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The graves lay silently before me. The sleepers within the quiet earth did not rise up to speak to me, and I was grateful. This was my family now, and they made no demands I could not meet.
The Bone Key

Mix MR James, HP Lovecraft, a creepy museum and a closeted gay protagonist who bears an eerie resemblance to Randolph Carter, and what do you get? A series of short stories chronicling the necromantic mysteries of one Kyle Murchison Booth. Taking place in an ambiguous between the wars setting in an equally ambiguous American city, this series of shorts by Sarah Monette follows the hauntingly haunted adventures of the aforementioned protagonist, who relates his misshaps in belabored first person as he watches otherworldly horrors unfold around him.

The series of shorts are all collected in The Bone Key, with the exception of the most recent four, which have yet to be collected into anything (except a limited run chap-book called Unnatural Creatures).


The Bone Key

  1. Bringing Helena Back
  2. The Venebretti Necklace
  3. The Bone Key
  4. Wait For Me
  5. Drowning Palmer
  6. The Inheritance of Barnabas Wilcox
  7. Elegy For A Demon Lover
  8. The Wall of Clouds
  9. The Green Glass Paperweight
  10. Listening To Bone

Unnatural Creatures

  1. The Replacement
  2. The World Without Sleep
  3. White Charles
  4. The Yellow Dressing Gown
Tropes used in The Necromantic Mysteries of Kyle Murchison Booth include:


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