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

The Best Southern Gothic Books, Classic and Contemporary

These are some of the best Southern Gothic books to get started with this fascinating genre, both classic and contemporary reads.

6 Dysfunctional Literary Sisterhoods

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Because they DGAF and more, here are the top six reasons why this reader thinks White Walkers are scarier than your average ghoul or zombie.

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Looking for some affirming, inspiring, or eye-opening books? Take this essay collection quiz to find your next nonfiction read.

40 Magical Harry Potter Tattoos To Inspire Your Next Ink Session

15 Funny Cookbooks, From the Silly to the Macabre

These 15 funny cookbooks range from straightforward recipes with puns as titles, to themed books about your favorite TV shows, and more.