In our morning reading: an interview with Jac Jemc, revisiting vampire comics, and more.
Uncanny Fiction in the Wake of Unspeakable Violence: On Natanya Ann Pulley’s “With Teeth”
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.
Weekend Bites: Jac Jemc Interviewed, Etgar Keret, 75 Dollar Bill’s Latest, Helon Habila, and More
In our weekend reading: interviews with Jac Jemc and Helon Habila, a review of Gary Lutz’s new collection, and more.
Weekend Bites: Sandra Cisneros’s Influence, Salman Rushdie and Marlon James, Kristen Arnett on Florida, and More
In our weekend reading: exploring Sandra Cisneros’s literary influence, nonfiction from Robert Lopez and Kristen Arnett, and more.
“I’m Looking For the Surreal Moments of Real Life”: An Interview With Jac Jemc
Whether she’s navigating the secrets people keep from one another or venturing into the world of the uncanny, Jac Jemc has established a particularly haunting corner of fiction where she explores the unpredictable and disquieting. This week brings with it the release of False Bingo, her second collection of short fiction, and one which demonstrates Jemc’s impressive range as a writer. I talked with her about the collection’s origins, her work in both the supernatural and realistic, and caught a glimpse of what might be next from her.
Vol.1 Brooklyn’s October 2019 Book Preview
Besides the promise of cooler weather, pumpkin spice everything, and sweaters on the rise, what does October have to offer? If you’re looking for new books to read, the answer is “plenty.” This month brings with it candid and harrowing memoirs, stunning short fiction, and expansive novels — a fantastic array of literary work to carry you into the autumn. Here’s a look at some of our most-anticipated books for the month.
Weekend Bites: Maaza Mengiste, Jac Jemc on Ghost Stories, Farooq Ahmed, N. K. Jemisin on Comics, and More
In our weekend reading: reviews of books by Maaza Mengiste and Farooq Ahmed, book recommendations from Jac Jemc, and more.
Afternoon Bites: PJ Harvey, Dennis Cooper Interviewed, Jac Jemc Fiction, Lucas Mann’s Latest, and More
In our afternoon reading: a look back at a classic PJ Harvey album, fiction by Jac Jemc, an interview with Dennis Cooper, and more.