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Sawkill Girls

Spookiness rating: 7/10

Book

Girls from Sawkill have been disappearing for decades, stolen away by a ravenous evil no one has dared to fight…until now.

http://www.claire-legrand.com/sawkill-girls

The Penumbra

Spookiness rating: 6/10

Podcast

At the Penumbra, you might follow Juno Steel, a brooding, sharp-witted private eye on Mars. Or you might enter the world of the Second Citadel, where the merciless Sir Caroline must corral a team of emotionally distraught all-male knights to defend their city.These audio dramas and more await you in the Penumbra, dear traveler. We hope you enjoy your stay.

http://www.thepenumbrapodcast.com/

Into the Drowning Deep

Spookiness rating: 8/10

Book

Seven years ago, the Atargatis set off on a voyage to the Mariana Trench to film a “mockumentary” bringing to life ancient sea creatures of legend. It was lost at sea with all hands. Now, a new crew has been assembled. But this time they’re not out to entertain. Whatever the truth may be, it will only be found below the waves. But the secrets of the deep come with a price.

https://www.miragrant.com/books/into-the-drowning-deep/

Welcome to Nightvale

Podcast

Spookiness rating: 6/10

Community updates for the small desert town of Night Vale, featuring local weather, news, announcements from the Sheriff’s Secret Police, mysterious lights in the night sky, dark hooded figures with unknowable powers, and cultural events.

https://www.welcometonightvale.com/

Carmilla

Web series/Movie

Spookiness rating 4/10

Laura Hollis is three weeks into her first semester at Sillas University, and her roommate, Betty, mysteriously disappears after a party. A cryptic (and oddly moist) note leads Laura to believe that this isn’t just a case of one too many Jäegerbombs. A modern adaptation of J. Sheridan Le Fanu’s gothic novel of the same name, to find out.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h4QzRfvkJZ4&list=PLbvYWjKFvS5rX2yv-k5AJ8oxPoZ9zHcpe

The Devouring Gray

Book

Spookiness rating (6/10)

After the death of her sister, seventeen-year-old Violet Saunders finds herself dragged to Four Paths, New York. Violet may be a newcomer, but she soon learns her mother isn’t: They belong to one of the revered founding families of the town, where stone bells hang above every doorway and danger lurks in the depths of the woods.

https://www.christinelynnherman.com/the-devouring-gray

Jane Steele

Book

Spookiness rating (6/10)

A sensitive orphan, Jane Steele suffers first at the hands of her spiteful aunt and predatory cousin, then at a grim school where she fights for her very life until escaping to London, leaving the corpses of her tormentors behind her. After years of hiding from the law while penning macabre “last confessions” of the recently hanged, Jane thrills at discovering an advertisement.  Her aunt has died and her childhood home has a new master: Mr. Charles Thornfield, who seeks a governess.

http://www.lyndsayfaye.com/books

The Haunting of Hill House

TV series

Spookiness rating (10/10)

Flashing between past and present, a fractured family confronts haunting memories of their old home and the terrifying events that drove them from it.

https://www.netflix.com/ca/Title/80189221

The Bright Sessions

Podcast

Spookiness rating: (2/10)

The Bright Sessions is a science fiction podcast that follows a group of therapy patients. But these are not your typical patients—each has a unique supernatural ability. The show documents their struggles and discoveries as well as the motivations of their mysterious therapist, Dr. Bright.

http://www.thebrightsessions.com/

(We had some recommendations from our audience that we didn’t get a chance to check out, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t: Jennifer’s Body,  Alice is Not Dead,  Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, Vintage, Wilder Girls, The Magnus Archives, The Bridge,  King Falls am, Attack of the Queerwolf,  Girls Guts and Giallo, Monsters out of the Closet,  Normal Horoscopes, The Blood Crow Stories,  Monster Crush, elmprophet)

“The idea was influenced by a number experiences but, for me, the idea for the series began a few years back when Black Lives Matters stopped the Toronto Pride parade to protest a variety of issues. I just happened to be at that intersection filming and, after hearing the various reactions from the crowd and subsequent dialogue afterwards, it became very clear to me that a lot of folks in our community didn’t know much about LGBTQ2+ history or, in many cases, even about Pride itself. And who could blame any of us? Nobody taught me about Stonewall growing up. I never learned about all the many amazing LGBTQ2+ heroes whose shoulders we stand on. They weren’t in the history books. Their stories were demonized, altered, censored or, in most cases, erased altogether. When I wanted to learn about them, I had to seek it out and it wasn’t — and still isn’t — always easy to find. As Stonewall was nearing its 50th anniversary, I thought it would be the perfect time to release a history series that really celebrates LGBTQ2+ heroes of the past and ties that past to our communities’ issues today so that we might all better understand each other.”

“To avoid any doubt, our problem has been entirely financial. By all the statistics, Gay Star News is now more widely read, watched and loved by the international LGBTI audience than ever. It is a sad paradox that our popularity has not transferred into our survival. We are convinced we are closing at a time when more people want and need what we offer than ever before.”

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“Hollywood is really no place for me. I stagnate here … I only feel awake when the air is fresh and crisp as in my native Scandinavia.” — Nils Asther 

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“Soon the day will come when science will win victory over error, justice a victory over injustice, and human love a victory over human hatred and ignorance.” – Magnus Hirschfeld⠀

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“Do not abandon the love, because you are alone in Iran.
I am by your side and you are in our thoughts.” — Fereydoun Farrokhzad

Ondrej Nepela

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From the outside looking in, success can seem like an overnight process: a nobody one day and a star the next. Add the disconnection we have from most of history, and it can be difficult to see how much effort goes into the careers of the greats. That is not an issue with Ondrej Nepela, Olympic gold medalist, a man whose own coach admitted he wasn’t “particularly talented.” (Read full article)

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