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.
In our weekend reading: interviews with Jac Jemc and Helon Habila, a review of Gary Lutz’s new collection, and more.
In our weekend reading: exploring Sandra Cisneros’s literary influence, nonfiction from Robert Lopez and Kristen Arnett, and more.
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.
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.
In our weekend reading: reviews of books by Maaza Mengiste and Farooq Ahmed, book recommendations from Jac Jemc, 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.
In our afternoon reading: fiction by Jac Jemc, news of a new anthology edited by Chris Abani, and more.