Gothic

House of Hunger (Staff Pick)

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House of Hunger By Alexis Henderson Cover Image
$13.60
ISBN: 9780593438480
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Published: Ace - September 5th, 2023

In a world where the rich and powerful live off the blood of the impoverished, Marion applies to be a bloodmaid to escape her life in the slums. I couldn't help but drain this book down to the very last drop.

- Halle


The Skull (Staff Pick)

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The Skull: A Tyrolean Folktale By Jon Klassen, Jon Klassen (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Jon Klassen, Jon Klassen (Illustrator)
$19.99
ISBN: 9781536223361
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Published: Candlewick - July 11th, 2023

A folktale the way only Jon Klassen can tell it. A treat for the type of child who loves Halloween and mixing potions in the kitchen sink (or the type of adult who used to be that child). Sometimes a happy ending is you and your skull buddy living in an old castle.

- Katherine


Starling House (Staff Pick)

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Starling House: A Reese's Book Club Pick By Alix E. Harrow Cover Image
$28.99
ISBN: 9781250799050
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Published: Tor Books - October 3rd, 2023

"I dream sometimes about a house I’ve never seen. I should be scared, but in the dream I don’t hesitate. In my dream, I’m home." Starling House is a contemporary Southern Gothic novel about a small town, a haunted house, and a young woman trying desperately to be a Good Adult; it also happens to be my favorite 2023 release! Charming, heartbreaking, delightfully creepy, and hilariously romantic, this is a great addition to everyone's fall to-be-read list!!!

- Engel


Wide Sargasso Sea (Staff Pick)

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Wide Sargasso Sea By Jean Rhys, Edwidge Danticat (Introduction by) Cover Image
By Jean Rhys, Edwidge Danticat (Introduction by)
$14.95
ISBN: 9780393352566
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - January 25th, 2016

Have you ever wondered how Jane Eyre’s Bertha became “the mad woman in the attic”? Even if you haven’t, you owe it to yourself to check out this classic of postcolonial fiction. A young woman comes of age amidst a political upheaval that throws the social dynamics of race, class and gender into flux. Humanizing the cipher we only glimpse in Bronte’s 1847 novel, Jean Rhys traces her protagonist’s descent into madness—a thought-provoking tragedy told through a truly unique blend of high-modernism, gothic romance, fan fiction and feminist thought.

- Sam


The Flowers of Evil (Staff Pick)

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The Flowers of Evil: (Les Fleurs du Mal) By Charles Baudelaire, Aaron Poochigian (Translated by), Dana Gioia (Introduction by), Daniel Handler (Afterword by) Cover Image
By Charles Baudelaire, Aaron Poochigian (Translated by), Dana Gioia (Introduction by), Daniel Handler (Afterword by)
$16.95
ISBN: 9781324092919
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Published: Liveright - April 18th, 2023

Beaudelaire is one of those poets whose works I love and love to hate. Stylistically, his poetry straddles the transition of highly structured and metered poetry to the fluidity of modern poetry. Thematically, his works are flooded with mythology and spirituality. In his own time, he was considered either raunchy or brilliant. In my time I'd say: Edgar Allan Poe is to horror as Beaudelaire is to emo. And you can read it all in French for full affect.

- Stacey


All The Murmuring Bones (Staff Pick)

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All the Murmuring Bones By A.G. Slatter Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9781789094343
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Published: Titan Books - March 9th, 2021

Female rage! Cursed family bloodline! Decrepit house! Mermaids! This book has everything you could possibly want for a summer read! Miren O'Malley struggles to shape her own destiny as her grandmother plans to marry her off to preserve their shriveling family legacy. What results is an empowering tale of taking the reigns of your own life, accentuated by oceanic folklore.

- May


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