July 9, 2020 Love isn't the main subject in Chloe N. Clark's debut collection, but it's an important one — these stories dig into the ways we evolve towards each other, form bonds, and feel the earth spin.
June 28, 2020 Horror may not be readers' first choice in times like this, but Emma J. Gibbons' new collection, influenced by both punk rock and classic literature, is full of great characters and genuine scares.
March 22, 2020 Eddie Robson's slim but punchy new novel is set in an unnamed city, made mostly of wood. The city has a King. The King talks to a cat. It's a gem of offbeat weirdness — with a deeply thoughtful core.
February 5, 2020 Michael Zapata's debut novel is a straightforward literary mystery on the surface — but his simple tale of a lost sci-fi manuscript goes deep on themes of family, displacement and mythology.
February 4, 2020 Sarah Gailey's new novella is set in a dystopian future where the United States resembles the Old West, and bands of women on horseback distribute government-approved media to distant villages.
January 7, 2020 Sean Adams' debut novel is set in the collapsed remains of a gargantuan, 500-story building somewhere in the American desert, once an entire metropolis and now surrounded by scavenger camps.
November 21, 2019 Dexter Palmer's new novel is based on the strange true story of a woman who confounded the medical and scientific establishments of 18th century England by claiming she'd given birth to rabbits.
November 14, 2019 In their new novel, Kacen Callender builds a vast, immersive landscape based on the colonial history of the Caribbean, but it's their morally conflicted heroine who will really hook readers.
The Movie Musical!, by Jeanine Basinger
November 10, 2019 Jeanine Basinger argues, authoritatively and passionately, that the musical has never really left us, that there's relevance and inspiration to be gleaned from the golden age of Hollywood musicals.
November 7, 2019 Rivers Solomon's lyrical, wrenching new novella is based on a track from the experimental rap group clipping., about a peaceful undersea race descended from slaves thrown overboard in the Atlantic.
God Save the Queens: The Essential History of Women in Hip-Hop, by Kathy Iandoli
Dey Street Books
October 24, 2019 Kathy Iandoli goes far beyond hoisting her heroes upon a pedestal; in rendering them as conflicted, complicated artists struggling against sexism and patriarchy, she wields an illuminating fury.
Janis: Her Life and Music, by Holly George-Warren
Simon & Schuster
October 23, 2019 Holly George-Warren's research, eye for detail, illuminating contextualization and clear delivery make for a far more rounded and convincing image of the musician's precocity than seen previously.
October 21, 2019 In this early work from the Hugo Award-winning author, a supernova near Earth kills off everyone over the age of 13 — and the remaining kids turn increasingly to violence as they struggle to rebuild.
October 13, 2019 John Hornor Jacobs' new book combines two novellas that stake his claim to the territory of cosmic horror. Both gorgeously written and unsettlingly conceived, they dig at how fragile our humanity is.
October 3, 2019 T. Kingfisher's new novel, inspired by a classic horror tale, follows a woman who has to clean out her late grandmother's cluttered house — a seemingly simple task that quickly becomes sinister.