Self Isolation Reading List

It’s getting scary out there, but here’s some eacapism to make the most of quarantine



Want to go on a road trip?


This Hasn’t Been a Very Magical Journey So Far by Homeless

A man we know only as Hank Williams as he goes on a surreal journey with a talking cat to reconnect with his lost love, Patsy Cline. It actually is pretty damn magical.


A Hawk in the Woods by Carrie Laben.

 Sometimes you have to break your twin sister out of prison after receiving a cancer diagnosis so you can go to a cabin in the woods to perform some necromancy—it be like that sometimes.

Want to escape to a different world?


Laser House on the Prairie by David W. Barbee.

 You know the story. A legendary gunslinger gets dragged out of his peaceful retirement for one last job, but this time he has to face something more terrifying than ever...nerds.


 Dungeons and Drag Queens by M.P. Johnson

A local drag queen is minding her own business before suddenly finding herself in another dimension where she has to lip sync for her LIFE! Literally.

Want something sexy?


Scarstruck by Violet LeVoit

Hollywood! Communists! Queers! Cigarette burns! I generally hate and avoid romance/erotica, but this book blew me away.


Girl Like a Bomb by Autumn Christian

 If you had a magical vagina, would you use it for good? Or for evil? Beverly Sykes is one of my all time favorite characters, and her sexual super power is only the half of it.

Want to try a different flavor of dystopia than the one we are currently living in?


All Hail the House Gods by Andrew J. Stone.

 A society must sacrifice their children to sentient houses for the sake of a peace treaty. Every bit as weird as you’d expect, with touches of Orwell and Vonnegut—how can you say no?


UNAMERICA by Cody Goodfellow

The the US/Mexico border there is another America deep underground. "Instant classic" gets thrown around a lot, but it 100% applies here.

How about short stories?


And Her Smile Will Untether the Universe by Gwendolyn Kiste.

Kiste is a master of haunting, beautiful prose and this collection is an absolute dream to read (a spooky, eerie dream of course)


¡Pa’Que Tu Lo Sepas! edited by Angel Luis Col√≥n

 This charity anthology was created to raise funds for Puerto Rico, and the stories are every bit as wonderful as the cause. There’s such a wide variety of stories that there’s something for every taste.

Or maybe some poetry?


Trash Panda by Leza Cantoral

 insta girl poetry is out, tumblr slut poetry is in! These poems are real, funny, and poignant with no pretensions in sight.


I Am Not Your Final Girl by Claire C. Holland

Poems inspired by/from the perspective of iconic final girls of horror? YES PLEASE AND THANK YOU!

I hope this list gives you some cool new reads to get through the strange times we are experiencing, and I would love to hear you quarantine reading recommendations! Above all take care and be safe out there.


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