sounds like a whole lot of fun. Thank god it pubs right… about… NOW.

Benjamin Percy’s The Dark Net. According to this book’s description, The Dark Net is about an “ancient darkness” gathering in the far reaches of the web that threatens to spread virally and engulf the world. Which sounds like an over-the-top PSA about the dangers of our tech-saturated world (and didn’t The Circle already cover that?), but Percy is known for his solid literary horror, and I do like my horror literary. This one pubs August 1.


Jac Jemc’s The Grip of It. A two-time reader of Mark Danielewski’s House of Leaves, I was excited to see another novel about a young couple and their new (unfortunately haunted) home in a list of forthcoming releases. I look forward to reading about their torment as their home decays in front of their eyes, hinting at the building’s troubled history. Also drops August 1.

Jordie Bellaire and Vanesa R. Del Rey’s Redlands #1. Coming to your local comic shop on August 9 is the first issue of a comic about a close-knit, old-fashioned town and the coven of killer witches who plan to take over. We’ve already established that I’m obsessed with horror, and I’m thrilled to see a two-woman team behind this one.

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