Dearest coven, our non-YA streak continues with the perfect read for fall slash Halloween: Mexican Gothic by Silvia Moreno-García. It’s the right amount of creepy and has a badass young woman MC who’s determined to solve a morbid mystery.
Shoutout to our lovely patron Melisa who picked the book for this show!
Content warning for sexual assault and eugenics talk. We repeat: this is a book for adults. It is not YA book.
Without further ado, show notes!
- Recommend if you like..
- The House on Haunting Hill by Shirley Jackson. There’s also a Netflix show for that book
- The Inheritance of Orquidea Divina by Zoraida Córdova (also not YA)
- Lovecraft Country by Matt Ruff – there’s also a TV show for this book on HBO
- Edgar Allen Poe’s weird fiction
- if you’re into old-school gothic fiction (think Frankenstein, Dracula, and the like), definitely check out this book!
- Get Out (film)
- We’ve also read Silvia Moreno García’s adult fantasy novel Gods of Jade and Shadow for the podcast (check out episode 33). Pick up Mexican Gothic if you enjoyed it!
- The Fantastic Fungi documentary will blow your mind! Mushrooms really are the coolest. You’ll gather that from listening to us wax poetic about them during this episode.
- The exploitative machinations of company towns are revealed in this PBS series “slavery by another name”
- kelly mentioned that they are reading Parable of the Sower by Octavia Butler
- If you’re curious to learn more about the history of eugenics and figures like Cesare Lombroso, here’s a source. You can also learn more about José Vasconcelos, his book La raza cósmica, and the politics of race and nationhood in Mexico in the early 20th century.
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