Bob Proehl photographed by Heather Ainsworth.
Debut novelist Bob Proehl doesn’t envy the constraints of his comics-world counterparts.
“The formal rules for comics writers are insanely complicated,” says Proehl, author of A Hundred Thousand Worlds, “and then there are narrative rules, a lot of which have to do with... returning to the status quo. I think every kid who reads comics had a story in mind where it’s like, I’m going to write the last Batman story!—where Superman dies!—and nobody gets to do ...
When Margaret Mitchell’s sweeping Civil War–era novel Gone with the Wind was published in 1936, it hit, and it hit big.
Nearing the end of a long economic depression, American readers sought grand epics to take them away from the present, preferably something with a nice love story and lots of action to fill the hours. James Hilton, another bestselling author of the era, set his novel Lost Horizon in a place called Shangri-La, while Aldous Huxley’s Eyeless in Gaza ...
Yes, there is one.
Travis Kurowski, Wayne Miller & Kevin Prufer
I’ve been reading a thought-provoking new book called Literary Publishing in the Twenty-First Century, edited by Tavis Kurowski, Wayne Miller, and Kevin Prufer and published by Milkweed Editions. It’s hard to see the whole of the literary ecosystem from any one desk, whether you’re an editor at a big New York publisher, an agent, a publisher who specializes in translations, a poetry editor, or even a book reviewer, and this book presents the perspectives of all these people and many ...
Our preview of books first published overseas
Moonstone: The Boy Who Never Was
Trans. by Cribb, Victoria
Iceland: 2013 | JPV/Forlagio
U.K.: June 2, 2016 | Sceptre
U.S.: Aug. 2, 2016 | FSG
The fireworks of an erupting volcano, a devastating outbreak of the Spanish flu, and World War I provide the backdrop to this slim volume which swept up all Iceland’s literary prizes and is to be published in nine more languages. Máni Steinn—Moonstone—is a young cinema addict who earns a living by quietly selling ...
Larry Watson photographed by Susan Watson
In the opening pages of As Good As Gone, Larry Watson’s tenth novel, Bill Sidey says of his father, an aging cowboy, “It’s hard to imagine a man who values independence more than Calvin Sidey.” The novel is an exploration of Calvin and men like him, men who hand-roll their cigarettes, eschew electricity for kerosene, and prefer action (violent, if necessary) to introspection.
Watson’s own grandfather, Gustavus Adolphus Petterson, was a horseman in Eastern Montana and Western North Dakota ...
Drew Nellins Smith photograped by Celesta Danger.
The gay bar is a sanctuary, we’re often reminded in the wake of the massacre in Orlando, a presumably inviolable place. Gay bars like Pulse are thumping, conspicuous, fearless; but there exists another kind of sanctuary for men who sleep with men, one subterranean, much lesser-known, and built on fear. It’s all dark hallways, cramped cubbies, anonymous faces, hushed voices, and sticky floors. And it isn’t the bathhouse; that’s far too gay. It’s the arcade—that red-lit labyrinth of tiny video ...
Stories of the Fair Folk are not at all then what we think of as fairy tales, those moralistic stories wherein evil is punished and virtue triumphs, that were set safely in once upon a time, and had happy endings guaranteed. True fairy tales are horror stories.
—Roses and Rot, by Kat Howard
Roses and Rot begins with a brief chapter that introduces two sisters who both dream of escape, who share a strong bond forged through shared trauma, abuse ...
Flynn Berry photographed by Beatrice Murch
While writing Under the Harrow, Flynn Berry frightened even herself: her husband came home from work one evening to find Berry had bought four additional locks to bolt their apartment.
“He was a little concerned,” Berry now says. “There was a certain point where I almost wanted someone to attack me so I could fight back, because I was so angry. It affected my lens on the world.”
Under the Harrow opens with a grisly scene: Nora, a ...