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Every month (or more often, as the mood strikes!) Tenebrous Kate and Jack Guignol cover the weirdest, kinkiest, and most outrageous fiction we can unearth. The books discussed range from classics of gothic literature to startling works of new weird, from romantic potboilers to horror epics, from cult favorites to obscure pulp treasures. Join us for a smarter-than-average look at WAY-weirder-than-average books.


Join your hosts Tenebrous Kate and Jack Guignol on their journey through some of the strangest corridors of fiction. From shocking horror to spicy romance, Kate and Jack take a deeper look at the often misunderstood and frequently under-examined world of genre fiction.

Jack Guignol is a scholar, writer, professor, and grade A dungeon master who maintains the blog Tales of the Grotesque and Dungeonesque.

Tenebrous Kate is a writer, illustrator, and person who sometimes gets a microphone. Her website is located at

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BleakWarrior by Alistair Rennie [Episode 1]

Image of the Beast/Blown by Philip Jose Farmer [Episode 2]

My Sweet Audrina by V.C. Andrews [Episode 3]

To the Devil, A Daughter by Dennis Wheatley [Episode 4]

R.L. Stine's Goosebumps [Episode 5]

Alraune by Hanns Heinz Ewers [Episode 6]

The Incal by Alejandro Jodorowsky and Moebius [Episode 7]

Prince Lestat and the Realms of Atlantis by Anne Rice [Episode 8]

Sax Rohmer's Insidious Dr. Fu Manchu and Nude in Mink [Episode 9]

Strangely Beautiful by Leanna Renee Hieber [Episode 10]

Armageddon Rag by George RR Martin [Mini 1]

Gilded Needles by Michael McDowell [Episode 11]

Last Days of New Paris by China Miéville [Mini 2]

The Final Programme by Michael Moorcock [Episode 12]

Tenebrae by Ernest G. Henham [Episode 13]

Red Spectres edited by Muireanne Maguire [Mini 3]

Under the Poppy by Kathe Koja [Episode 14]

Paperbacks from Hell by Grady Hendrix and Will Errickson [Mini 4]

Ready Player One by Ernest Cline and I Hate Everyone But You by Gaby Dunn and Allison Raskin [Episode 15]

Pretty Deadly Vol 1 and Pretty Deadly Vol 2 by Kelly Sue Deconnick and Emma Rios [Mini 5]

The Monk by Matthew G. Lewis [Episode 16]

Dragonlance: Dragons of Autumn Twilight by Tracy Hickman and Margaret Weis [Episode 17]

Incubus by Ray Russell [Episode 18]

Creatures of Will and Temper by Molly Tanzer [Episode 19]

The Bloody Chamber by Angela Carter [Mini 8]

Facial Justice by L.P. Hartley [Episode 20]

Tribute to Mel Gordon [Mini 9]

Dark Dance by Tanith Lee [Episode 21]

The Affair of the Poisons: Murder, Infanticide, and Satanism at the Court of Louis XIV by Anne Somerset [Episode 22]

Ass Goblins of Auschwitz by Cameron Pierce [Mini 11]

The Torture Garden by Octave Mirbeau [Episode 23]

Hell House by Richard Matheson [Episode 24]

Wild Boys by William S. Burroughs [Episode 25]

Jules de Grandin stories by Seabury Quinn [Mini 12]

The Wrong Number and The Halloween Party by R.L. Stine [Episode 26]

My Pretty Vampire by Katie Skelly [Mini 13]

Crabs - The Human Sacrifice by Guy N. Smith [Episode 27]

A Swell-Looking Babe by Jim Thompson [Episode 28]

Black Helicopters by Caitlin R. Kiernan [Episode 29]

The Worm Ouroboros by E.R. Eddison [Episode 30]

The Humans Vol. 1 by Keenan Marshall Keller and Tom Neely [Mini 16]

The Crowfield Curse by Pat Walsh [Episode 31]

The Claiming of Sleeping Beauty by A.N. Roquelaure [Episode 32]

Childgrave by Ken Greenhall [Episode 33]

Coldheart Canyon by Clive Barker [Episode 35]

Fantômas by Marcel Allain and Pierre Souvestre [Episode 36]

Vampire Hunter D by Hideyuki Kikuchi [Mini 17]

Conjure Wife by Fritz Leiber [Episode 37]

Raiders of Gor by John Norman [Episode 38]

I Put a Spell on You: The Bizarre Life of Screamin' Jay Hawkins by Steve Bergsman [Episode 39]

Blood Standard by Laird Barron [Episode 40]

The Witcher: Blood of Elves by Andrzej Sapkowski [Episode 41]

The Last Wish by Andrzej Sapkowski [Valley of Plenty 1]

Mephistophela by Catulle Mendès [Episode 42]

Lammas Night by Katherine Kurtz [Mini 19]

The Sword of Destiny by Andrzej Sapkowski [Valley of Plenty 2]

Dead Until Dark by Charlaine Harris [Episode 43]

Powers of Darkness (Makt Myrkranna) by Valdimar Ásmundsson [Episode 44]

The Sorcerer of the Wildeeps by Kai Ashante Wilson [Episode 45]

The Lustful Turk by Anonymous [Episode 47]

The Sound of His Horn by Sarban [Episode 48]

Jojo's Bizarre Adventure Vol1: Phantom Blood [Episode 49]

The Carpathian Castle by Jules Verne [Episode 50]

Requiem Infernal [Warhammer 40k] by Peter Fehervari [Episode 51]

The India Fan by Victoria Holt [Episode 53]

On Stranger Tides by Tim Powers [Episode 54]

The Keep by F. Paul Wilson [Episode 55]

Manhunt by Gretchen Felker-Martin [Episode 56]

Flash for Freedom by George McDonald Fraser [Episode 57]

Wolfen by Whitley Strieber [Episode 58]

Between Two Fires by Christopher Buehlman [Episode 59]

Ghost Story by Peter Straub [Episode 60]