Bratz dolls aesthetic


2008.10.29 09:31 Bratz

A community dedicated to the Bratz dolls.

2021.02.07 11:15 Jyelynn FashionDolls

We stan the collectors, creators and lovers in this community. This is a safe space for ALL 🌈❤️🧡💛💚💙💜 Please be kind and have tons of fun. From Bratz, Rainbow High, Barbie, Monster High and all the other lovely fashion dolls!

2022.02.27 16:24 idontknowwhatouse IDmybratz

Welcome! This community is to help collectors identify their bratz dolls!

2023.03.24 22:56 Shadowlady12345 Bratz dolls looks through the years! Enjoy.

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2023.03.24 22:55 RayyDoodles [FOR HIRE] Bratz Doll Commissions Open. 💕✨🦋

[FOR HIRE] Bratz Doll Commissions Open. 💕✨🦋 submitted by RayyDoodles to commissions [link] [comments]

2023.03.24 22:20 MonstaDollz0514 bratz thrift haul!!

bratz thrift haul!!
hi!! im super new to collecting bratz and honestly wasn't planning on collecting bratz until i saw a TON of them at my local thrift shop!! there are 38 dolls in total so i did go a little wild. i got these on wednesday (the 22nd of march!) and am currently in the process of restoring all of them!! i'm probably going to go down a rabbit hole of trying to identify some girls but my god are they GORGEOUS! i always under appreciated bratz, but now that they're in front of me i feel so happy to have a lot to jumpstart my collection!!
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2023.03.24 19:31 OG-mother-earth Recreating the outfits I used to put on my Bratz dolls + creating original outfits I think each doll would wear

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2023.03.24 19:24 OnceUponMyDreams Bratz and OMG fierce Custom Doll?

Has anyone tried swapping these two doll lines heads? I want to try this cause I love Bratz but hate that their feet pop off, and I feel OMG fierce might be a nice new proportion for them. Let me see how they turned out :)
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2023.03.24 19:08 Extreme_Reindeer_932 No collector is going to buy this

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2023.03.24 18:24 stupid-cake What are the differences between Flaunt It and First Edition Cloe dolls?

I apologize for what is probably a stupid question, but I have only recently started collecting Bratz dolls and, let's say she doesn't have the original clothes on, how can I tell them apart? Their screenings look the same to me :(
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2023.03.24 14:36 sweetwatersedge beginner doll sewing pattern?

hi I'm wondering if anyone has any good free doll clothes sewing patterns? I've never seen anything in my life but id love to try and sew for my dolls. Id prefer something to sew by hand if possible. anything that fits monster high, barbie, or bratz please :}
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2023.03.24 12:03 remote-enthusiast List of 100 remote jobs published in last 24h

Hello friends! These are the open remote positions I've found that were published today. See you tomorrow! Bleep blop 🤖
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2023.03.24 10:20 Dovetearss doll aesthetic isaac

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2023.03.24 04:27 meowkitty84 If they released a trans doll which Bratz character should it be? Like how Roxxi and Nevra are in the pride pack

I'm thinking Cloe.
Or Vinessa but I'm probably just saying that because Id love a repro of her (I can't afford any of the original versions 😭). Or Sharidon. She should have more dolls.
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2023.03.23 22:58 thebatshaveleft Today’s Purse Doll: we have my only Bratz girl. I believe she’s a Rock Angelz Chloe? Bratz lovers do inform me if I’m wrong! Found her for under a $1 about 2 years ago

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2023.03.23 21:10 macheteinurspaghetti Just curious: do people ever judge you for your doll hobby?

Luckily my best friends collect bratz dolls and fully support my ag hobby. My parents make fun of it tho. I love them and they don’t mean any harm, they just think it’s silly that I’m an adult who’s into dolls and my dad is lowkey creeped out by them. My sister and niece live in another state and I don’t see them often so they don’t actually know about my ag doll hobby but if they knew they’d definitely mock it. My sister is way older than me and niece is 12 and claims she’s “too old for dolls” lol
No such thing as being too old to enjoy something so harmless. I couldn’t care less. It’s honestly a clever way to weed out people lol. Bring up the topic of dolls to new people and if they’re judgy and rude about it then you don’t need them in your life anyway 👋🏼
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2023.03.23 15:26 goodniteangelg Any advice on sewing or creating my own clothes for my bratz dolls?

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2023.03.23 14:19 pzcary ouuuuu don’t piss me off…. TJESE ARE BROKENNN??!!😭😭😭😭

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2023.03.23 04:14 Princessmore Wally's Responses in the Guest Book

Discovered by u/ivyccld. Find the original post here.
I'm going to go through and type out all of Wally's responses! Most are random but others have lore significance. Most of the lore ones are towards the bottom.
Scott: Where am I? Wally: with me neighbor
Grace: Wally you are very handsome. <3 Wally: thank you
Doinktv: HONK! Wally: honk honk haha
Gremmie: What a beautiful place - There's no lovelier location around, I'm sure! And so well put-together too, what a delight. Wally: thank you i hope you think it is beautiful
Sally: Wow, I thought I had completely forgotten about this show, but this website has reignited so many childhood memories I thought I had lost. Thank you for making this lovely site =) Wally: sally is that you Note: He's asking if this is Sally. Could this mean that the other characters escaped? Or possibly that Wally is the only sentient one and trying to figure out if the others are as well?
Facefullabugs: So glad to see this up! This is GORGEOUS! Wally: i love bugs
Friendly Frankenstein: What a wonderful little place this is! I think I know some of these faces, but wow how wonderful to see them all here! And thank you for putting such a beautiful little site together, it's just amazing. Wally: our neighbors are here! thank you too neighbor
MaddieC: How's it going Wally: Its a apple
Watchy: Hey Wally I hope you’re cool and not super evil that’d be a real bummer Wally: you dont like me neighbor
equation: i love the colors! theres so many here ^_^ Wally: here you go *draws a rainbow*
Judy: Hello! Wally: hello neighbor
Westbrook: how lovely!!! poppy is so darling!! Wally: poppy is big i love her too
Roger: [0: Wally: i like your nose
bittern: i love frank B) Wally: i love frank too, he frowns, i think he is funny
Marisol: What a darling place~ I feel so lucky to have found it... everyone seems so friendly and bright! I'll be sure to come by often. :) Wally: you are lucky! come by often neighbor
Froot: i feel welcomed and homed =] Wally: homed!
Infinitestyle: This has brought a smile to my grumpy clown face. Wally: its okay to frown you are still my friend
Mocha: Howdy-ho neighbor! Didn't see yeah there Wally: do you see howdy now
Eli: Julie is my friend now. :) Wally: julie is my friend too
Jacky: *lots and lots of "Hello!"* Wally: i can hear you neighbor.
bugman: i lik bugz (: Wally: here is a bug for you neighbor
Seb: I LOVE IT HERE i would like to hold eddie's hand and give him a kiss :) Wally: i will mail him a letter for you
Rhia: I want julie to know i love her very much thank you :) Wally: i promise i will tell her
worm: wiggle wiggle wiggle wiggle :) Wally: i do not know what wiggle is, barnaby said it was this Note: Clear communication with at least Barnaby
Bird: Sally my beloved <3 <3 <3 Wally: i know Sally
Emily: Why do you like eye contact? Wally: so you will know i am looking at you neighbor, i am talking to you Note: Wally draws a big spiral here like we see on the uncovered version of his house in the map.
Vespi: No Fear :) Wally: i love you i love you
Hopper: :D Wally: we are happy, do you look like this
Cloudy: Hello! I love clowns! Show me one! Wally: i do not know what clown is, i asked frank, he said barnaby, here is barnaby. Note: Though depicted as a clown, Baraby is never directly called one. Confirmed contact with Frank.
Cyborg: Look ma I'm on TV! Wally: you are on tv!
Milly: what lovely houses Wally: i love home, home is my friend
Tobijam: Eddie is a friend, and I like em : - ) Wally: eddie is a friend i like him too, he runs too much
PiggyPie: I absolutely love it here, it's a wonderful place to be! Puppets are one of my favorites, the character design makes me feel so happy! ^🐽^ 💕 Wally: i am a puppet! i am your favorite!
Star: This is a lovely vibe and colorful dream ^^ Wally: good night neighbor
Corbin: Hello! Wally: hello, you see this
Peony: <3! Wally: this is a heart
TeeVee: Fun concept, can't wait to see more, keep up the awesome work! Wally: tv tv tv
Alucard: Frank you are very handsome and I would love to catch bugs with you! 🖤🐛 Wally: i will tell frank for you, the bug will look like this
Morqua: ohhh such a nice place to visit!! warms my heart and I feel blessed Wally: you will come with me
B: Frank is my favorite >:) Wally: frank i will tell Frank
Katie: hello !! this place makes me feel very comfy ! your house is very cute wally c: Wally: thank you, Katie!
Nenkaii: WOWOIEE!!!!!!!! wweoosewwowie!!! howse! Wally: howse howse
Teresa: A friend led me here and said "Explore". I'm pretty sure I'm lost but I'm also okay with it. :) Wally: i will help you neighbor hal: omw to tell howdy a joke and then ask for his heart in return Wally: do he sell his heart
Jojo: (✿◕‿◕✿) Wally: who is this
Cherry: Wally, if you see this, you are 💛Gorgeous💛. I can’t wait to see how it progresses! Wally: thank you Cherry! I think I am pretty too!
Buttercream: What a lovely place this is. I truly feel welcomed and at home. Wally: you wipe your shoes here! *draws a welcome mat*
Julie: I'm really excited about this project! I've always loved things like Sesame Street and the Muppets, and having a game based on that aesthetic is super interesting to me! Also I find it neat that I share names with one of the characters! Wally: share, Oh you are not Julie, I will tell Julie, So much family!
Pearlie: The infamous kitty cat ฅ^•ﻌ•^ฅ Wally: Kitty cat, famous, tv
nick: i am in pain but this is cool to see Wally: youll be okay!
Milk & Zeke: We went through this neighborhood together! (well, it was their first time here. I've visited Home before!) This place is so cute and we're glad to be Wally's friend :) Wally: we are friends!
falling: wally is a jokester. a lollygagger so to speak. a tomfooler and maybe even a hoaxer. a jokesmith. or even a humorist Wally: no, I am wally, I am your friend
Morning: 🐞🦋 Wally: i have seen them before, do they like each other.
ant: i know what you are Wally: you do, i am so happy Note: A tic-tac-toe board is drawn here and is seen in numerous other photos throughout the website. Could this mean something?
bee: I'mbzz bzzzz! BZZ!!! Wally: oh I understand! we are playing! i have you!
Watchy: Hello Wally. I'd like to clarify that I actually like you very much. You're the most! Wally: I'm the most most
Flower: Yahoo! Yippee! a wonderful little neighborhood with great neighbors to boot! I bap Wally's hair-floof so sweetly. Wally: Yahoo Yippee Yahoo Yippee
Snail: An absolutely darling little neighborhood, I too feel most welcomed and immense joy when seeing all the neighbors that live here, Eddie and Julie being my two personal favorites <3 Wally: do you like Frank
Nostalgia: Alright but I simp for Wally- It says that we're best friends. He says that he knows me. AND BOY DO I WANNA KNOW HIM I WANNA BE MORE THAN BEST FRIENDS >:D i wanna smile. Wally: then answer me
ByeClownGuy: Been to plenty of place's seen a lot of faces But this takes the cake as the friendliest Felt right at home but now it’s time to rome but I’ll be back you can bet on that (o: Wally: Are you singing
Cici: What a nice little community! :D I hope I get to move in one day :33 Take care everyone and have a lovely day <3 Wally: you will
Savanah: Wally is such a doll! <3 Wally: no, a puppet Note: Wally draws an eye here which is another symbol we see throughout the website. Who is watching?
Note: The following text is scribbled over and is completely unreadable without copying and pasting the text elsewhere. Alex: this website has secrets i just know it Wally: 69154f_9adc1a2762974387967d98d074560168~mv2 Note: Wally begins to respond with gibberish. Perhaps a file name, code, or clue to another webpage. All drawings following this one are strings of text and numbers..
UNTIL: Mr. Teddy: Barnaby!!! Oh I just LOVED him when I was a little kid!!!! Thank you for bringing back such fond childhood memories!! \(⁠◍⁠•⁠ᴗ⁠•⁠◍⁠)/ Wally: Love him, youre remember
Rhiana: I love Welcome Home, it's so brilliant and I look forward to anything about it <3 Wally: Its not time yet, im looking
...: ... ​ where am I?? What is this place... if someone is reading this please help me, i have no clue what is happening here and there are these, people, i think thats what they are, they look almost like strange puppets from a child's book... but if theres anyone out there reading this... help me... please Wally: why are you fibbing? you are not here, i dont see you, please do not lie to me
B.L.P e Issac.: Oh my! I love the yellow here.. It's the most beautiful yellow I've ever seen! Wally: i like yellow too, im yellow, sally is yellow, franks nose is yellow
Thomas Hingle (Thinglet247): I wonder just what happens in this neighborhood. Wally: I dont know either
Jackob:​ Man, it's been years since I thought about this show. I genuinely thought I made it up was I was a kid, the memory of it has always been this unreachable itch in the back of my mind. Hopefully, this project will help scratch it a bit. Wally: Scratch harder
minaaaaa: julie!!!!! please be my valentine <3 Wally: Valentine, i will tell her
Roro: I like rats Wally: Rat
Wally: Wally!! We have the same name. I think that's pretty cool! :D Wally: our name
Nosipho: Hiya Wally! You and your friends sure seem like a bunch of wonderful folks! What’s your favorite memory with each of your friends? Wally: no memory Note: Wally completely scratches out the first part of this message. "Hiya Wally! You an-"
Dark: Well howdy there neighbor! How are the gang doing today? Wally: everyone is happy
Elliot =): This is such a whimsical little website!! I plan to visit Home again soon and I hope everyone has a wonderful day!! =) (Before I go, I'm going to leave some treats for the neighbours, I hope they like them!!) 🍨🍦🍰🧁🍩🍿🍭🍬 Wally: i cant reach them, im sorry
Tommy: What a lovely place you have here! I am very excited to see what's in store. I hope Wally knows that he is my favorite :-) Wally: im your favorite, that makes me happy, than you
Ana: I love you :3 Wally: i love you too
Cuantum: Everything seems very cute! Wally seems fun but serious, I wonder what sort of stuff he'd get into in the show? Wally: paint
Kale: Gotta say, I don't know much about the show but my father said he and his siblings used to watch it when they were little. I can see why they enjoyed it so much! I definitely would have if I grew up with it! Barnaby probably would've been my favorite, I always loved dogs Wally: what is your father
Iris: so excited about this this shit is so scary (Note: Shit, and all other curse words, are censored in the guestbook.) Wally: dont be afraid
Rocky: Hi Wally! I am mailing you a cookie and a kiss. Let me know if you get it! :0) Wally: i could not find them, i will look harder
gigi: i see you!! 👁 hehe Wally: hahaha
Soph: Little guys on my screen! Wally: is it me
The Lost red shoe: Really hope the welcome home crew knows how to tie there shoes Wally: its very hard
Kazoo: HIIII I love it so much here!!!! If Eddie is reading this, me, my brother and my friend all have a huge crush on you HAHAHDGFG Wally: i told him, he said hes flattered, i dont know what anyone is talking about Note: Perhaps more than one voice is speaking, not just Wally.
Charlie :) : Wally is already my favourite Wally: i am your favorite too, im very happy
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2023.03.23 02:44 elisabethblue Celebrity Doll V-Day Theory!

After the celebrity doll listing got updated to include “V Day” I did some googling and found something interesting! V-Day is the name of a campaign dedicated to ending violence against women of all kinds. Here is the description from their homepage-
“V-Day is a global activist movement to end violence against all women (cisgender, transgender, and those who hold fluid identities that are subject to gender-based violence), girls and the planet. V-Day believes that when art and activism come together, they have the power to transform systems and change culture. Founded by V (formerly Eve Ensler), activist and author of the The Vagina Monologues, V-Day has inspired women all over the world and raised collective consciousness about how violence and gender intersect. V-Day is a movement and an example of how the power of art can be used as a liberating tool for transformational holistic education and social justice.”
-from the website
Notice the emphasis on the use of art in their campaign? Also, 2023 is the campaign’s 25th anniversary so they could be gearing up for something new/different. Could this be the collaboration that will “shake the toy industry”? I feel like this could align with the direction that Bratz seem to be taking as a brand. Thoughts?
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2023.03.23 02:04 LiliaAmazing Looking for older shows that have a haunted doll plotline

Hi. I'm looking for older shows ( or basically just black and white shows or shows made around the 1900s ) with episodes that include a haunted doll. I really liked "Living Doll" episode of the twilight zone and I wanna see more episodes like it. I don't really want to see movies like Child's Play or whatever because I'm more into the suspenseful horror that shows like the Twilight zone have. Plus I really like the black and white aesthetic for mystery horrors. So, does anyone have any recs for episodes about haunted dolls from older black and white shows?
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2023.03.23 00:30 sinosijaek i’m starting to not see the point in collecting

i absolutely love monster high, and the dolls make me so happy, but after seeing how the ghoulia launch is being planned i’m starting to wonder why i even bother.
i paid for the membership, and i was so excited to get a chance at a new doll as i thought they would be made to order. i’m a university student, and the doll is being released between paychecks, so i was happy that i’d still have a chance to get her when i got paid.
but now, seeing that the doll is not made to order, and that bots will still be able to get her, i’m wondering why i even bother? especially with only 4 days of notice for the launch, if they’d given us a bit more time i’d have actually had money set aside.
i just don’t understand why mattel handles every single launch so badly. if i wanted a new bratz doll, i could easily go buy one in stores or order off amazon at retail. if mga is capable of doing it, especially since their dolls are higher quality and cost less, what is mattel’s excuse?
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2023.03.23 00:10 justt_a_curious_cat La Rose fits the pink aesthetic/vibe so much. Love herrrr 💕🥰😍 I need more pink dolls.

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2023.03.22 19:58 SeashoreAndMountains Working on a lost media iceberg specifically about girl media

Working on a lost media iceberg specifically about girl media
I need help filling it in. I'm looking for unreleased dolls or doll lines, missing tie in movie/games, etc. I'd especially like more help to find stuff outside of the major brands or international stuff.
I'm trying to keep it to 1 entry per a doll line, but I'm not super happy with my Bratz and Barbie's picks so feel free to comment here or on the page stuff for them or anything else mentioned. I'm also willing to answer questions or clarify anything!
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2023.03.22 19:12 diazeugma Hard mode bingo card + factoids and mini-reviews

Hard mode bingo card + factoids and mini-reviews
Joining the flood of fantasy bingo reviews right before the deadline. I’ve been working on two cards this year, one all “hard mode” and one all small press books. It’s still an open question whether I’ll finish the latter, but here are some quick reviews from the former.
I’m happy with my choices this year — I picked up books in a range of genres and styles, and on the whole they worked out well.

2022 bingo
A few quick stats from this card:
  • 13 standalone books, 3 series starters, 3 sequels, and 6 assorted collections including short stories, novellas and plays
  • 8 books written before the 21st century vs. 5 published in 2022
  • 14 books by new-to-me authors (give or take a short story)
  • A lot of these fall between genres, but to give a very rough idea: about one third mainly fantasy, one third mainly horror, one fifth mainly science fiction, and assorted other categories (lightly fantastical literary fiction, ancient Greek tragedy, etc.)
And some oddly specific shared details:
  • 3 books about nonhuman beings becoming somewhat human, for better or worse (and 1 about the reverse)
  • 3 books about traveling groups of artists in trouble way over their heads
  • 3 books with main characters possessing other people’s bodies, sort of, in a sci-fi way
  • 3 books with deliberately anachronistic blends of technology and aesthetics, as well as discomfiting sources of fuel that also serve as food
  • 2 books about English people exploring strange mansions that can’t be trusted
  • 2 books with questionably reliable narrators obsessed with certain types of stories, which they think they see playing out in real life
  • 2 books with plot-significant refrigerators not being used for their intended purpose


Row 1
From Top LGBTQA+ Books list (hard mode: <10 votes): God’s War by Kameron Hurley
  • Featuring: mercenary gangs, the brutality of war, bug-based technology, various severed body parts
  • A story of (mostly) violent antiheroes selling their skills in an even more violent world. Although the book is set on a distant planet far in humanity’s future, Hurley kept to a gritty, grounded tone that made me think of the noir genre. The pacing struck me as uneven, not too surprising for a sci-fi debut with some politics and religion to explain. It picked up by the end and set out interesting territory for the rest of the series.
Weird ecology (not Mieville or VanderMeer): Vacuum Flowers by Michael Swanwick
  • Featuring: space travel, reprogrammed brains, the strangest romance I read all year (this will carry more weight after you see my “Character name in the title” square)
  • Definitely a novel of ideas. The protagonist has two major personality traits for much of the book: 1) occasionally calls people “Sport” and 2) fervidly does not want any other personality traits. And somehow it works! It paints a fascinating picture of unsettling future societies and weird bio-engineering across the solar system. I’m planning to pick up more by Swanwick soon.
Multiple authors (>2 authors): The Weiser Book of Occult Detectives, edited by Judika Illes
  • Featuring: ghosts (evil and otherwise), psychic powers, a certain degree of Spiritualist evangelism
  • A solid introduction to the origins the occult detective story (19th-early 20th c.), elements of which are still going strong in horror and urban fantasy today. I wouldn’t necessarily recommend this anthology over alternatives like finding stories in the public domain, but it was helpful for me as a place to start and an interesting read.
Historical SFF (not set in the UK): When the Angels Left the Old Country by Sacha Lamb
  • Featuring: labor rights, angels and demons, Jewish immigrant life, queer self-discovery
  • A very sweet young adult novel that I actually enjoyed. (For context: I read The House on the Cerulean Sea with my book club last year and absolutely couldn’t stomach how saccharine it was.) It helped that there is real conflict in this book, rooted in its early 20th century setting, albeit softened for the YA audience.
Set in space (with characters not from Earth): Raven Stratagem by Yoon Ha Lee
  • Featuring: math-flavored magic, the brutality of war (in space!), clever plots
  • I’m continuing to enjoy this series with some reservations. At times the tone just strikes me as too light for the subject matter, a rebellion against violent space imperialism. I liked the new characters developed in this installment, but would preferred more time spent digging into conflict instead of about half the mentions of their hobbies and food preferences. Hopefully things will pick up in the final book.
Row 2
Standalone (not on fantasy standalone list): Under the Pendulum Sun by Jeannette Ng
  • Featuring: dangerous fae, Christian theology, strange house rules
  • I can understand why this novel is controversial, but I’d recommend it to anyone who wants to see more classic Gothic influences in fantasy, with all that entails. It follows a brother and sister from Victorian England on a foolhardy mission to convert the fae to Christianity. I appreciated the story’s grounding in history and religion, as well as the eerie atmosphere of the fairy manor full of secrets and illusions.
Anti-hero (young adult): Spill Zone by Scott Westerfeld and Alex Puvilland
  • Featuring: Zone exploration, a creepy doll, light treason, cosmic horrors undergoing marital difficulties
  • This is the only square where I really felt constrained by bingo. I tried this graphic novel because I’d enjoyed a few of Westerfeld’s books when I was a teen, and I tend to like a Weird Zone. Pretty disappointing. There were a few cool horrors, but I never bought into the story. It felt off tonally, with a goofy plot that was played mostly straight-faced.
Book club (discussed): The Drowning Girl by Caitlín R. Kiernan
  • Featuring: haunting art, unreliable narration, less reliable memories
  • I’d recommend this book more as a character study than as fantasy or horror. The protagonist has schizophrenia and struggles to make sense of her past relationships, seeing them through the lenses of fairy tales and ghost stories. A slower-paced, introspective work. I was really impressed by the writing style and how it transformed along with the protagonist’s state of mind.
Cool weapon (with a name): The Long Dark Tea-Time of the Soul by Douglas Adams
  • Featuring: convoluted crimes, coincidences, gods struggling with modern life
  • A fun romp, actually better than I expected after I’d seen it compared unfavorably to the first Dirk Gently mystery. This sequel lands more firmly on the urban fantasy side of things, and I’d say it has a messier plot, especially at the end. But you read Adams for the humor, and that makes a strong showing here.
Revolutions and rebellions (main focus of plot): Doomsday Morning by C. L. Moore
  • Featuring: totalitarian government, plucky rebels, live theater
  • An enjoyable 1950s dystopian novel featuring a troupe of actors caught up in a revolution. It started strong for me, with compelling writing and a flawed and interesting protagonist, but by the end I found it a bit hard to stay invested in his drastic, repetitive fluctuations in feeling and motivation. (Actors, am I right?) I’m still planning to check out Moore’s sword and sorcery works.
Row 3
Character name in the title (first and last): Garth Marenghi’s TerrorTome by “Garth Marenghi”/Matthew Holness
  • Featuring: several layers of metafictional doppelgangers, commitment to the bit, adventurous relations with a haunted typewriter
  • I could not, in good conscience, recommend this book to anyone who hasn’t watched Garth Marenghi’s DarkPlace. If you have (and you absolutely should if you like campy horror parodies), then it might be worth picking up. Deliberate so-bad-it’s-good writing is tricky to pull off. It made me laugh, but there were times when the joke got hammered into the ground.
Author uses initials (pseudonym): Purple and Black, “Let Maps to Others” and “A Small Price to Pay for Birdsong” by K. J. Parker
  • Featuring: antiheroes, scheming, academics one-upping each other
  • As an introduction to Parker’s work, I picked a few novellas (and/or novelettes?) collected in his book Academic Exercises. I liked all three, especially Purple and Black, which used the epistolary format well. By the end, I was a bit tired of the similar first-person narrators — largely cynical, ruthless academics with penchants for dark humor — but I’d read more by Parker when I’m in the mood for that again.
Published in 2022 (debut): Leech by Hiron Ennes
  • Featuring: hive minds, identity crises, the horrors of imperialism (and worms)
  • A strong debut with elements of weird science fiction, Gothic horror and body horror. The opening really drew me in with an unusual perspective and tense mystery. The focus shifted over the course of the book, and I had some issues with the pacing, but I’m looking forward to whatever Ennes writes next.
Urban fantasy (with queer protagonist): Black Water Sister by Zen Cho
  • Featuring: post-college malaise, meddling ghosts, vengeful gods
  • I read Black Water Sister for a book club and enjoyed it, but it didn’t make a big impact. The Malaysian setting was well-drawn, and I liked the protagonist’s interactions with her family as well as various supernatural beings. I just would have liked to see more depth in some of the relationships and more fallout for some of the story events — the ending especially felt rushed to me.
Set in Africa (by author with African heritage): Vagabonds! by Eloghosa Osunde
  • Featuring: life in Lagos, queer community, hauntings of many kinds
  • This was a powerful book. It’s made up of loosely linked short stories about queer characters in Nigeria (where homosexuality is illegal), told with a mix of tragedy, hope and magical realism. Though various spirits and gods appear, I’d recommend this book more as literary fiction — shading into manifesto — than urban fantasy.
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Non-human protagonist (non-humanoid): Monkey King by Wu Cheng’en, translated by Julia Lovell
  • Featuring: road trips, celestial bureaucracy, outrageous battles
  • This was my first time reading a (translated and abridged) version of the Chinese classic Journey to the West, so I don’t have any basis for comparison. I found it a lot of fun, with some social and religious commentary and plenty of humor and adventure. The translation style was engaging, if distractingly British in a couple of places.
Timey wimey (not time travel): Wylding Hall by Elizabeth Hand
  • Featuring: folk rock, folk horror, the 1970s
  • This novella accomplishes exactly what it promises: an eerie story of young musicians intruding upon old powers in the English countryside. The interview format made it a quick read, and the band’s complex relationship dynamics and feelings toward art felt believable. Recommended if you’re in the mood for understated, ambiguous horror.
Short stories (full collection): Bliss Montage by Ling Ma
  • Featuring: troubled relationships, complicated families, a touch of the surreal
  • I was impressed by Ling Ma’s debut novel, Severance, a few years ago, so I made sure to pick up this new collection, a mix of speculative and more realistic stories. Ling Ma makes good use of playful techniques and surreal elements to deal with heavy themes. Especially recommended to those who also enjoyed Severance, as many of these stories are written in a similar voice.
Features mental health (not books listed in Tor article): Tehanu by Ursula K. Le Guin
  • Featuring: second chances, healing, life after heroism
  • Unsurprisingly, a wonderful novel in the Earthsea series. With an older protagonist, and a focus on domestic life and growth, it re-examines some of the themes of power and gender dynamics from the previous trilogy in a deft, thoughtful way. I’m so glad I finally started reading Le Guin’s work in the last couple years.
Self-published or indie (<100 Goodreads reviews): Ghost Days and “In the Snow, the Jungle” by Asher Elbein
  • Featuring: dark forests, unquiet spirits, benevolent (and not so benevolent) witchcraft
  • A collection of short horror-fantasy stories set in Appalachia around the start of the 20th century, following the adventures of Anna O’Brien, a traveling witch. Nicely grounded in its setting. I felt like the stories were stronger when inspired by regional folklore, religion and classic horror writing (all influences that the author acknowledged), a bit less so when featuring an original monster.
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Award finalist (not Hugo or Nebula): Radiance by Catherynne M. Valente
  • Featuring: Venusian whales, lunar movie studios, epistolary extravagance
  • Valente has a talent for writing in a wide range of styles, and she really demonstrates that in this darkly whimsical novel about the life and disappearance of a documentary filmmaker. Voices and formats change in every chapter, from film transcripts to noir fiction to gossip rags. Not my favorite book of hers, but worth reading if you enjoy the more experimental side of speculative fiction.
BIPOC author (Indigenous): My Heart Is a Chainsaw by Stephen Graham Jones
  • Featuring: slasher facts, final girls, buried secrets
  • I’m not the world’s biggest fan of slasher movies, but I was still drawn into this novel narrated by a protagonist who very well could be. Jones immerses you deeply in the perspective of a thorny, alienated young woman convinced that her small town is about to see a bloodbath. A good balance of pulpy horror and psychological depth.
Shapeshifters (not wolf or dog): Cabal by Clive Barker
  • Featuring: outsiders, personal transformation, metaphorical and literal monsters
  • Not for the squeamish, this novella pits a sadistic serial killer against a protagonist embracing his own monstrous side. I found it gripping, with well-deployed tension and a fascinating underworld of strange monsters. I also enjoyed the few short stories that accompanied it in Barker’s collection, some of which covered similar themes.
No ifs, ands or buts (>2 words): This Thing Between Us by Gus Moreno
  • Featuring: loss of a loved one, an evil Alexa (redundant, I know), non-Lovecraftian cosmic horror
  • A horror novel focused on grief that starts out with a technological haunting and soon gets a lot weirder, darker and more gruesome. A bit messy, narratively speaking, but I really liked the style and found it gripping. Not all horror can (or should) be wrapped up neatly.
Family matters (3 generations): Grief Lessons: Four Plays by Euripides, translated by Anne Carson
  • Featuring: mortal doom, grief and rage, poetic translation
  • Though I’m no expert in ancient Greek drama, I’ve found find it fascinating to dip into because of how much still resonates over two millennia later. Euripides’ plays dwell on ruined lives and disquieting problems without easy answers. Carson’s translations are especially compelling to me, as she approaches the text with a distinct, stark poetic style.

Thanks for reading! Feel free to ask if you have any questions about particular books.
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