I just read a great short story. It's a little disturbing and I don't think I'll ever look at sleepwalking the same way again. The story in question is Megan Neumann's It Must Feed, in the horror anthology Not Your Average Monster from Bloodshot Books. The story tells the tale of two sisters, Abby and … Continue reading “Sit down. I’ll tell you”
You can now finally hear something I've been wanting to brag about for weeks: A story of mine will be reprinted in the Apex Book of World SF 4. Being in a reprint anthology was a reach-for-the-stars kind of goal for me, something I thought would be years away in my career as a writer. … Continue reading Hi. I’m Johann and I´m a Lucky Writer
It was recently reported that the next book in George Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire series, Winds of Winter, would not be out in 2015, and I could almost hear the moans of disappointed fans all over the world. However, there is plenty of good stuff by Mr. Martin that should sate any … Continue reading 3 Books To Read While You Wait for Winds of Winter
It can be hard to find good short stories, what with the sheer volume that is out there right now, and even harder to maintain focus to read one while Facebook and Twitter beckon. So I'll make it easy for you and point out 3 stories I read in the last few days that were … Continue reading 3 Great Recently Read Short Stories
You know those times when you read something fantastic and afterwards you are in a bit of a daze? That just happened to me, as I finished George Saunders short story collection, Tenth of December. It was named one of the best books of the year by a few places you may recognize: People • … Continue reading 11 Quotes on Fiction and Writing | George Saunders
Don't you just love it when you come home to discover that you got new books in the mail? Yeah, me too. This is just what happened today; 4 new books in a box. There was a little Baader-Meinhof phenomenon surprise waiting for me as I unpacked them, almost to the point of being creepy. … Continue reading 4 New Books or…. Money, Meet Mouth
I'm about to finish the last couple of stories in an anthology called The New Black, and soon so will you. I read a lot of anthologies but so far this year, The New Black is the standout. I was thrown off at first because of two things; my idea of "noir", which all these … Continue reading Read Any Good Books Lately? I Did.
I read a surprising amount of short stories every month. I have so many anthologies on my Kindle that it is positively bursting. The bus I take to work allows me to read a short story on the way to work and on the way back. Two short stories per day. These days I'm mostly working … Continue reading 3 of the Best Short Stories I’ve Read This September
Recently, some dust was thrown up regarding why women-only prizes should be a thing. While I think it unfair that the need for a separate women's prize in literature exists, I think the prize itself is a good thing. Also, the more literary prizes, the better, right? I don't choose books based on the gender of a … Continue reading 5 Magical Books by Women
Fireside Magazine is out. The lineup of writers appearing in Fireside is available for all to peruse, and I'm on it! *throws confetti* This is a pretty big deal for me, since there are some great names on there (Ken Liu, for one) and I'm just like the kid who got into the grown-up's party. I … Continue reading It Has Started!