Books by Theme: The weird, the bizarre, and the downright effed up

I love weird books. The kind that you never forget because they do things that other books are afraid to do. So here's a list of some you should check out if you, too, love stuff that's effed up. 


A History of Glitter and Blood by Hannah Moskowitz

This book became one of my favorites after one reading. It's a post-war dystopian in a fairy world where the fairies are all disaster bisexual sex workers subjugated by the trolls. Also, you don't die, your body parts are still sentient. Also, it's being written while you're reading it and sometimes the narrator makes cross-outs or rewrites parts of it. It's like a postmodern effed up fairy tale and I'm here for it. / YA fantasy/dystopian 


Forbidden by Tabitha Suzuma

Do you want to feel really mixed feelings? Somehow this book about a brother-sister incestuous relationship got published. Yeah, I don't know how either. But it's a lovely, confusing book that makes you almost root for the couple until you keep remembering, NO THIS IS WRONG STOP BRAIN WHAT. Definitely pushes boundaries and makes you think. / YA contemporary


Brother by Ania Ahlborn

This one is exceptionally effed up and it's meant to be because it's horror. The main character lives with his adoptive family in the woods and every so often they kidnap, torture, and kill young women. Except the main character isn't a huge fan of this and kind of falls for one of the victims. Yeah, it's got upsetting written all over it. / Adult horror 


Blanky by Kealan Patrick Burke

This one's a shortie and it's perfect if you want a fast, creepy as f*ck read. A man grapples with his infant child's death and becomes stalked by the child's baby blanket. Which was buried with the child. Yep, I said it. / Adult horror (short story)


The Butterfly Garden by Dot Hutchinson

In this twisted horror, a man and his son keep dozens of girls prisoner in a secret garden at their mansion. Each girl is given tattooed butterfly wings and a new name, but one girl clings to her identity. It's told in flashbacks and it'll give you chills. Not for weak stomachs. / Adult thriller 


The Last Time I Died by Joe Nelms

A truly effed up premise, not for the faint of heart. MAJOR content warning for suicide because this is all about a man seeking out near-death experiences in order to remember his past, which includes his witnessing his father kill his mother. Mashed in there is a beautiful portrayal of how toxic masculinity prevents men from seeking help in healthy ways. / Adult literary fiction


Beyond the Ruby Veil by Mara Fitzgerald

This is such a strange, delightful book. Based in an Italian fantasy world, it's about a city that can only get water because the head witch lady makes it out of her blood. And if you get these marks on you, you have to sacrifice yourself to her. And one girl is like NOPE and goes on a batshit crazy adventure to try and find another way...because she kind of has to...because she accidentally murders the witch. / YA fantasy 





What weird, effed up books do you love? 





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