10 Terrifying Queer Horror Books
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by Will Heath
2w ago
Representation of minority experiences in genre fiction is important for ensuring that art offers a more universal experience. But there’s more to it than that. Diversity of voices within genres like horror also allows that genre to be shaken up by new ideas and approaches to the medium. Queer horror books bring a unique voice to the genre. The Best Queer Horror Books The authors covered here are all imaginative, daring writers who are bringing the queer experience to the world of horror, and with that come unique terrors and monsters. Fear is different for everyone, and the voices of gay and ..read more
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11 Thrilling Mystery Novels (Not by Agatha Christie)
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by Will Heath
3w ago
The murder-mystery genre is seeing something of a renaissance at the moment. So many great authors and translators are tackling the genre from new angles. These authors owe an impossible debt to the works of Agatha Christie, but they are also undeniably paving their own paths. Essential Modern Mystery Novels From Argentina to Japan, here are some of the finest mystery novels that are revitalising the genre right now, all of which deserve your attention. Get ready to scratch your head and remark at the ways in which these mystery writers are blending genres and casting aside the rulebook to ac ..read more
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11 LGBTQ+ Bedtime Stories to Read to Your Children
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by Will Heath
2M ago
Note: This list of LGBTQ bedtime stories was assembled with the help of my girlfriend Issy, an experienced primary (elementary) school teacher and fellow member of the LGBTQ community. If you were read to as a little one, it’s pretty likely that your fondest reading memories are of bedtime. The best bedtime stories to read are ones that are like paths to good dreams. From magical bedtime stories, we get sparks of imagination and beautiful, peaceful dreams. Bedtime stories are also a wonderful opportunity to teach our children about the variety that human experience has to offer us. LGBTQ+ Bed ..read more
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15 Best Winter Books to Keep You Warm
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by Will Heath
2M ago
When imagining winter books, there are probably two images that come to mind: books set during winter, and books to keep you feeling warm and comfortable. There’s also a third image: something dark, isolating, possibly frightening. You’ll find all three kinds of books on this list. Some of these winter books are simply books set in the snow and the cold; set during Christmas or the January chill. Others are books that feel like a hug, like a companion sitting beside you while you warm yourself at the fireside. And then there are the books that feel like winter. Gothic, isolating, lonely, and ..read more
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5 Great Audiobooks By Asian Authors To Listen To
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by James
2M ago
Asian media has been exponentially growing in popularity. This trend is timely as a wave of discrimination against Asians has increased, and, as the Journal of Medical Internet Research points out, the media plays an important role in reinforcing stereotypes and perceptions. Uplifting Asian voices is vital now, and what better way to do so than by consuming what they create? We have put together a list of audiobooks by Asian authors that you can enjoy, learn from, or maybe even relate to. 1) When Dimple Met Rishi Many are familiar with the rom-com genre, but author Sandhya Menon put ..read more
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12 Must-Read Modern Fantasy Books
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by Will Heath
3M ago
The world of fantasy fiction has been turned on its head in recent years by authors who are pushing boundaries and blurring lines. The distance between fantasy, sci-fi, horror, and fairy tales has been reduced, and it’s all for the better. Modern fantasy books are wholly unique and exciting stories for this reason. Exciting Modern Fantasy Books The books you’ll find here each do something unique that sets them apart from the tropes and traditions of fantasy fiction. We are living through a bold new time in fantasy, and the authors of these modern fantasy books are leading the charge. The Brok ..read more
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15 Best Autumn Books for Cosy Reading
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by Will Heath
4M ago
Defining a read as an “autumn book” isn’t a simple thing. Autumn books are simply books that feel right to be read as the wind chills and the leaves change. They might be spooky or gothic novels that are perfect for Halloween and when the nights start drawing in. Or they might be heartwarming, cosy reads that bring us comfort as we enjoy them on a park bench with a takeaway coffee, or by the fire in the evening. The Best Autumn Books Since autumn books are so difficult to define, we’ve come at the topic from a few different angles, bringing you a handful of books that fit the autumn mood, wha ..read more
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11 Essential Vampire Books (Novels, Comics, & Manga)
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by Will Heath
4M ago
The vampire has had an enormous legacy in literature, one that began with Carmilla and Dracula, and has gone through dozens of changes since. The popularity of vampire books peaks every few years, with the vampire itself being redefined and reimagined. We’re going to look here at generations of vampire books, which includes both vampire novels and vampire comics and manga. If you’re looking for classics, contemporary vampire books, vampire romance, literary novels, graphic novels, or proper vampire horror, you’ll find it all here! These are you best vampire books for you to read, from across ..read more
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11 Must-Read Norwegian Novels
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by Will Heath
4M ago
When we think of Norwegian literature, a specific idea comes to mind: Norwegian novels are often about isolation; they are gritty, noir affairs. This is in part thanks to the overwhelming popularity of the Norwegian crime drama (both in prose and on TV), but also because even the more literary Norwegian novels are often bleak in tone and setting. Essential Norwegian Novels Many readers come to Norwegian literature expecting a certain atmosphere; expecting specific tropes and themes to be ticked off. Some of the Norwegian novels here will definitely scratch that itch, while others will certain ..read more
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16 Modern Horror Books (Not by Stephen King)
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by Will Heath
5M ago
American author Stephen King is considered the undisputed master of horror, with as many published works as he has years on this Earth. But King is far from the only great horror author writing today, so here are some of the best horror books by writers far and wide. Essential Modern Horror Books As these are the best modern horror books, not only novels, you’re going to find a few short story collections, comics, and manga here as well. The modern horror books on this list have been gathered up from across the world — from Argentina to Japan — and represent the finest in horror fiction as it ..read more
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