Spooky Sisters Book Club

Spooky Sisters Book Club

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Fall into the gap: Old Habits by Nalo Hopkinson
Aug 8 • 15 min
“Even when you’re dead, some things cut close to the bone.” Let’s go to the mall, everybody! But be careful - you don’t want to get stuck here, like the ghosts in “Old Habits” (2011) by Nalo Hopkinson. It’s a short modern horror story that…
Magic in the moonlight: The Coat of Stars by Holly Black
Aug 1 • 18 min
“…and there were the trooping faeries that would steal them all away to their underground hills for a hundred years.” Meet by the edge of the wood and wear your best coat to book club for modern faery tale “The Coat of Stars” by Holly Black….
Dark shadows: Women Do Not Creep by Daylight by Vera Greentea
Jul 25 • 14 min
“Not a spirit to be found, of course.” Meet in the hidden passage at midnight for book club to discuss modern gothic comic “Women Do Not Creep by Daylight” (2019), written by Vera Greentea and illustrated by Kyla Vanderklugt. A spiritual…
Lake Eerie: The Summer People by Shirley Jackson
Jul 16 • 24 min
“She was not quite sure what made her so nervous.” Leave the city behind and join Aurelien at the lake house for Shirley Jackson’s 1948 paranoia-inducing short story, “The Summer People”. It’s a story full of beautiful views, strange…
Just say no: Come Closer by Sara Gran
Jul 11 • 39 min
“The sound that wasn’t footsteps came closer.” Do you hear that strange tapping? Better investigate before book club this week for “Come Closer” by Sara Gran (2003). It’s a strange, dark, twisty horror story about identity, relationships, and…
Apocalypses now: Let’s Call It A Doomsday by Katie Henry
Jul 3 • 17 min
“I’m the picture of normalcy. June Cleaver with freeze-dried casseroles. Betty Crocker in a gas mask.” Grab your emergency supplies and join Aurelien at book club for YA contemporary weird novel “Let’s Call It A Doomsday” by Katie Henry. It’s…
An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge by Ambrose Bierce
Jun 27 • 19 min
“He had not known that he lived in so wild a region.” This week, book club goes back to the ’90s - the 1890s! With Ambrose Bierce’s classic dark story “An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge”. Set during the Civil War, it’s the exciting tale of a…
Knives out: My Sister, the Serial Killer by Oyinkan Braithwaite
Jun 19 • 16 min
“Days ago, we gave a man to the sea, but here she is, dancing.” Hide the knives and bring the bleach for book club! This week, Aurelien read “My Sister, the Serial Killer” by Oyinkan Braithwaite. Set in Lagos, Nigeria, it’s a modern, darkly…
The Ones Who Stay and Fight/The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas
Jun 12 • 25 min
“This is a city where numberless aspirations can be fulfilled.” This week, Aurelien discusses Ursula K. LeGuin’s 1973 short story “The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas” and NK Jemisin’s 2018 response, “The Ones Who Stay and Fight”. What kind of…
A Giant Leap: To Be Taught, If Fortunate by Becky Chambers
May 29 • 26 min
When the world you know is out of reach, nothing is more welcome than a measurable reminder that it still exists. Explore distant planets, and moral quandaries, this week in book club for “To Be Taught, If Fortunate” by Becky Chambers. It’s a…
I Am Not Your Final Girl by Claire C. Holland - with Brucker!
May 22 • 69 min
“I am the woman who goes back into the house because I can’t stand waiting on the lawn.” Dana. Selena. Sara. Thomasin. Clarice. Join Aurelien and special guest, Brucker (from ), to discuss Claire C. Holland’s horror heroine inspired poetry…
Holiday Horror: Halloween Fiend by CV Hunt
May 15 • 17 min
Something dark and menacing said, “Trick or treat.” Put out your nightly offering and join Aurelien in the basement for a non-spoilery review of spooky-ooky “Halloween Fiend” C.V. Hunt. It’s a dark, atmospheric novella about a lost small…
Netflix vs comic: Locke & Key - with Dustin!
May 7 • 55 min
Open your mind - the head games are just getting started. Find the Anywhere key and join Aurelien and special guest Dustin (from ), for book club to discuss 2008 horror fantasy graphic novel and 2020 Netflix show Locke & Key. We talk about…
Up All Night: Dead Until Dark by Charlaine Harris
May 2 • 24 min
“I’d been waiting for the vampire for years when he walked into the bar.” Murder! Intrigue! Glowing vampires! Let’s meet in the back room at Fangtasia for book club to discuss supernatural cozy mystery “Dead Until Dark” by Charlaine Harris….
Bones Don’t Lie: “Lullaby for a Lost World” & “These Deathless Bones”
Apr 24 • 18 min
“There are storms more accommodating than I, wildfires less inclined towards defiance.” Light a candle and join Aurelien in the cellar for book club, if you dare, to discuss two modern gothic tales of revenge. “Lullaby for a Lost World” by…
TV Binge Club: Because sometimes it’s hard to read
Apr 17 • 16 min
“On Friday night, I was reading my new book, but my brain got tired, so I decided to watch some television instead.” ― Stephen Chbosky, The Perks of Being a Wallflower If you’re having trouble reading lately, you’re not alone!…
Unpleasantville: The Stepford Wives by Ira Levin
Apr 3 • 44 min
Well I’d rather get stung by WASPs than poisoned by whatever’s working around here. Put down the laundry, and meet Aurelien for lunch to discuss satirical thriller novel “The Stepford Wives” (1972) by Ira Levin. Aurelien lays out…
All black everything: Gustav Gloom and the People Taker by Adam-Troy Castro
Mar 28 • 22 min
Both girls saw the big black house behind the big black gates and started shouting in excitement: Fernie, because she loved the idea of living in a haunted house, and Pearlie because she loved the idea of living in any house that was black and…
Impractical Magic: Magic for Liars by Sarah Gailey
Mar 20 • 20 min
It was a feeling like nostalgia, but for something I’d never done. Something I’d never had. Murder! Mages! Hard-boiled detective noir meets magic school fantasy, with a dash of sibling rivalry, and scads of teen angst in “Magic for Liars”…
Flash Fiction Featurette, vol 1
Mar 17 • 6 min
Are you stuck in quarantine? Not feeling ready to commit to an entire book? In this mini episode, Aurelien highlights weird, bizarre, unsettling, fantastic flash fiction that you can read for free online, right now, all under 1000 words. (That’s like…
Wonderful worlds of witches! Toil & Trouble: 15 Tales of Women & Witchcraft
Mar 7 • 34 min
“If witchcraft is the voice of women rising free and powerful (to change the world, make it ours, on our feet instead of on our knees) then I wish to be a witch more than anything.” Grab your broom and fly in for this witchy, wonderful, weird…
A creature, a planet, an idea: Agents of Dreamland by Caitlín R. Kiernan
Feb 20 • 31 min
The house is full of sunlight and shadows. And the smell of toadstools. Meet us at Moonlight Ranch for a spooky, spacey discussion of Caitlín R. Kiernan’s “Agents of Dreamland.” Aurelien lives for secret agent noir and Catrina geeks out over…
Byxxth bnlancb: The Code Book by Simon Singh
Feb 6 • 45 min
Codebreakers are linguistic alchemists, a mystical tribe attempting to conjure sensible words out of meaningless symbols. Secret messages, lost languages, black chambers, and sneaky spymasters. Crack our code to find the next meeting of book…
Netflix vs comic: Walking the path of night with Sabrina
Jan 20 • 36 min
“In the town of Greendale, where it always feels like Halloween, there lived a girl who is half-witch, half-mortal…” Hell’s bells! It’s a special, spooky, Spellman edition of book club. In anticipation of Chilling Adventures of Sabrina season…
Spooklet: 13 Club Party Planning Committee!
Jan 13 • 9 min
You’re invited! We’re starting our own spooky, modern version of the classic 13 Club - and we want you to help us plan it. Thirteen guests, thirteen dishes; a night to buck superstition and raise spirits. Share your own menu and guest list with us on…
Spoiler Alert! The Changeling by Victor LaValle
Jan 6 • 10 min
Spoiler zone! Do not proceed until you’ve read The Changeling by Victor LaValle. We wanted to include some of our discussion about this book’s most WTF moments, but we didn’t want to spoil too much in the episode. And honestly, why not read it?…
Fairytale of New York: The Changeling by Victor LaValle
Jan 6 • 35 min
To believe in only the practical, the rational, the realistic was a kind of glamour as well. But he couldn’t enjoy the illusion of order anymore. Monsters aren’t real until you meet one. Row to our secret island in the mist for book club to…
The Haunting of Hill House: when people stop being polite and start getting haunted
Dec 20, 2019 • 39 min
“It’s charming, Eleanor thought, surprised at herself; she wondered if she was the first person ever to find Hill House charming and then thought, chilled, Or do they all think so, the first morning?” Prop the doors open on your way to book…
Delicious revenge: A Banquet for Hungry Ghosts by Ying Chang Compestine
Dec 6, 2019 • 27 min
“Hungry ghosts exist in a land of limbo, between the worlds of the living and the dead. They are the spirits of people who often died hungry, prematurely, and unjustly.” Delightfully creepy, deliciously weird, and a little gross. Bring the dumplings…
It isn’t all zeros and ones: All the Birds in the Sky by Charlie Jane Anders
Nov 20, 2019 • 38 min
“If you’re a science geek, people give you wedgies and don’t invite you to their parties. But if you’re a witch, everybody just assumes you’re an evil psycho. It’s kind of different.” The possibility of the singularity meets teen witches,…
Show us your spirit face: Akata Witch by Nnedi Okorafor
Nov 6, 2019 • 36 min
“Now that you are a Leopard Person, know that your world has just become more real. Creatures are real. Ghosts, witches, demons, shape-shifters, and masquerades, all real.” Grab your juju knife and sneak out to book club for “Akata Witch” by Nnedi…
The Halloween Tree in 10 minutes
Oct 25, 2019 • 11 min
“The Feast of Samhain-” “The Time of the Dead Ones-” “All Souls.’ All Saints.’” “The Day of the Dead.” “El Dia de Muerte.” “All Hallows’.” “Halloween.” Hold tight to the Autumn Kite and your sweet candy corn souls. It’s Halloween! Time for Aurelien’s…
Witches! Spies! The Witch Who Came In From the Cold
Oct 20, 2019 • 28 min
“Two things this city was lousy with: spies and witches. And more than a few, like Tanya and Nadia, who qualified as both.” Grab your charms and get to book club for episode 1 of “The Witch Who Came In From the Cold”, a story of magical espionage set…
Real witches don’t have toes: The Witches by Roald Dahl
Oct 6, 2019 • 40 min
“REAL WITCHES dress in ordinary clothes and look very much like ordinary women. They live in ordinary houses and they work in ORDINARY JOBS.” Look around. Do you know how to spot a REAL witch? Bring your favorite tips and tricks to book club, where…
Circus Girl, The Hunter, and Mirror Boy by JY Yang
Sep 20, 2019 • 30 min
“I woke with my lungs burning and a wall of green murk crushing me. I thought I was going to die, until I saw that there was a boy in the water.” Praise Leviathan! Grab a bucket of squid ink and brave the murky depths for book club to talk about…
Spooklet: who’s afraid of Friday the 13th?
Sep 13, 2019 • 11 min
“Now Friday came, you old wives say, Of all the week’s the unluckiest day.” Richard Flecknoe Our first spooklet, a quick, spooky detour between book club meetings! Travel back in time with us, back to when Fridays were the worst day of the week,…
Spooky girl advice for the 1800s: conversations through the veil, part 1
Sep 6, 2019 • 40 min
Join hands, friends, for a journey through the veil. It’s seance time! Catrina tells the story of the Fox Sisters and the mysterious disturbance that kicked off the Spiritualist fever of 19th century America. Was it all a ploy for fame? Could they…
Spirit fever and Ouija dreams: conversations through the veil, part 2
Sep 6, 2019 • 35 min
Join hands, friends, for a journey through the veil. It’s seance time (part 2)! Aurelien dives into the early 20th century critically-acclaimed writings of Pearl Curran — said to be dictated by spirit! Listen to learn about Ouija boards, spirit…
Governess Wanted (2/2): The Mysterious Howling by Maryrose Wood
Aug 22, 2019 • 36 min
“Abandoned in the forest as infants, suckled by ferocious smelly animals, forced to wear uncomfortable party outfits, and made to learn to dance the schottische—this is simply the way life goes.” Life isn’t easy for siblings Alexander, Beowulf,…
Governess Wanted (1/2): Turn of the Screw by Henry James
Aug 6, 2019 • 35 min
“…I had the view of a castle of romance inhabited by a rosy sprite, such a place as would somehow, for diversion of the young idea, take all color out of storybooks and fairytales.” A young governess takes a job for two children at a remote English…
High School Bites: Vampironica #1-5 and Buffy the Vampire Slayer: High School is Hell, Vol 1
Jul 21, 2019 • 24 min
Catrina flashes back to the classic Archie comics of her childhood. Aurelien writes the Buffy/Vampironica crossover we’re all dreaming of. We both swoon over the horrifyingly good art of Vampironica #1-5 and Buffy the Vampire Slayer: High School is…
Exploring the Good Death with Caitlin Doughty’s From Here to Eternity
Jul 6, 2019 • 40 min
“Death teaches us about history, psychology, and human nature. I learned more from death as an adult than I ever learned from history books as a child.” Death comes for us all, but how do we celebrate what remains? Bodily remains, that is. Blue-lit,…
The Yellow Wallpaper: the walls have eyes.. and arms.. and teeth..
Jun 19, 2019 • 33 min
“… there is something strange about the house - I can feel it…” Sit down to book club with Aurelien and Catrina as we discuss 1890’s creepiest short story about home decor and descending into madness, The Yellow Wallpaper by Charlotte Perkins…
Byron, Smith and death: our favorite creepy poems
Jun 19, 2019 • 10 min
We’re all going to die someday and poetry is a low-key creepy way to explore our own mortality. Join Aurelien and Catrina as we kick off this weird book club and discuss our favorite creepy poems that we loved in high school: “Not Waving but Drowning” by…