Jill Hendrix of Fiction Addiction offers books filled with intrigue, the stuff of legend and thrillers that can keep the pages turning  well into the night. There’s something for every reader in this  highly curated stack, from a modern classic to true-life accounts of horror and a just-to-market new southern gothic.

New Southern Gothic

A young woman living in a puritanical society discovers her own dark powers with terrifying consequences, in this stunning, feminist fantasy debut from South Carolina author, Alexis Henderson. In Bethel, Immanuelle Moore’s very existence is blasphemy. When the spirits of four powerful witches gift her with the journal of her dead mother, she realizes the true threat to Bethel is its own darkness.

Year Of The Witching by Alexis Henderson

Dystopian Thriller

In a matter of weeks, Massachusetts has been overrun by a rabies-like virus, spread by saliva. Dr. “Rams” Sherman and her 8-months-pregnant bitten friend make their way through a hostile landscape filled with dangers beyond their worst nightmares. Tremblay once again demonstrates his mastery in this all-too-plausible novel that will leave readers racing through the pages and shake them to their core.

Survivor Song: A Novel  by Paul Tremblay

Full Circle Trilogy

In an unforgettable novel that traces a centuries-old curse to its source, Alice Hoffman unveils the story of Maria Owens, accused of witchcraft in Salem, and matriarch of the family featured in Practical Magic and its follow up, The Rules of Magic. In 17th century Salem, Maria invokes the curse that will haunt her family and the lesson that she will carry with her for the rest of her life: Love is the only thing that matters.

Magic Lessons: The Prequel To Practical Magic by Alice Hoffman

Modern Classic

Sethe is troubled by the angry, destructive ghost of a baby, whose tombstone is engraved with a single word: Beloved. When a mysterious teenage girl arrives, calling herself Beloved, Sethe’s terrible secret explodes into the present. Combining the visionary power of legend with the unassailable truth of history, Morrison’s unforgettable novel is one of the great and enduring works of American literature.

Beloved by Toni Morrison

Fact or Fiction

Bestselling author of World War Z reinvents the Bigfoot legend. When Max Brooks came across the news story, he dismissed it as a piece of tabloid clickbait. Then he stumbled upon victim Kate Holland’s journals, recovered from the wreckage. Brooks reproduces Holland’s account, interspersed with interviews and commentary on the attack and on the legend itself, leaving it to the reader to decide whether her tale  is truth or fiction.

Devolution: A Firsthand Account Of The Rainier Sasquatch Massacre by Max Brooks