Donald Ray Pollock has been steadily serving up plates of mild horror since his first book of short stories, Knockemstiff, appeared in 2008. Pollock followed the explosion of Knockemstiff with The Devil All the Time, in 2011, his first novel, which also bordered on the genre of mystery, again with generous servings of darkness....more
The small town where I have recently landed is ugly and beautiful. Walk down the main street: there are a few old gems like an ancient and glorious Masonic Hall, now home to evangelicals. Several boarded up stores, ugly as can be, and some small town cafes: one for Giants fans, specializing in breakfast, pancakes and pennants all over the joint, one Mexican taqueria, one family pasta palace with red and white checkered table cloths and cheap chianti, and an old-school diner for burgers....more
We’re getting ready to send out our next Letter in the Mail, and it’s from Elizabeth Schmuhl! Elizabeth writes a moving letter about the sacred ceremonies of the more than one-hundred-year-old farm that is such a part of her.
Subscribe to Letters in the Mail by October 14 to receive Elizabeth’s letter!...more
One recent hot weekday afternoon, I told my partner—the guy who created the “Punk the Muse” logo and draws its cartoons—that I wanted to get out and about. We’d been sitting at home too long. Moon’s Handbook for Northern California revealed an abandoned mine, with a ghost town and an old Western cemetery, a half hour’s drive from our home by the Carquinez Bridge....more
We’re sending our next Letter for Kids from John Green! John writes to us about how his love of drawing comics as a kid led to his working at Disney and continuing to create his own comics as an adult. He’s spends pretty much every waking moment on comics, and he LOVES it!...more