5 Weird and Wonderful Short Stories from 5 Outstanding Collections by Women.

I recently made a vow to myself to read more books by women, in part to overcome my own bias towards books by white guys (which is, I fear, the default setting for too many of us). In the process I read a whole heap of great books and wanted to share some stories that… Continue reading 5 Weird and Wonderful Short Stories from 5 Outstanding Collections by Women.

Short Story of the Week – Poppy Z. Brite’s Calcutta, Lord of Nerves

Some short stories you just remember. Maybe it's an image you remember, maybe an emotion or maybe the entire story. When it comes to Calcutta, Lord of Nerves, it's a passage for me. A single passage that made me go "Ugh, what the.... are you allowed to write that?" I read the story in John… Continue reading Short Story of the Week – Poppy Z. Brite’s Calcutta, Lord of Nerves

Book Review – The Cabin at the End of the World

What a fantastic book. Andrew and Eric are on a holiday at a cabin with their adopted daughter, Wen. Wen is playing outside when a man approaches her, the tallest man she's ever seen. He tells her that none of what is about to happen is her fault. Wen then notices three more people behind… Continue reading Book Review – The Cabin at the End of the World

Book Review – Women Talking by Miriam Toews

Wow.Did not expect a book that is basically the minutes of a meeting to be this good. Granted, the meeting is a group of women in a Mennonite colony that are decided whether to leave or stay after discovering that the hurt they felt in the morning was not, in fact, the devil but being… Continue reading Book Review – Women Talking by Miriam Toews

The First Blurb for WHITESANDS is in!

Blurbs, for those of you who might not know, are the quotes you often see on book covers, praising the book in question, the author or previous books. There is a lot of work that goes into getting not just blurbs but the right blurbs, It wouldn't help much to have a Stephen King blurb… Continue reading The First Blurb for WHITESANDS is in!

This Is Horror – Best Cover Art Nominees (and covers)

The rather lovely fellows over at This is Horror just announced the nominees for this year's This is Horror Awards. The categories are numerous and the books and stories are all very worthy. Also, and I think this is rather unusual for an award, they actually give readers a whole month to get their votes… Continue reading This Is Horror – Best Cover Art Nominees (and covers)

10 Book Covers That I Really Like (also, homework)

There are a few steps to getting a book out into the world. There's the actual writing, which is slow and uninteresting, but then there are fun parts. Bright shiny parts. Like thinking about possible covers. I remember making a cover myself, long ago, in an effort to help myself visualize the fact that one… Continue reading 10 Book Covers That I Really Like (also, homework)