Wednesday, December 21, 2022

Can't-Wait Wednesday: How to Sell a Haunted House by Grady Hendrix & City of Nightmares by Rebecca Schaeffer


 Can't-Wait is a weekly meme hosted by Wishful Endings that spotlights exciting upcoming releases that we can't wait to be released! This meme is based off of Jill @ Breaking the Spine's Waiting on Wednesday meme.

This week's upcoming book spotlights are: 

How to Sell a Haunted House by Grady Hendrix
Publication: January 17th, 2023
Hardcover. 400 pages.

Pre-order: Amazon |

From Goodreads:
"Every childhood home is haunted, and each of us are possessed by our parents. 

When their parents die at the tail end of the coronavirus pandemic, Louise and Mark Joyner are devastated but nothing can prepare them for how bad things are about to get. The two siblings are almost totally estranged, and couldn’t be more different. Now, however, they don’t have a choice but to get along. The virus has passed, and both of them are facing bank accounts ravaged by the economic meltdown. Their one asset? Their childhood home. They need to get it on the market as soon as possible because they need the money. Yet before her parents died they taped newspaper over the mirrors and nailed shut the attic door. Sometimes we feel like puppets, controlled by our upbringing and our genes. 

Sometimes we feel like our parents treat us like toys, or playthings, or even dolls. The past can ground us, teach us, and keep us safe. It can also trap us, and bind us, and suffocate the life out of us. As disturbing events stack up in the house, Louise and Mark have to learn that sometimes the only way to break away from the past, sometimes the only way to sell a haunted house, is to burn it all down."
I have still yet to read an actual Grady Hendrix book and I'm really excited about the sound of this one. Can't wait for the opportunity to check it out!


City of Nightmares by Rebecca Schaeffer
Publication: January 10th, 2023
Clarion Books
Hardcover. 384 pages.

Pre-order: Amazon |

From Goodreads:
"Ever since her sister became a man-eating spider and slaughtered her way through town, nineteen-year-old Ness has been terrified—terrified of some other Nightmare murdering her, and terrified of ending up like her sister. Because in Newham, the city that never sleeps, dreaming means waking up as your worst fear. 

Whether that means becoming a Nightmare that’s monstrous only in appearance, to transforming into a twisted, unrecognizable creature that terrorizes the city, no one is safe. Ness will do anything to avoid becoming another victim, even if that means lying low among the Friends of the Restful Soul, a questionable organization that may or may not be a cult. 

But being a member of maybe-cult has a price. In order to prove herself, Ness cons her way into what’s supposed to be a simple job for the organization—only for it to blow up in her face. Literally. Tangled up in the aftermath of an explosive assassination, now Ness and the only other survivor—a Nightmare boy who Ness suspects is planning to eat her—must find their way back to Newham and uncover the sinister truth behind the attack, even as the horrors of her past loom ominously near."
I am riveted by the sound of this one! This world sounds so interesting and dark and kinda weird, and I love the sound of the crime components as well.

What do you think about these upcoming releases? What are your anticipated upcoming releases?


  1. I hope to read both of these at some point too. I really enjoy Grady Hendrix's books, and City of Nightmares sounds so good! I hope you enjoy both of these when you read them!

  2. The Grady Hendrix book looks fun. The ones I've read from him have been a great mix of horror and humor.

  3. I'm hoping to start the Grady Hendrix book this week😁