There was five golden rules. My dad made me write them over and over until I knew them like I knew my own name.
Number Five: Never have a fire in the daytime, ’cause people could see the smoke and come and get us.
It’s February, which means that it is cold, and nasty, and everyone is probably tired and stressed out from the polar winter that will never end. (If you are lucky enough to live in warmer climes ...
Amanda, black doesn’t erase. Black isn’t nothing. Black is every color in existence, all mixed into one!
You understand? Right now, in this moment, here in this black, you are surrounded by every color.
In 2014, Vertigo Comics embarked on a uniquely concept-driven comics anthology project. Vertigo Quarterly: CMYK is a four-part series of one-shots, referencing the components of the four-color printing process: Cyan, Magenta, Yellow, and Black. Starting in spring of last year, each quarter Vertigo released ...
The ocean is a scary place. It’s especially scary when one is 6 miles underwater, in pitch blackness, bitter cold, and with mere steel walls separating one from the crushing pressure of eight tons per square inch at the deepest part of the Mariana Trench.
Such is the setting for The Deep, the new horror novel from Nick Cutter.
I very much enjoyed The Deep, more so than his debut novel The Troop. Like The Troop, it’s a claustrophobic horror ...
Within weeks, televised news ends and the Internet goes down. The mortality rate, exceeding 99.99%, means that any survivors are utterly alone in a ghost world of corpses, abandoned cars and quietly decaying buildings.
But some humans do survive.
Twenty years after the collapse of civilization, a troupe of actors and musicians—the Travelling Symphony—make their way across the outposts and new towns of the new world, performing Shakespearean plays. After two decades, the world is a safer place than ...
The year is almost at a close and the holidays are upon us—which means it’s time to evaluate the books we’ve read over the last 12 months and reflect on our favorites of the year. (Ana did that last week.)
For me, however, it also is a time of panic.
Because, you see, the end of the year also means that I have run out of time; the jig is up, and there are literally hundreds of amazing SFF novels ...
We Book Smugglers love short stories. (We love them so much, we published six of them this year.)
Novellas, novelettes, short fiction—these are immersive storytelling experiences that tell a complete story from beginning to end, but deliver that message in a short amount of space and time. And sometimes, especially in the manic flurry of holiday entertaining/travel/work, there isn’t time (or energy) to dive into that new 400-page hard-science-fiction doorstopper.
Friends, short stories are your salvation this holiday ...
Have you ever heard of Juliet Marillier?
If yes, GOOD; this post is for you. If not, don’t fret; this post is also for you.
Juliet Marillier is the author of several novels for adults and young readers, and every one of her books has a few key features in common: They are all written in gorgeous, lush prose; they are all richly detailed historical fiction; and they all possess the perfect balance of epic fantasy and romance.
Inspired by ...
The body. The-body-the-body-the-body, she thinks. Words lose their meaning when you repeat them. So do bodies, even in all their variations. Dead is dead. It’s only the hows and whys that vary.
Detective Gabriella Versado has had better days.
Working homicide in impoverished metropolitan Detroit, Versado has seen it all—to the point where she’s even become desensitized to violence. “Even violence has its creative limits,” Versado thinks as Broken Monsters opens.
But Bambi is different.
A young, middle-school-aged African-American ...