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Book 2 in The Malice Compendium series by New York Times bestselling author Megan Shepherd, featuring dark magic and family secrets with a contemporary horror tone.

Now both hunter and prey, Haven Marbury travels far and wide to discover the contours of her family curse and escape the worst of her late father’s creations. Constantly looking over her shoulder, she fears Uncle Arnold the most. His irresistible whispers compel victims to commit horrifying deeds, and he’s hungry to use Haven’s abilities to rewrite the world to his liking.


Drawn to the desert scrublands and Hollywood mansions of California, Haven’s search lines up with a string of murders that point directly to members of her family. Given shelter by a mysterious benefactor, Haven and her sister forge questionable allegiances, using some otherworldly creatures to hunt down others, but when the trail of death ends at a studio from the Golden Age of horror films, reality and fiction have never been stranger bedfellows.

What People Are Saying about Malice House

“perfect for adults nostalgic for Scary Stories To Tell in the Dark."


―Library Journal

“In her adult debut, bestselling young adult author Shepherd has written an intensely spooky and scary tale about the power of stories and the art of creation. Highly recommended.”



“Haunting and atmospheric, Megan Shepherd expertly blends horror and suspense in her captivating book-within-a-book adult debut. Beautifully written and steeped in Gothic lore, Malice House explores themes of family and legacy, magic and curses, and the mysterious power of stories.”


―Megan Miranda, New York Times bestselling author of All the Missing Girls

“Turn on all the lights before you start Malice House, and plan to stay up late. Megan Shepherd's novel is a sophisticated, gothic tale that will keep readers turning the pages and guessing what's next until the very end.”


―Gwenda Bond, New York Times bestselling author of Stranger Things: Suspicious Minds

“Utterly original and exquisitely terrifying, Malice House unfolds like a carefully crafted mystery. Every twist and reveal drew me deeper into its walls and the monsters within refused to let me go. Like a bone-chilling Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children for grown-ups.”


―Elle Cosimano, USA Today bestselling author of Finlay Donovan Is Killing It

"Gripping, chilling, creepy, and enthralling, Megan Shepherd's new thriller Malice House channels Shirley Jackson, if Shirley Jackson knew how to make me check under the bed every night before going to sleep. Malice House is a must for readers who love gothic horror, creaking old houses, attics overflowing with dark secrets, or for anyone who has ever secretly suspected that there is an entire other universe hovering just out of reach."


―Katherine Howe, New York Times bestselling author of Conversion and The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane

"Each word of this novel felt like a blade down the spine, chilling and haunting and perfectly crafted. Megan Shepherd weaves a story like no one else, and Malice House is no exception."


―Shea Ernshaw, New York Times bestselling author of A History of Wild Places

"Shepherd's deft adult debut is a propulsively charming nightmare, pooling like spilled ink across your imagination. Count me a happy resident of Malice House amidst all its monsters." 


—Kiersten White, New York Times bestselling author of Hide

"This book, like Malice House itself, contains many secrets, and you will read it voraciously to try to find and consume them all. May it compel you as swiftly as it compelled me."

—Chuck Wendig, New York Times bestselling author of Wanderers and the Star Wars: The Aftermath trilogy

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