Emily Linstrom





Annual White Mainstream Holiday Movie Checklist

So you wanna make a big fat C-H-R-I-S-T-M-A-S movie that will appeal to everybody and nobody? Say no more. Here are all the time-honored tropes in one convenient checklist:...

SABAT Magazine

Blood on the Wall: Defiance in a Sicilian Prison

Their artwork — their defiance — is their legacy.


Can We Take a Moment to Appreciate Olivia's Gowns in The Haunting of Hill House?

Crain family matriarch Olivia, played by the beguiling Carla Gugino, is the embodiment of bohemian-earth-mother-meets-ethereal-diva.


Fiction: Hi, I'm One of Dracula's Brides

Thank you so much for accepting my friend request! You have no idea how tough it is trying to build up a decent following from an isolated Transylvanian village that looks like...

Essays & Explorations

Wyrd & Wyse

Steps of Ash and Seedling: Revisiting the Robber Bridegroom in Light of #metoo

When you and I are ready we too can lock arms and leave that house in the dark wood, that too many girls must venture into and fight their way out of.

Atlas Obscura

This Drink Was the Eggnog of the Middle Ages

Consisting of spiced, curdled milk and lots of alcohol, this boozy bedtime drink dates back to the Middle Ages.


Women's History Month: Meet the Almost-Forgotten Courtesan Veronica Franco | A WOMEN'S THING

"When we too are armed and trained..."

The Outsider

Abandoned: Villa De Vecchi

Just east of Lake Como, nestled against the forested mountains of Cortenova, sits an inarguably haunted house.

Atlas Obscura

The Red House

Condensed version of The Outsider piece.

Quail Bell Magazine

Beheadings & Homecomings: A Ghost Story for the Haunted

My very personal account of moving to Italy, letting go of one's ghosts, and what a severed head in a pot of basil has to do with it.

Rebelle Society

Balconies, Breasts, and Death: Exploring Juliet's Verona

I started to scribble a poem in Verona, titled 'I Want to Steal the Breasts of Juliet,' and while I never finished it, the sentiment still lingers...

The Wisdom Daily

What Dracula's Castle Taught Me About The Perils Of Bigotry

Satan is a skinny b*tch.

Quail Bell Magazine

Girls And Dolls: Navigating A Childhood Obsession

There’s the haves and the have-nots, and the only thing standing between the two is a vinyl doll in pantaloons.

Queen Mob's Tea House

The Privileged Mope - Queen Mob's Tea House

"What will we do with ourselves this afternoon, and the day after that, and the next thirty years?" Daisy Buchanan wasn't the only one to pose this existential dilemma.

American Slander

The Big D

Adventures in major depressive disorder.

Quail Bell Magazine

Reprint: Balconies, Breasts, and Death: Exploring Juliet's Verona (Valentine's Edition)

*Editor's Note​: First appeared in Rebelle Society

Quail Bell Magazine

Mental Health Awareness Month: Revisiting the Room

*Editor's note: First appeared in American Slander

Paganism, Witchery, and Natural Magick