Mary Kay McBrayer

Mary Kay McBrayer is the author of America’s First Female Serial Killer: Jane Toppan and the Making of a Monster, which releases May 19, 2020, and is available for pre-order. She works as a contributing editor for Book Riot, where she co-hosts the literary fiction podcast, Novel Gazing, and writes their weekly horror newsletter, The Fright Stuff. You can also listen to the podcast she co-founded, which analyzes horror movies, Everything Trying to Kill You. Mary Kay has ghosts in her house, she is always drawn to the most glamorous thing in the store, and she obsesses over Middle Eastern fusion dance and all things noir.

Stories By Mary Kay McBrayer

The 19th-Century Nurse Who Was Secretly a Serial Killer

“Jolly Jane” Toppan overcame a miserable Dickensian childhood to become a medical professional patients adored. She was also slowly murdering them one by one.