Steph Auteri

Steph Auteri is a journalist who has written for the Atlantic, the Washington Post, Pacific Standard, VICE, and elsewhere. Her more creative work has appeared in Creative Nonfiction, under the gum tree, Poets & Writers, and other publications, and she is the Essays Editor for Hippocampus Magazine. Her essay, "The Fear That Lives Next to My Heart," published in Southwest Review, was listed as a Notable Essay in Best American Essays 2021. She also writes bookish stuff here and at the Feminist Book Club, is the author of A Dirty Word, and is the founder of Guerrilla Sex Ed. When not working, she enjoys yoga, embroidery, singing, cat snuggling, and staring at the birds in her backyard feeder. You can learn more at and follow her on Insta/Threads at @stephauteri.

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Here are some of the best graphic novels from speculative fiction writers who were already killing it as prose-only novelists.

The Best Books About Finding Yourself

Read on for the best books about finding yourself and your future. Take what resonates. Simply enjoy the rest.

Nonfiction About Witches, Ghosts, and Other Odd Creatures

These nonfiction books scrutinize zombies and werewolves under the lens of science, explore haunted houses, and examine the legacy of witches.

8 Horror Reads That Made My Skin Crawl

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Riot Roundup: The Best Comics We Read: July-September 2023

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What Haunts Us: The Haunted House as a Metaphor

Horror reflects our societal fears, and haunted house stories are no different. Here's why these domestic ghost stories continue to scare us.

8 Horror Books That Question Our Obsession with Beauty

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Seeing Double: Quirky New Takes on the Multiverse

What would happen if you did one small thing differently? Welcome to the world of books about the multiverse.

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