Category: literature

The Lucky Star by William T. Vollmann – Book Review

Review by Ben Arzate Neva, often referred to as the people who know her as “the lesbian,” has a seemingly supernatural ability to make anyone around her love her on the condition that she loves them back. This results in her gathering an almost cult-like following at the Y Bar that she frequents. Her lovers

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5 Weird Writers’ Recommended Reading: Fiction Collections

Gwendolyn Kiste:  Something Borrowed, Something Blood-Soaked by Christa Carmen There are so many wonderful horror and weird fiction collections out there, but one that has stuck with me is Christa Carmen’s debut collection. The breadth of stories is breathtaking, from tales that aren’t afraid to get visceral and gutting to quieter horror that’s profoundly heart-wrenching.

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10 Weird Fiction Books You Definitely Shouldn’t Miss from 2019

To Rouse Leviathan by Matt Cardin This magnificent collection of weird fiction with a spiritual twist is certainly a must-read of the year. A compilation of many old, new, and reworked stories from Matt Cardin, To Rouse Leviathan dissolves just the right dose of theological and metaphysical speculation into the bleak medium of Ligottian pessimism.

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The History of BigBoobenstein (Including Why I Took Out The Dumpster Fire Ending)

by Jeff O’Brien Back in 2002 I was something of a scenester. The term “hipster” wasn’t really being thrown around back then but “scenester” certainly was. Looking back, I suppose it was the same thing. It was a term applied to someone who spent the majority of their nights either playing at rock clubs or

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Zebra Summer—Item #5: Rip Tide by Donald D. Cheatham

Book Review by Zakary McGaha In Zebra Summer, Zakary McGaha (author of Locker Arms and Soothing the Savage Swamp Beast) chronicles a very specific portion of his summer reading schedule: horror novels published by Zebra Books. To my knowledge, Rip Tide is the only shark attack book published by Zebra. It’s a blatant rip-off of

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Zebra Summer Item #4: Bloody Valentine by Stephen George

Book Review by Zakary McGaha In Zebra Summer, Zakary McGaha (author of Locker Arms and Soothing the Savage Swamp Beast), chronicles a very specific portion of his summer reading-schedule: horror novels published by Zebra Books. Whew…I took a little break from reading Zebra books. I’m glad I did. I read some awesome things like Tropic

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Reading in the Age of Facebook, Analytic Philosophy and Political Insurgency

by Phoenix It is my goal to engage with literature, philosophy, science, books. I would argue that reading is always important, because it gives us a range of ideas to work with and apply to real life. It is a space to think about things. I feel a lot of the great philosophers and writers

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If Desire is Scarcely More Than a Spark: An Interview with Danger Slater, “Impossible James”

By Gordon B. White Silent Motorist Media: First and foremost, tell us about Impossible James. What is this novel about and what kind of people should read it? Danger Slater: It’s about death and birth and families and corporate greed and love and a whole bunch of other really weird horrible things. A terminally ill

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JT Leroy, More Like JT Literary Fraud!

By Ben Arzate Just a few weeks ago, as of writing this article, the film JT Leroy was released. JT Leroy was allegedly a young transgender woman who came from an abusive household and formerly worked as a prostitute. Leroy released three semi-autobiographical books, but remained reclusive from the 90s, when she first began publishing,

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Eyeballs, Angst, and Short Fiction: An Interview with Tony Rauch

Tony Rauch is an author of absurdist, whimsical, and Bizarro short fiction. I’ve enjoyed his work a lot. You can read my review of his latest collection, what if i got down on my knees?, over at Medium (originally it was reviewed at the now-defunct Adventures in SciFi Publishing): https://medium.com/@benarz13/book-review-what-if-i-got-down-on-my-knees-by-tony-rauch-b310cd5d8a47 Ben Arzate: Introduce yourself. Who

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