St. Lucy’s Home for Girls Raised by Wolves, the short story collection by Pulitzer Prize finalist and MacArthur Genius… Read More
It’s that time of year again, when the pumpkins come out, the fake cobwebs are hung and we feel that dormant urge to be chilled, thrilled and spooked to our bones. Get out your flashlights, because a scary story awaits — actually, make that fifty of them. Now, there’s more to scary stories than goblins, ghouls, blood and your general horror — here there be monsters of many kinds, existential and literal, extraordinary and everyday. And remember: like beauty, fear is in the bloody eye of the beholder. So whether you yearn for classic horror or literary fiction guaranteed to make your skin crawl, read on. If you dare!
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Here’s the thing: sometimes, you just want to read a good love story. Or at least, something with a little sex, a little passion, a few dramatic swoons. But a romance novel, per se? Nothing so gaudy or slapdash for you! You need real literature. Well, person who I’ve just made up (though I know you’re out there), here’s the answer: a selection of romantic books that will rev your motor (emotional or otherwise) but don’t fall into that taboo category of cheap paper and cheaper… Read More
Picture it: teenage Mary Shelley was on a vacation getaway, with her husband Percy and some of his rambunctious poet friends, like that rogue Lord Byron… and out of the group of legends, it’s Shelley herself who arguably published the greatest work of all at the ridiculous age of 30: Frankenstein; or, The Modern Prometheus, a book that has penetrated our human consciousness. In honor of Shelley’s birthday this month, here’s a list of 25 other writers who created heartbreakingly beautiful work before they could get a discount on a rental… Read More
It’s pretty much been settled that everyone should read more books by women. But when looking for recommendations, it’s often all Woolf, Morrison, Lessing, Austen, Brontë. Of course, these are essential authors for a reason, and you should definitely read all of their books. That said, there’s something to catching a writer at the beginning of her career and following her for years that is supremely satisfying — not to mention the fact that young female writers need readers rather more than Jane Austen does. So in an effort to get you in on the ground floor (or at least, like, the third floor), here’s a compendium of 50 novels written by 50 female novelists under 50 that are worth your… Read More
Fabulism, it seems, is having a moment — although whether it’s truly a trend is up for debate. Some might say it’s been right there, purring along, all this time, while others might blink and wonder what you’re talking about. Such is always the case with magic. But whether you’re a newbie or an old hat, there are always new corners of the fantastic to discover. So, here you’ll find 50 excellent novels and short story collections by fabulists, fantasists, and fairy-tale-tellers, literary books that incorporate the irreal, the surreal, and the… Read More
As we hopefully begin to thaw out from what has been a very long winter, March offers up enough great books to help us get through what should be (but, I mean, who knows these days?) the last truly rough days of winter. No matter what happens, the month offers plenty to look forward to: great debut novels, follow-ups to new classics, true crime as memoir, a new chance to get into an author you should have been reading all along, and a novelist’s… Read More
It’s common wisdom that in the last decade “literary” writers have fully embraced genre fiction. Whether it’s zombies (Colson Whitehead’s Zone One), superheroes (Jonathan Lethem’s The Fortress of Solitude), fairy tales (Karen Russell’s St. Lucy’s Home for Girls Raised by Wolves), or the apocalypse (Cormac McCarthy’s The Road), you can find it shelved in the literary section of your local bookstores. These writers are hardly the first literary writers to toe the genre line though. Here are ten other literary authors who you may not have realized wrote speculative fiction, as picked by our friend Lincoln Michel, who is the co-editor of the forthcoming science flash fiction anthology Gigantic Worlds, which will include work from Jonathan Lethem, Lynne Tillman, J. Robert Lennon, J. G Ballard, and many more. You can find more information about the anthology on their Kickstarter page.
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It may be hard to believe, but we’ve already made it halfway through 2013. And what a year for fiction it’s been! The first half of this year has been full of wonderfully strange short fiction, big important novels, and everything in between — and it’s only getting better (Donna Tartt! Margaret Atwood!) from here. After the jump, Flavorwire’s favorite fiction from the first half of 2013. Check them out, and be sure to weigh in on your own favorite reads this year in the comments.
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