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Sam Reader is a writer and conventions editor for The Geek Initiative. He also writes literary criticism and reviews at strangelibrary.com. When not annoying the general populace with walls of text, Sam can also be found tweeting @TetsuoKaneda, consuming lethal amounts of coffee, and stress-testing interlibrary loan systems with bizarre requests.

The Starless Sea Is an Intricate Metafictional Fantasy from Erin Morgenstern

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The Starless Sea Is an Intricate Metafictional Fantasy from Erin Morgenstern

Eight years on from the release of her beloved debut The Night Circus—a sumptuous, circus-set period fantasy about tragic love and fighting against...
A Fall Harvest of New Horror Books

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A Fall Harvest of New Horror Books

Fall is upon us—as if you couldn’t tell from the scent of pumpkin spice in the air, the renewed sounds of mysterious scraping emanating from that...
Gorgeous, Hypnotic Horror: John Hornor Jacob’s A Lush and Seething Hell

but is it art

Gorgeous, Hypnotic Horror: John Hornor Jacob’s A Lush and Seething Hell

A Lush and Seething Hell is not a novel, but a bind-up of two horror novellas by John Hornor Jacobs, an author who has a proven affinity for surreal...
A Reader’s Guide to Shudder’s Revival of Creepshow

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A Reader’s Guide to Shudder’s Revival of Creepshow

In 1982, co-creators Stephen King and George Romero leaned into their love of 1950s horror comics with the anthology film Creepshow, featuring three tales...
Whatever Happened to Mark Z. Danielewski’s The Familiar?

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Whatever Happened to Mark Z. Danielewski’s The Familiar?

The Familiar was supposed to be a magnum opus: an ambitious serial novel told in twenty-seven massive volumes, split into five “seasons” of...
A Reading List Inspired by the 20th Anniversary of The Matrix (and That Sequel Announcement)

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A Reading List Inspired by the 20th Anniversary of The Matrix (and That Sequel Announcement)

In 1999, The Wachowskis unleashed their stylish cyberpunk-action movie masterpiece The Matrix upon the world, and changed the landscape of mainstream...
6 Metafictional Horror Books That Dissect the Genre

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6 Metafictional Horror Books That Dissect the Genre

Sometimes, a genre has to get a little self-reflexive. Horror, especially—because we’re constantly finding new things to be afraid of, the...
First Cosmic Velocity: Oddly Hopeful for a Satire About Dying in Space

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First Cosmic Velocity: Oddly Hopeful for a Satire About Dying in Space

First Cosmic Velocity might be the most hopeful novel you’ll ever read about people dying in space. That might sound like an odd statement to make,...
6 Fantastic Folk Horror Stories to Read This Midsommar

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6 Fantastic Folk Horror Stories to Read This Midsommar

Midsummer is here: a time of year marked by a sudden appearance of thousands of fireflies lighting up the night sky, not to mention the celebration of a...
The Truth Is the Most Dangerous Weapon in the Sci-Fi Horror Thriller Salvation Day

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The Truth Is the Most Dangerous Weapon in the Sci-Fi Horror Thriller Salvation Day

The truth can be just as much of a weapon as anything—and true power often lies with those who control the flow of information. While the main characters...
A Memorable Villain Anchors The Outside‘s Surreal Sci-Fi Suspense

gods and monster

A Memorable Villain Anchors The Outside‘s Surreal Sci-Fi Suspense

A good villain can make or break a book—think of The Silence of the Lambs‘ Hannibal Lecter, Heart of Darkness‘s Colonel Kurtz, or even Harry...
In The Grand Dark, Richard Kadrey Delivers Atmospheric Dystopian Noir

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In The Grand Dark, Richard Kadrey Delivers Atmospheric Dystopian Noir

The Grand Dark, the new standalone novel by Sandman Slim author Richard Kadrey, understands the true horror of a dystopia. Adorned with the trappings of...

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