Literature

Lucifer is such a drag

'The Weirdness' is Faust in the Information Age, with a strong dose of ironic detachment

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LIT In this workaday world we live in, it's good to inject a little weirdness. Mix in moments of the metaphysical and dabs of the divine into our banal, everyday existence. And you can start by grabbing a copy of The Weirdness (Melville House, 288 pp., $16.95) and letting novelist Jeremy P. Bushnell do it for you.Read more »

Scream team

Movie guide 'Hidden Horror' is for fans, by fans

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Even bloodthirsty know-it-alls will unearth fresh meat — and titles worth revisiting — in Hidden Horror: A Celebration of 101 Underrated and Overlooked Fright Flicks (Kitley's Krypt, 312 pp., $17.95). Edited by Chicago-based blogger and actor Aaron "Dr. AC" Christensen (Horror 101: The A-List of Horror Films and Monster Movies), the book contains enthusiastic essays by 101 different authors, including scribes from Fangoria, Rue Morgue, and HorrorHound magazines.Read more »

In the cut

Poet Randall Mann's breakthrough 'Straight Razor' slices into gay life now

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LIT "Everywhere the gay narrative in this country is about freedom, but the reality doesn't match up. I'm interested in exploring the corners that aren't free — from bullied queer children killing themselves to the elaborate social prisons we concoct for ourselves online," Randall Mann told me. Read more »

Writing in the dark

True-crime author Harold Schechter talks murder and 'The Mad Sculptor'

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LIT True-crime fans will know the name Harold Schechter: the prolific author and Queens College professor has written books on such nefarious characters as H.H. Holmes, Albert Fish, and Ed Gein, as well as mystery novels centered around Edgar Allan Poe. His latest is The Mad Sculptor: The Maniac, The Model, and the Murder that Shook the Nation (Amazon Publishing/New Harvest, 386 pp., $24 hardcover, $9.99 eBook). Read more »

The language of hope

With its current poet laureate, SF's literary scene is enjoying a poesía en español renaissance

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By Fernando Andres Torres

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Divining the entrails

New Last Gasp releases explore the unsettling art of Laurie Lipton and Elizabeth McGrath

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Local heroes

Image Expo unleashes 'Walking Dead' secrets, intergalactic mysteries, and more comic-tastic delights

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LIT Comics have grown a lot since their humble early days, when superheroes seemed confused as to whether their underwear belonged on the inside or the outside of their tights. Now anti-heroes and tales of personal tragedy guide the ink on the page as often as not, and Berkeley-based publisher Image Comics leads the pack in pushing comic stories to wonderfully dark places.Read more »

On the migrant trail

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P>From 2007 to 2010, Salvadoran journalist Óscar Martínez made six different excursions on The Beast, a rusted freight train that carries Central American migrants throughout Mexico on their journey to the Southern U.S. border. His vivid, eye-opening account is now available in English, in a recently published edition titled The Beast: Riding the Rails and Dodging Narcos on the Migrant Trail, by Verso Books.Read more »

Page turners

BOOKS ISSUE: Short reviews of great books and comics

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THE HOUSE THAT DRIPPED GORE

By Dan West (Self-published, 184 pp., $13)Read more »