When she was nine El (shot for Galadriel, think the "all shall love me and despair" version) was prophesised to destroy the world. Now she is in her second last year at a magical school that wants to kill her, she can't write an essay without inventing a spell to enslave minds, and worst of all, everyone's favourite heroic wizard-boy Owen Lake has just saved her life for the second time.
The tagline for Splatter Capital promises “a guide for surviving the horror movie we collectively inhabit” but really it is a breakdown of how splatter horror can act as a Marxist representation of life under capitalism – where bodies are dismembered and consumed by the more fortunate for the sake of maintaining production. It also poses that splatter horror can present a cathartic alternative, where the disenfranchised are able to rise up and literally “eat the rich”.
After checking herself into a mental hospital, Emilie Autumn beings to find strange notes from another Emily. Are these pages travelling through time to warn her of strange doing at the hospital, or are they all in her mind? cw: abuse, mental health, suicide, surgery, female genital mutilation, rape, forced prostitution, graphic violence
After Kris' ex-bandmate Terry sold out to become The Blind King she's been working in a dead-end job in a dead-end town. But then The Blind King comes back for one last tour, and this time Kris might just be able to bring him down, but first she has to get the band back together. In another dead-end town, Melanie clings onto the hope that The Blind King has given her, and his new show has given her the kick she needs to finally get out of the place. Part road-trip, part zombie movie, all metal.
tw: sexual assault, suicide, forced drug-taking, medical horror, dismemberment
Area X has been cut off from the world. It's existence only known to a few, it is hopelessly researched by the Southern Reach - an organisation that soon proves just as unknowable and strange as Area X itself.
Saffron feels powerless. She is stuck at a school filled with boys whose idea of entertainment is snapping bras and flipping skirts, with a principal whose motto seems to be "boys will be boys." So she can't really be blamed for following Gwen, the older, elegant, takes-no-shit world-walker through a rip in space and into Kena, a world recovering from a civil war where the good guys accidentally put the bad guy on the throne.
Rin is a war-orphan, destined for nothing more than to be married off by her opium-peddling guardians in order to advance their business. But then she aces the Keju – the Empire-wide test to find the most talented youth to learn at the Academies – and works her way into the most prestigious military Academy, Sinegard. With war brewing on the horizon, Rin’s acceptance into the academy is only the beginning especially when she learns that the ancient powers of shamanism aren’t so ancient after all, and that Rin has an uncanny aptitude for them…
Jude is kidnapped by faeries as a young girl. As a mortal in the faerie realm she has to work hard to prove herself to those who look down on her. When she is offered the chance to work for a member of the royal family, Jude must unravel a murderous mystery before it is too late.
A motley crew aboard the Wayfarer, a space-ship designed to build wormholes between parts of space, is given the opportunity of a lifetime but they are aboard their ship for a long time at once, and long-held secrets are about to be revealed.
After a nasty breakup, Alice swears off dating for good. Then the super cute Takumi walks into her life and Alice is finally faced with having to deal with her whole “being asexual” thing.