Greener Pastures Michael Wehunt Shock Totem Publications, LLC 222 pages trade paperback Review by William Grabowski [originally published on Hellnotes.com for 2 December] I can’t think of a more aesthetically aligned writer than Simon Strantzas to introduce a Michael Wehunt collection. Unlike the all-too-common “My Pal the Author and I have emptied a lot […]Read more "Greener Pastures"
FantasticLand Mike Bockoven Skyhorse Publishing October 2016 Reviewed by William Grabowski [first published on Hellnotes.com for 2 Nov. 2016] Prior to receiving his debut novel, I’d not heard of Mike Bockoven. Having read FantasticLand, I’ll not forget the name. As someone who reads and reviews a lot of books, I’ve learned that press releases, synopses, […]Read more "FantasticLand"
CROSSTALK by Connie Willis Review by William Grabowski (first published in See the Elephant for 17 October 2016) The proverbial Famous Last Words, “What could possibly go wrong?”, very much apply in Connie Willis’s new novel Crosstalk. Though not completely at odds, science fiction and humor are a difficult mix. Much like oil and […]Read more "Crosstalk"
Review by William Grabowski (first published in See the Elephant for 21 September 2016) None of this is about you, and it never was. Stories from Mary Rickert‘s new collection have garnered the Shirley Jackson and World Fantasy awards, and after reading the opening “Memoir of a Deer Woman,” one understands why. Rickert is a writer […]Read more "You Have Never Been Here"
From Day One, this week has gone from crawling-through-glass futility to swinging-from-the-chandelier joy—and hoping the chandelier doesn’t crash down and become another hazardous shatter. I’ll save you some Sunday time by simply listing the Good News. Thanks to editors Randy Chandler and Cheryl Mullenax, my short story “Out Hunting for Teeth” made the cut for […]Read more "Comet Press Selects my “Out Hunting for Teeth” in YEAR’S BEST HARDCORE HORROR: VOLUME 2 . . . & other news"
Ellen Datlow, editor Night Shade Books June 7, 2016 Reviewed by William Grabowski Ellen Datlow is one of the hardest-working, iconic figures in Horror, Dark Fantasy, and elsewhere. When she speaks well of a certain author, I—by default—make a point to seek out writing by that person. Datlow won, on August 20, a Hugo Award […]Read more "The Best Horror of the Year: Volume Eight"
I Am Providence Nick Mamatas Night Shade Books August 9, 2016 Reviewed by William Grabowski In the wake of the November 2015 decision to retire the likeness of H.P. Lovecraft from its 40-year tenure atop the World Fantasy Award, Nick Mamatas’s latest novel looms over the cultural mulch like a punchy stand-up comic. Those seated […]Read more "I Am Providence by Nick Mamatas"