I’ve paired up my favorite books with some well known and some not-so-well-known Halloween characters. It’s like cupid for the bookish and ghoulish. Only, more for book nerds and the media obsessed.
Anyways. Let the horror begin.
Jovis from the Bone Shard Daughter
He’s a total protective mama. Or a magical cat daddy, rather.
If you like: epic fantasy with mad scientists, lesbian revolutionaries, swashbuckling romantics, brilliant daughters, Asian inspired fantasy, Scottish inspired fantasy.
Constanta from A Dowry of Blood
I know that Dracula is a character in this but to be honest? We all know Constanta is the center of the family. She’s the queen. She’s the legend. She’s out to get Dracula. Let it be known that all vampires are gay. I don’t make the rules.
If you like: polyamorous dark romance, bisexuality, gothic gays, extravagance, ancient beings, found family, and ravishing.
Shizuka Satomi from Light from Uncommon Stars
Another protective mother. Love is destructive darling but ever so magical.
If you like: science fiction with extraterrestrial immigrants, Los Angeles donut shops, trans author, BIPOC queer cast of characters, found family, a very protective mama, trans girl excellence.
Kallia from Where Dreams Descend
She’s the entire show. Like Frank-N-Furter, she’s gotta a penchant for the dramatic but always makes it glamorous.
If you like: confident girls, Phantom of the Opera, Filipino author, Night Circus, slow burn, hate-to-love, flipping the script, glamour for days.
Maryse Boudreaux from Ring Shout
Like Rochelle, Maryse is a total badass but with a sword. She uses power against those that would harm her.
If you like: historical inspired horror, folkloric horror, Black horror, African American folklore, cool girls, Black girl heroes, revolutionary girls, novellas.
Csorwe from the Unspoken Name
A total crazy ass. Her foster daddy is the evil incarnate and well…..what can a power hungry lesbian do.
If you like: lesbian orcs, crazy gay brothers, morally grey lesbians, found family but they’re messy villains, wizard daddies
Noemí from Mexican Gothic by Silvia Moreno Garcia
Glamorous dresses should always be worn in a gothic manor. So, always, should playing with the heartstrings of rich men. Morticia would, honestly, agree. For very dangerous and sexy reasons.
If you like: gothic horror, anti-damsel in distress, Mexican socialites, analyzing the racist history of the Gothic, scary mushrooms, even scarier wallpaper, get out of the house, sharp tongued heroines
The Love Witch (aka Elaine)
Zera from the Bone Maker
Zera is sexy, power hungry, and loves a dom/sub relationship between her gentlemanly court. She’s the unexpected hero in fantasy. She loves being rich and powerful. Like Elaine, she’s unexpected and goes against all the roles set out for her. Love a messy girl.
If you like: epic fantasy simmering with horror aesthetics, morally grey characters, retired heroes, friendships between women, found family.
Yetu from The Deep by Rivers Solomon
Old like all the memories she holds of her people, Yetu has a feeling of ancientness, oldness, a sentient being of the past. Like Akasha, she’s deep and powerful.
If you like: sentient creatures that actually feel old, the mermaids seem like vampires, literary speculative, nonbinary author, queer Black characters.
Junior from Mapping the Interior by Stephen Graham Jones
Protective of his family and his home, even if it means from the ghost of his dead father.
If you like: ghost stories, flipping the script, Indigenous excellence, eerie writing, children protagonists.