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Hugo award winner Sarah Gailey is an internationally published writer of fiction and nonfiction. Their nonfiction has been published by Mashable and the Boston Globe, and they are a regular contributor for Tor.com and Barnes & Noble. Their novella River of Teeth was a 2018 Hugo and Nebula award finalist. Their adult novel debut, Magic For Liars, will be published by Tor Books in June 2019. Find them on social media @gaileyfrey.

The Neverending Story at 40: A Children’s Book Grappling with the Legacy of War

everything and the nothing

The Neverending Story at 40: A Children’s Book Grappling with the Legacy of War

Die unendliche Geschichte—better known in the U.S. under its translated title, The Neverending Story—celebrates its 40th anniversary this year. As the...
Magical Accessories, Definitively Ranked

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Magical Accessories, Definitively Ranked

Magic is better when accomplished with style. Whether you’re serving high camp at a wizarding academy or draping cobwebs across your cauldron at home,...
What Makes a Story Queer?

with a capital q

What Makes a Story Queer?

At a recent event for my new book Magic for Liars, someone in the audience asked a question I’ve been wanting to answer since I finished writing it....
The Enduring Legacy of Bunnicula, a 40-Year-Old In-Joke That’s Still Hilarious

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The Enduring Legacy of Bunnicula, a 40-Year-Old In-Joke That’s Still Hilarious

In the Spring of 1979, Bunnicula hit shelves. And it stayed there. And it stayed there. And it stayed there. For forty years, Bunnicula has endured....
The 7 Scariest Stories to Tell in the Dark

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The 7 Scariest Stories to Tell in the Dark

This August, the worst nightmares of a generation will come to life in the film adaptation of Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark, Alvin Schwartz’s...
Iconic Outerwear of Science Fiction & Fantasy Literature, Ranked

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Iconic Outerwear of Science Fiction & Fantasy Literature, Ranked

When I graduated from Literary Analysis Academy, the dean stopped the graduation ceremony and shook my hand. “You are so smart,” he said,...
Fear No Evil: On Sorting Hats and Forest Gods

but not in an evil way

Fear No Evil: On Sorting Hats and Forest Gods

 Don’t be afraid. Step forward and allow your teacher to place the omniscient, transdimensional sapient hat upon your head. Yes, sapient. More than...
In Praise of Rereading

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In Praise of Rereading

I read a lot of books. Most years, I read somewhere north of a hundred of them. I try to mostly read things I haven’t read before, or things I haven’t...
Harry Potter: A Beginner’s Guide to Evaluating Authority

those best suited to power

Harry Potter: A Beginner’s Guide to Evaluating Authority

“I want to teach my daughter to resist,” my friend said. “She’s going to grow up in a time when it’s going to be important for her to recognize...
A Woman, Explaining Things

nevertheless she regenerated

A Woman, Explaining Things

There is a television show I love. The show frequently features brilliant, courageous, unstoppable women. They are emotionally vulnerable. They are allowed...
Bread and Circuses

come one come all

Bread and Circuses

The circus is in town. The carnival has arrived. There will be bright lights, and loud noises, and things to frighten, and things to amaze. There will be...
On Feasting

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On Feasting

You are a character in a fantasy novel. Congratulations: you have been invited to a feast. The first course is already on the table when you arrive:...

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