Critical Linking: October 17, 2015

There is nothing scarier than a terrifying monster in a piece of literature; sitting alone in your darkened room with the wind whistling outside, the silent house listening to your every breath and your imagination running wild with the words before you.

To bring you this list we have researched the scariest of the scary monsters in literature, causing many a sleepless night for all of us at MorphCostumes, to find which horror was the most terrifying. We rated each monster by Appearance v Powers v Evil Intent and this then helped us come up with an overall scream score.

So settle back in a well-lit room, a warm glass of milk by your side, some cheery music playing on the speakers and enjoy ‘Monsters in Literature’.

I 100% agree with the scariest monster in literature on this list. I also added some books to my horror reading list.

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After a parent complained about “sexual content,” however, Superintendent Joseph Langowski apparently ordered teachers to remove the book immediately, without regard for district policy. No written complaint was made, as is required in Policy 9130 (Public Complaints and Grievances). No committee was formed to weigh the educational and literary value in the book, as is required in the policy. And the kicker?

No challenged material may be removed from the curriculum or from a collection of resource materials except by action of the Board of Education, and no challenged material may be removed solely because it presents ideas that may be unpopular or offensive to some.

From what we understand, the board doesn’t yet have any idea what the superintendent did. Seeing as how these policies are designed to protect educators, administrators, students, and the works available to them, we imagine they might be keen to find out.

Dammit. It’s getting old seeing one parent intimidate administrators into breaking their own book removal policies.

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I stood for ages, staring at my overstuffed bookcases, and I realised that there was a terrible lack of queer sex. Every piece I’ve chosen for this list is a great read, and every one changed my life in some small way. But this list is not quite as smutty as I’d hoped. So where are the books I was looking for? Where are all the sensual, honest, uncomfortable, glorious sex scenes? Many seem to have escaped me, but I know they must be out there. If nothing else, making this list has encouraged me to search even harder for honest depictions of LGBT love.

I’ve never thought about queer sex scenes in fiction but now it looks like I’ve got some places to start.

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