Book Review

5 Spooky Queer Books to Read This Halloween Weekend!

by Halli Starling

The Luminous Dead by Caitlan Starling

Starling’s debut is a masterpiece of dread trapped in a state of the art diving suit…that the diver doesn’t control. Gyre’s entire relationship with Em is through the suit and as the plot (and Gyre’s mind) unravels, the reader is along for a truly terrifying ride.

Magic for Liars by Sarah Gailey

I’m not big into the whole dark academia genre, but add in a gruesome murder, a school full of suspects, and a rocky sister relationship, and you have me. Plus I’ve been a massive fan of Gailey’s since River of Teeth, and everything she writes is fabulous and queer.

Alice Isn’t Dead by Joseph Fink

Based on the podcast by the same name! A presumed dead wife, a serial killer, and thousands of miles of road in a big rig. Fink, of Nightvale fame, crafts a tightly wound story, one that coats the reader in terror while shining a light of hope and love for them to follow through to the end.

The Taking of Jake Livingston by Ryan Douglass

Jake has a lot going on. He’s closeted and stressed about it. Oh, and he can see ghosts. All the time. And when the ghost of a white boy who committed a school shooting at a nearby high school starts haunting Jake, he’s determined to get rid of the ghost and fix his life. Problem is, Sawyer, the ghost, wants to possess Jake’s body.

Bath Haus by P.J. Vernon

I tore through this. It’s pulpy, dramatic, and horrifying. Oliver has everything he ever wanted – plush life, handsome husband, and he’s finally sober. But whatever drives him to cheat not only has consequences in his relationship, but his entire life. After he’s nearly murdered by his hookup, Oliver is determined to erase all evidence of his discretion, but someone else knows his secret and is turning his life upside down.


Halli Starling (she/her) writes fantasy worlds, vampires, and romance, focusing on stories with deep emotional investment. And the occasional bloody bit of violence.

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