Halloween came early this year. I mean, the whole year has felt like a fright fest already and we all need extra candy to cope.

Anyway, The Oprah Magazine has included Afterland in this July round-up of the best Halloween books for a spooky night in.

I’m so thrilled to be in company of literary crush Carmen Maria Machado, raven-whisperer Edgar Allan Poe, and SF empress Ursula K. Le Guin, to name but a few.

Serena Alagappan and Elena Nicolaou write:

Lauren Beukes’ entire bibliography is worth a read on Halloween—but her most recent, Afterland, is especially thought-provoking in these times. The fast-paced novel is set in a world ravaged by a virus—one that only affected men. Within this landscape, a mother must protect her son from being taken from her.

Photo creds to @the.bold.bookworm.