49 New Sci-Fi, Fantasy, and Horror Releases


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It’s February, traditionally a month for romance—but 2023 is also bringing a bumper crop of frights! There are several big horror titles out this month, including Stephen Graham Jones’ sequel to My Heart Is a Chainsaw and author Matt Ruff’s return to Lovecraft Countryas well as all the sci-fi and fantasy your heart desires.


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Meru by S.B. Divya

In a far future in which humans dwell on Earth while posthuman “alloys” handle all the space exploration, the discovery of an Earthlike planet has the potential to better the future for everyone. (February 1)

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The Bite by Z.W. Taylor

A women fleeing an abusive relationship ends up in the wilds of Alaska—where her quest to start a new life takes a strange turn when she’s bitten by an unusual wolf. (February 7)

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The Black Guy Dies First: Black Horror From Fodder to Oscar by Dr. Robin R. Means Coleman and Mark H. Harris

Written by two of the experts behind the excellent documentary Horror Noire, this nonfiction book takes a look at how Black characters and creators have fared throughout history, from the earliest movies to recent releases like Get Out and Candyman. (February 7)

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Cradle of Ice by James Rollins

The Moonfall series that began with The Starless Crown continues, as a soldier, a thief, a lost prince, and a girl continue their dangerous quest to stop the apocalypse. (February 7)

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Daughters of Oduma by Moses Ose Utomi

In this YA fantasy inspired by West African culture, “an elite female fighter must reenter the competition to protect her found family of younger sisters.” (February 7)

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Don’t Fear the Reaper by Stephen Graham Jones

In this sequel to the author’s acclaimed horror novel My Heart Is a Chainsaw, slasher movie fanatic—and now, an actual slasher survivor—Jade Daniels returns to Indian Lake at the same time an escaped serial killer begins terrorizing the area. (February 7)

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Heroes of an Unknown World by Ayize Jama-Everett

In this fourth and final novel in the Liminals series, “a found family of Black superheroes has one last chance to save the world.” (February 7)

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Hultichia by Marshall Ryan Maresca

The author returns to the magical city of Maradaine for this new novella about a deacon sent on a strange and dangerous mission that tests his faith. (February 7)

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Not Your Ex’s Hexes by April Asher

“A one-night-stand between a willful witch and a broody half-demon conjures an adventure that wouldn’t be complete without several magical mishaps.”(February 7)

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Pod by Laline Paull

The author of The Bees returns with another thriller set in the natural world. This time, a hearing-impaired dolphin is the main character; when she leaves her family in order to protect them, she must undertake a dangerous adventure across the unknown ocean. (February 7)

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Seven Faceless Saints by M.K. Lobb

In this dark fantasy, a young woman investigates her father’s murder in a city run by corrupt, all-powerful saints and their disciples, with the help of a security captain who’s starting to have serious doubts about those he’s been serving. (February 7)

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The Severed Thread by Leslie Vedder

The sequel to Sleeping Beauty riff The Bone Spindle finds Fi, Shane, and Briar Rose facing new adventures on their quest to defeat the Spindle Witch. (February 7)

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The Spite House by Johnny Compton

A father on the run with his two daughters takes on an ominous but potentially lucrative new gig: the caretaker for one of the most haunted houses in Texas. (February 7)

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Stardust in Their Veins by Laura Sebastian

This sequel to Castles in Their Bones finds the Ash Princesses struggling with their mother’s covert plot to bring down rival kingdoms by strategically marrying them off. With one sister now dead for defying the family plan, the remaining sisters must decide what to do next. (February 7)

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Stone Blind by Natalie Haynes

The story of Medusa gets a sympathetic new twist in this retelling of the classic myth. (February 7)

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These Infinite Threads by Tahereh Mafi

In the sequel to This Woven Kingdom, two royal heirs—one a Jinn, once a human—fall in love, and must figure out how to be together while battling chaos between and within their respective kingdoms. (February 7)

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VenCo by Cherie Dimaline

On the verge of being evicted from her home, a young Métis woman discovers a magical spoon that connects her into a witch network across America—and soon picks up a witch-hunter in pursuit. (February 7)

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Victory City by Salman Rushdie

In the 14th century, a young girl unwittingly becomes the vessel for a goddess—and is tasked with creating a great city where women rule, a process that becomes more complex as the city grows and changes over the centuries that follow. (February 7)

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Wild Massive by Scotto Moore

In the Building, “an infinitely tall skyscraper in the center of the multiverse,” a woman is forced to leave her favorite spot—the elevator—after it’s threatened by a shapeshifter, and plunges into the Building’s network of incredible yet terrifying theme parks. (February 7)

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Wildblood by Lauren Blackwood

A young tour guide who uses her magic to protect travelers from jungle monsters starts to question her devotion to the company she works for when she’s unfairly passed over for a promotion. (February 7)

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The Beauty Trials by Dhonielle Clayton

Set in the world of the author’s Belles series, this fantasy tale follows rebellious Edel Beauregard as she enters the magical, dangerous contest to crown the next Queen of Orléans. (February 14)

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The Cage of Dark Hours by Marina Lostetter

The Five Penalties epic fantasy series continues as Krona and her Regulators pick up the pieces after defeating an undead serial killer—or try to, while battling the corruption in their city and battling the monsters that lurk just beyond it. (February 14)

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Frontier by Grace Curtis

This queer sci-fi love story takes place on an Earth mostly abandoned after humankind fled to new planets, with a cruel High Sheriff in charge. When an escape pod crash-lands, the first visitor in hundreds of years must deal with a hostile planet where life evokes the long-ago Wild West. (February 14)

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Hopeland by Ian McDonald

An aspiring electromancer meets an otherworldly being amid a riot in London, setting in motion a time-travel adventure that will reshape the universe. (February 14)

Jewel Box: Stories by E. Lily Yu

Short stories from the speculative fiction author of On Fragile Waves. (February 14)

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The Last City by H.J. Nelson

In this sequel to The Last She, Ara, Kaden, and Sam navigate the post-apocalypse, hoping to discover the last city standing while learning hard lessons about not trusting anyone they meet. (February 14)

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The Last Tale of the Flower Bride by Roshani Chokshi

When a man who loves fairy tales marries a woman with a magical, mysterious past, he becomes drawn into a strange fantasy world when the couple visits her childhood home for the first time. (February 14)

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The Scarlet Circus by Jane Yolen

The third volume in the author’s short-story series features tales that explore romance through the lens of classic fantasy: “A rakish fairy meets the real Juliet behind Shakespeare’s famous tragedy. A jewelry artist travels to the past to meet a successful silver-smith. The addled crew of a ship at sea discovers a mysterious merman.” (February 14)

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The Shamshine Blind by Paz Pardo

In an alternate version of 2008 in which the U.S. is a second-rate nation ruled by emotion-altering chemicals dubbed “psychopigments,” a small-time cop chasing small-time crooks stumbles upon the case of a lifetime. (February 14)

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Unquiet Spirits: Essays by Asian Women in Horror by Lee Murray and Angela Yuriko Smith

This collection gathers personal essays from Asian horror writers “exploring themes of otherness, identity, expectation, duty, and loss, and leading, ultimately, to understanding and empowerment.” (February 14)

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World Running Down by Al Hess

“A transgender salvager on the outskirts of a dystopian Utah gets the chance to earn the ultimate score and maybe even a dash of romance.” (February 14)

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Arch-Conspirator by Veronica Roth

The classic myth of Antigone gets a sci-fi twist in the latest from the author of the Divergent series. (February 21)

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The Bridge to Magic by Alex Thornbury

“Magic and its guardians have been banished to the deadlands and the Blight threatens mankind’s survival. Terren, the last remaining city, stands alone against its relentless advance. Ever closer draws the choice they all must make: face the deadly Blight or cross the Bridge to Magic.” (February 21)

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The Destroyer of Worlds: A Return to Lovecraft Country by Matt Ruff

Atticus, Montrose, Hippolyta, Letitia, Ruby, and other characters from Lovecraft Country—including Caleb Braithwaite and the ghost of Hiram Winthrop—return in this new supernatural adventure set in 1957 Chicago and North Carolina. (February 21)

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Harmony of Lies by Brian Feehan

The Alice & Owen paranormal romance series continues as Alice tries to mend her relationship with her parents without divulging her magical secrets. Meanwhile, Owen and his musical friends set out on a dangerous journey. (February 21)

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The Magician’s Daughter by H.G. Parry

When her magician guardian goes missing, a young woman leaves her enchanted island for the first time since she was a baby to try and find him—while avoiding his super-powered enemies and discovering her own gifts. (February 21)

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Nocturne by Alyssa Wees

In this fantasy tale, a talented dancer overcomes her hardscrabble background to become a prima ballerina—but her new life is not without troubles, especially when a mysterious patron takes an interest in her. (February 21)

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Sister, Maiden, Monster by Lucy Snyder

“A visceral story set in the aftermath of our planet’s disastrous transformation and told through the eyes of three women trying to survive the nightmare.” (February 21)

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The Sky Vault by Benjamin Percy

The Comet Cycle continues in Fairbanks, Alaska, where an airplane lands after flying through an interstellar dust cloud—attracting government agents and a newfound interest in a top-secret, World War II-era lab hidden nearby. (February 21)

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The Adventures of Amina Al-Sirafi by Shannon Chakraborty

A new trilogy from the author of The City of Brass begins with this tale of a former pirate who’s pulled out of retirement for a rescue mission that comes with a reward she just can’t refuse. (February 28)

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The Crane Husband by Kelly Barnhill

This retelling of Japanese folk tale “The Crane Wife” sets the scene in the Midwest, where a 15-year-old must decide what to do when her single mother, a talented artist, brings home “a six-foot tall crane with a menacing air” who demands she create a masterpiece. (February 28)

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A Day of Fallen Night by Samantha Shannon

This standalone prequel to fantasy tale The Priory of the Orange Tree explores the lives of four women who helped shape and protect the course of history. (February 28)

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Delicious Monsters by Liselle Sambury

After a rough breakup, a young woman who can see dead people decides to spend the summer in the isolated mansion her mother’s just inherited—but the experience is anything but rejuvenating. Years later, her own daughter launches a ghost-hunting investigation into her mother’s experiences. (February 28)

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The Foreign Exchange by Veronica G. Henry

“A Vodou priestess turned amateur sleuth investigating a ritual murder is embroiled in an insidious case of corruption that reaches beyond the shadows of New Orleans.” (February 28)

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Last Violent Call by Chloe Gong

Characters from the author’s These Violent Delights Duet return in a pair of novellas packaged together in this set: A Foul Thing and This Foul Murder. (February 28)

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Nightbirds by Kate J. Armstrong

In a world where women are not allowed to use magic, four girls with undeniable powers are kept hidden until they realize they’re being used as political pawns—and that there are other girls in the world, also being kept hidden, who share their gifts. (February 28)

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She Is a Haunting by Trang Thanh Tran

In this gothic mystery, a woman visits her estranged father in Vietnam only to realize the colonial house he’s restoring has a strange power over her. (February 28)

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The Sun and Its Shade by Piper CJ

The Night and Its Moon series continues as the newly reunited Nox and Amaris are suddenly separated again. Can they use their magic to finally be together? (February 28)

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The Wicked Bargain by Gabe Cole Novoa

“El Diablo is in the details in this Latinx pirate fantasy starring a transmasculine nonbinary teen with a mission of revenge, redemption, and revolution.” (February 28)


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