Sula and Nell, two unlikely friends are shaped by the interwoven experiences of their mothers and the women before them. Filled with an everyday approach to otherworldly details, each read of this story will unveil something new about itself and about you.
Sometimes revenge is all you need. R.I.P. Brandon Lee ♥
Originating as a horror comic, Sandman morphed into something far more complex. Through Morpheus, the Immortal Lord of Dreams a multi-genre epic with a web of nonlinear stories all connecting to the Realm of Dreams unravels in each volume. The universe revolving around Morpheus’ kingdom and the vivid art is a technicolor metaphysical examination of the spectrum in which we all inhabit, awake and asleep. The fact that Morpheus's character design is an amalgamation of a young Neil Gaiman, Robert Smith, and Peter Murphy was enough to sign me up on this series, but that’s just me.
This book, like the act of cruising itself, is a powerful act of defiance towards the heteronormative ideals that dictate our society. Weaving his own lived experiences with the larger chronicle of cruising, Espinoza has recorded a history that has largely been neglected and erased. The love and care poured into the research of this work, translates into an in-depth read that feels like a candid conversation with a friend.
This book of poetry is a revolutionary act of healing and self-love. Roisin gathers the ghosts of their matriarchal ancestors, their mother’s and their own and speaks to them candidly about the pain they have endured. Addressing traumas of the mind, body, and soul Roisin’s vulnerability is never illustrated as a weakness, rather as strength.
Sally Jay Gorce is hell-bent on living life by her own terms. Taking the picturesque streets of Paris, Sally Jay does just that. Falling in love, trying to find a sandwich in the middle of the night, and losing her passport, Sally’s comedic adventures will have you cheering for her cynicism to see her through.
What do you do when the person you love has joined a cult? When you have lost faith in something so integral to your life that now everything is tainted by grief? Faith and love bring no comfort, in fact, they prove to be a hindrance to the characters in this haunting novel.
This novel captures the feelings of when stories do not match up with lived experiences, and it’s not clear if you did something wrong, or the universe simply does not care about you. Selin is a relatable protagonist, not because she is who we would hope to be in fiction, rather because she is bewildered and trying to figure out who she is while trying to avoid falling into a cliche.
These essays all contain a sense of drawing out blood, a feral urge to scream into the night and dive into abandonment. They capture the complexities of trying to get to know oneself while everything around is changing. Hodson’s writing is the kind that makes you want to go out and fall in love.
Mary Shelly originated a genre all of her own. A breed of science fiction that coexists with horror in which she questions human nature, free will, and the meaning of what it is to exist after the realization that we are all living in a world of isolation.
Diving deeper into the mysterious London Underground, Neil Gaiman’s first solo novel expands the universe created in the BBC miniseries back in the 90’s. As we follow Richard out of his seemingly perfect ordinary life and into one full of challenges and adventure, the fantastical world parallel to our own will keep you looking for magical doors long after reading this novel.
In the gothic horror vampire novel that started it all, Rice’s poetic writing will immerse you into a hypnotic trance as Louis recounts his journey through mortal and immortal life. It also captures the duality of what it means to be alive while dwelling in tragedy, self-loathing, existential dread and love. Plus this is the birth of the angsty and bad boy vampire.