Reading Round-up: June 2021

June has been an absolute riot of activity, and I almost didn't get this post written. My brother got married, we're planning for our trip, we bought a car somehow??? The mechanics of buying the car are of course understood but the buying of the car was kind of a surprise. Anyway, there's a lot... Continue Reading →

Reading Round-up: April 2021

April showers bring May flowers, and this month's Round-up has no theme to speak of! We've got horror. We've got regency romance. We've got cli-fi. We've got epic fantasy that was not, in my opinion, YA. I was kind of all over the place, so enjoy! Devolution by Max Brooks If you liked World War... Continue Reading →

Good news struck yesterday! A Sinister Quartet has made the 2020 Locus Recommended Reading List in the Anthologies category. You can vote to support our anthology, along with a bunch of really great books, novellas, stories, and collections, via the Locus poll. "The Twice-Drowned Saint," which is Claire's contribution to the Quartet, was also included... Continue Reading →

Some Halloween stories

It being October and our options for celebration being a touch limited, I've been reading and watching and listening to all sorts of spooky tales. It doesn't seem right this year to not read something grim and dark and a little terrible -- the light is not for us, in this strange and chaotic year.... Continue Reading →

The eldritch horror of capitalism

Recently I've been listening to Old Gods of Appalachia, a Lovecraft-inspired horror podcast set in my mountains. It's been a lot of fun to listen to, not least because this story is situated within the deep history of Appalachia -- of labor unions, witching, and yes, the occasional spot of racism. It doesn't flinch from... Continue Reading →

Resisting the neat ending

Recently I've been thinking a lot about endings for stories. Sticking the landing for an ending to a book or short story is often a very difficult aspect of writing. There's a tendency in writing to try to wrap things up in a neat bow, brought on no doubt by plenty of Hollywood and Disney... Continue Reading →

Parasite: a study in inequality

Edit: I composed this pre-coronavirus, and honestly in light of these past weeks' events I feel that the message of Parasite is more relevant than ever. Best of luck to everyone struggling through these strange weeks. In February, Parasite won the Oscar and my local theater decided to bring it back for a special Valentine's... Continue Reading →

My Favorite Books of 2019

Hey folks. It's that time of year. The time of year when I tell you about the books that have touched my soul this year, whether they came out this year or not, and hope you go buy them so these writers can make more sweet, sweet words. You ready? The Light Brigade - Kameron... Continue Reading →

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