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

6 Books to Scare You So Bad They Have a Shelf in the Freezer

Remember that FRIENDS episode where Joey puts a terrifying book in the freezer? One reader offers a list of some of the scariest freezer books out there.

10 Scary Ghost Stories for Adults and Children

Here are scary ghost stories for kids and adults that I think about on a regular basis when my apartment is too quiet. Read on to get your spook on.

8 Great Gender-Bent Retellings

Gender has so much and so little to do with identity that bending gender does change a story in one way or another. Consider these gender-bent retellings.

Quiz: Who is Your Vampire Soulmate?

All vampires are alluring, but (sorry!) not all of them are compatible with you. This quiz determines your vampire soulmate.

24 Terrifying Horror Movies Based on True Stories (and Books!)

There's something much scarier about knowing you're watching horror movies based on true stories and books. Here are the most terrifying to read and watch.

8 Tragicomic Memoirs to Make You Laugh and Cry

Laughter is a great way of tricking people into caring about personal tragedy. Here's my list of the Top 8 tragicomic memoirs that tricked me into caring by making me laugh.

Southern Audiobooks with Narrators with Decent Accents

No fake twang here: the narrators of these Southern audiobooks have excellent Southern accents.

14 Of The Most Devastating Heartbreak Poems

Inevitably, each reader finds that at least one of these heartbreak poems resounds with them.

This Is Where To Start With Magical Realism Short Stories

Here are some of the most impactful magical realism short stories, including short story collections and the best authors in the genre.

10 Best Audiobook Narrators on Audible

Not every book adapts well into an audiobook, but the odds are in our favor with voice actors like these. Here are some of the best audiobook narrations.