Stories have power…and the truth will out

The British folklore ballad as you’ve never seen it before

The origins of fairy and folk tales are never as polished as we imagine them to be when we are children. We picture princesses finding true love and adventure, escaping the confines of her sheltered life with the help of a prince. The…

A book about facing fear with bravery in a world made by monsters

My witchy, twitchy girl…

Few things are as powerful in this world as a supportive guardian. Someone to see you in all your strangeness and encourage you to develop that into a unique garden through which you navigate the world. I…

If it’s a Devil they want, then a Devil they shall have…

If it’s a witch they want, a witch they’ll get

Whether we realize it or not, our society is built on the idea of projecting our anxieties onto others. Think about it. The land we claim to have “discovered” was occupied by the time Columbus found it, but…

The curiouser and curiouser life of one little girl’s favorite story, and what adults found there…

We’re all mad here…

I like to consider myself something of a student on Alice in Wonderland and its myriad adaptations. I can’t rightly say “Expert”, exactly, because there seems always to be something new to be taken…

In Which a world of very little brain bans a bear of very big heart

Children’s imaginations are a powerful thing

We all have that book. The one we treasure the most, that we beg incessantly for our parents to read to us over and over again, silly voices and all. The one that fueled our…

Children’s stories are a scary business…

Let the wild rumpus start!

Welcome back to On Literary Censorship, the yearly series released during Banned Books Month where we dive deep into why books get banned, what it says about the culture of the places that ban them, and revisit them with a more open perspective. A…

Slasher 101

Horror has always been a more complex genre than most people give it credit for. Any given day on the Internet will show the ever-going debate of horror’s political commentary abilities. As it has always done, the genre has become the hot spot for confrontation with the things we do…

On Possessions, Intentions, and Hidden Selves

One, two, swimmer’s coming for you…

What does it truly mean to be haunted? To be possessed? When pain and love are inextricably linked, how do you tell the difference? And can you break the cycle, or pass it on?

When I set out on Andy Marino’s debut horror novel…

Ashes, ashes, we all fall down…

Break the wheel, remake the wheel…

There’s something so sinister about cycles. They can feel like an infinite loop you can’t claw your way out of, or like an echo of something you swear you’ve felt before but can’t explain or remember just right. There’s an air of predestination about…

Where horror and compassion intertwine

I don’t think I have the words to describe how speechless it left me.

I have been reviewing books intermittently between writing about film and balancing my day job for about a year, maybe a bit longer. Lately, though, with some shifting conditions in my circumstances I have found time to focus more on them than any other medium…

Katelyn Nelson

Katelyn Nelson’s writing interests lean mostly toward pop culture analysis and representation. She tweets @24th_Doctor, mostly about horror.

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