Now here’s a cameo more exciting than a superhero crossover! Ariell Johnson, owner of Amalgam Comics & Coffeehouse in Philadelphia, is the first black woman to own a comic book store on the East Coast—and she’s also the first to appear on the cover of a Marvel Comic! Chatting it up with new Iron Man Riri Williams, no less. That’s the kind of groundbreaking news you’ll find in today’s publishing culture roundup!
- Karen Joy Fowler, Kelly Sue De Connick, and others will honor Ursula K. Le Guin at this year’s James Tiptree, Jr. Symposium!
- Shapeshifters, archipelago kingdoms, and “Hungry Daughters of Starving Mothers” are among B&N Sci-Fi’s favorite speculative works inspired by Asia, Southeast Asia, and the Middle East.
- Electric Literature and artist Sara Lautman imagine what kind of candy you’ll get if you yell “trick or treat!” at famous authors this Halloween:
- A graveyard apartment, a spooky house-swap, and a brain pondering its own existence (from Tor.com Publishing’s The Warren) are some of the horror standouts from the New York Times‘ Latest and Best in Horror column.
- Almost as discomfiting is McSweeney’s latest piece of brilliance: “If Women Wrote Men the Way Men Write Women.”
- And Bram Stoker’s Dracula owes a debt to another vampire… Carmilla.