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About Heretical Sexts

We are a micro-publisher of niche, print material focused on the dark and the bizarre. We provide an alternative to the orthodox.

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Celebrating the Weird

We delight in the strange and unexpected. Comics, cult films, art, music and more are in these pages.

Unusual Voices

The only guarantee is the unexpected. We give a platform to those outside the status quo.

More than a Little Kinky

We don’t deny our baser appetites, especially if they’re of the curious kind.


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Morbid Fantasies is a richly illustrated reader's guide to Gothic literature, guiding fans both old and new through the ever-changing landscape of this most ghoulish of genres. In its pages, scholar Jack Shear covers the history, key themes, and major books in the Gothic movement from its inception through the current day. It's a love letter to this often misunderstood and under-appreciated form of entertainment, hand-bound and designed by Tenebrous Kate with featured illustrations by Dana Glover, Becky Munich, and Carisa Swenson.

Physical copies of Morbid Fantasies are sold out, but due to overwhelming demand, we are offering a free PDF of the book to those who would like to read. Click the button below to download a DRM-free copy.

History of Gothic Novels

Read about key moments in the development of the genre.

Key Themes

A helpful list of grotesque and bizarre themes found in the Gothic.

Recommended Novels

Some of the finest novels as selected by Jack.


Selected bios of significant authors.


Original illustrations throughout. 

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Upcoming Conventions and Appearances

Check back to see if Heretical Sexts will be at an event near you.

February 10, 2018 – Jersey City Oddities Market, Til Death Do Us Part 2. Cathedral Hall, located at 380 Montgomery Street, Jersey City, NJ 07302.


About the Editor and Staff

Heretical Sexts is the brainchild of author and artist Tenebrous Kate.

Tenebrous Kate


Tenebrous Kate is a New Jersey-based writer and artist whose work explores her longstanding fascination with all things dark, fantastical and forbidden. She has written for publications including Heathen Harvest, Slutist, and Nine Circles. She has appeared in a number of New York City pop culture variety shows including Kevin Geeks Out and Meet the Lady. Love Train for the Tenebrous Empire is her long-running blog. Her interests include psychedelic cult films, basement bars, surrealist and decadent art, heavy metal, and all manner of esoteric nonsense.

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Author portrait by Opulent Tarnish


Jack Shear


Jack Shear teaches literature written by people who were dead long before he was born. His previous publications include academic work in Dracula’s Daughters: The Female Vampire on Film and Gothic Topographies, as well as role-playing game supplements in the Tales of the Grotesque and Dungeonesque line and a guest storyline for the webcomic Super Coven. In his spare time he consumes poisonous liqueurs, hallucinates about dancing girls, and engages in triumphant saber duels with his enemies. Jack provides feedback and editorial support on all Heretical Sexts publications.

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