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Sumiko Saulson’s Black Women in Horror Writing #21: Valjeanne Jeffers

Mona Livelong: Paranormal Detective by Valjeanne Jeffers Review by Bryan Cebulski (@BryanOnion) I think too often we expect our books to be extraordinary. We expect them to play with genre in unexpected ways, to subvert our expectations of language and … Continue reading

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Review – Human Acts by Han Kang

I have never understood the idea that structure could somehow supersede content in writing. The two can work in tandem (a la Pynchon) of course, but I just can’t get behind praising a work’s structure if it’s still otherwise weak. Han Kang’s Human Acts is far from a bad book, but it seems to me like something you can’t totally appreciate if you don’t appreciate structure above content. Continue reading

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No sugarcoating Laura Jane Grace’s memoir

Today’s upsurge in fictional and nonfictional transgender narratives represents the demographic in myriad ways. Some works are intelligent, some thoughtless. Some good, some troubled. Through both the good and the bad, there is a remarkable tendency to simplify what it … Continue reading

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Slogging through narrative history in The Tunnels

I have this spectrum in my head for rating narrative histories. On one end is Erik Larson’s Devil in the White City, which a lot of people like but I find unreadable. This side of narrative history is saturated in … Continue reading

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Sumiko Saulson’s Black Women in Horror Writing #18: Jemiah Jefferson

Mixtape for the Apocalypse by Jemiah Jefferson Review by Bryan Cebulski (@BryanOnion) Judging by the synopsis I didn’t expect Jemiah Jefferson’s Mixtape for the Apocalypse to be an ordinary horror novel. After reading it I’m not sure if it even … Continue reading

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Sumiko Saulson’s Black Women in Horror Writing #17: Octavia Butler

Fledgling by Octavia Butler Review by Bryan Cebulski (@BryanOnion) Aside from Toni Morrison, this is the only author on this list who I was already familiar with before taking them on as a horror author. I’ve read a lot of … Continue reading

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One of my ongoing projects on this site, as you probably well know if you follow me, is Sumiko Saulson’s Black Women in Horror Writing list. It’s been a really fun experience, and I’m not even 1/3rd of the way … Continue reading

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