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In Honor of Valentine’s Day: Murder, Goblins, and Demon-Slaying

February 2021 Sneak Peek

Okay so January 2021 didn’t start off quite the way we wanted, but we are still holding out hope for February. It is, of course, the month of love and perhaps the cheesiest of holidays. However, if you were waiting for some particularly romantic picks in honor of Valentine’s Day…you’ll have to keep waiting unfortunately. Things may even get a little grim, but you’ll have to take that up with folklore itself.

Jennifer’s folklore inspired pick for February is a classic of Japanese literature: Ueda Akinari’s Tales of Moonlight and Rain (1776). Incorporating elements of the strange or fantastical into a series of eerie tales, Akinari’s work has been a source of inspiration for Japanese writers for over two hundred years.

Paige delves into a different area of Asian folklore this month with K Arsenault Rivera’s The Tiger’s Daughter. A fantasy drawn from Chinese, Japanese, and Mongolian sources, The Tiger’s Daughter gives us fierce female warriors, political intrigue, and demon slaying.

And for our bonus episode this month, Kayla is coming on the show to discuss a topic near and dear to her heart: true crime! Following the story of Sarah and Ryan Widmer, former reporter Janice Hisle digs deeps to bring us the full, untold story of Sarah’s tragic death.


And that is a wrap on our February Sneak Peek. Are any of these on your own TBR? Maybe you have some mythology or folklore inspired books you think we should discuss on the pod or just want to share your own Valentine’s Day plans? Let us know in the comments below!

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