Words & Pictures:
A Reader's Guide to Reading Graphic Novels
When I finally
decided to make a concerted effort to read graphic novels, I discovered
I had to learn to read once again. Join a novice's look at outstanding
graphic work by Charles Vess, Harvey Pekar and a special preview of the
new graphic novel from Neil Gaiman and Dagmara Matuszak magnificently
produced by Hill House Publishing. Plus, Tor Books and I are giving away
copies of 'The Book of Ballads' by Charles Vess.
Ephemeral Pleasures: One Month of Magazine Reading
In about a week, I read an entire
issue of F&SF, Interzone, and The New Yorker. All of them had a lot to
offer. From island nukes to literary flukes, find out what's
worth reading and why.
the monster from Alien." Agony Column Exclusive: An
Interview with Sheila Kelly
A converstation with
the prolific author of StarDoc, Bio-Rescue and
and the forthcoming If Angels Burn. From 5:30 AM until midnight,
Sheila Kelly writes science fiction, fantasy romance, suspense and
now launches a major website to support her forthcoming Dark Fantasy
Serial Amnesty: Dilemmas in Reading Series Fiction
by Terry D'Auray
and Rick Kleffel What to do when confronted with a long-running series
that looks interesting but
you're way, way behindd the times? When authors offer amnesty in the
form of a standalone novel, readers can reap the rewards of serial amnesty.
"They're Lying To You."
An Interview with Richard K.
Morgan. Fresh from a new movie, a new Marvel Comic and a new novel, Richard K.
Morgan lets loose the his caustic wit on well-deserved targets and sitting ducks.
"Go for the Big Issues"
Gary Gibson talks about writing his first novel, 'Angel
Stations'. From Robert Heinlein's 'Have Spacesuit -- Will Travel'
to SpadeShipOne's maiden voyage. The conquest of space, the conquest
of prose and the Glasgow SF Writer's Circle.
Fantasy Meltdown: If you Print It, They Will Buy -- Or Will They?
A simple news item turns into a froth-mouthed rant about
BART, Lands' End, and lots of new fantasy novels. Featuring Sara Douglass,
Laura Resnick, James A. Hetley, Jack Whyte, Tad Williams, Mercedes Lackey
and featuring in character roles, Jonathan Franzen, Sylvester Stallone
and William Schoell.
Law Is No Way To Make Money."
An interview with Stephanie Kane. From the slopes of Mount Ararat to the
courtrooms of Denver, Colorado, Stephanie Kane talks about overachievment, inspiration
and dyslexia with Terry D'Auray.
Sleep Pale Sister
and Pre-Raphaelite Fiction
A review of the new Black Swan
re-issue of Joanne Harris's second novel, 'Sleep Pale Sister' and a column of
commentary and criticism
on Pre-Raphaelites as a secret society within a hotbed of Victorian lust, with
pointers to new titles
on the Pre-Raphaelites, including Fiona Mountain and Sarah Waters. With a Gallery of
A Periodic Table of the Elements of Style
A 3,300 word
news article reviewing new SF&F-oriented
magazines including the SF&F
issue of Firsts, the new Fortean Times, the new Locus,the new Interzone and
the new issue of The Third Alternative.
Being a Treatise on Some Recently Published Tomes Bearing
the Style and Pertaining to the Subject of Tymes Victorian or Tymes Remotely
Resembling Those Tymes.
Interview with Ian McDonald
From the River of Gods to
The Department of Social Services: "The best shit job I ever had."
conversation with science fiction's leading literary traveler.
A look at the biographical and bibliographical background
of Chester Himes, an acclaimed author of hard-boiled detective fiction
from the 1960's by Norlisha Crawford, PhD. Fascinating portrait of a complex
the Mystery Novel Tree: Marcia Muller and Bill Pronzini at M for Mystery
Terry D'Auray on a recent visit to M For Mystery for a signing
with two of America's top mystery writers.
Letters to ––house;
Paperback Writers: Buckner, Butcher, Turtledove and Caine Raise the
A nostalgic visit with seedy paperbacks, supernatural sleuths
and barbaric movie adaptations. Features Luarell K. Hamilton, Jim Butcher,
M. M. Buckner, Harry Turtledove and Rachel Caine. Must be Over 17.
Why Do We Buy? Close-Up Of The Hill House 'American Gods' Limited Edition
I apologize in advance for showing readers this
incredible edition that's clearly worth the price for book lovers who
prize the physicality of books.
Tripping the Rifters: An Interview With Peter Watts
Rick Kleffel talks with science fiction author Peter Watts about the darkness within his novels and
the publishing industry.
Little Children: Rooted in the Classics
A look at the latest Tom Perrotta novel
in the light of its literary predecessors, from Gustave Flaubert
to Leo Tolstoy to Boris Pasternak to Henry James and George Eliot.
to the Machines: An Interview With Tony Ballantyne
talks with Tony Ballantyne on the eve of the publication of his first novel, 'Recursion'. Teaching IT, self-replicating
machines and that secure feeling that constant surveillance brings.
Paperback Summer: Beach Reading
and Rick Kleffel list out some books you don't need to read at home wearing
gloves to keep them from getting smudged. All paperbacks,
all the time!
Persephone Books: Literary Revivals
Serena Trowbridge finds a lot to like in Persephone Books, a small-press
publisher that specializes in reviving unheralded fiction by early
twentieth century women writers.
The strong and well-written fiction is matched by high production values.
to the Scene: A Left Coast Crime Vacation
A day at the convention with my wife Claire, including a
wonderful panel on the making of Blake Crouch's novel 'Desert Places',
five fabulous physician-authors on 'Deadly Science', rubber chicken lunch,
a room full of women, and an Uglytown finish.
Love, Death and
Sylvia Plath in the Twenty-First Century
Serena Trowbrige looks at the continuing legacy of Sylvia Plath; the fiction and poetry of Plath, Ted Hughes, Frieda Hughes, Kate Moses and more.
of Saints and Madmen: The Untold Story Part 2 by Jeff VanderMeer
VanderMeer's story continues as he encrypts a story, and teeters on
the brink while pulling in awards and navigating the dangerous reefs
City of Saints
and Madmen: The Untold Story Part 1 by Jeff VanderMeer
Jeff VanderMeer's story of the long strange trip to Ambergris and City of Saints and Madmen,
the definitive edition now out from Pan/Macmillan UK. A compelling and hilarious account of creative
obsession, perseverance and squid-o-philia. Not for the squiddish. Or maybe, exclusively for the squiddish.
Coast Crime 14: The Calm Convention
report covering a wonderful day at a well-run convention. Featuring
Walter Mosley, Stephanie Kane, Uglytown, Win & Mereditch Blevins, Chester
Himes, Robert O. Greer,and otters drinking poison.
Katie Dean, Serena Trowbridge, Terry
D'Auray and Rick Kleffel select lots of great books we read in 2003.
Genrecide: The Apocalyptic Literati
We love to kill so much we murder that which has no life.
Every genre gets its death notices; here's the reasoning behind those
apocalytioc thoughts. Features a logrolling quiz, candid rancor, Ian
Rankin, Vicarious blurbs, the Beverly Hillbillies, and the End of Life
and Literature as We Know It.
A Break in the Agony: Ten Books I'm Bringing to Hawaii and
Any vacation is a reading vacation. The books I'm bringing with me to Hawaii and why. Including Richard Morgan, Dan Simmons, Homer -- no not Homer Simpson! -- Rhys Hughes, Rumpole, Micahel Cisco, Non-Led Zeppelins, Pelecanos, DBC Pierre, Jasper Fforde and even something for the surfers -- a Crimewave!