In our morning reading: thoughts on David Hollander’s new novel, an interview with Namwali Serpell, and more.
When it comes to literary techniques, pastiche can be one of the most subtly volatile out there. Most of the time when it’s utilized, it’s effectively invisible — effectively cloaking an author’s work in the voice of another. When it’s done badly, it can be utterly unbearable; I’ve still never been able to make it through the segment of The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen: Black Dossier in which Alan Moore channels Jack Kerouac. There’s something about Cthulthu mythos stories that brings pastiche to the foreground — there’s a Lovecraftian Wodehouse pastiche in the aforementioned Black Dossier, for instance, and it’s far from the only one.
Morning Bites: David Heska Wanbli Weiden, Horror and Crime Fiction, Colson Whitehead, Brian Evenson Interviewed, and More
In our morning reading: an excerpt from David Heska Wanbli Weiden’s new novel, an interview with Brian Evenson, and more.
Afternoon Bites: Percival Everett, Michelle Zauner’s Memoir, Bill Clegg, John Hornor Jacobs Interviewed, and More
In our afternoon reading: Brian Evenson on Percival Everett, thoughts on No Age’s new album, and more.
Afternoon Bites: S.A. Cosby, Coriky’s Debut, Stephen Graham Jones, Brian Evenson on Horror, and More
In our afternoon reading: reviews of books by S.A. Cosby and Stephen Graham Jones, intriguing Replacements-related news, and more.
Afternoon Bites: Kate Zambreno Interviewed, Revisiting Brian Evenson, Caine Prize Shortlist, Megan Stielstra on Writing Classes, and More
In our afternoon reading: an interview with Kate Zambreno, fiction from Alexandra Chang, and more.
Morning Bites: Brian Evenson Fiction, Irreversible Entanglements, Alexandra Chang Interviewed, Fiona Apple, and More
In our morning reading: short stories by Brian Evenson and Julio Cortázar, an interview with Alexandra Chang, and more.
At what point does fiction become horror fiction? Is there some immutable border, some checklist of elements to be tallied, that propels a particular story or novel out of the realm of the disconcerting and into that of the outright horrific? Certain notable collections, including Jac Jemc’s False Bingo and Amelia Gray’s Gutshot find a balance between deft narrative construction and something both ineffable and unspeakable. That’s the space in which Natanya Ann Pulley’s new collection With Teeth occupies as well: meticulously written, while all the while abounding with glimpses of the bizarre and brutal.