It's the time of year when the seasons are shifting and the smell of pumpkin something will permeate the atmosphere. And bibliophiles everywhere are looking forward to snuggling up with new books and slipping into another world.
The fall and winter season for Algonquin is going to give readers that little slice of cozy and grit that we all love.
When you hear the words "quiet horror," what does it make you think of? I first heard the term several years ago. The idea of spooky happenings without a lot if blood and gore really appealed to me. I've never been one to enjoy the graphic details of horrific stories about murder and mayhem. Instead, I've always liked for most of the violence to happen off-stage. We, the reader (or watcher, as this applies to film, as well) know what happens without having to suffer too many terror-ridden images.
It's difficult for me to forget something once I've seen it, which may be why I prefer this sub-genre. As a child, I'd have those awful scenes flash in my head over and over again, causing nightmares and paranoia of any dark place, no matter how familiar. Maybe it's the creative in me--the writer with a vivid imagination--who's able to see and feel things even when they're not there. I'm not sure, but either way, quiet horror became my go-to when I needed that spooky escape. And with Halloween just around the corner, I've sought out to better define this sub-genre while sharing some books to add to your TBR list.
Learn more about selkies and hear my short story about them in this episode.
Of all the sea-folk stories out there, selkies are my favorite. I love that so much of their tales blur into the real world, with humans. After researching selkies for Episode 19 of Fabled, I couldn’t help but seek out other sources of selkie entertainment.
Hope you enjoy this list of selkie books and movies!