In our morning reading: Gary Panter’s comics, new music from The Goon Sax, and more.
Afternoon Bites: Rachel Yoder Interviewed, Comics and Metafiction, Chris McKinney’s Playlist, and More
In our afternoon reading: interviews with Rachel Yoder and Katie Kitamura, comics meet metafiction, and more.
CHASE GRIFFIN is an author from Florida whose debut novel, What’s on the Menu?, was published by Long Day Press. You can find his writing in Oyez Review, Fugitives and Futurists, Funny Looking Dog Quarterly, Sobotka Literary Magazine, Maudlin House, Breadcrumbs Magazine, and elsewhere. The Rocco Atleby Foundation, the podcast he produces with his partner, Christina Quay, can be streamed on Spotify and Apple.
Have you ever seen a ghost? Or heard one? Maybe not. But perhaps you’ve had some experience or other you couldn’t easily explain, some weird occurrence which you mull on even now. Did it happen the way you remember? Or did you imagine it? That ambiguity, unfocused and inconclusive, is the essence of what we think of as the supernatural.
Early in John Brandon’s fourth novel, Ivory Shoals—a spirited remaking of the prodigal-son parable set in the American South during the final days of the Civil War—twelve-year-old Gussie Dwyer has come to collect the savings his recently deceased mother, Lavina, entrusted with her long-time employer, Rye. Rye delays this encounter, leaving the boy to wait awkwardly in the barroom, a foreign space reserved for hardened men and the working women looking to entertain them. Out of economic desperation, Lavina had turned to prostitution to support her family.
Morning Bites: Katie Kitamura’s Latest, Anuk Arudpragasam Interviewed, Genevieve Plunkett’s Stories, and More
In our morning reading: an excerpt from Katie Kitamura’s new novel, revisiting The Melvins, and more.
Afternoon Bites: B. Catling’s Latest, World Fantasy Award Finalists, Yelena Moskovich Interviewed, and More
In our afternoon reading: the new novel from B. Catling, a new issue of Asymptote Journal, and more.
Morning Bites: Lisa Wells Interviewed, Fatima Al Qadiri, A. Natasha Joukovsky on Research, Joy Harjo, and More
In our morning reading: an interview with Lisa Wells, a look at Joy Harjo’s anthology project, and more.