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9 Nonfiction Books About Vampires, Ghosts, & Terrifying Creatures: Critical Linking, October 31

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Every October, readers flock to the horror genre in search of terrifying tales about monsters, ghosts, witches, and things that go bump in the night. But what if I told you that the fiction section of the library wasn’t the only place to find unnerving narratives about the supernatural? Whether you’re into vampires and werewolves or aliens and man-eating insects, there are plenty of nonfiction books about scary stories that reveal sometimes, the truth isn’t just stranger but often spookier than fiction.

Alternative title: Books To Keep In The Freezer And Also Never Turn Off The Lights.

Goldman Sachs just published its fourth annual fall reading list. The recommendations from Goldman Sachs leaders included everything from inquiries on rural America to guides on setting company culture to a novel about a young woman who returns to her native Nigeria.

If you want to read like a Goldman Sachs executive.

In every interview I’ve done so far to promote my book, I have been asked some version of, Why do you write political stories? I’ve learned a few things about what it means for me to engage with the political through fiction, and also about what that question means to people. I personally believe that as a writer, you participate in society; no art (or person) emerges from a vacuum. I do not mean that all art has a political platform, but rather that artists have an identity that intersects with society in various ways. To create art has political implications. To be black and exist in a space has implications. The same is true of being white, but because of the privilege inherent in whiteness, those implications often aren’t examined in the same way.

Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah, the author of Friday Black, on the question “Why do you write political stories?”

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