Last week I mentioned that Jojo Moyes’ Paris for One was at the top of my To Be Listened To list, and I managed to dive into this short story collection.
Paris for One is the novella that anchors the collection. Nell plans a weekend in Paris with her boyfriend, then nervously goes on her own when he blows her off. Meeting a waiter who’s also an aspiring writer, Nell discovers Paris and a whole new side of herself on ...
Step right up, folks, and check out the weirdest shows on Earth…all from the comfort of your favorite reading chair!
Lots of speculative fiction stories are set in circuses or carnivals. And why not? Circuses and carnivals are some the most unusual places to visit. They've got clowns, acrobats, wild animals…and did I mention the clowns? Always with the clowns.
Here's a quick (and incomplete) rundown of speculative fiction stories set in circus and carnivals that are ...
BOOK REPORT for Iron Man: The Gauntlet by Eoin Colfer
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Cover Story: Stand Back
If you’ve ever seen a Marvel movie with Iron Man in it, you know that when he fires up one of his palm repulsor beams, you might not want to be standing in the line of fire.
Tony Stark is ...
Every October, in addition to rewatching Twin Peaks and watching as many horror movies as I can cram into thirty-one days, I read a lot of horror, dark fantasy, and Gothic fiction. I do it because I love it, and I do it because it feels right for the season.
I also do it to celebrate Ray Bradbury—and more specifically, I do it to celebrate Ray Bradbury’s The October Country, which has been my favorite collection of short stories for ...
Two novellas about terrifying futures featuring brilliant female characters: the best type of Science Fiction?
In Runtime by S. B. Divya, a young, teenage girl goes against family and fate to run in the Minerva Sierra Challenge: a gruelling day-long race across the Sierra Nevada, a competition between augmented runners. Marmeg Guinto doesn’t have any funding, a support team (or a supportive mother), and her exoskeletal is cobbled together from savaged parts, but this race is an opportunity for ...
This print, created by illustrator Emily Winfield Martin, sits in my home office:
I’ve had it for a number of years now, but it wasn’t till recently that my husband told me he’s always thought of it, tone-wise, as a lot like The Shining meets Wes Anderson. This made me laugh. And it got me thinking about how Martin’s work—she’s illustrated three picture books and a novel thus far—is sometimes described as “whimsical” and “sweet.” Last year’s The Wonderful ...
Top Horror Graphic Novels
All Hallows’ Eve, All Saints’ Eve - Halloween. That time of the year when the leaves are changing colors (the Aspens are gorgeous, btw), the chill wind blows in and we seek to be scared. Be it movies, haunted houses, ghost hunter shows on tv or the books we read, we love to be scared this time of year. It’s very nearly a prerequisite of the season. With that in mind, I thought I’d do a list of Horror-themed graphic novels ...
Jabari Asim photographed by Shef Reynolds II.
“I preached to my birds just about every night. I would get them all into the henhouse, settle them onto their roosts, and then stand in the doorway and speak to them, reciting pieces of the Bible, the same verses I memorized for Sunday school. They would sit very quietly, some slightly moving their heads back and forth, mesmerized, I guess, by the sound of my voice. I could imagine that they were my congregation. And me, I was a ...