For this month’s Shelf Edition, we’re checking out the shelves of Gabrielle S. Awe! Gabrielle is the writer and narrator of the popular podcast Stories in the Dark. She has previously published a collection of stories from the podcast titled “Stories in the Dark: The Horror.”
She lives in Texas with her husband, nephew, two cats, and a house full of books and Funko Pops, where she alternates between writing dark fiction and YA Fantasy – because it is a writer’s job to both show the world its own darkness and also to give it hope.
Do you have any recent favorite LOHF books?
Catherine House by Elisabeth Thomas was SO good. I love the creeping Gothic type of horror. I don’t know why it isn’t getting better reviews online; I think you just need to really connect with this surreal type of writing (similar to Vita Nostra).
What LOHF books do you have on your TBR?
Harrow the Ninth – I was OBSESSED with Gideon the NInth and I cannot wait for the sequel. I read the preview and so now I’m literally at my wits end waiting for it.
Where do you find recommendations? Are there any LOHF books that have been recommended to you that you loved?
I need MORE recommendations! I feel like people aren’t talking enough about ladies in horror, so I was so happy to find LOHF to get more recommendations. Since I love Shirley Jackson I tend to scour the Shirley Jackson Awards to find new authors or I stalk Twitter to see what people are talking about. I’m also in a Bookaholics Facebook group and the recommendation community there is so, so good. That’s a newer community for me and I’m slow to warm up to new groups but recently I’ve found some great new reads there.
Where do you shop for books?
I’m almost ashamed to admit it but most of my reading is on Kindle so… Amazon. Pre-Covid I went to Half Price books to stock up on books for my new home library; I have this weird habit of reading everything as an ebook and then if I love it I get a physical copy. When I lived in Portland I went to Powell’s, of course, but now that we’re back in Texas I love going to Austin to hit up the independent bookstores there. I wish the North Dallas area had more (translation: any) independent bookstores.
Are there any upcoming LOHF releases you’re excited about?
If you’re an author, can you tell us anything about your new or upcoming releases?
I have two new releases – one is a collection of horror short stories based on my podcast, and the collection is called Stories in the Dark Volume 1: The Horror. The title is a little tongue in cheek. My other new release is a YA Fantasy novel called Empire of Sky – it’s basically the opposite of horror.
I think you’re the first horror podcast host to participate in Shelf Edition! Can you tell us a little about your podcast, and where people can find it?
My podcast is called Stories in the Dark and it’s in its third season. All the stories are original fiction that I write and narrate. I have a lot of fun with it and I’ve experimented with different themes in each season. The first season had a lot of little girls killing men but, you know, there’s definitely some interest in murdery little girls. We’re on every major (and even some minor) podcast streaming apps and our website storiesinthedark.com has all of our episodes and links to make it easy to find.