Bookslinger Update: “The Wolfman of Alcatraz”

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9781618730732The story this week is from Howard Waldrop’s Horse of a Different Color, published by Small Beer Press. Waldrop’s stories are keys to the secrets of the stories behind the stories . . . or perhaps the stories between the stories everyone else knows. From “The Wolfman of Alcatraz” to a horrifying Hansel and Gretel, from “The Bravest Girl I Ever Knew” to the sixth Marx brother’s story of a vaudeville act tracking down the Holy Grail, this new collection is a wunderkammer of strangeness.

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Bookslinger Update: “Dancing in a House”

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9781618730718This week’s story comes from Tyrannia: and Other Renditions by Alan DeNiro, published by Small Beer Press. Bending, straddling, and contorting our notions of fiction and reality, these stories explore characters at major crossroads in their lives. In these 11 stories—and the weird spaces in between—people of all kinds struggle to free themselves from conventions and constraints both personal and political. Places ranging from the farthest reaches of outer space to the creepy abandoned farmhouse in the middle of nowhere become battlegrounds for change and growth–sometimes at a massive cost. Tyranny takes many forms, some more subtle than others, and it is up to the reader to travel along with the characters, who improvise and create their own renditions of freedom.

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Bookslinger Update: “A New Kind of Name”

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9780988480483This week’s story comes from The Desert Places by Amber Sparks and Robert Kloss, published by Curbside Splendor. The Desert Places is a pocket-sized edition of a hybrid text by Amber Sparks and Robert Kloss that explores the evolution of evil in worlds both seen and unseen and features full-color illustrations by Matt Kish. You will discover worlds you know and worlds you only think you know.

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Bookslinger Update: “Snow Angel”

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9781933354392This week’s story by E.J. Olsen is from Detroit Noir, published by Akashic Books. Motor City’s finest literary talents–including Oates, Estleman, Holden, and Parrish–offer a shadowed spectrum of gripping, haunting visions. From crime stories in the classic hard-boiled style to the vividly experimental, from the determination of those risking everything to the desperation of those with nothing left to lose, Detroit Noir delivers unforgettable tales that capture the city’s dark vitality.

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Bookslinger Update: “Crip”

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9781933354491This weeks story comes from Las Vegas Noir, edited by Jarret Keene and Todd James Pierce and published by Akashic Books. In this chilling portrait of America’s Sin City, lady luck is just as likely to dispense cold hard cash as a cold-hearted killing. Las Vegas provides the classic sophistication and darkness necessary for a deadly noir story. Stylish, sultry, brimming with ambition and greed, the characters that populate this literary Las Vegas are pushed to the extremes of human experience. From the neon glitter of the Strip to the treacherous views of Red Rock Canyon and Boulder City, from the desperation of Naked City to the racial tensions of the Westside, no other location offers so many different avenues leading to serious trouble.

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Bookslinger Update: “Blue”

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9781936747641The story this week comes from Fire Year by Jason K. Friedman, published by Sarabande Books. Friedman investigates art, sexuality, love, and religion in seven unconventional and engrossing short stories. A gay man attends his high school reunion in Savannah, where he’s pursued by the now-married former football star. An awkward teenager grapples with notions of God and girls at his bar mitzvah. A curator’s assistant struggles to understand a five hundred-year-old Italian painter’s body of work, until his boyfriend (whom he’s previously written off as frivolous), makes an accidental discovery that challenges decades of art criticism. A moving picture of the trials religious, cultural, and sexual minorities experience in Georgia and the Deep South.

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Bookslinger Update: “The Dead Man’s Wife”

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9781936070640This week’s story comes from Lone Star Noir, a collection of short crime and mystery stories by a variety of authors, edited by Bobby Byrd and Johnny Byrd and published by Akashic Books. Texas enters the Akashic Noir Series arena with a dazzling array of terrifying, well-crafted short fiction.

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