So, I finally got the call. I made the big leagues! Mourning Goats has been doing interviews with some of the most compelling, visionary, and talented authors out there—so many of my idols, mentors and peers. I’m thrilled that I got to sit down with the smelly beast and answer some of the most thoughtful and challenging questions of my career. They obviously did their homework. I join the ranks of Stephen Graham Jones, Monica Drake, Craig Clevenger, Paul Tremblay, Chelsea Cain, Donald Ray Pollock, Lidia Yuknavitch, Joe Lansdale, Nik Korpon, Rob Roberge, Megan Abbott, Brian Evenson, Holly Goddard Jones, Paula Bomer, Cheryl Strayed, Shya Scanlon, Craig Wallwork, and so many others.
This is a list of all of my current, live book reviews. It is in reverse
chronological order by web site. Last updated 3/22/15.
The Nervous Breakdown
In the House Upon the Dirt Between the Lake and the Woods by Matt Bell
Don’t Kiss Me by Lindsay Hunter
Red Moon by Benjamin Percy
Donnybrook by Frank Bill
The Next Time You See Me by Holly Goddard Jones
Vampire Conditions by Brian Allen Carr
Battleborn by Claire Vaye Watkins
At-risk by Amina Gautier
May We Shed These Human Bodies by Amber Sparks
Nine Months by Paula Bomer
Little Sinners and Other Stories by Karen Brown
Swallowing a Donkey’s Eye by Paul Tremblay
My Only Wife by Jac Jemc
Cataclysm Baby by Matt Bell
Wild by Cheryl Strayed
THREATS by Amelia Gray
Ampersand, Mass by William Walsh
Damascus by Joshua Mohr
NowTrends by Karl Taro Greenfeld
The Necessity of Certain Behaviors by Shannon Cain
Crimes in Southern Indiana by Frank Bill
Short Bus by Brian Allen Carr
The Devil All the Time by Donald Ray Pollock
Follow Me Down by Kio Stark
Zazen by Vanessa Veselka
Drinking Closer to Home by Jessica Anya Blau
Cowboy Maloney’s Electric City by Michael Bible
The Chronology of Water by Lidia Yuknavitch
Volt by Alan Heathcock
Normally Special by xTx
You Don’t Look Like Anyone I Know by Heather Sellers
Sarah Court by Craig Davidson
The Ones That Got Away by Stephen Graham Jones
In The Mean Time by Paul Tremblay
Cut Through The Bone by Ethel Rohan
The Wilding by Benjamin Percy
Daddy’s by Lindsay Hunter
The Avian Gospels by Adam Novy
It Came From Del Rio by Stephen Graham Jones
The Physics of Imaginary Objects by Tina May Hall
Outsider Writers Collective
Emerging Writers Network
My review of Forecast by Shya Scanlon is now up at The Cult. Vonnegut meets PKD, it’s a fantastic book. I don’t want to repeat everything I said in the review, but following this story from its original publication across dozens of websites as Forecast 42, to its publication by Flatmancrooked (which sadly is closing up shop) to the new release as an eBook, this novel has quite a history. It carries the political and philosophical angst of Vonnegut with the strange, near future visions of Philip K. Dick. This was a wild ride, one that I really enjoyed.
I’m going to be doing some book reviews for The Nervous Breakdown, and I’m really stoked about that. I’m going to be focusing on small presses and the genre/lit benders. I’m also thrilled to be working with Shya Scanlon, a really talented author I first heard of with his online serial Forecast 42, which will be out by Flatmancrooked as Forecast later this year. We have similar tastes and I know we’ll get some much needed attention to some gifted authors, presses and journals.
My first review is now live for the fantastic dark collection of shorts The Physics of Imaginary Objects by Tina May Hall, winner of the 2010 Drue Heinz Literature Prize. Her novella included in this book “All the Day’s Sad Stories” was the winner of the 2008 Caketrain Chapbook Competition, selected by Brian Evenson.
What’s next after this you ask?
Next will be an interview with Amelia Gray, up soon, 101 Prompts covering her career, books, and various eccentricities. After that: Avian Gospels by Adam Novy (Hobart: Short Flight/Long Drive), then Daddy’s (Featherproof) by Lindsay Hunter, followed by The Wilding (Graywolf) by Benjamin Percy then probably this great new press, Dark Sky Books and Cut Through the Bone by Ethel Rohan. So keep your eyes and ears open.
There’s so much great fiction out there.