This week, C Pam Zhang has a flash fiction story at The Offing that is maybe about vampires but probably about girls, Chinese girls in particular. “Are They Vampires, or Are They Just Chinese?” is written in five brief paragraphs of atmospheric prose that is beautiful and barbed at the same time, like cotton candy wrapped around a railroad spike, or like girls....more
Posts Tagged: vampires
The artist statement is not just a representation of what you are working on, but an intervention in what you are working on. If you start saying, I aim to do this and not to do this, maybe it keeps you from thinking of your perfect aim, which is none of those things.
This is the week of fantastical fiction, of the weird and the magical, of re-imagining fairy tales and urban legends, of making the familiar strange and the strange familiar. On Tuesday, a new edition of Angela Carter’s seminal 1979 story collection The Bloody Chamber was released to mark what would have been Carter’s 75th birthday, had she not passed in 1992....more
On the same night that Mary Shelley released Frankenstein’s monster, John Polidori, Lord Byron’s personal physician, wrote “The Vampyre,” the first fully realized English vampire story. The Public Domain Review takes a look at how Byron served as the model for the first known aristocratic bloodsucker....more
In an essay at The Millions, Alex Kalamaroff praises the growing number of LGBTQ characters in young adult fiction. He wonders, however, why there’s such a disparity between YA and adult fiction, especially considering that many between the ages of 18 and 44 read books intended for teenagers....more
Wired interviews Guillermo del Toro, whose co-authored vampire book trilogy concluded with last month’s publication of Night Eternal. Del Toro discusses science and religion; vampire myths and folklore; and his current projects, one of which is a video game.
“I feel like science and religion are like a Möbius strip....more
Like most women, I am gay for Sarah Haskins. Unlike most women, I got to interview her.
Here are some things you should know about Sarah to get the most out of our interview:...more
Marc Jacobs is pissing off literary West Villagers by opening a book store.
At The Guardian, Christine Granados has some fightin’ words for Cormac McCarthy and lists other authors she feels write the American southwest better....more
Good morning, world. This week, the blogs are full of fun. Many of them had wondrous posts having to do with lovable, humorous, classic sci-fi authors like Vonnegut and Bradbury and Adams. It was a week made for me.
Also, apologies in advance for the sparse posts today....more
In the New York Times today, filmmaker and author Guillermo del Toro and coauthor Chuck Hogan –they have a novel coming out called The Strain — write about how vampires first made it into popular culture early in the 19th century when a group of English writers summered at a villa on Lake Geneva....more