New Releases – November 9, 2021

Aimee here with another great week of new releases gracing the shelves of The Haunted Book Shop!

Young Adult


Every generation at the coming of the Blood Moon, seven families each name a champion to compete in a secret tournament to the death. Co-written by Amanda Foody and Christine Lynn Herman, All of Us Villains follows four of those chosen to compete for exclusive control of a secret wellspring of high magick long thought depleted. A recent tell-all book about the competition brings a new level of attention to the fight – and the competitors gain insight into one another previous competitors never had. In her review, HBS’s Candace said “the twists and turns…will have you flipping pages faster than a class ten curse.”

Stormbreak is the conclusion of author Natalie C. Parker’s Seafire Trilogy. Caledonia Styx is ready to risk everything to finally defeat Lir, the man who destroyed her family. But Lir is stronger than ever after taking control of warlord Aric Athair’s army, making the seas more dangerous than ever. To meet these challenges, Caledonia must form an unlikely (and unsteady) alliance with someone who hates Lir almost as much as Caledonia. How will the final battle play out? Pick up the book and find out!

Action & Adventure

Ramey, I. is the victim of a bet gone wrong in Roxy by Neal Shusterman and Jarrod Shusterman. The seductive and lethal Roxy (Oxycontin) and the smart, high-achieving Addison (Adderall) decide to see who can bring their mark to “the Party” first. But there are two I. Rameys – soccer player Isaac thrown into Roxy’s orbit thanks to an injury, and his older sister Ivy, whose increasing frustration with her untreated ADHD leads her to renew her acquaintance with Addy. See how this battle plays out in this twisty new thriller.


Like a lot of people in the days of pandemic lockdown, I binge-watched a lot of New Girl and laughed at actor Max Greenfield’s (aka Schmidt) Instagram videos showing the struggles of virtual learning. So I was really excited to hear about I Don’t Want to Read This Book written by Schmi-I mean, Max-and illustrated by Mike Lowery. Words, sentences, and even worse, paragraphs fill up books. Ugh! So what’s a reluctant reader to do? Enter this high-energy and hilarious picture book perfect for those kids (and adults) who think they don’t want to read books. Hashtag excitement!

Interrupting Chicken: Cookies for Breakfast is the latest book featuring David Ezra Stein’s little red chicken! When the little red chicken wakes up bright and early on a Saturday morning craving cookies for breakfast, she tries to persuade Papa by jarring him awake and inserting cookies – and herself! – into every nursery rhyme they read together. Will the early bird get the cookie? Read along and find out!

Comics & Graphic Novels

Available for the first time in paperback, The Dark Horse Book of Horror takes readers on a journey through the darkest corners of the horror genre with tales from Mike Mignola, Evan Dorkin, Jill Thompson, Gary Gianni, Robert E. Howard and more. Get ready to be scared out of your minds!

Dracula: Son of the Dragon by Mark Sable and Salgood Sam brings the original digital series Dracula: Son of the Dragon into this collection. Part historical fiction, part horror fantasy, this graphic novel is a blood-soaked epic of the real-life Vlad the Impaler’s transformation into the vampire Dracula. Fans new and old will be enthralled by the intriguing tale and graphic illustrations.

For those looking for a little more humor, Murder Book: A Graphic Memoir of a True Crime Obsession by Hilary Fitzgerald Campbell might just be the answer! This humorous graphic investigation into the author and New Yorker cartoonist’s obsession with true crime attempts to answer the question, Why is it so much fun to read about death and dismemberment? Campbell brings humor and thoughtful personal touch to this blend of memoir, cultural criticism, and true crime with a focus on the often-overlooked victims of notorious killers.

Literary Fiction

Now available in paperback, A Thousand Ships by Natalie Haynes puts the women, girls, and goddesses at the forefront of the Trojan War story. From the Trojan women whose fates now lie in the hands of the Greeks to the Amazon princess who fought Achilles on their behalf, from Penelope awaiting the return of Odysseus to the three goddesses whose feud started it all, Haynes weaves together these women’s stories of life, love, and rivalries in the shadows of history’s most infamous war.


Everything is perfect in Catherynne M. Valente’s Comfort Me with Apples…or is it? Sophia has the perfect husband and perfect home in Arcadia Gardens. But sometimes Sophia wonders about dark, strange things. The look on her husband’s face after a long business trip and unanswered questions. The locked basement she isn’t allowed to enter. Neighbors who won’t meet her gaze when she asks questions. But everything is perfect, right? Find out in this twisty fantasy thriller!

Get ready for the upcoming Amazon series with this stunning hardcover repackage of The World of Robert Jordan’s Wheel of Time! Packed with gorgeous full-color art, legends, and stories from the iconic series, the maps of the world, portraits of central characters, landscapes, objects of power, and more, devoted fans and newcomers alike will enjoy this engaging series companion!


Lisa Stone’s The Cottage follows Jan Hamlin, a woman looking for a new start after losing her job and her boyfriend. She jumps at the chance to rent a secluded cottage on the edge of Coleshaw Woods. But the fresh start takes a terrifying turn when Jan starts hearing strange voices at night and taps at her windows. Something is outside and will not go away but Jan is determined to stay. But the nightmare is just beginning. How will Jan fare in this twisting thriller? Pick up a copy and find out!


Scientist: E.O. Wilson: A Life in Nature is Richard Rhodes’ masterful, timely, and fully-authorized biography of the highly influential Alabama-born biologist and naturalist E.O. Wilson. Fascinated from an early age by the natural world in general and ants in particular, his fieldwork on them and on all social insects has vastly expanded our knowledge of their many species and fascinating ways of being. Thanks to Rhodes’ complete and unfettered access to Wilson, his associates, and his papers, this biography captures the man and the science behind some of the most influential, crucial scientific endeavors.

Body, Mind, & Spirit

First published in 1923 and translated into over 40 languages, The Prophet by Kahlil Gibran is a beloved and timeless spiritual classic. A prophet named Almustafa shares his wisdom over the course of eight essays, where he touches on the deepest profundities of life—pain and loss, friendship and love, joy and sorrow. This new, pocket-sized edition of features the text and illustrations of Gibran’s original edition, just in a more compact size.

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!