A man is offered the opportunity to partake in an exclusive, subscription-based eating club for those who wish to dine on human flesh. But he may have bitten off a little more than he can chew.
In 1981, John Crowley’s novel Little, Big was published. The World Fantasy Award-winning novel has, over the last four decades, found incredibly passionate fans. On the occasion of its 40th anniversary, Jonathan Thornton wrote, “It remains the kind of book that quietly changes people’s lives.”
And for almost twenty years, an anniversary edition of this life-changing book has been in the works. It’s quite the saga, and it has a happy ending: books are finally ready to ship. It took years—and the help of Neil Gaiman—to bring this project to light.
In the spring of 2020, I was desperately attempting to stay the pandemic doldrums by binge watching movies from my childhood. It was lockdown and I couldn’t go to work, couldn’t visit family and friends, and only left the house once a week for a hasty, sanitizer-drenched trips to the grocery store. Nostalgia (and steamy romance novels) was pretty much the only thing keeping me functioning. These are not the billion dollar blockbusters or the movies that have become a part of our cultural language, but the forgotten, the deep-cut cult classics, and the weirdly silly.
What could be better than a retelling of your favorite fairy tale? How about a retelling of two of your favorite fairy tales? How about a retelling that incorporates a bunch of your favorite fairy tales?
One of my favorite types of narrative is the mashup, wherein a bunch of existing characters or storylines mingle together, resulting in brand-new flavors, new adventures, and if you’re lucky, fresh nuances to explore.
When you call your cinematic universe the Immortal Universe, I guess you have to deliver. The second of AMC’s Anne Rice adaptations, Mayfair Witches, has just been renewed for a second season. It joins Interview with the Vampire in continuing said Immortal Universe for… well, ever, perhaps?
The gulfs of space are vast, awesome, and highly inconvenient. Crossing them with conventional chemical rockets would take millennia. Indeed, any rocket using even halfway plausible technology seems likely to consume several human lifespans before reaching even the closest stars.
Many authors, not wanting their characters to die of old age getting to Proxima Centauri, have abandoned plausible transport methods for the starkly implausible. Best of all? Techniques that allow travellers to step directly from one world to another without the bother of dealing with the intervening distance. The novels and series below feature five such methods.
Director Josh Ruben last brought the world Werewolves Within, and now he’s got a new kind of terror up his sleeve: In Green Bank, from writer Aaron Horwitz (The Cleansing Hour), a young woman in a town with no radio transmissions finds her employers are not exactly what they seem.
The film is set to star Jasmin Savoy Brown (Scream, Yellowjackets) and She-Hulk herself, Tatiana Maslany (pictured above), who I will follow anywhere, even into the terrifying wilds of small-town horror, thanks to her astonishing work in Orphan Black.
The now-classic Groundhog Day flirts with (and breaks) the rules of multiple movie genres: romantic comedy, time travel narrative, small town dramedy, spiritual redemption tale—and it’s also given birth to an entire subgenre of its own. The “Groundhog Day episode” is a mainstay of many television series, and the plot even pops up in films, novels, and short fiction. It’s a fun way to play with established characters, putting your faves through the emotional wringer while trying to solve a murder or stop a crime. And it can be an equally effective tool for riffing on entire genre tropes; mixing in high school drama, slasher horror, or other well-worn genres can lead to some fascinating mashups. And in (almost) all cases, the protagonist stuck in the time loop comes out on the other side all the better.
We’ve compiled a list of our favorite Groundhog Day riffs and the most memorable time loops in SFF. Take a break from listening to “I Got You Babe” for the nth time and check out these 14 recursive tales.
In 2021, Star Wars Visions presented a collection of new views of the galaxy far, far away—a season’s worth of shorts from a collection of Japanese animation studios. For the show’s second season—excuse me, Vol. 2—the series broadens its reach, pulling in animators from all around the globe.
The new collection of shorts lands on a meaningful day for Star Wars fans: May 4th.
The end of the improbable road…
We’re thrilled to reveal the cover of A. Deborah Baker’s Under the Smokestrewn Sky, the series finale of the popular Up-and-Under quartet from multi award-winning author Seanan McGuire under an open pseudonym—forthcoming October 17, 2023 from Tordotcom Publishing.
There’s a lot of anxiety in the air lately, which is understandable. What is somewhat less understandable is the way it’s getting its sticky little anxiety fingers on the topic of books and reading. People seem confused about why other people have bookshelves with books on them. There are men griping about things so trivial as the little notes estimating reading time for online essays. Do we need these notes? No. Are they accurate for everyone? No. Are they “antithetical to real reading”? Also no. We are all free to ignore them.
And we are all free to do whatever we like with out books—to keep them, to toss them, to build our own libraries that reflect our own growth and reading lives. To do this is not, as one op-ed recently put it, to belong to a cult of book ownership. You can have a lot of books on the shelves behind you in all your Zoom meetings, or you can have zero books visible in your house. Neither one says anything definitive about you as a person.
Your personal library, however big or small, is fine just the way it is.
One of the absolute best bits of Buffy the Vampire Slayer trivia has been confirmed by star Sarah Michelle Gellar: Yes, Dolly Parton was a producer on the show. To be more precise, she was a co-founder of Sandollar Productions, which produced Buffy, Angel, and the original, Kristy Swanson-starring Buffy film.
She even sent Christmas gifts!