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Note: Due to IF Comp reviews and a whole host of other factors, Currently Reading Wednesdays is currently postponed to Saturday. We apologize for any inconvenience.

Currently I'm reading The Northern Caves, an original work of fiction hosted on AO3. It's about a group of fans trying to figure out the meaning behind the final unpublished novel (the titular Northern Caves) written by Leonard Salby, the author of a beloved children's book series, and what they find instead. It's a very dark look at the underbelly of fandom and obsession that at times reminded me of the strange case of Yukio Mishima. (Leonard Salby was not exactly a well man.) Unfortunately I found the ending a bit disappointing (in fact, it almost seems like a deliberate homage to the ending of Psycho), but it would have been admittedly hard to keep the atmosphere of oppression and madness up for so long. Overall I'd say that The Northern Caves is a good scary read for the Halloween season, especially if you like psychological horror.

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