Cover Reveal – The Creeper by A.M. Shine

Last year I was lucky enough to receive a copy of Shine’s debut novel The Watchers which I loved. So when Aries reached out asking if I’d like to take part in the cover reveal for Shine’s latest novel, how could I say no?

Publisher: Aries
Publication Date:
15/09/2022
Length: 240 pages
Genre:
Gothic Horror

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Superstitions only survive if people believe in them…

Renowned academic Dr Sparling seeks help with his project on a remote Irish village. Historical researchers Ben and Chloe are thrilled to be chosen—until they arrive…

The village is isolated and forgotten. There is no record of its history, its stories. There is no friendliness from the locals, only wary looks and whispers. The villagers lock down their homes at sundown. A nameless fear stalks the streets…

Nobody will talk—nobody except one little girl. Her story strikes dread into the hearts of the newcomers. Three times you see him. Each night he comes closer…

That night, Ben and Chloe see a sinister figure watching them. He is the Creeper. He is the nameless fear in the night. Stories keep him alive. And nothing will keep him away…

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As well as the book, I also loved The Watchers‘ cover, so I’m thrilled that The Creeper is staying in the same style. It feels like the perfect wrapping for Shine’s novels with the stripped-back return to the classic Gothic Horror genre, where the characters are alone and isolated by the intense landscape – all highlighted through the minimalist design.

I also really love the touch of the landscape making up the silhouettes, to me it simultaneously shows how the characters can become ensnared by their surroundings yet also makes you feel as if the landscape is a character in the tale…!

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The Book of Baku by R.L. Boyle

Firstly, a huge thanks to Titan Books and NetGalley for providing me with a copy of this novel in exchange for an honest review.

Publisher: Titan Books
Publication Date:
15/06/2021
Length: 284 pages
Genre:
Horror | Gothic Horror

CW: disturbing horror, child death, drug abuse, animal death, animal abuse

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Sean hasn’t spoken a word since he was put into care. When he is sent to live with his grandad, a retired author and total stranger, Sean suddenly finds himself living an affluent life, nothing like the estate he grew up in, where gangs run the streets and violence is around every corner.

Sean embraces a new world of drawing, sculpting and reading his grandad’s stories. But his grandad has secrets in his past. As his grandad retreats to the shed, buried at the end of his treasured garden, The Baku emerges.

The Baku is ancient, a creature that feeds on our fears, and it corrupts everything it touches. Plagued by nightmares, with darkness spreading through the house, Sean must confront his fears to free himself and his grandad from the grip of the Baku.

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Horseman by Christina Henry

Firstly, I just want to say a huge thank you to Titan Books for providing me with a copy of this novel in exchange for an honest review.

Publisher: Titan Books
Publication Date:
28/09/2021
Length: 336 pages
Genre:
Gothic Horror | Retelling

CW: graphic depictions of death, mentions of abuse, alcoholism, attempted sexual assault

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Everyone in Sleepy Hollow knows about the Horseman, but no one really believes in him. Not even Ben Van Brunt’s grandfather, Brom Bones, who was there when it was said the Horseman chased the upstart Crane out of town. Brom says that’s just legend, the village gossips talking.

Twenty years after those storied events, the village is a quiet place. Fourteen-year-old Ben loves to play “Sleepy Hollow boys,” reenacting the events Brom once lived through. But then Ben and a friend stumble across the headless body of a child in the woods near the village, and the sinister discovery makes Ben question everything the adults in Sleepy Hollow have ever said. Could the Horseman be real after all? Or does something even more sinister stalk the woods?

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Near the Bone by Christina Henry

Firstly, a huge thank you to Titan Books and NetGalley for providing me with a copy of this novel in exchange for an honest review.

Publisher: Titan Books
Publication Date:
13/04/2021
Length: 336 pages
Genre:
Gothic Horror

CW: domestic violence, mentions of sexual assault, graphic depictions of death

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Mattie can’t remember a time before she and William lived alone on a mountain together. She must never make him upset. But when Mattie discovers the mutilated body of a fox in the woods, she realizes that they’re not alone after all.

There’s something in the woods that wasn’t there before, something that makes strange cries in the night, something with sharp teeth and claws.

When three strangers appear on the mountaintop looking for the creature in the woods, Mattie knows their presence will anger William. Terrible things happen when William is angry.

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The Nesting by C.J. Cooke

Publisher: HarperCollins
Publication Date:
15/10/2020
Length: 416 pages
Genre:
Gothic Horror | Thriller | European folklore

CW: domestic abuse, self harm, suicide

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Architect Tom Faraday is determined to finish the high-concept, environmentally friendly home he’s building in Norway – in the same place where he lost his wife, Aurelia, to suicide. It was their dream house, and he wants to honor her with it.

Lexi Ellis takes a job as his nanny and immediately falls in love with his two young daughters, especially Gaia. But something feels off in the isolated house nestled in the forest along the fjord. Lexi sees mysterious muddy footprints inside the home. Aurelia’s diary appears in Lexi’s room one day. And Gaia keeps telling her about seeing the terrifying Sad Lady…

Soon Lexi suspects that Aurelia didn’t kill herself and that they are all in danger from something far more sinister lurking around them.

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