Top Ten Tuesday: Dark fantasy recs for your spooky needs

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish and now hosted by Jana @ That Artsy Reader Girl, wherein each week bloggers list out their Top Ten.

This week is a Halloween freebie and what better way to celebrate it than give you folks recommendations in one of my favorite genres – dark fantasy?!

Sawkill GirlsSawkill Girls by Claire Legrand

  • Spooky curse thingy
  • Quite gay
  • So gothic

Down Among the Sticks and Bones (Wayward Children, #2)Down Among the Sticks & Bones by Seanan McGuire

  • Very gothic and very gay
  • Has a vampire and a mad scientist
  • Quite morbid

Beware the Wild (Beware the Wild, #1)Beware the Wild by Natalie C Parker

  • Southern gothic vibes
  • swamp that gives you faerie vibes
  • missing people

Shallow GravesShallow Graves by Kali Wallace

  • dark and morbid
  • main character hunts killers
  • Supernatural Season 1 vibes

Never-Contented ThingsNever-Contented Things by Sarah Porter

  • dark faerie story that jumps right into horror territory
  • messed up family dynamics
  • well contained in a standalone story

The Coldest Girl in ColdtownColdest Girl in Coldtown by Holly Black

  • Vampires are sexy but also not
  • dystopian vibes
  • gritty and dark

The GrownupThe Grownup by Gillian Flynn

  • short but not sweet
  • spooky vibes
  • ending leaves you guessing

Wicked Saints (Something Dark and Holy, #1)Wicked Saints by Emily A Duncan

  • has blood mages so that automatically puts it in dark territory
  • somehow gave me an impression of constant night throughout the book
  • quite monstrous characters

  DamselDamsel by Elana K Arnold

  • subverts tropes
  • loads of rage and anxiety
  • has dragons

Spinning SilverSpinning Silver by Naomi Novik

  • merges many retelling into one historical tale
  • women get shit done
  • only wish it was more gay

Roses and RotRoses and Rot by Kat Howard

  • Tamlin retelling with nightmare fae vibes
  • sisterhood is the most important thing
  • artists under stress

Which are you favorite dark fantasies?

11 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday: Dark fantasy recs for your spooky needs

  1. Coldest Girl in Coldtown has made several lists already today. I might need to check that one out! Great list!

    Here’s my TTT!

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