The dark and spooky U.P. Gothic I've been waiting for! Cults! Romance! A very angry teen-girl protagonist! Murder?? It's possible!! A perfect creepy Autumn read.
I love a good story about a house, haunted or otherwise. Here are seven! This uncanny collection shines a light on the loneliness, the absurdity, and yes - the emptiness - of being human. Beautiful, weird, engrossing.
This book has everything I love - witchcraft, hauntings, the trials of teenage girlhood, a darkly comic (if unreliable) narrator. At times suffocating, at others hopeful, this is, at heart, a story of survival. (TW for depictions of domestic abuse)
The mythological meets the biblical meets the formal in these brutal and beautiful poems. Thank you Amy Newman for restoring my faith in contemporary poetry!!
A perfect dark & stormy read. Every story in here packs a punch. Sinister & bleak, yet beautifully written, each tale reads like nightmare poetry.
A bleak and beautiful reimagining of the classic Japanese folktale, centering on female exploitation and the making of art. Perfect for anyone missing Angela Carter.
Grotesque, gorgeous, tragic, hilarious, brutal, revolting, lovely!! Dunn's sentences chew you up & spit you out.
Chan has served up a truly chilling dystopia that feels just-around-the-corner. Orwell meets Atwood in a near future where "bad mothers" are rounded up, institutionalized, and ~reformed~ by the state. Aahhhh!!
A zombie apocalypse novel? A satire of American consumerism? An immigrant's tale of otherness and alienation? All this and more!!
Does a house haunt a family, or does a family haunt a house? Dark fairy tale meets ghost story meets queer love... A spooky modern gothic.
On a remote island in British Colombia, novelist Ruth is walking the beach when she finds a message in a bottle - or, more accurately, a diary kept safe in a Hello Kitty lunchbox. She begins reading and meets Nao, a 16-year old Japanese schoolgirl meditating on suicide, bullying, and the meaning of life. This book is hilarious and devastating, hopeful and tragic. One of my all-time favorites.