7 Books Where Everything Goes Devastatingly, Tragically Wrong

Column by Kleopatra Olympiou
BookTok is going crazy for books that 'will emotionally destroy you.' TikTokers have already covered tragic YA, so this list offers alternative recommendations for those looking for bleak reading.

Could Spider-Man Have Saved David Foster Wallace?

Column by Peter Derk February 3, 2022
14 issues of Spider-Man might just save your life.

Summertime Sadness: Do Writers Have To Be Sad?

Column by Peter Derk August 21, 2018
Maybe writers don't have to be sad to be good?

Books About Mental Illness are Important, Especially if You Have One

Column by Karis Rogerson May 16, 2018
One mentally ill writer and reader on why books that mirror her experiences are so important.

When Reality Gets Tough, the Tough Get Reading

Column by Karis Rogerson August 9, 2017
A personal essay/reflection on how books can help you escape a harmful reality and survive depression.

A Writer's 5 Stages of Computer Failure

Column by Max Booth III February 2, 2017
Probably the worst thing to happen in 2016.

I Tried. I Just Don't Like Harry Potter

Column by Peter Derk July 29, 2016
I know you all love Harry Potter. I don't. But maybe it's just me.

The Medicated Writer

Column by Raine Winters June 21, 2016
Does medication really stifle creativity?

6 Novels That Will Destroy Your Good Mood

Column by Christine J. Schmidt September 26, 2014
If you have been feeling too good lately, these books will bring you back down to earth.
Books for depression

Bibliotherapy: Doctors Prescribe Books For Depression

News by Nathan Scalia January 2, 2014
In a world containing over 350 million people who suffer from depression, doctors are prescribing self-help books with good results.

Christmas Bummers: 5 Books to Wallow In During the Holidays

Column by Ed Sikov December 3, 2013
Perennially depressed Ed Sikov recommends five unbearably sad novels with which to celebrate the holidays.

How Writing Has Helped Me Survive Depression

Column by Rob Blair Young September 19, 2013
I discuss my own struggle with depression and how writing has helped me survive it.
Philip Kenney LitReactor Interview

Writers and Depression: An Interview with Psychotherapist and Author, Philip Kenney

Interview by Erin Reel January 21, 2013
Portland-based author and psychotherapist Philip Kenney sheds light on why some writers may experience degrees of mental illness and what they can do about it.