For the fiftieth anniversary of the book’s publication, a discussion of craft, veracity and the literary appeal of true crime.
The 1943 killing of a Manhattan heiress led to a demonizing public conversation on homosexuality. A decade later, a true crime book obfuscated the sexual details.
Cosmic horror tends to be synonymous with H.P. Lovecraft, but others, from Thomas Ligotti to Nathan Ballingrud, show the many ways in which tales of a monstrous world can scare the hell out of us.
Passed down through generations, fables provide rich material for everything from novels such as Patrick deWitt’s Undermajordomo Minor, to Rocky and Bullwinkle and the Twilight Zone.
An amulet, a treasure hunt, and a legion of readers mobilized by the false patterns our brains create to make sense of the world around us.
When it comes to erotic work by female authors, users on critical online forums can have trouble separating artists from their art.
Remembering Frederick Exley’s Frank Gifford and Frederick Exley’s Frederick Exley.
The most privileged among us take the history of their family names for granted. For many, we’re lucky to find a foothold even in fiction.
Outside of (unfairly maligned) genre work, literature has historically been seen as a solitary calling rather than a collaborative one. That seems to be changing, and we’re all the better for it.
Eleven authors, journalists, and assorted literary stalwarts tell us why they’ve missed the famous books they’ve missed.