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Six Gothic Novels to Read for Valentines Day

Six Gothic Novels to Read for Valentines Day

Rachael ConradFeb 14, 202430 min read

There are a few things in particular that make a gothic novel truly, unequivocally gothic. Some of the key features include a decaying and isolated structure (the draftier the better), a mysterious hero who might be hiding his first wife…

a flower on an antique book

Novelette Announcement 2024: Part 1

Sean MarkeyFeb 13, 202428 min read

We at Psychopomp are thrilled to announce that we’ll be publishing four original novelettes in 2024–one per quarter–as part of our goal to bring readers “otherworldly stories.” Today, we are sharing with you the first two novelettes we have acquired,…

Five Paintings of Salome with the Head of John the Baptist

Five Paintings of Salome with the Head of John the Baptist

Jennifer OstopovichFeb 13, 202432 min read

The gruesome image of a young woman gazing at the severed head of the man she has condemned to death on a whim has sparked the imaginations of many artists and proved a popular muse for painters and writers alike.…

A Voice Calling Available For Pre-Order Now!

Christopher Barzak’s chilling novella about a very bad house–a unique take on the haunted house genre, comes out on March 19th, 2024–but it’s available for pre-order now!

Ghosts vs. Ghosts and the Shift from Traditional Hauntings

M L ClarkJan 26, 2024
Ghosts vs. Ghosts and the Shift from Traditional Hauntings

Apparitions from the afterlife have a tried-and-true role in Western fiction. Usually, when a ghost appears, it’s with a rigid purpose: sometimes malevolent, sometimes in need of aid to get…

6 Time-Bending Horror Movies

Vanessa MakiJan 25, 2024
6 Time-Bending Horror Movies

Time might not be on your side in the world of horror. It’s enticing to picture traveling to a certain point in time, the future, or exploring a what if…

Puppets of the Digital Age

Avra MargaritiJan 24, 2024
Puppets of the Digital Age

We associate puppets with theater or street performances: the stock characters of the Italian Commedia dell’arte, the Greek shadow play of Karagiozis, the traditional British Punch and Judy seaside shows.…

Prayers in the NICU – Thoughts on Child Mortality & Parenthood

Maria HaskinsJan 23, 2024
Prayers in the NICU – Thoughts on Child Mortality & Parenthood

It’s 2003 and there’s a baby in the NICU, the neonatal intensive care unit, at Children’s Hospital in Vancouver. He is very small and there are sensors attached to his…

The Ghost in My Fifth Grade Class

Meg ElisonJan 22, 2024
The Ghost in My Fifth Grade Class

Juan Carlos was always sick, but we didn’t know what that meant. He had a special breathing treatment machine in the school nurse’s office. It wasn’t like the inhalers some…

Saw X Deaths Ranked

Vanessa MakiJan 19, 2024
Saw X Deaths Ranked

Returning to form is often a wise choice when you take into consideration a prequel like Saw X (2023). Instead of going back to that nasty bathroom, we focus on…

Helle and Death

A.R. ArthurJan 18, 2024
Helle and Death

Helle and Death by Oskar Jensen is a striking resuscitation of what often feels like the age-old murder mystery. This novel adds to this great genre of literature by taking…

Chaos Trifecta #10: Immortality

Ai JiangJan 17, 2024
chaos trifecta

There is, I think, in most people, a very human fear of mortality—the way we often tend to be unsettled by the things that remind us of death, that trigger…

“Here We Are, Alive” – Thoughts on the Post-Apocalypse & a Review of Silent City

Maria HaskinsJan 16, 2024
“Here We Are, Alive” – Thoughts on the Post-Apocalypse & a Review of Silent City

Silent City by Sarah Davis-Goff is a post-apocalyptic novel set in Ireland. It takes place an unspecified number of years after most of humanity was somehow infected and turned into…

The Mona Lisa of Death Masks

Meg ElisonJan 15, 2024
The Mona Lisa of Death Masks

They call her L’Inconnue de la Seine, and no one knows her name but she left behind one of the most famous death masks in human history. But what is…

Love, Death and Robots: Season 3

A.R. ArthurJan 11, 2024
Love, Death and Robots: Season 3

Love, Death and Robots season three is more concise than season one and just one episode longer than season two. However, this season is just as punchy as previous seasons…

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