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Come join your spooky sisters in the book club of your weird dreams... We read poems, short stories, books, graphic novels - creepy, spooky, or just weird, we're probably reading it.

Come join your spooky sisters in the book club of your weird dreams... We read poems, short stories, books, graphic novels - creepy, spooky, or just weird, we're probably reading it.


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Come join your spooky sisters in the book club of your weird dreams... We read poems, short stories, books, graphic novels - creepy, spooky, or just weird, we're probably reading it.




A creature, a planet, an idea: Agents of Dreamland by Caitlín R. Kiernan

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 weird science. Filled with clever references from H.P. Lovecraft to Ophiocordyceps unilateralis, this scifi horror novella is bursting with weirdness you have to read to believe. -- * Theme: Magical Transition by Kevin McLeod * Additional music and...


Byxxth bnlancb: The Code Book by Simon Singh

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 club, where we're whispering about Simon Singh's non-fiction exploration "The Code Book: The Science of Secrecy from Ancient Egypt to Quantum Cryptography." Catrina nerds out about linguistics, Aurelien dreams of the crossword-solving spy life, and we...


Netflix vs comic: Walking the path of night with Sabrina

"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 3 on Netflix, Aurelien and Catrina read Chilling Adventures of Sabrina #1-5, by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa and Robert Hack, and binged seasons 1 & 2 of the show. Join us for a breakdown of the biggest differences between the comics and the show, plus...


Spooklet: 13 Club Party Planning Committee!

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 Instagram (@spookysistersread) and Twitter (@spookysisread)! Learn more about the original 13 Club: https://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/thirteen-club-superstition-new-york -- * Theme: Magical Transition by Kevin McLeod * Additional music...


Fairytale of New York: The Changeling by Victor LaValle

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 discuss Victor LaValle's modern horror fairy tale "The Changeling." Aurelien and Catrina dive into the layers of history, lore, violence, and fantasy expertly woven together, and armchair analyze Apollo, our favorite hustling bookseller (and occasional...


Spoiler Alert! The Changeling by Victor LaValle

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? We'll wait.


The Haunting of Hill House: when people stop being polite and start getting haunted

"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 club where we're discussing terror-inducing 1959 classic novel "The Haunting of Hill House" by Shirley Jackson. It's the maybe-true story of four strangers, selected to live in an epic house in the hills, who find out what happens when people stop...


Delicious revenge: A Banquet for Hungry Ghosts by Ying Chang Compestine

"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 for a book club potluck with Aurelien and Catrina as we discuss "A Banquet for Hungry Ghosts" by Ying Chang Compestine, a collection of YA Chinese ghost stories about murder, revenge, and most importantly, food. For fans of spooky campfire tales...


It isn't all zeros and ones: All the Birds in the Sky by Charlie Jane Anders

"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, an eternity-old tree spirit, birds who can talk, and assassins! Grab your two-second time machine and slip into the speakeasy behind the bookcase. Aurelien and Catrina get weird at book club with "All the Birds in the Sky" by Charlie Jane Anders, a...


Show us your spirit face: Akata Witch by Nnedi Okorafor

"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 Okorafor, a magical YA afrofantasy adventure. Aurelien and Catrina geek out about libraries, groan about totally realistic terrible teen decisions, debate the merits of having an emotionally-dependant wasp, and fangirl about Sunny, the...


The Halloween Tree in 10 minutes

"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 spooky Halloween challenge: Ray Bradbury's lively, haunting, sad, magical, historical, endlessly-quoteable "The Halloween Tree" in 10 minutes. Incredible illustrations by Gris Grimly (http://www.madcreator.com/). -- Theme: Magical Transition...


Witches! Spies! The Witch Who Came In From the Cold

"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 during the Cold War, created by Max Gladstone and Lindsay Smith. Aurelien and Catrina discuss spies, witches, unsure alliances, secret magic wars, and imagine a witchspy therapy session. Read or listen to the story on SerialBox: ...


Real witches don't have toes: The Witches by Roald Dahl

"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 Catrina and Aurelien are discussing Roald Dahl's classic fantasy "The Witches." A young boy and his grandmother take a seaside vacation and find themselves sharing a hotel with the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children....


Circus Girl, The Hunter, and Mirror Boy by JY Yang

"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 "Circus Girl, The Hunter, and Mirror Boy", a spooky, ghostly, magical short story by JY Yang. We dive deep into mirror symbolism and marvel at the moody atmosphere, dystopian drowned future worldbuilding, and endless clever easter eggs packed into...


Spooklet: who's afraid of Friday the 13th?

“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, the 13th was the unluckiest crop day of the month, and only the most courageous sat down to dinner with 13 guests. We discuss our modern dream revival of The Thirteen Club and propose a new "unluckiest"...


Spirit fever and Ouija dreams: conversations through the veil, part 2

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 trumpets, toe cracks, and why spirits shouldn't get legal ownership of your creative output. Sources: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/S%C3%A9ance https://deadmaidens.com/2016/01/04/death-and-the-birth-of-feminism/...


Spooky girl advice for the 1800s: conversations through the veil, part 1

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 hear through the veil? Listen to learn about Ouija boards, spirit trumpets, toe cracks, and why spirits shouldn't get legal ownership of your creative output. Sources: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/S%C3%A9ance...


Governess Wanted (2/2): The Mysterious Howling by Maryrose Wood

“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, and Cassiopeia, even after they are adopted by the well-to-do Lord and Lady Ashton. Their young governess, Penelope, does her best to teach them Latin, French, geography -- oh, and lessons in not chasing squirrels, how to wear pants, and how to stop...


Governess Wanted (1/2): Turn of the Screw by Henry James

"...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 estate, with very little detail. The house is lovely, and the children are charming, but unexpected visitors start popping up. Are they ghosts? Are they demons? Is she insane? Join us for a lively discussion (and potential rewrites) of Henry...


High School Bites: Vampironica #1-5 and Buffy the Vampire Slayer: High School is Hell, Vol 1

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 Hell, Volume 1. Pull up a chair, and maybe a good stake, for book club. -- Theme: Magical Transition by Kevin McLeod Additional music and sound effects from zapsplat.com