Fall Preview: Spooky New Picks for Halloween

By Kat La Mantia | May 23 2024 | GeneralAllGiftPop CultureBlogAdultsChildren's

It may still be late spring outside, but it’s always Halloween in our hearts. Though we’re counting down the days to spooky season, we just can’t wait to share some of our frighteningly favorite new titles coming up later this year! From witches to skeletons to deliciously creepy confections, our frontlist Halloween books run the gamut.

For hit YouTuber MrBallen’s nearly 9 million(!) fans, MrBallen Presents: Strange, Dark & Mysterious collects nine strange but true tales in a vivid graphic novel format. Perfect for telling scary stories in the dark, this book will be a must-have for anyone who enjoys falling down mysterious YouTube rabbit holes.

Wednesday fans, rejoice! The iconic Addams family daughter has finally made it to PRH. Journalers who enjoy Wednesday’s dark wit will find a macabre kinship in the beautifully packaged Wednesday: The Official Nightshade Society JournalAnd kitchen-savvy Addams fans looking to host their own Rave’N Ball, Freaksgiving Feast, or Secret Society Social will find gothic culinary inspiration in The Official Wednesday Cookbook! Vegetarian and pescatarian offerings abound, of course, as well as substitutes for dishes that use gluten, dairy, or ritualistic murder—with torturously tasty photographs for all the recipes.

For anyone who’s ever been curious about what it’s really like in Hell, Michigan, what secrets lie behind Turkey’s ancient Pluto Gate, or why Turkmenistan’s Gate of Hell is perpetually aflame, Go to Hell is the otherworldly travel guide you’ve been seeking! With a gorgeous black and red cover featuring illustrations of ghouls, bats, and creatures from the underworld, this is the perfect seasonal coffee table book.

Witches Run Amok is our top pick for anyone whose spooky season includes a nostalgic Halloween movie marathon. Fans of the Disney cult classic Hocus Pocus will be thrilled to finally dive into the oral history behind this Halloween staple! Witches Run Amok is a love letter to the film’s millions of devoted fans and a fascinating read for anyone who wants to understand how Hocus Pocus became a pop culture phenomenon, featuring interviews from the cast and creative team.

And for practicing witches, The Witch’s Workshop is an indispensable guide to creating your own personalized magical toolkit! From candles and incense to inks and powders, readers will learn all the techniques they need to craft their own ritual tools, with step-by-step instructions and luscious photographs for over 60 projects.

Check out these titles and more of our upcoming Halloween favorites down below!

MrBallen Presents: Strange, Dark & Mysterious
The Graphic Stories
A vivid, frighteningly illustrated graphic novel collection of nine strange, dark, and mysterious stories, based on true events, from the mind behind the YouTube channel and hit MrBallen Podcast
$24.99 US
Oct 01, 2024
7 x 9
208 Pages
Ten Speed Graphic

Wednesday: The Official Nightshade Society Journal
A Journal for Writing, Drawing, Coloring, and More
Embrace your dark side with this officially licensed Nightshade Society notebook featuring humorous, macabre quotes from the hit Netflix series Wednesday.
$17.99 US
Oct 01, 2024
7 x 9
176 Pages
Clarkson Potter

The Official Wednesday Cookbook
The Woefully Weird Recipes of Nevermore Academy
Re-create macabre meals from Nevermore Academy in the comfort of your own oh-so-normal kitchen with 60 recipes inspired by the hit series Wednesday.
$32.00 US
Sep 17, 2024
7-3/8 x 9-1/8
224 Pages
Random House Worlds

Spooky, Scary Skeletons
Spooky, scary skeletons…will send shivers down your spine in this adorable sing-along picture book based on the TikTok viral song by Andrew Gold (best known for writing The Golden Girls theme song, "Thank You for Being a Friend.")
$18.99 US
Aug 27, 2024
10 x 10
32 Pages
Random House Books for Young Readers
Age 4-8 years

Go to Hell
A Traveler's Guide to Earth's Most Otherworldly Destinations
You can go to hell and back with the help of this one-of-a-kind illustrated travel guide to real-life underworld destinations around the globe. Full of intrigue, lore, and plenty of brimstone and fire, each of the 54 destinations—from Antarctica's Blood Falls to a tropical hell on Grand Cayman island—will be worth adding to your devilish bucket list.
$24.99 US
Aug 13, 2024
5-3/8 x 8-3/16
288 Pages
National Geographic

Cult Following
The Extreme Sects That Capture Our Imaginations—and Take Over Our Lives
From the author of Cursed Objects and The United States of Cryptids, an eye-popping compendium of the most infamous, audacious, and dangerous cults in history
$19.99 US
Sep 10, 2024
5-1/4 x 8
272 Pages
Quirk Books

Dark Art Nightmare
A Horror Coloring Book
The fourth coloring book in the successful Dark Art series, featuring intricate artwork by illustrator François Gautier.
$18.00 US
Aug 13, 2024
7-3/8 x 9-1/8
96 Pages

Deep Thoughts from a Shallow Grave
Epitaphs to Die For
A gloriously dark book filled with funny illustrations about life and death.
$19.95 US
Feb 27, 2024
4-3/4 x 6-1/2
112 Pages

The Witch's Workshop
A Guide to Crafting Your Own Magical Tools
From the author of The Witch's Feast, this is the first fully illustrated, comprehensive introduction to the handicrafts of witchcraft. Through over 60 craft projects, learn all the techniques you need to create your personalized magical toolkit.
$30.00 US
May 14, 2024
7-2/5 x 9-7/10
240 Pages
Watkins Publishing

The Big Hot Book of Death
Based on the popular podcast, Obitchuary will be a funny but “deadly” serious look at the way that Americans handle death, mourning, and the commemoration of people they love.
$28.00 US
Aug 20, 2024
6 x 9
224 Pages

Gastronogeek Gothic Recipes
Gastronogeek chef Thibaud Villanova presents 40 original recipes for experts and beginners alike inspired by hit gothic TV series, films and computer games.
$34.95 US
Oct 08, 2024
8-1/4 x 11-1/4
144 Pages
Titan Books

Gastronogeek The Book of Potions
Over 70 recipes inspired by the most popular cult universes, from Indiana Jones to Alien, from chef and pop-culture expert, Thibaud Villanova, author of Gastronogeek Anime Cookbook and The Unofficial Ghibli Cookbook.
$39.99 US
Oct 08, 2024
8-9/16 x 11-5/8
192 Pages
Titan Books

Witches Run Amok
The Oral History of Disney's Hocus Pocus
The oral history of Disney’s Hocus Pocus, one of the most beloved Halloween movies of all time
$26.99 US
Aug 13, 2024
6 x 9
304 Pages
Hyperion Avenue

The Beauty of Horror Puzzle
Alan Robert's BEAUTY OF HORROR gets its first puzzle!
$19.99 US
Sep 17, 2024
24 x 19
IDW Publishing

Horror for Weenies
Everything You Need to Know About the Films You're Too Scared to Watch
A smart, funny crash course in 25 iconic horror movies, from Psycho to Hereditary, for people who love getting the reference but hate being scared.
$17.99 US
Sep 03, 2024
5-1/2 x 7-1/2
272 Pages
Quirk Books

The Missing Witches Deck of Oracles
Feminist Ancestor Magic for Meditations, Divination, and Spellwork
A beautiful and accessible oracle deck presenting 52 of history’s most inspiring witches—incredible stories, spellwork, and wisdom for inspiration, insight, and empowerment.
$19.95 US
Jul 09, 2024
3 x 5
54 Pages
North Atlantic Books

The Book of Forgotten Witches
Dark & Twisted Folklore Stories from Around the World
A beautifully presented hardcover collection of folklore and stories of legendary and historical witches from all over the world, with over 80 stunning, spooky illustrations. The perfect gift for the witchy people in your life.
$28.99 US
Sep 03, 2024
6 x 9-3/16
358 Pages
Watkins Publishing