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LGBTQ Horror

October is LGBT History Month and the month of Halloween. Why not celebrate both by reading these chilling tales with LBBTQ themes?

 Affinity by Sarah Waters

Margaret Prior, assigned to visit the women's ward of Victorian London's Millbank prison as part of her rehabilitative charity work for a suicide attempt, is drawn into a dark romance with spiritualist Selina Dawes who has been jailed after a seance she was conducting went horribly wrong.


 Carmilla by Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu

Le Fanu's 1872 vampire tale chronicles the experiences of a young woman lured by the charms of a female vampire. This edition includes four interdisciplinary essays that employ a variety of theoretical perspectives. Ranging from politics to gender, Gothicism to feminism, and nineteenth-century aestheticism to contemporary film studies, these critical yet accessible articles model the diverse ways in which scholars can approach a single text.

 Imajica by Clive Barker

Hunted through New York City by an assassin hired by her husband, Judith is saved by her former lover, John Zacharias, but the two are quickly thrust into the strange netherworlds of Imajica, where they must fight unspeakable evils.


 Let the Right One In by John Ajvide Lindqvist

It is autumn 1981 when inconceivable horror comes to Blackeberg, a suburb in Sweden. The body of a teenager is found, emptied of blood, the murder rumored to be part of a ritual killing. Twelve-year-old Oskar is personally hoping that revenge for the bullying he endures at school has come at long last. But the murder is not the most important thing on his mind. A new girl has moved in next door: a girl who has never seen a Rubik's Cube before, but who can solve it at once. There is something wrong with her, though, something odd. And she only comes out at night..

 Occultation by Laird Barron

Laird Barron has emerged as one of the strongest voices in modern horror and dark fantasy fiction, building on the eldritch tradition pioneered by writers such as H. P. Lovecraft, Peter Straub, and Thomas Ligotti. Pitting ordinary men and women against a carnivorous, chaotic cosmos, Occultation's eight tales of terrorinclude the Shirley Jackson Award-nominated stories "The Forest" and "The Lagerstatte." Featuring an introduction by Michael Shea, Occultation brings more of the spine-chillingly sublime cosmic horror Laird Barron's fans have come to expect.

 The Drowning Girl by Caitlin R. Kiernan

Imp, a struggling schizophrenic, fights to determine whether or not the strange mythological creatures she meets are due to her condition or are from something else entirely in this new novel from the award-winning author of The Red Tree.


 The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson

The four visitors at Hill House—some there for knowledge, others for adventure—are unaware that the old mansion will soon choose one of them to make its own.


 The Tale of the Body Thief by Anne Rice

For centuries, Lestat—vampire-hero, enchanter, seducer of mortals—has been a courted prince in the dark and flourishing universe of the living dead. Now he is alone. And in his overwhelming need to destroy his doubts and his loneliness, Lestat embarks on the most dangerous enterprise he has undertaken in all the years of his haunted existence.

 The Turn of the Screw by Henry James

One of literature's most gripping ghost stories depicts the sinister transformation of two innocent children into flagrant liars and hypocrites. Elegantly told tale of unspoken horror and psychological terror creates what few stories in literature have been able to do—a complete feeling of dread and uncertainty.

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