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Mary Kay McBrayer

Mary Kay McBrayer is the author of America’s First Female Serial Killer: Jane Toppan and the Making of a Monster. You can find her short works at Oxford American, Narratively, Mental Floss, and FANGORIA, among other publications. She co-hosts Everything Trying to Kill You, the comedy podcast that analyzes your favorite horror movies from the perspectives of women of color. Follow Mary Kay McBrayer on Instagram and Twitter, or check out her author site here.


The "Real" Witches of Macbeth

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Who Was Joséphine Bonaparte?

Delving into the life of the French empress.

The History of Fashion in 10 Books

From corsets to women's military uniforms.

Voodoo Macbeth: Orson Welles' Historic Production With a Black Cast

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8 Eye-Opening Books About Colonialism

European empires once controlled most of the globe—what's their legacy?

8 Ancient Cities That Are Still Standing

Entire civilizations have crumbled around them, yet these cities remain remarkably unchanged.

Hatshepsut: Egypt's Forgotten Female Pharaoh, Re-examined

Attempts to destroy her legacy have been unsuccessful.