“Lesbian necromancers in space” is a hell of a way to advertise a book, and Tamsyn Muir followed through on that promise. One of the difficult things about this series is that readers tend to finish the first two books and a) obviously immediately want the not-yet-released third volume and b) want a similar series. Is there really anything quite like this ridiculous, over-the-top, queer sci fi-meets-fantasy series, though? There aren’t any exact matches, but there are some books worth reading next if you loved Gideon the Ninth.
Of course, another option for if you can’t let go of the Locked Tomb trilogy is to start making your own stories set inside of that world! Fan fiction is always a worthwhile fan pursuit, but you can make it interactive by creating a roleplaying game set in the Empire! It’s a perfect setting to add a creepy (and queer!) tone to your campaign. Besides, who can resist playing through a “space fantasy murder mystery adventure”?
The Locked Tomb trilogy is a unique series, but it seems to have found its audience, and its fans are enthusiastic! From the creepy but funny tone to the unforgettable characters and the intriguing world, there’s a lot to love in Gideon the Ninth. I’ve done some poking around on Etsy, and I’m happy to say that there are lots of fun Locked Tomb goodies to collect, from patches and stickers to a customized leather jacket! I hope you like skulls!
Let’s start off simple with a Gideon the Ninth T-shirt that reads “One Flesh One End, Bitch.” $22–24
Or grab something a little warmer with this sweatshirt reading “Ninth House: Death first to vultures and scavengers.” $35
This faux leather jacket hand-painted with a skull wearing sunglasses and quotation from Gideon the Ninth is a showstopper. $250
Unsettle those around you who haven’t read the Locked Tomb trilogy yet with this Careful, It’s Soup pin. $13
Decorate your phone with these adorable house skull charms! $5
This handmade Gideon the Ninth custom Funko pop will stand out in a collection or decorate a bookshelf all on its own. $50
Or maybe a wine glass is more your style! This “One Flesh, One End, Bitch” glass is available in a stemmed or stemless version. $22
Gideon the Ninth Patches
This Gideon and Harrow patch is the perfect way to decorate a jean jacket. $21
Gideon and Harrow aren’t the only Locked Tomb characters worth depicting! Here is a patch starring Ianthe. $16
Get some Locked Tomb iron-on patches to spice up your wardrobe! $13
Locked Tomb Bookmarks
These Harrow and Gideon magnetic bookmarks are available in two sizes, and in a set or separately. $4–10
I love this gorgeous the Ninth House fanart bookmark! $3
This metalmark is sturdy and gorgeous, illustrated with house skulls. $10
This bookmark is decorated with an inspirational quotation from Gideon the Ninth — or, what counts as inspirational in Locked Tomb: “But Gideon was experiencing one powerful emotion: being sick of everyone’s shit.” $4
This glittery Gideon the Ninth metal bookmark has an enamel skull to mark your page! $14
Gideon the Ninth Stickers
This vinyl “Death first to vultures & scavengers” sticker works equally well as a bullet journal decoration (a Locked Tomb theme??) or a laptop decal! $2–3
These stickers of skeletal hands holding up the middle finger aren’t exclusive to Locked Tomb, but they’re sure relevant. $3
This Gideon the Ninth vinyl decal shows off your Locked Tomb fandom with flair. $5
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