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Sumiko Saulson’s Black Women in Horror Writing #20: L. Marie Wood

Crescendo: Welcome Home, Death Awaits by L. Marie Wood Review by Bryan Cebulski (@BryanOnion) L. Marie Wood’s Crescendo: Welcome Home, Death Awaits is a “spiral into insanity” story. Its protagonist James is dealing with an ancestral curse, either paranormal affliction or … 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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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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Sumiko Saulson’s Black Women in Horror Writing #16: Nisi Shawl

Filter House by Nisi Shawl Review by Bryan Cebulski (@BryanOnion) Nisi Shawl’s Filter House is kind of a wild collection of stories. I found two key observations on this book that serve as both the predominant strengths and weaknesses. First … Continue reading

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The well-written YA protagonist and Tim Federle’s The Great American Whatever

A month or two ago I read Tim Federle’s gay YA dramedy/coming-of-age/grief novel The Great American Whatever. I was surprised by how much I enjoyed it, having been disillusioned by many queer YA novels as of late. It didn’t start … Continue reading

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