Devil House, by John Darnielle

Staff Pick

Darnielle delivers a nuanced look at the true crime genre in his eerie and melancholy Devil House. The novel is bookended by Chandler Gage whose latest project--an unsolved double murder--takes him to a small town in Southern California at the height of the 1980s Satanic Panic. As he investigates questions of agency and ethics, especially regarding the victims in the stories he tries to tell, Gage revisits his past work and examines the larger context of victimization, a process Darnielle powerfully evokes through a fascinating amalgam of gothic horror, true-crime procedural, indictment of gentrification, and much more. The result is a compelling page-turner that reminds readers that there is always more to the story than what meets the eye.

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ISBN: 9780374212230
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Published: MCD - January 25th, 2022

We Do What We Do In the Dark, by Michelle Hart

Staff Pick

Hart's exquisite debut novel focuses on a young woman’s abject yearning for an older woman. Like a moth drawn to a flame, young and inexperienced Mallory is drawn to this more worldly woman, whose cold and mysterious demeanor only enhances the attraction. In a series of vignettes crafted of sensual and intimate language, Hart brings readers directly into Mallory's pseudo-coming-of-age, showing us her vulnerability and adoration for someone who, even as she grows older, she never quite equals. This is a powerful evocation of desire, loss, and disappointment, a story that is at once about the pitfalls of falling in love with someone out of reach and the heartbreak that is part and parcel of growing up.  

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ISBN: 9780593329672
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Published: Riverhead Books - May 3rd, 2022

Doloriad, by Missouri Williams

Staff Pick


A work as depraved and perverse as it is beautiful, Williams’s debut novel paints a haunting and macabre portrait of a family trying to survive in the aftermath of a cataclysmic apocalypse. In mesmerizing prose, Williams delivers a wild ride through the ruins of the future as she follows a matriarch whose grip on her illegitimate brood is already precarious when her younger children destabilize her vision further by searching for what lies beyond their encampment.



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ISBN: 9780374605087
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Published: MCD x FSG Originals - March 1st, 2022