What I'm Reading: October

ghost stories, mostly

I don’t have a ton to share this month. October was hectic!

Fiction

The Other Side of the Line by A.T. Greenblatt: This story hit me right in my grief, but the ending also felt like the tiniest sliver of hope. Like the people we lose are right there.

Radio Static by Carolin Jansen: Talk about getting me in the grief. The narrator of this one is a ghost watching a loved one sit vigil with their body, which is on life support.

Nonfiction

On The Many Different Engines That Power a Short Story by Lincoln Michel: plot and character aren’t the only options. And if you don’t know, now you know.

Sylvia Plath Goes to the Movies by Sheila O’Malley: for some unknown reason, Plath’s mother hid evidence of her daughter’s love of the movies. Now the record can be set straight.

Bonus: Nick Cave is very good.

Books

The Lady From The Black Lagoon by Mallory O’Meara: This is a gonzo style biography of the artist who created the Creature look for The Creature From The Black Lagoon, as well as animating the “Night On Bald Mountain” segment of Fantasia. It also functions as a memoir of researching the book. It is SO GREAT. The paperback will be out in March with added information, so I recommend getting it in ebook or from the library now, or even (gasp!) waiting.

The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson: This was a reread so that I could write this article of 48 Terrifying The Haunting of Hill House Quotes.

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