Revisiting Geek Love, a Real American Horror Story

I first read Katherine Dunn's 1989 novel Geek Love several years ago on the recommendation of my friend Robin. At that point, she still lived in Arkansas, and I'd just come through on tour with a heavy metal band from Georgia. She insisted I give it a chance, ignoring my insistence that I don't usually read fiction.… » 10/29/14 6:00pm Yesterday 6:00pm

Wait Till Helen Comes: Can We Get Some Parental Supervision Over Here?

Hello, and welcome to a week straight of throwbacks to the spookiest stories from your childhood. Today we're tackling Mary Downing Hahn's Wait Till Helen Comes, a chilling tale of tweens struggling to help their troubled step-sister with basically zero parental supervision. Also, ghosts. » 10/27/14 4:00pm Monday 4:00pm

Book By Legal Scholar Gets the Chick Lit Cover Treatment

The Divorce Papers, by Susan Rieger, which was first released in hardcover by Random House this past March, is a fantastic book that traces the protagonist's high-profile divorce through a modern-day paper trail of emails, office memos, and legal documents. This is Rieger's first novel, which she published following a… » 10/26/14 4:45pm Sunday 4:45pm

No, Bram Stoker Did Not Model Dracula On Vlad The Impaler

It's one of those so-called facts that everyone knows: Bram Stoker's character Count Dracula was loosely based on Vlad the Impaler. But while there's no doubt that Stoker took the name from Vlad III's patronymic, it's doubtful that the Impaler was actually the basis for the famous vampire. » 10/21/14 4:47pm 10/21/14 4:47pm

The News Sorority: The Media Book That Drove the Media Wild

"Katie Couric on Diane Sawyer: 'I Wonder Who She Blew This Time'" reads one headline. "HATE-Y COURIC" proclaims another. Not to be outdone: "EXCLUSIVE: Betrayal, jealousy, and bitterness: New book reveals the vicious rivalry between Diane Sawyer and Barbara Walters - and how Diane ran newsroom like an imperial court… » 10/17/14 3:50pm 10/17/14 3:50pm

What Kind of Girl Is This Girl? Lena Dunham's Memoir, Reviewed

I excel at avoiding the ubiquitous—push notifications, Knausgaard; libertarians, pumpkin spice—and as a result I came to Not That Kind of Girl in a near-amniotic lack of context. I had never offered an opinion about Lena Dunham or listened to one consciously; except for the thing she wrote about her dog I had never… » 10/06/14 12:00pm 10/06/14 12:00pm

Vote on Which Books to Include in Our Spooky Scary Halloween Book Club!

Admit it: You had at least one encounter with a tween terror classic that left you scared shitless, cowering under the covers. Or at least very, very jumpy in the dark. This Halloween, Jezebel will be celebrating our adolescent nightmares with a special Spooky Scary YA Book Club. Help us pick what to read! » 10/03/14 4:40pm 10/03/14 4:40pm

Margaret Atwood Is Writing A Book That Will Be Published In 100 Years

A thousand spruce trees have just been planted in a forest near Oslo. In a century, the trees will be cut down and made into paper to print books that have never been read before. The project is called the Future Library, and Margaret Atwood has agreed to contribute the collection's first work. » 10/02/14 1:58pm 10/02/14 1:58pm

The 12 Weirdest Reasons For Banning Science Fiction and Fantasy Books

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It's Banned Books Week! But people are trying to keep great books out of libraries and schools every hour of every day, year round. And often, people's reasons for challenging these titles are really, really... outlandish. Here are 12 SF and fantasy books that people have given incomprehensible reasons for banning. » 9/25/14 1:57pm 9/25/14 1:57pm