Stephen Jones’s Mammoth Book of Best New Horror series celebrates its 25th anniversary this year, a landmark by any standard in genre publishing.
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Ending satisfyingly but with ultimate outcome uncertain, WTF deals with its big themes in a sprightly yet serious fashion. If you were to fuse Max Barry’s Lexicon with Dave Eggers’s The Circle, then blend in some of Matt Ruff’s Bad Monkeys, you might approach the lunatic sanity and gonzo wisdom of Shafer’s accomplished debut.
The real achievement of Genevieve Valentine’s The Girls at the Kingfisher Club isn’t just that it recasts the princesses as flappers in 1927 New York even Anne Sexton saw that coming when in her version she described them as dancing “like taxi girls at Roseland” but in delicately balancing her language between the transparent directness of the folktale and the contemporary sensibility of the novel.
In the sequel [to Blindsight], Echopraxia, Watts is not content merely to pick up his tale where he left off (with Siri alone in the ruins of the expedition). Rather, he returns us to Earth and makes a lateral move, from metaphysics to realpolitik.
I said nice things in these pages a while back about Darin Bradley’s debut novel Noise, an ambitious book about a slow-motion apocalypse, with economic collapse triggering a breakdown of order in the United States, and young people trying to forge a new and brutal system of morality and pragmatism that would allow them to […]
Storytelling has always been his first claim to fame, and the fourteen tales in this new volume uphold his reputation splendidly.