“Rowan’s Ruin” by Mike Carey, Mike Perkins, and Andy Troy

Rowan’s Ruin is a standalone trade paperback graphic novel about a girl named Katie who participates in a house swap, only to find that the house is haunted. But Katie isn’t scared off–instead she goes to the library and tries to figure out the house’s mysteries. As she learns about the house’s history, she hasRead more

“B.E.K.: Black-Eyed Kids Volume 1” by Joe Pruett & Szymon Kudranski

Several years ago, my friend Sam and I were walking around on a crisp winter night. We were in a very rural residential neighborhood. We were approached by a white van filled with pale giggling children with dark eyes. Even the driver looked no older than twelve. They kept asking us where they could findRead more

“Insexts” by Marguerite Bennett & Ariela Kristantina

When I saw InSexts on display at my local comic book store, I was immediately struck by the art noveau inspired cover. As I flipped through the pages and read the book’s description, I knew that I needed it in my life. InSexts is feminist Victorian body horror. You know how in Kafka’s Metamorphosis the main character wakes up toRead more

“Carmilla” by J Sheridan Lefanu

Carmilla by J Sheridan Lefanu is an early gothic vampire novel published 26 years before Bram Stoker’s Dracula. I’ve been curious about Carmilla ever since I first heard about it, and Halloween is quickly approaching, it seemed like the perfect time of year to read it! Carmilla is narrated by Laura, a lonely girl who lives with her father in onRead more

“Volkhavaar” by Tanith Lee

My paperback of Volkhavaar by Tanith Lee is so old and battered that even my cell phone Instagram picture is higher resolution that anything I can find on the internet. This tells me two things–(A) Volkhavaar is not one of Tanith Lee’s best known books, and (B) I got hella lucky at the used bookstore. Volkhavaar is quintessentiallyRead more

“Monstress, Vol. 1: Awakening” by Marjorie Liu & Sana Takeda

Have you ever impulsively purchased a book and then been completely blown away by how mindbogglingly amazing it was? Earlier this summer I was traveling for work, and was horribly sick. In between meetings I stepped into a comic book store and saw the first issue of Monstress. The art was breathtaking, and I immediately grabbedRead more

“An Oath of Wintersteel” by JM Guillen

An Oath of Wintersteel is the latest book by evil mastermind JM Guillen, who has fast become one of my favorite authors. Guillen’s series The Paean of Sundered Dreams is a lot like Brandon Sanderson’s Cosmere, in that all of his books are set in a shared multiverse despite different times, characters, planets, and even genres. TheRead more

“The Doll Collection” edited by Ellen Datlow

Dolls are a staple in horror media, and for good reason.  They’re similar enough to us that we can see ourselves in them, and yet alien enough to be unnerving.  The Doll Collection, edited by anthologist Ellen Datlow, presents seventeen short stories, each of which feature dolls.  But the dolls in this collection are not themselves soRead more

“Sabella, or The Bloodstone: A Science Fiction Vampire Novel” by Tanith Lee

Sabella is a science fiction vampire novel written by Tanith Lee.  Sabella is your stereotypical vampire: she drinks blood, is sensitive to sunlight, and is beautiful and seductive.  Much like Anne Rice’s vampires, Sabella struggles with regret because she is a predator by nature.  She doesn’t want to kill people, but finds it difficult to stopRead more