Our Queerest Shelves

Cute or Cannibal?: Two Takes on Queer Halloween Horror Comics

There are only a few more days until Halloween! But there are so many great queer reads perfect for the season! Luckily, I have a couple of recommendations you can read in one sitting, whether you prefer Halloween to be a cozy cute affair or on the gory side.

The nonprofit I wanted to highlight today is Black Trans Advocacy, which advocates for health, housing, and employment equality for Black trans people. You can find out more about them on their website, and you can support them at their donation page.

Bookish Goods

a photo of a shirt with a line art illustration of a woman, plants, and constellations with the text "Slender Aphrodite has overcome me with longing for a girl" by Sappho

Sappho Shirt by PipingHotTees

Given a link later in this post, I thought I’d include a lesbian poetry shirt. This Sappho shirt says, “Slender Aphrodite has overcome me with longing for a girl,” and I love that it’s labelled “subtle lesbian pride.” Nothing more subtle than that! $25

New Releases

Don’t forget to check out the sponsor of today’s newsletter, which is also a queer book out this week! If you haven’t read the first book, it just came out in paperback.

the cover of The Call-Out

The Call-Out: A Novel in Rhyme by Cat Fitzpatrick (Queer and Trans Women Fiction)

Cat Fitzpatrick was one of the editors on a favorite anthology of mine, Meanwhile, Elsewhere: Science Fiction and Fantasy From Transgender Writers, so I’m excited to read a whole novel of hers! This follows six queer women, most of them trans, in Brooklyn, and it discusses racism in queer communities, call-out culture, feminist theory, and more — oh, and it’s all told in rhyming poetry.

the cover of The Sevenfold Hunters

The Sevenfold Hunters by Rose Egal (Sapphic YA Science Fiction)

This is one I hope gets a different cover for the paperback edition, because I feel like this one looks a little generic sci-fi, when this actually follows a queer teen hijabi alien hunter! This looks like a lot of fun, and it promises a found family element with the team tasked with freeing Earth.

Ghost Town by Kevin Chen, translated by Darryl Sterk (Gay Fiction)

Cupid Calling by Viano Oniomoh (M/M Romance)

the cover of Ghost Town

His Christmas Guardian by Cindy Dees (M/M Romantic Suspense)

Into the Riverlands (The Singing Hills Cycle #3) by Nghi Vo (Sapphic and Nonbinary Fantasy)

In The Shadow of the Throne by Kate Sheridan, Gaia Cardinali, and Micah Myers (Gay YA Fantasy)

It Took Luke: Overworked & Underpaid by Mark Bouchard and Bayleigh Underwood (Queer Horror Graphic Novel)

Anne: An Adaptation of Anne of Green Gables (Sort Of) by Kathleen Gros (Sapphic Middle Grade Graphic Novel)

Last Gender, Vol. 1 by Rei Taki (Queer Manga)

How Do We Relationship?, Vol. 7 by Tamifull (Sapphic Manga)

the cover of Queer Silence

Heretic: A Memoir by Jeanna Kadlec (Queer Memoir)

Unprotected: A Memoir by Billy Porter (Gay Memoir) (Paperback Rerelease)

Angels and Earthworms: An Unexpected Journey to Joy, Love, and Miracles by Lorraine Segal (Lesbian Memoir)

Revolution Is Love: A Year of Black Trans Liberation by Qween Jean, Raquel Willis, Joela Rivera, and Mikelle Street (Trans Nonfiction)

Queer Silence: On Disability and Rhetorical Absence by J. Logan Smilges (Queer Nonfiction)

For more new releases, check out our New Books newsletter!

Riot Recommendations

It’s the last Our Queerest Shelves before Halloween, so here are a couple choices of queer comics you could read Halloween night, whether you’re looking for something cute and seasonal or something a little more bloody.

the cover of Eat the Rich by Sarah Gailey

Eat the Rich by Sarah Gailey, Pius Bak, and Roman Titov

I was looking for a topic that would give me an opportunity to recommend this book I just read. Joey is on her way to becoming a lawyer, so she shouldn’t feel so awkward meeting her rich boyfriend’s family — she’ll be one of them soon. But it turns out their family and community has certain…tastes. I don’t want to spoil anything, but it’s sapphic and certainly lives up to expectations.

Mooncakes by Wendy Xu and Suzanne Walker cover

Mooncakes by Wendy Xu and Suzanne Walker

If you want to pick up something seasonal but not, you know, about cannibalism, try Mooncakes! It’s a romance and adventure between a Deaf queer witch and a nonbinary werewolf. Also, she has two grandmas who own a magic bookstore together, which is truly life goals.

As always, if there’s a topic you’d like queer books recommendations for, let me know on Twitter and it might be my next Riot Rec!

All the Links Fit to Click

It’s Asexual Awareness Week! Here are some recs: 21 Ace Books To Read During Ace Week, Quiz: Which Sapphic Asexual Book Should You Read This Ace Week?, Sapphic Asexual and Demisexual Stories, Demisexual YA SFF, and Asexual Awareness Week Roundtable

A Queer Woman’s Place Is in the Horror Story

Organizing My Bookshelf Helped Me Learn to Love My Queer Identity

Gaylor fans think Taylor Swift wrote a book of lesbian poetry under a pseudonym. I’m not a big fan of public speculation of someone’s orientation/identity, but congratulations to this lesbian poet for getting a spike in sales out of it.

Heretic by Jeanna Kadlec was reviewed at Autostraddle

That’s it for me this week! Until next time, you can find me at my sapphic book blog, the Lesbrary, as well as on Twitter @danikaellis. You can also hear me on All the Books or you can read my Book Riot posts.

Happy reading!