5) The Dust of Wonderland by Lee Thomas
When Ken Nicholson learns that his son has been brutally attacked, he is forced to return to New Orleans where, many years ago, Ken bore witness to many violent acts. What’s worse, he now has to endure visions from that dark time. As the lives of his family and his love, David, are in jeopardy, Ken must follow these visions in the hopes that he can save the lives of his loved ones before it is too late.
4) Occultation and Other Stories by Laird Barron
The second collection by this author, Occultation includes 9 terrifying tales. If you’re a fan of the eldritch* horror writing tradition initiated by authors like H.P. Lovecraft, you’re likely to enjoy the works present in this anthology.
*‘Eldritch’ refers to anything that is “uncanny, unearthly, and weird in a supernatural way.”
3) The Daylight Gate by Jeanette Winterson
The Daylight Gate is based on the Lancashire Witch Trials of 1612. Partially based on real historical events, this book follows two Lancashire witches, trapped in Lancaster Castle, while they await trial.
2) The Drowning Girl by Caitlín Kiernan
This story follows India Morgan Phelps (aka Imp). Imp is schizophrenic and struggles to differentiate between what is real and what is not. As she tries to differentiate between fact and fiction, she connects with a transgender woman named Abalyn Armitage.
1) The Gilda Stories by Jewelle L. Gómez
Termed a “lesbian American odyssey,” this story follows a vampire named Gilda. After escaping from slavery, Gilda is taken in by a family of vampires and she is turned into one of them. This story follows her adventures and emotional connections over the course of 200 years.