Interviews

Berit Ellingsen, for Late Night Library

Not Dark Yet by Berit Ellingsen wants to take you places. Published by the Ohio-based Two Dollar Radio, the story moves from the city to the country, flirts with the stars and all the space in between, and takes short jaunts back to the city. Setting plays an important role, a wonderful success of Ellingsen’s prose considering there is never once a country or city name written. You don’t need them. These places are your places, they’re everyone’s. Read more...

Lisa Birnbaum, for Late Night Library

Our lives are single-perspective. How then have we ever understood anything outside our immediate realm? Stories are one way.

In Lisa Birnbaum’s Worthy (Dzanc Books), we see the power of stories, how they can help us understand those around us, and perhaps even more importantly, to perceive different and new versions of ourselves. Narrated in the unforgettable voice of Ludmila – known as “Worthy” to some – this novel takes us into our very own hearts and minds, through the singular window of another’s. Read more...

Margo Orlando Littell, for Late Night Library

The small town of Shelk has a problem, one of the oldest. When visitors show up on the town’s metaphorical doorstep, along with an increasing number of its literal doorsteps, break-ins begin occurring. Family heirlooms go missing, along with food and small trinkets. The townspeople can feel something hovering, ominous and unstoppable. Main characters Stella and Ramsy watch as people they’ve known for years react to the new faces and crimes. Read more...

Jeffrey Ford, A Natural History of Hell

If stories are an attempt to connect with and understand the world, then Jeffrey Ford’s story collection A Natural History of Hell, out now from Small Beer Press, unearths possibilities in our sleeping hearts. The unknowable woods, the rotting house you scurry by as the daylight wanes (but end up exploring anyway), these places hold insights into who we are, and who we want to be. Read more...

 

Articles

 

Riverdale collection

My re-caps and commentary on episodes of the CW show Riverdale. All are companion pieces to the Rivertell podcast, presented by the Hideous Energy. Read them all... 

SPX 2014: Small Press Expo Turns 20, Stays Awesome

Small Press Expo 2014 (SPX) is over but the energy it generates isn’t gone yet. I’d love if I could always vibrate at the specific frequency this particular comic book convention activates within me, but various natural laws dictate that isn’t possible. Read more...