New Releases – November 16, 2021

Aimee here with the latest new releases coming to The Haunted Book Shop this week! We always have books we’re excited about, but this week features a couple staff highlights as well as some signed copies!


Olivia Dade is back with her latest All the Feels! Alexander Woodroe is known for his charm, good looks, and starpower as Cupid on the hit show God of the Gates. But when a bar fight lands him in hot water and he becomes tabloid fodder, it’s decided he needs some sort of minder. Enter Lauren Clegg, the former ER therapist hired to keep Alex in line. Check out what happens next in a book HBS’ own Angela called, “Another grand slam for Olivia Dade who continues to do a wonderful job of combining a fun, entertaining story with all the feels.”

An Heiress’s Guide to Deception and Desire is the latest from Manda Collins following A Lady’s Guide to Mischief and Mayhem! It’s 1867 in England and Miss Caroline Hargrove, one half of the duo behind England’s most infamous crime column, faces a crisis. Her dear friend has been kidnapped and to solve the mystery, Caro must team up with Lord Valentine Thorn, the man who broke her heart. What will happen as they get closer to finding the culprit? Guess you’ll have to pick up a copy (perhaps a signed one? We have some in the shop!) and find out!

In The Hookup Dilemma by Constance Gillam, Rashida, an aspiring restauranteur, thinks she has found the perfect space for her restaurant. But the steep asking price might be too much to overcome. That is, until a chance encounter with Elliott, the heir to an architecture empire. Elliott could be the perfect partner for Rashida’s restaurant, and the investment could be what Elliott needs to turn his father’s business around. But when others from their respective pasts find out about the building, it could send the arrangement, and a potential romance, into a freefall.

Science Fiction

Even Greater Mistakes: Stories is a collection of short fiction from bestselling author Charlie Jane Anders. There’s the woman who can see all the possible branching futures is dating the man who can see the one and only foreordained future, and a wildly popular slapstick filmmaker is drawn, against his better judgment, into working with a fascist militia, against a background of social collapse, among other fascinating stories featuring intriguing characters. The stories collected here upend genre cliches, revitalize classic tropes and provide biting social commentary through humor and heightened realism.

Noor by Nnedi Okorafor takes place in a postapocalyptic Africa. Anwuli Okwudili prefers to be called AO. To her, these initials have always stood for Artificial Organism. Born with physical deformities, AO faced more physical challenges following a car accident. Yet instead of viewing her strange body the way the world views it, as freakish, unnatural, even the work of the devil, AO embraces all that she is: A woman with a ton of major and necessary body augmentations. When a trip to the market goes wrong, AO finds herself on the run with DNA, a Fulani herdsman, as they race against time across the desert. In a world where all things are streamed, everyone is watching the “reckoning of the murderess and the terrorist” and the “saga of the wicked woman and mad man” unfold. 


Termination Shock is a technothriller from bestselling author Neal Stephenson that tackles climate change and the man-made forces that shape our present and future. One man has a Big Idea for reversing global warming, a master plan perhaps best described as “elemental.” But will it work? And just as important, what are the consequences for the planet and all of humanity should it be applied? Pick up a copy and find out – maybe even one of the signed copies we have in stock!

Young Adult

The Nobleman’s Guide to Scandal and Shipwrecks is the conclusion to Mackenzi Lee’s Montague Siblings trilogy! Adrian Montague has a bright future ahead, not to mention he is the sole heir to his father’s vast estate. But he also secretly suffers from debilitating anxiety, and the strain of trying to keep that hidden threatens to thwart his future. In the wake of his mother’s unexpected death, Adrian is also concerned people will find out that he has the mental illness she struggled with for years. When a newly found keepsake of hers—a piece of a broken spyglass—comes into Adrian’s possession, he’s thrust into the past and finds himself face to face Monty and Felicity, siblings he never knew he had. Come along as they try to unravel family secrets and mysteries.


One of your favorite superheroes is back with a new collection of stories perfect for younger fans! Marvel-Verse: Spider-Man features enjoy a modern spin on Spidey’s classic origin tale of power and responsibility, as a spider bite transforms the life of unpopular teen Peter Parker — for better and worse! Other stories find Spider-Man trying to save Aunt May and fighting villains like Doc Ock, Kraven the Hunter, Mysterio, and more from the Sinister Six!

Nature’s Treasures by Ben Hoare features over 100 objects from the natural world and tells the stories behind them! Learn how huge whales eat tiny animals from looking at their bristly teeth, why butterflies shine and glitter in the sunlight from seeing their minute wing scales, how plants transport water and food around from examining a delicate leaf skeleton, and what makes every snowflake unique from admiring their miniature, branching crystals of ice. And that is just four of the stories in this gorgeous collection! A perfect gift for the curious, outdoor-loving child!


Dogs on the Trail: A Year in the Life is a photographic account of professional mushers Blair Braverman’s and Quince Mountain’s sled dog team! With gorgeous photos from Braverman’s Twitter feed, follow along from the beginning of fall to training on dry land and snow, camping and racing, the spring muddy season, and summer puppies! The book ends on a beginning, in anticipation of the adventurous lives that the new pups have in store.


Everything I Need to Know I Learned from Betty White: 100 Years of Wisdom from the First Lady of Television celebrates America’s sweetheart Betty White ahead of her 100th birthday in January 2022! In a television career spanning more than 80 years, Betty experienced the highs and lows of the industry with her signature wit and kindness. This book helps readers address their own real-life challenges by examining how Betty would have done so with kindness, forthrightness, and good humor.

As a HUGE fan of The Office, I have been SO EXCITED for Welcome to Dunder Mifflin: The Ultimate Oral History of The Office! Brian Baumgartner (aka Kevin) conducted a series of interviews for his podcast The Oral History of The Office. Those interviews with the cast and crew were compiled into this book with never-before-seen photos that tell the behind-the-scenes stories of this classic sitcom. Relive your favorite moments, maybe with a Pretzel Day pretzel or some of Kevin’s famous chili. This is the perfect gift for Office fans!

Social Sciences

Ever wanted to learn more about a subject like, say, anthropology, but became overwhelmed by the number of materials out there? Enter the latest in the Degree in a Book series, Anthropology: Everything You Need to Know to Master the Subject – in One Book! Dive deep into the study of human culture and societies with this book perfect for students and newcomers alike.


Check out this gorgeous hardback edition of the classic Japanese text The Book of Five Rings by Miyamoto Musashi! The undefeated swordsman Musashi wrote five scrolls describing the “true principles” required for victory in the martial arts and on the battlefield. This edition features gold embossing and gilded page edges

Another classic text now available in this gorgeous hardback edition, The Way of the Samurai by Inazo Nitobe reveals the greater depths found in samurai culture; they were not simply warriors but an aristocratic class who practiced literary and military arts in equal measure. This edition features gold embossing and gilded page edges as well.

Food & Drink

Taste Makers: Seven Immigrant Women Who Revolutionized Food in America by Mayukh Sen traces America’s culinary history through the lives of seven immigrant chefs and food writers. This group biography stretches from World War II to the present, tracing the stories of women like Mexican-born Elena Zelayeta, a blind chef; Marcella Hazan, the deity of Italian cuisine; and Norma Shirley, a champion of Jamaican dishes, in vivid and empathetic detail. Taste Makers will challenge the way readers look at what’s on their plate—and the women whose labor, overlooked for so long, makes those meals possible

Body, Mind, & Spirit

The Wild Unknown Pocket Tarot Deck and Guidebook takes Kim Krans’ bestselling deck and puts it into a pocket-sized tin for easy portability. Featuring the same hand-drawn imagery in Krans’ iconic, mystical style, this will introduce a new audience to the magic of the tarot and is a keepsake collectible sure to delight Krans’ longtime fans. 

Visit our website for information on these titles and more! And don’t forget – if we don’t have a book in stock we are more than happy to order it for you, or you can visit our Bookshop page!

We hope to see you soon!

New Releases – November 2, 2021

New month, new releases! Let’s see what is coming to the shelves of The Haunted Book Shop this week!


Dearly: New Poems is Margaret Atwood’s first poetry collection in over a decade. While most associate Atwood with her fiction writing, with novels like The Handmaid’s Tale and The Testaments, among others, she is also an accomplished poet. This wide-ranging collection addresses themes of love, loss, the passage of time, the nature of nature, and – zombies. Atwood fans will enjoy this introspective, observant collection


Now available in paperback, Tana French’s bestseller The Searcher follows Cal Hooper, a newly divorced and retired Chicago police officer looking to “build a new life in a pretty spot with a good pub where nothing much happens.” But when a kid looking for his missing brother enlists Cal in the investigation, Cal uncovers dark shadows hiding in the town and learns that even small towns can hide dangerous secrets.

Another bestseller now available in paperback, The Wife Upstairs by Rachel Hawkins is a southern Gothic twist on the classic novel Jane Eyre. Newly arrived in Birmingham, Alabama, Jane is a broke dog-walker with a past working in the ritzy Thornfield Estates gated community. The recently widowed Edward is Thornfield’s most mysterious resident. As the two meet and begin to fall for each other, Jane finds herself haunted by the legend of Bea, Edward’s wife who drowned in a boating accident. Can Jane win Edward’s heart before their respective pasts catch up with them?


The God of Lost Words is the latest in A.J. Hackwith’s Novels from Hell’s Library series. Every book that isn’t finished resides in the Library of the Unwritten in Hell and it is up to the Librarian and her crew to protect it. In this installment, former librarian and Hero, Claire, must team up with Rami, the angel, and muse-turned-librarian Brevity to protect the unwritten wing and stave off the insidious reach of Hell’s most bloodthirsty generals, the evil Malphas. The group faces perilous odds – succeed and rewrite the nature of the library or lose and face obliteration.

Described as “Red White and Royal Blue meets Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell, debut author Freya Marske’s A Marvelous Light takes place in an Edwardian England full of magic, contracts, and conspiracies. Robin Blythe already has enough on his plate when an administrative error sees him named the civil service liaison to a hidden magical society. The position sees Robin struggling with the beauty and danger of magic, a deadly curse, and alarming visions of the future, all alongside Edwin, his cold and prickly counterpart who clearly wishes he didn’t have to deal with Robin. Thrown together and facing unexpected dangers, Robin and Edwin discover a plot that threatens every magician in the British Isles—and a secret that more than one person has already died to keep.


A Certain Appeal by Vanessa King is a contemporary retelling of Jane Austen’s classic Pride and Prejudice. With her interior design career derailed, Liz Bennet found a new start in New York City as an executive assistant by day and a stage kitten by night, dancing at Meryton, one of the city’s top burlesque venues. Sparks fly when she catches the eye of Will Darcy at the club – sparks that quickly fade when she overhears him call her “merely tolerable.” Bennet hopes to write him off, but when their respective best friends fall for each other, she and Will find themselves together again and again. On top of that, when a charming newcomer arrives on the scene with accusations against Darcy, and a sudden development leaves Meryton’s fate in jeopardy. Who will Bennet trust to save her dreams and her found family?


The perfect gift for the horror lover in your life, The Necronomicon 5 Volume Box Set features more than 70 short stories from the masters of cosmic horror, including H.P. Lovecraft, Robert E. Howard, Arthur Machen, and more. With graphic cover designs, this gorgeous set is sure to scare and delight diehard horror readers!


Aaron Slater, Illustrator is the latest in The Questioneers series by Andrea Beaty and David Roberts! Aaron Slater loves listening to stories and wants to write his own one day. But Aaron struggles when it comes to reading, with the letters just looking like squiggles. When his teacher asks each child in the class to write a story, Aaron can’t get a single word down, and he is sure his dream of being a storyteller is out of reach. But when Aaron finds his inspiration, he learns he is able to write a story that is uniquely his. Written in dyslexia-friendly font, readers will find in Aaron the story of a boy with dyslexia who discovers that his learning disability may inform who he is, but it does not define him.

Dinosaurs and Other Prehistoric Life is a collection of amazing dinosaurs, plants, and other prehistoric life that will wow readers of all ages. Showcasing more than 90 remarkable fossils, such as a fearsome Tyrannosaurus skull, delicate fern leaf, and perfectly preserved woolly mammoth, the gorgeous illustrations and storybook descriptions of the myths and legends surrounding these creatures will both inform and captivate readers.

Manu: A Graphic Novel by Kelly Fernández is a funny and heartwarming tale about friendship, defying expectations, and finding your place. Manu and her best friend Josefina live at a magical school for girls. Manu is always getting into trouble and one day when a prank goes wrong, Josefina gets angry and wishes Manu’s magic would go away – and it does. Manu tries a dangerous spell to restore it but now her magic is too powerful to control. How will Manu and Josefina cope? Read along and find out!

Our Table by Peter H. Reynolds is a story about love, tradition, and connection. Violet longs for the time when her family was more connected to one another, a time before life, technology, and other distractions got in the way. They used to gather at the table, sharing food, love, and memories, reveling in each others’ stories. With no one to gather around it, the table grows smaller and smaller. Can Violet bring her family back together around the table?

Since its first publication in 1922, The Velveteen Rabbit, Margery Williams’s much-loved, timeless tale of a toy rabbit’s fervent wish to become real has captured the hearts of millions of adults and children alike. This heritage edition of The Velveteen Rabbit features the original cover art and illustrations by William Nicholson.

Wednesday – The Forest of Secrets is the third book in Ralph Lazar’s Total Mayhem series. Dash Candoo is used to strange, mysterious things happening at school. But what has been happing recently is more strange and mysterious than usual. He really starts to wonder when weird tire marks and strange sounds start coming from Moremi Forest, next to Swedhump Elementary. When Dash and his friend Rob investigate, they can’t work out what is going on – but they know they’re being watched. Soon the eerieness finds its way into the elementary school halls. What is causing all this? Dash and Rob will try to find out!

Young Adult


Described as “Children of Blood and Bone meets The Little Mermaid,” Skin of the Sea is the debut novel by Natasha Bowen. Simi serves the gods as Mami Wata—a mermaid—collecting the souls of those who die at sea and blessing their journeys back home. But when she breaks a crucial rule – saving the life of a boy thrown overboard – Simi must journey to the Supreme Creator to make amends and protect the other Mami Wata. But the boy seems to know more than he should and something mysterious is shadowing Simi, something that wants to see her fail. With danger lurking around every turn, Simi risks the fate of all the Mami Wata and her world.


In this eleventh volume, Five Nights at Freddy’s creator Scott Cawthon spins three sinister novella-length stories from different corners of his series’ canon. Prankster includes terrifying tales featuring Jeremiah, Joel, and Aimee as they stand up for themselves and face terrible consequences. Readers beware: This collection of terrifying tales is enough to unsettle even the most hardened Five Nights at Freddy’s fans.

Graphic Novels

The Greek tale of Hades and Persephone gets a romantic modern update in Rachel Smythe’s Lore Olympus: Volume 1. Featuring scandalous gossip, wild parties, and forbidden love, follow the propulsive, classic love story, told through lavish illustrations and contemporary sensibilities. This edition also includes a brand-new, exclusive short story!

Food & Drink

Bring the literary world to your kitchen with Once Upon a Kitchen: 101 Magical Recipes by Leslie Bilderback! Featuring recipes inspired by Tolkien, Star Wars, fairy tales, and more, readers and chefs will enjoy making delicious treats like Mrs. Potts’s Tea Poached Salmon and Jedi Ration Bars to share with friends and family.

Mind & Body

The Tarot of Curious Creatures is an eccentric and playful deck of magical guides. With their illuminating conversations and grounded wisdom, the curious and quirky characters in this 78 (+1) card deck and accompanying guidebook are a strangely familiar twist on the traditional tarot.

Visit our website for information on these titles and more! And don’t forget – if we don’t have a book in stock we are more than happy to order it for you, or you can visit our Bookshop page!

We hope to see you soon!