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Top 25 Horror Fiction February 2024 - compiled by Lionel Ray Green

The MalevolentDark.com Horror Fiction Top 25 February 2024 Edition

MALEVOLENT DARK HORROR FICTION TOP 25 FEBRUARY 2024 EDITION

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The Malevolent Dark Horror Fiction Top 25 February 2024 - Compiled by Lionel Ray Green - The House of Last Resort by Christopher Golden The Malevolent Dark Horror Fiction Top 25 February 2024 - Compiled by Lionel Ray Green - What Hides in the Cupboards by Cassondra Windwalker Flesh Bargain by Ian Rob Wright - The Malevolent Dark Horror Fiction Top 25 February 2024 - Compiled by Lionel Ray Green This Wretched Valley by Johnny Kiefer - The Malevolent Dark Horror Fiction Top 25 February 2024 - Compiled by Lionel Ray Green

1. The House of Last Resort by Christopher Golden

A two-time Bram Stoker Award-winning author, Golden writes about an American couple who relocate to a house in Italy with a dark history … while something even darker stirs in the catacombs beneath the town.

2. What Hides in the Cupboards by Cassondra Windwalker

A masterwork of modern gothic horror, What Hides in the Cupboards is about a ceramic artist who moves unknowingly to a cursed location in New Mexico to heal from a traumatic accident.

3. Flesh Bargain by Iain Rob Wright

A standalone entry in Wright’s The Cursed Manuscripts shared universe, Flesh Bargain is about a struggling father of two daughters – one fighting cancer, the other in constant trouble – who decides to make a desperate deal to change his fortunes.  

4. This Wretched Valley by Jenny Kiefer

A debut novel about a group of people determined to document the first climb of an untouched cliff face in the Kentucky wilderness. However, the adventure leads to tragedy and mystery. 

5. The Lazarus Key by Rachel Aukes

Billed as an epic monster story meets police procedural, The Lazarus Key is about a Wyoming game warden who encounters a real-life saber-tooth tiger, a discovery that leads to a chilling plot to clone extinct predators for extreme hunting expeditions.

6. Enemy in the Wire by Christopher Fritschi

Book Seven in the Grave Diggers Series, Enemy in the Wire follows Jack Tate and his team on a daunting mission to stop a ship from unleashing hordes of deadly creatures.

7. Combustible by Hunter Shea

The popular cryptid horror author writes a post-apocalyptic road trip novel about a man and his estranged wife who try to escape an outbreak of spontaneous human combustion that threatens to destroy humankind.

8. Bruises on a Butterfly by Chad Lutzke

Billed as a dark coming-of-age tale that melds Colour Out of Space with Stand by Me, Bruises on a Butterfly is about a young boy who runs away from his abusive home to live in the fort he’s built in the middle of a Michigan cornfield where a cosmic discovery warps reality into a mutating nightmare. 

9. Roxie Kills by Bryan Smith

Book 4 in The Killing Kind series, Smith’s novella brings the bad and beautiful Roxie back into the mass bloodshed game with a new wrinkle – the impending return from Hell of the lover she killed.

10. Dead Man’s Heart by Axl Malton

A novel about a heart surgeon battling to save his only son, who was born with a degenerative heart condition. Meanwhile, a psychopathic killer is on the loose. 

11. Boar War by R. Gualtieri

A prequel story set in the world of Gualtieri’s Crypto-Hunter series, Boar War follows the aftermath of a failed 1957 U.S. government food supply project involving hogs. Twenty years later, a severe drought forces the offspring of the mutant hogs to descend on the unsuspecting townspeople of nearby Cooper’s Bluff.

12. Creep by Kevin Bachar

Book Two in Bachar’s Nights of Madness series, Creep is a collection of 21 tales of terror where the commonplace becomes shocking.

13. The Restless Ones by Abe Moss

Four years after surviving the Hartnett House Massacre, two sisters decide to confront their past, but something sinister awaits their return.

14. The Sixth Window by Amy Cross

Book Six in the Chronicles of Sister June series, The Sixth Window is about a nun who returns to the school where her and a friend investigated a haunting when they were young orphans.

15. The Hole in the Hallway by R.S. Merritt

Based in part on true events, a family living on an island race against time to acknowledge a demonic presence coming for them as they try to unravel a dark history that connects their piece of the island to supernatural events of biblical proportions. 

16. Falls the Darkness by Mark N Drake

The fourth book in the Glennison Darkisle Cases series, Falls the Darkness is a Lovecraftian horror novel set in 1920s Britain about a private detective who investigates the disappearance from a unique scientific expedition.

17. Echoes of the Forgotten by Michael Nunn

On the first night of their third year of university, five students disappear without a trace. Three days later, one of them is found miles away covered in somebody else’s blood with his friends nowhere to be found and only the memory of a fairground and a haunting man with a crooked smile.

18. The Winslow Sisters by Michael Aronovitz

A murderer dubbed the Sculptor killer is believed to have perished in a massive explosion, but a disturbing paper turned in by a professor’s student could signal his return. 

19. Midnight on Beacon Street by Emily Ruth Verona

A debut thriller and a love letter to vintage horror movies, Midnight on Beacon Street is about a teenager who must overcome her anxiety to protect the two children she’s babysitting when strangers come knocking at the door.

20. The Horror Zine’s Book of Monster Stories edited by Jeani Rector and Dean H. Wild

An anthology packed with 31 monstrous tales by Bentley Little, Simon Clark, Elizabeth Massie, Tim Waggoner, Sumiko Saulson, and many more. Features an introduction by Gemma Files, the Shirley Jackson Award-winning author of Experimental Film.  

21. The Horror Collection: Turquoise Edition presented by KJK Publishing

The Horror Collection: Turquoise Edition is Book 18 in the KJK Publishing anthology series. Features stories by Steve Stred, Candace Nola, Callum Pearce, Daemon Manx, DE McCluskey, Sarah E. England, Ashley Lister, Tom Deady, Greg F. Gifune, Graham Masterton, Mark Towse, and Richard Clive.

22. Harvested edited by RJ Roles

Subtitled An Anthology of Reaping What You Sow, Harvested features 15 stories of retribution by Stephanie Scissom, Jason Nickey, Colt Skinner, M. Betterelli, Lisa Vasquez, Lance Dale, Eric Butler, Angelique Jordonna, Jae Mazer, Thomas R Clark, RJ Roles, Megan Stockton, M Ennenbach, Rayne Havok, and Sidney Shiv.

23. Welcome to the Club: Vol. III edited by Nikki Noir

An anthology of 13 bizarre and disturbing tales, featuring the top four stories from the 2023 Author Con II Gross-Out Contest hosted by Brian Keene. Authors include Rachel Nussbaum, C.M. Saunders, Jay Wilburn, Chase Will, John Wayne Comunale, Lucas Milliron, Aaron Thomas Milstead, Arlo Gorevin, Stephen Kozeniewski, Chris DiLeo, Lucy Leitner, and Megan Stockton.

24. Flesh Communion and Other Stories by Holly Garcia

A collection of 26 tales of desperation, sorrow, and terror.

25. Dark Blooms edited by Ruth Anna Evans

An anthology of 16 girls’ coming-of-age stories by Caitlin Marceau, Cat Voleur, Lauren Carter, Emma E. Murray, Nikoline Kaiser, RB Kelly, Anj Baker, Ruth Anna Evans, Shannon Riley, Chloe Spencer, Erin Brown, Valerie Hunter, Tasha Reynolds, Chelsea Pumpkins, Cassandra Daucus, and Elise Forier Edie. Features an introduction by Ladies of Horror Fiction Award-winning author Sonora Taylor.

THE NEXT TEN

The next 10 releases just outside the chart: Welcome to My Nightmare by Katie May and Steffanie Holmes; The Devil Came Down the Mountain by Christopher Bond; The Black Cat Bookshop by Ian McConnell; Perverted Little Freak by Rick Wood; The Father by Andrew Dillard; Violent Ends by Steve Stark; The Endless Night by Ian Fortey and Ron Ripley; Master of Rods and Strings by Jason Marc Harris; One Must Go by Alex Reid; and The Blythe Girl by Alex Webster.

HOW THE CHART WORKS

The MalevolentDark.com Horror Fiction Top 25 is compiled by senior contributor Lionel Ray Green and only includes releases from the previous month using the Amazon Kindle release date (i.e., February chart is for January releases). His chart is independent and subjective but partly based on a personally developed point system using a combination of factors, including media buzz, reviews, and ratings. The Top 25 is released monthly to rank original works and does not include anniversary, author’s preferred, definitive editions, or re-releases. Authors, editors, and publishers with upcoming releases in February 2024 can email the titles of their works to ensure consideration for the next Top 25 to lionelraygreen@gmail.com.

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