Eerie and Macabre Recs with Bookstr Social Savant Makenzie

Bookstr Social Intern Makenzie Young is here to recommend some creepy and macabre books! Read on to meet Makenzie!

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Welcome back to another week of Bookstr Team Tuesday, where we introduce you to a member of the Bookstr staff, and they give us some amazing book recommendations. This week, we’re bringing you some horror recommendations from our social media intern, Makenzie Young.

When she’s not creating amazing captions and posting to Bookstr’s Instagram and Facebook accounts, Mackenzie can be found with her nose in a paperback horror, graphic novel, or macabre nonfiction, her kitty companion Zelda alongside her and a soft classical tune for background filler. Be sure not to disturb this night owl while reading, or she might just get a case of the morbs.

Let’s dig into the six recommendations Makenzie has for us!

Born to Be Posthumous: The Eccentric Life and Mysterious Genius of Edward Gorey by Mark Dery

Edward Gorey was one of my favorite artists and a huge inspiration to me growing up. This book is perfect for fellow Gorey fans and art history nerds, offering a glimpse into the incredible life of the complex, yet often deeply relatable, individual behind the sinister and charming illustrations.

Born to Be Posthumous: The Eccentric Life and Mysterious Genius of Edward Gorey by Mark Dery
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A Haunted History of Invisible Women: True Stories of America’s Ghosts by Leanna Renee Hieber and Andrea Janes

I love a good ghost story and thoroughly enjoyed this thought-provoking book that explores the stereotypes and myths that surround America’s famous female specters. Both eerie and enlightening, the chapters are researched in great detail and steer away from sensationalism, examining these tales with great curiosity, insight, and respect.

A Haunted History of Invisible Women: True Stories of America's Ghosts by Leanna Renee Hieber and Andrea Janes
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Through the Woods by Emily Carroll

The haunting tales in this collection feel hauntingly familiar yet refreshingly unique. I enjoy weird stories. The weirder, the better, and these twisted tales told through elegant and eerie artwork make this graphic novel an instant classic.

Through the Woods by Emily Carroll
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Dracula by Bram Stoker

I had to include this one as it’s one of my favorite classic horror novels. I’ve made it my life’s mission to watch/read as many of its adaptations as I can, mostly for fun but also because it annoys certain family members who find the story insufferable.

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The Sandman Series by Neil Gaiman

This series is a must-read for a reason. Inventive, dark, and so surreal, the whole series truly feels like a waking dream. Plus, the sweet and bubbly Death and the unhinged but lovable Delirium are some of my all-time favorite characters.

The Sandman Series by Neil Gaiman
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The Butchering Art: Joseph Lister’s Quest to Transform the Grisly World of Victorian Medicine by Lindsey Fitzharris

This is a great read if, like me, you’re obsessed with medical history and strange facts. It is one of the few books that I really could not put down and basically read through in one sitting. This engrossing read about Joseph Lister’s discoveries and the road to modern medicine is as enthralling as it is blood-curdling.

The Butchering Art: Joseph Lister's Quest to Transform the Grisly World of Victorian Medicine by Lindsey Fitzharris
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I don’t know about you, but Makenzie’s recommendations have sent chills down my spine in both fear and excitement! I most certainly added a book or two to my TBR, and maybe a nightlight as well!


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