Tales from the Backlist: Necroscope’s Focus on Consent Recontextualizes 80s Horror

Brian Lumley’s classic Cold War vampire thriller approaches consent (both physical and mental) in a surprisingly modern way. […]

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August 16, 2022 Books

Tales From the Backlist: Anno Dracula is a Whole Introductory Course on Gothic Horror

Kim Newman’s vampire supergroup of a novel is still wildly influential thirty years later–and makes a perfect gateway into the gothic. […]

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March 7, 2022 Books

Tales From the Backlist: Sara Gran’s Come Closer is Waiting For You

Sara Gran’s 2003 novel Come Closer is still luring readers in nearly two decades later–Drew Broussard examines how the book weaves its propulsive spell. […]

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January 25, 2022 Books

Tales From the Backlist: In The Beast of Vaccarès, the Spirit of a Lonely Place

Jóusè d’Arbaud’s 1926 novella, now translated into English for the first time, is a classic of Provençal literature & a must-read for fans of Arthur Machen. […]

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November 12, 2020 Books

Tales From the Backlist: From the Dust Returned is Ray Bradbury’s Underappreciated Masterpiece

From the Dust Returned is in many ways a culmination of Ray Bradbury’s entire body of work, at once creepy and comforting. […]

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October 28, 2020 Books

Tales From the Backlist: Roger Zelazny Wrote the Best Halloween Novel You’ve Never Read

A Night in the Lonesome October, Roger Zelazny’s final novel, is a wild, funny, spooky celebration of the Halloween season. […]

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October 13, 2020 Books

Tales From the Backlist: The Problem with T.E.D. Klein’s The Ceremonies

T.E.D. Klein’s influential 1984 novel is revered by authors and readers alike – but one narrative choice lays bare much of what was wrong with ’80s horror. […]

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September 22, 2020 Books

Tales From the Backlist: Let’s Go Play At The Adams’ Is The Book You Were Warned About

Mendal W. Johnson’s infamous novel about five children who imprison and torture their babysitter is as brutally efficient now as it was when it was first published. […]

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August 27, 2020 Books

Tales from the Backlist: The Man on the Ceiling

In this edition of Tales From the Backlist, we revisit The Man on the Ceiling, the 2008 fictionalized horror memoir from Steve Rasnic Tem and Melanie Tem. […]

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March 4, 2020 Books