Food and Horror

Hansel and Gretel. Turkish Delight. Viscous blood and meaty gristle. From the rituals that surround mealtime to the culture-spanning tales of insatiably hungry monsters, food is often used as both tool and metaphor in speculative fiction. In this award-winning collection of fifteen essays from Octavia Cade, the intersection of food and horror is explored in bone-crunching, marrow-slurping detail.

This is the expanded edition of the collection of essays that first appeared on The Book Smugglers, now with extra material! The original essays won the Sir Julius Vogel Award for fan writing in 2017. It’s available in e-copy or paperback, and you can find it here.

You are what you eat, except when you aren’t.