Will My Cat Eat My Eyeballs? And Other Questions About Dead Bodies by Caitlin Doughty

Will My Cat Eat My Eyeballs? And Other Questions About Dead Bodies by Caitlin Doughty

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Everyone has questions about death. In Will My Cat Eat My Eyeballs?, best-selling author and mortician Caitlin Doughty answers the most intriguing questions she’s ever received about what happens to our bodies when we die. In a brisk, informative, and morbidly funny style, Doughty explores everything from ancient Egyptian death rituals and the science of skeletons to flesh-eating insects and the proper depth at which to bury your pet if you want Fluffy to become a mummy. Now featuring an interview with a clinical expert on discussing these issues with young people—the source of some of our most revealing questions about death—Will My Cat Eat My Eyeballs? confronts our common fear of dying with candid, honest, and hilarious facts about what awaits the body we leave behind.

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Trigger & Content Warnings:

  • Suicide mentioned
  • Graphic dead bodies, central theme
  • Funeral-related preperation of bodies discussed in detail
  • Medical conditions discussed
  • Medical procedures discussed
  • Death, central theme
  • Murder mentioned
  • Torture mentioned
  • Death by drowning mentioned
  • Animal death
  • Graphic animal dead bodies
  • Death of a pet discussed
  • Animal testing and other animal cruelty mentioned
  • Grave desecration
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Pet by Akwaeke Emezi

Pet by Akwaeke Emezi

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There are no more monsters anymore, or so the children in the city of Lucille are taught. With doting parents and a best friend named Redemption, Jam has grown up with this lesson all her life. But when she meets Pet, a creature made of horns and colours and claws, who emerges from one of her mother’s paintings and a drop of Jam’s blood, she must reconsider what she’s been told. Pet has come to hunt a monster, and the shadow of something grim lurks in Redemption’s house. Jam must fight not only to protect her best friend, but also to uncover the truth, and the answer to the question — How do you save the world from monsters if no one will admit they exist?

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Trigger & Content Warnings:

  • Ableist language
  • Coming out themes mentioned
  • Child sexual abuse (central theme, not on-page or described)
  • Child abuse
  • Surgery mentioned
  • Hormone replacement therapy mentioned
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The Dark Descent of Elizabeth Frankenstein by Kiersten White

The Dark Descent of Elizabeth Frankentstein by Kiersten White

Elizabeth Lavenza hasn’t had a proper meal in weeks. Her thin arms are covered with bruises from her “caregiver,” and she is on the verge of being thrown into the streets . . . until she is brought to the home of Victor Frankenstein, an unsmiling, solitary boy who has everything–except a friend.

Victor is her escape from misery. Elizabeth does everything she can to make herself indispensable–and it works. She is taken in by the Frankenstein family and rewarded with a warm bed, delicious food, and dresses of the finest silk. Soon she and Victor are inseparable.

But her new life comes at a price. As the years pass, Elizabeth’s survival depends on managing Victor’s dangerous temper and entertaining his every whim, no matter how depraved. Behind her blue eyes and sweet smile lies the calculating heart of a girl determined to stay alive no matter the cost . . . as the world she knows is consumed by darkness.

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Trigger & Content Warnings:

  • Ableism & ableist language
  • Classism
  • Misogyny
  • Slut shaming
  • Graphic physical, verbal & emotional abuse
  • Parental abandonment
  • Intimate partner abuse & violence
  • Nightmares
  • Self-sacrifice (on-page) & suicidal ideation mentioned
  • Alcohol consumption
  • Nonconsensual drugging
  • Graphic blood & gore depiction
  • Graphic dead bodies & body parts
  • Graphic physical injuries & wound descriptions
  • Graphic medical procedures & experiments
  • Emesis
  • Forced hospitalisation
  • Body horror
  • Grief & loss depiction
  • Death of a mother recounted
  • Death of an uncle (off-page)
  • Death of a friend
  • Death of a child
  • Death of a brother
  • Murder & attempted murder
  • Gun violence
  • Graphic strangulation
  • Hanging (off-page)
  • Fire (multiple scenes)
  • Kidnapping & captivity
  • Building collapse
  • Stalking
  • Graphic animal abuse (on-page) & animal death
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Giant Days, Vol 6 by John Allison & Max Sarin

Giant Days, Vol 6 by John Allison & Max Sarin

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Second year begins and Daisy, Susan, and Esther have taken their friendship commitment to the next level by moving into their “beautiful home” off-campus. But the keys didn’t come without new responsibilities. Unwanted suitor visits, a robbery, and Susan living only a few blocks apart from her ex-boyfriend, McGraw, has made the dorms feel like a haven. The girls are in for a dose of reality when they learn that there’s more to being an adult than paying your own rent.

Eisner Award nominee John Allison (Bad MachineryScary Go Round) and illustrators Max Sarin and Liz Fleming welcome you back to Sophomore year in Giant Days Volume 6, collecting issues #21-24 of the critically acclaimed series.

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Trigger & Content Warnings:

  • Coming out themes
  • Lesbomisia
  • Alcohol consumption
  • Recreational drug use, specifically smoking
  • Physical illness
  • Hospital, brief scene
  • Dead bodies, including autopsies
  • Scalpels
  • Death of a neighbour
  • Home invasion
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Giant Days, Vol 3 by John Allison, Lissa Treiman & Max Sarin

Giant Days, Vol 3 by John Allison, Lissa Treiman & Max Sarin

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Best friends Susan, Esther, and Daisy are rounding out their first semester at university. The girls, along with their male hall-mates Ed and McGraw, find that college is more than academics and bad microwavable meals. Add some pub-hopping, hookups, breakups, and political scandal and this might just be the most eventful first semester ever.

Collecting issues 9-12 of the critically acclaimed series, Giant Days, vol. 3 gives us another comedic slice of life from creator John Allison (Bad Machinery, Scary Go Round), and fantastic newcomer, Max Sarin.

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Trigger & Content Warnings:

  • Anxiety
  • Alcohol consumption
  • Recreational drug use, specifically smoking
  • Teenage pregnancy, recounted
  • Dead bodies
  • Scalpels
  • Fire
  • Bullying, specifically the spreading of rumours
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The Diviners by Libba Bray

The Diviners by Libba Bray

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SOMETHING DARK AND EVIL HAS AWAKENED… Evie O’Neill has been exiled from her boring old hometown and shipped off to the bustling streets of New York City—and she is pos-i-tute-ly ecstatic. It’s 1926, and New York is filled with speakeasies, Ziegfeld girls, and rakish pickpockets. The only catch is that she has to live with her uncle Will and his unhealthy obsession with the occult. Evie worries her uncle will discover her darkest secret: a supernatural power that has only brought her trouble so far. But when the police find a murdered girl branded with a cryptic symbol and Will is called to the scene, Evie realizes her gift could help catch a serial killer. As Evie jumps headlong into a dance with a murderer, other stories unfold in the city that never sleeps. A young man named Memphis is caught between two worlds. A chorus girl named Theta is running from her past. A student named Jericho is hiding a shocking secret. And unknown to all, something dark and evil has awakened…

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Trigger & Content Warnings:

  • Homomisia
  • Racism
  • White supremacy, including the Ku Klux Klan (KKK)
  • Slut-shaming
  • Rape
  • Domestic violence
  • Child abuse
  • Assisted suicide of a disabled character
  • Alcohol consumption
  • Drug use
  • Abortion
  • Blood and gore depiction
  • Medical treatment
  • Death of a sibling
  • Death of a parent
  • Murder
  • Cults
  • Animal cruelty
  • Animal sacrifice
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Dead Space by Kali Wallace

Dead Space by Kali Wallace

Hester Marley used to have a plan for her life. But when a catastrophic attack left her injured, indebted, and stranded far from home, she was forced to take a dead-end security job with a powerful mining company in the asteroid belt. Now she spends her days investigating petty crimes to help her employer maximize its profits. She’s surprised to hear from a fellow victim of the terrorist attack that ruined her life–and that surprise quickly turns to suspicion when he claims to have discovered something shocking about their shared history.

Before Hester can learn more, her friend is violently murdered at a remote asteroid mine. Hester joins the investigation to find the truth, but catching a killer is only the beginning of Hester’s worries.

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Trigger & Content Warnings:

  • Ableism
  • Racism
  • PTSD & claustrophobia
  • Panic attacks
  • Suicide
  • Blood depiction, body horror & medical trauma
  • Sterilization
  • Famine
  • Murder
  • Torture
  • Kidnapping
  • War themes & attempted genocide
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Immunity by Erin Bowman

Immunity by Erin Bowman

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Survivors of a deadly planetary outbreak take on a new, sinister adversary in the white-knuckle sequel to Contagion.

Thea, Coen, and Nova have escaped from Achlys, only to find themselves imprisoned on a ship they thought was their ticket to safety. Now the nightmare they thought they’d left behind is about to be unleashed as an act of political warfare, putting the entire galaxy at risk.

To prevent an interstellar catastrophe, they’ll have to harness the evil of the deadly Achlys contagion and deploy the only weapons they have left: themselves.

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Trigger & Content Warnings:

  • Suicide recounted
  • Non-consensual medical experimentation
  • Blood & gore depiction
  • Contagion (theme)
  • Medical procedures & treatment, including amputation
  • Terminal cancer of a sibling discussed
  • Radiation poisoning
  • Comas
  • Graphic torture
  • Electrocution
  • Gun violence
  • Kidnapping & captivity
  • Explosions & bombings
  • Military violence
  • Animal testing
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Contagion by Erin Bowman

Contagion by Erin Bowman

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It got in us
After receiving an urgent SOS from a work detail on a distant planet, a skeleton crew is dispatched to perform a standard search-and-rescue mission.

Most are dead.
But when the crew arrives, they find an abandoned site, littered with rotten food, discarded weapons…and dead bodies.

Don’t set foot here again.
As they try to piece together who—or what—could have decimated an entire operation, they discover that some things are best left buried—and some monsters are only too ready to awaken.

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Trigger & Content Warnings:

  • Ableism
  • Parental abandonment recounted
  • Self-harm
  • Suicide by gun (on-page in prologue)
  • Graphic blood and gore depiction
  • Dead bodies
  • Physical illness & injuries, including eyeball trauma
  • Plague, central theme
  • Needles and syringes
  • Medical procedures, including blood test and surgery
  • Medical emergency & serious (terminal) illness of a loved one
  • Comas
  • Emesis
  • Death of parents
  • Death of cousin
  • Death of friend
  • Death of colleague
  • Murder and attempted murder
  • Strangulation mentioned
  • Knife violence
  • Gun violence
  • Kidnapping
  • Drowning mentioned
  • Death from electrocution
  • Blizzards & severe storms
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Girl Made of Stars by Ashley Herring Blake

Girl Made of Stars by Ashley Herring Blake

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“I need Owen to explain this. Because yes, I do know that Owen would never do that, but I also know Hannah would never lie about something like that.”

Mara and Owen are about as close as twins can get. So when Mara’s friend Hannah accuses Owen of rape, Mara doesn’t know what to think. Can the brother she loves really be guilty of such a violent crime? Torn between the family she loves and her own sense of right and wrong, Mara is feeling lost, and it doesn’t help that things have been strained with her ex-girlfriend and best friend since childhood, Charlie.

As Mara, Hannah, and Charlie navigate this new terrain, Mara must face a trauma from her own past and decide where Charlie fits in her future. With sensitivity and openness, this timely novel confronts the difficult questions surrounding consent, victim blaming, and sexual assault.

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Trigger & Content Warnings:

  • Coming out themes
  • Bimisia
  • Internalised enbymisia
  • Slut-shaming
  • Victim blaming, discussed
  • Misogyny
  • Racist microaggressions
  • Rape, central theme
  • Sexual assault
  • Paedophillia*
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
  • Panic attacks, multiple occurrences on-page
  • Alcohol consumption
  • Minor injury, mentioned
  • Hospital visit, mentioned
  • Medical procedure including a rape kit, recounted
  • Physical assault
  • Bullying

*Main character, who is a minor, is sexually abused by her teacher

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