• What We've Been Reading
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    What We’ve Been Reading #126

    Today we have three very different recommended reads for your tbr pile! Our recommendations include books by Mallory O’Meara, L.C. Barlow and Eve Harms. We hope you find something you’ll love! Please click either tag above to read more team recommendations. The Lady from the Black Lagoon by Mallory O’Meara The Lady from the Black Lagoon uncovers the life and work of Milicent Patrick—one of Disney’s first female animators and the only woman in history to create one of Hollywood’s classic movie monsters. As a teenager, Mallory O’Meara was thrilled to discover that one of her favorite movies, The Creature from the Black Lagoon, featured a monster designed by a woman, Milicent…

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    What We’ve Been Reading #125

    Today our team members are sharing three recommended reads by Chloe N. Clark, Sylvia Plath and Carmen Maria Machado. We hope you find something you’ll love! Please click either tag above to read more team recommendations. Escaping the Body poems by Chloe N.Clark Chloe N. Clark’s poetry collection takes readers through a catalog of the speculative body. Escaping the Body is a surreal and profound journey through space, forests, monsters, myths, spells, magic tricks, forests, and the body. Escaping the Body is a collection of dreams of the flesh, exploring the cosmic rifts between the soul and the body, encouraging readers to escape their body in search of the liminal space beyond skin and…

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    What We’ve Been Reading #124

    Today our team recommends books by Angela Sylvaine, Kinitra D. Brooks and Muriel Spark. Take a look and add a book or three to your tbr pile! Please click the tags above to find more team recommendations. Chopping Spree by Angela Sylvaine Eden Hills, Minnesota is famous for one thing—its ’80s inspired Fashion Mall. When high school junior, Penny, lands a job at one of its trendy stores, she notices her teen coworkers all wear a strange symbol they won’t explain. Suspicious but wanting to belong, she agrees to stay after closing for a party in the closed store. Her fun turns to terror when Penny discovers a mortally wounded…

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    Horror Adjacent: Spooky Nonfiction

    Another type of read I like to consider horror adjacent are nonfiction books that incorporate some aspect of the spooky, macabre, occult, weird—whatever floats your creepy red balloon. Everything from taxidermy to true crime fits under this label, and if we’re being honest, who isn’t interested to learn more about severed heads? Here are some horror adjacent nonfiction reads to spook up your Halloween TBR! Trick or Treat: A History of Halloween by Lisa Morton What celebration of All Hallows Eve would be complete without learning about the history behind this mysterious event? From the Halloween queen herself, Trick or Treat takes you on a journey from the ancient origins…

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    What We’re Reading #26

    The Ladies of Horror Fiction have some recent reads to share with you today! Monster, She Wrote by Lisa Kroger & Melanie R. Anderson Meet the women writers who defied convention to craft some of literature’s strangest tales, from Frankenstein to The Haunting of Hill House and beyond. Frankenstein was just the beginning: horror stories and other weird fiction wouldn’t exist without the women who created it. From Gothic ghost stories to psychological horror to science fiction, women have been primary architects of speculative literature of all sorts. And their own life stories are as intriguing as their fiction. Everyone knows about Mary Shelley, creator of Frankenstein, who was rumored to keep her late husband’s heart in…

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    Book Reviews,  Reading Recommendations

    What We’re Reading #24

    We’re back with more must have Ladies of Horror Fiction recommendations for your tbr pile! Will My Cat Eat My Eyeballs? by Caitlin Doughty Best-selling author and mortician Caitlin Doughty answers real questions from kids about death, dead bodies, and decomposition. Every day, funeral director Caitlin Doughty receives dozens of questions about death. What would happen to an astronaut’s body if it were pushed out of a space shuttle? Do people poop when they die? Can Grandma have a Viking funeral? In Will My Cat Eat My Eyeballs?, Doughty blends her mortician’s knowledge of the body and the intriguing history behind common misconceptions about corpses to offer factual, hilarious, and candid…