Mary Kay McBrayer

Mary Kay is a belly-dancer, horror enthusiast, sideshow lover, prose writer, Christian, and literature professor from south of Atlanta. Her true crime novel, America’s First Female Serial Killer: Jane Toppan and the Making of a Monster is available for pre-order, and you can hear her analysis (and jokes) about scary movies on the podcast she co-founded, Everything Trying to Kill You. She can be reached at

What is Southern Noir? 8 Great Southern Noir Books

Get to know the grittier side of the South and its stories about crime and the long arm of the law through these Southern noir books.

7 Weirdly Specific Libraries and Collections From Around the World

From hip hop to Yiddish works to sourdough starter, explore some of the most niche libraries and collections found on the globe and online.

Which Vampire Horror is Your Perfect Next Read?

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Why You Should Reread TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD as an Adult

Many of us read the Harper Lee classic, TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD, in school, but how much of it went over our heads, and how much remains all too timely?

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Retellings and Reimaginings of MACBETH’s Weird Sisters

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What’s Your Next Thrill Ride Read, Based on Your Favorite Cocktail or Mocktail?

If you enjoy a tasty beverage and a good thriller, we've got a quiz to help you find your next thriller based on cocktail or mocktail preference.

Read Harder: A Fairytale Retelling by an Author of Color

Read Harder Challenge participants, we've got your recommendations for the fairy tale retellings by authors of color task.

New Masters of Horror: Off the Primrose Path

You know the big names in horror and have all the books, but have you checked out the new masters of horror? Get in the know here.

10 Compelling Books About Villains

Whether their shadowy status is textbook or complicated, the characters and their circumstances in these books about villains are shudder-worthy.