I was able to visualize my hometown so much more keenly, having not lived there in fifteen years. I believe it allowed me to write about the place with a little bit more compassion than if I had tried to write these books living there. ...more
Willa C. Richards discusses her debut novel, THE COMFORT OF MONSTERS.
Tags: AIDS crisis, Alex Madison, Annie Proulx, Brookfield, cold case, coming of age, debut novel, family, family secret, family trauma, garth greenwell, gay, generational trauma, grief, homophobia, Housekeeping, intergenerational trauma, Intimacy, J.M. Holmes, Jeffrey Dahmer, Joy Williams, LGBTQ, Marilynne Robinson, Milwaukee, Milwaukee Journal, murder, murder mystery, physical intimacy, queer, research, segregation, siblings, sisters, State of Grace, The Comfort of Monsters, The Shipping News, Wauwatosa, What Belongs to You, Willa C. Richards, Wisconsin, Wisconsin Light
Vince Granata discusses his debut memoir, EVERYTHING IS FINE.
Tags: Bread Loaf, brothers, criminal justice system, death, debut memoir, DSM, Everything Is Fine, family, family trauma, grief, healthcare, Mary South, memoir, memories, memory, Mental Health, mental health care, mental illness, mothers, mothers and sons, murder, psychiatric illness, psychiatric institutions, psychotic episode, PTSD, research, Richard McCann, schizophrenia, trauma, Vince Granata
Jennifer Pashley discusses her new novel, THE WATCHER.
Tags: barrett bowlin, crime fiction, Crooked Lane Books, Dark Places, detective, detective novel, Elin Hilderbrand, endings, genre, genre fiction, genre writing, gillian flynn, Gone Girl, Jennifer Pashley, jennifer weiner, Kateri Fisher, literary fiction, literary thriller, Marilynne Robinson, marriage, murder, noir, setting, Sharp Objects, slut shaming, suspense, The Blue Bistro, The Scamp, The Watcher, thrillers, upstate new york
Mal’ Atta attacked with a slew of sensory assaults. ...more
Tags: Accra, Accra Noir, book excerpt, death, excerpt, exclusive excerpt, Ghana, Mallam Atta Market, murder, Nana Ekua Brew-Hammond, Nana-Ama Danquah, reality television, reality tv, Rumpus exclusive, Sex, West Africa
It was personal, as the detectives on my favorite shows always said. ...more
Tags: assault, Barrelhouse, Barrelhouse Books, bodies, book excerpt, cancer, chronic illness, domestic violence, excerpt, exclusive excerpt, female bodies, female body, female victims, illness, Law & Order, Law and Order, Marcia Trahan, medical trauma, medicine, memoir, Mercy, Mercy: A Memoir of Medical Trauma and True Crime Obsession, murder, PTSD, Rumpus exclusive, sexual assault, stalking, surgeries, surgery, thyroid, thyroid cancer, trauma, true crime, true crime TV, TV, violence, violence against women
“Everything in my life is basically a scribble.”
Tags: Amelia Earhart, anger, arctic, Come the Slumberless to the Land of Nod, death, duende, Federico Garcia Lorca, Freud, grief, Kathryn Nuernberger, lullabies, Lullaby, motherhood, murder, murder ballads, Our Lady of the Ruins, poems, poetry, pregnancy, Rookery, Saudade, The Rumpus Mini-Interview Project, Traci Brimhall, vulnerability, women's anger, writing process
Vikram Paralkar discusses his debut novel, NIGHT THEATER.
Tags: afterlife, Asghar Farhadi, atheism, atheist, Bach, bodies, bureaucracy, catapult, death, Ficciones, human body, Hume, hyperrealism, India, Jorge Luis Borges, kafka, magical realism, medical, medicine, morality, murder, ngmar Bergman, Night Theater, religion, Sarah Blake, Satyajit Ray, science, science fiction, Socrates, Supernatural, Surgeon, surgery, The Afflictions, The Trial, The Wounds of the Dead, trust, Vikram Paralkar, violence
They say she bathed in our blood. ...more
Tags: Black Lawrence Press, book excerpt, Countess Bathory, Countess Erzsébet Báthory, death, Elizabeth Báthory, exclusive excerpt, Gayle Brandeis, gender inequality, gender roles, historical fiction, Hungary, hybrid genre, Many Restless Concerns, murder, oppression, poetry, Rumpus exclusive
Cha constructs a Los Angeles sharply different from most representations of the city. ...more
Tags: 1990s, California, crime, crime novel, crime novels, Department of Corrections, family, incarceration, jail, LA, Latasha Harlins, los angeles, murder, police brutality, police shooting, police violence, prison, prison system, racial inequality, Racism, recidivism, Rodney King, San Luis Obispo, Sean Carswell, Social Media, Soon Ja Du, Steph Cha, the Internet, twitter, Your House Will Pay
Emma Copley Eisenberg discusses THE THIRD RAINBOW GIRL.
Tags: After the Eclipse, Appalachia, Brene Brown, class inequality, Country Queers, crime, Elizabeth Schambelan, Emma Copley Eisenberg, gender inequality, gender roles, gendered violence, Gerald Brown, guilt, homophobia, Johnnie Washington Lewis, LGBTQ, Liz Johndrow, Making a Murderer, memoir, misogyny, murder, Nancy Santomero, nonfiction, patriarchy, Pee Wee Walton, Pocahontas County, queer, queerness, Rainbow Gathering, rural, rural life, Sarah Perry, serial, shame, survivor’s guilt, The Third Rainbow Girl, Tim O’Brien, toxic masculinity, trauma, true crime, Trump Country, UVA, Vicki Durian, violence, violence against women, West Virginia
Leigh Camacho Rourks discusses her debut story collection MOON TREES AND OTHER ORPHANS.
Tags: bayou, Black Lawrence Press, Book Club, debut collection, florida, Leigh Camacho Rourks, Louisiana, Marisa Siegel, Moon Trees and Other Orphans, murder, New Orleans, Rumpus Book Club, short fiction, short stories, St. Lawrence Book Award, story collection, The Rumpus Book Club
White Castle or McDonald’s? Death always made her hungry. ...more
Tags: arranged marriage, book excerpt, Cutting Edge, death, eating, exclusive excerpt, family, food, joyce carol oates, Lisa Lim, marriage, mother in laws, murder, on monsters, The Hunger
“I hope it will mean as much to readers as it does to me.”
Tags: Cathy Ulrich, Chloe N. Clark, Cotton Xenomorph, dead girl, flash fiction, Frankie Mxsgendered, Ghosts of You, horror, Indigenous, literary tropes, murder, Murdered Ladies, Okay Donkey, on monsters, repetition, short fiction, short stories, story collection, The Rumpus Mini-Interview Project, tropes, violence, violence against women
Simplicity obfuscates itself by the very act of being observed. ...more
Tags: abandonment, allegory, animals, anthropocene, book review, garbage, Jesi Buell, Johanna Stoberock, murder, pigs, post-apocalyptic, poverty, Red Hen, Red Hen Press, symbolism, wealth
I couldn’t help but see these women-led stories as missed opportunities. ...more
Tags: Barbara Stanwyck, Brie Larson, Captain Marvel, Chloe Cole, Darrell Steffensmeier, David Fincher, dead girl, Double Indemnity, Ed Gein, empowerment, feminism, feminist, femme fatale, femme fatales, gender inequality, gender roles, gender stereotypes, gillian flynn, Girl Power, Gone Girl, In the Woods, Kate Mara, Lady Killers, Law & Order, Law & Order: SVU, Law and Order, Law and Order: SVU, literary tropes, Little Scarlet, misogyny, murder, murderer, noir, rape, sexual trauma, sexual violence, Sharp Objects, SVU, Tana French, trope, violence, violence against women, Walter Mosley
The process of guiding people to speak their truths was isolating. ...more
Tags: Bowling for Columbine, collective trauma, Columbine, GERD, grief, gun control, gun laws, gun violence, guns, If I Don’t Make It I Love You, Loren Kleinman, Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, mass shooting, murder, Parkland, PTSD, Sandy Hook, school shootings, The Rebels Project, trauma, vicarious trauma, Virginia Tech, West Nickel Mines
Looking back, it feels like I knew. ...more
Tags: Adrienne Celt, brothers, cancer, chronic illness, college, death, horror, Idaho, illness, iowa, Midwest, mothers, murder, Nebraska, Rumpus Original Fiction, short fiction, short story, siblings, teenagers, tumor
Need is blind and will not see. ...more
Tags: 1969, Benedict Canyon, charles manson, Claire Dodd, cult, guru, Leslie Van Houten, Manson family, Mary Brunner, murder, Patricia Krenwinkel, Spahn Ranch, Summer of Love, Susan Atkins
I’ve seen them in the post office, or stapled to utility poles, fluttering in the evening breeze. ...more
Tags: abduction, California Calling, Cary Stayner, Elizabeth Smart, female body, gender inequality, Gwen Ifill, Jaycee Dugard, Jaycee Lee Dugard, kidnapping, Marissa Korbel, murder, Natalie Singer, patriarchy, Polly Klaas, racial inequality, Racism, rape, sexualized violence, The Thread, trauma, women's bodies, Zach Sommers
A Rumpus series of work by women and non-binary writers that engages with rape culture, sexual assault, and domestic violence.
Tags: assault, Berkeley, Brock Turner, bystander effect, bystanders, college, ENOUGH, fear, Karen Stefano, Kitty Genovese, knife, murder, nightmares, PTSD, rape, Rape culture, sexual assault, sexual harassment, sexual violence, Stanford, trauma, violence
Doesn’t murder exclude a person from being described as “a good guy”? ...more
Tags: death, domestic abuse, domestic violence, gun violence, guns, murder, police officer, poverty, PTSD, Shooting, suicide, violence, Zoe Marzo
Amber Tamblyn discusses her new book,
Any Man, cultural myths, obsessions, and crime. ...more
Tags: #metoo, amber tamblyn, Any Man, Brock Turner, Cal Morgan, Dark Sparkler, femininity, gender disparity, gender inequality, gender roles, Golden State Killer, I’ll Be Gone in the Dark, lyz lenz, Michelle Wolf, misandry, monster, murder, Nancy Grace, rape, Rape culture, serial killer, sexual abuse, sexual assault, sexual violence, Times Up, twitter, violence
Rumpus editors share their favorite fiction, poetry, and nonfiction books that deal with crime, criminals, and the criminal justice system.
Tags: Adam Sternbergh, Alex Gilvarry, All Things Violent, An American Marriage, Ann Quin, apology, Attica Locke, Berg, Bluebird Bluebird, crime, crime and punishment, Danez Smith, David McDuff, Don't Call Us Dead, Donna Tartt, edwidge danticat, Etheridge Knight, From the Memoirs of a Non-Enemy Combatant, Fuminori Nakamura, Fyodor Dostoyevsky, Habeas Corpus, I’ll Be Gone in the Dark, Jennifer Pashley, Jill McDonough, Jon Pineda, Jung Yun, Lady Macbeth of the Mtsensk District, Last Winter We Parted, Louise Erdrich, Michelle Alexander, Michelle McNamara, Mitchell Jackson, murder, Nikki Dolson, Nikolai Leskov, Poems from Prison, Reginald Dwayne Betts, Shahid Reads His Own Palm, Shelter, Shovel Ready, Simone John, Sujata Massey, Susan Perabo, Tayari Jones, Testify, The Dew Breaker, The Fall of Lisa Bellow, The New Jim Crow, The Residue Years, The Round House, The Scamp, The Secret History, The Widows of Malabar Hill, What to Read When
Death stigmatizes a property. I also believe that it stigmatizes a person. ...more
Tags: Brett Parker, Darkness Radio, Dave Schrader, death, DiedInHouse.com, Frank Sumption, Ghost Adventures, Ghost Hunters, ghosts, Halloween, haunted house, Holy Ghost, Jodi Arias, Lee Matalone, Louisiana, masks 2017, murder, paranormal, R.I.P., Real Estate, religion, Roy Condrey, Sonia Brosz, suicide, Travis Alexander, Who Died In This House
Tori Telfer discusses her first book
Lady Killers and the fragile “social saran wrap” that keeps us all from killing each other. ...more
Tags: Aileen Wuornos, Béla Bodó, Budapest, colonialism, comments section, Elizabeth Ridgway, Emma Carmichael, Erzsébet Báthory, feminism, fetish, gender roles, Jezebel, Jia Tolentino, Karla Homolka, Lady Killers, lyz lenz, Mallory Ortberg, masks 2017, murder, murderer, Nagyrev, Nicole Cliffe, Orientalism, Racism, research, serial killers, sexism, the awl, The Hairpin, tori telfer, violence
I knew glasses and vases could break, even toys. But I didn’t know mothers could. ...more
Tags: absent fathers, alcohol, cheating, child support, childhood, death, depression, divorce, funeral, Girl Scouts, gun violence, guns, infidelity, John P. Cushing Jr., Kristine Cushing, Lauren LeFranc, masks 2017, motherhood, mothers, mothers and daughters, murder, poverty, Shooting, temporary insanity
Alexandria Marzano-Lesnevich discusses
The Fact of a Body: A Murder and a Memoir, the importance of narrative structure, and the difference between facts and stories. ...more
Tags: A Rumpus Interview, Abuse, alexandria marzano-lesnevich, child abuse, death penalty, Jeremy Guillory, Joan Didion, justice, lawyers, memoir, murder, pedophilia, revision, Ricky Langley, serial, sexual abuse, Sharon Harrigan, teaching writing, The Fact of a Body, true crime, true detective, Truman Capote, Wally Lamb
Maybe you didn’t remember to get out of his way while pretending to be brave. It’s hard to be brave when you think a man is about to kill you. ...more
Tags: anxiety, Britney Davis, catcalls, fear, gender, guilt, Missouri, murder, murder attempt, Ozarks, panic, panic attack, PTSD, runner, Runner's World, running, Social Media, trailer park, trauma, violence
Critics have noted how The Keepers is similar to other prestige documentaries but with a significant difference—its focus on the victims and their stories. ...more
Tags: Abuse, adolescence, Catherine Cesnik, Catholic Church, catholicism, child molestation, church, clergy, confession, documentary, feminism, Film, Jean Wehner, Making a Murderer, Maureen Ryan, Michael Lehane, molestation, murder, Netflix, Patricia Grisafi, pedophile, pedophilia, PTSD, religion, Ryan White, Seton Keough High School, sexual abuse, Sister Catherine Cesnik, Stephanie Merry, Steven Avery, survivors, television, Teresa Halbach, Teresa Lancaster, The Keepers, trauma, true crime, victims