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The Chronic-cles

Photo by Drew Reilly “Marijuana Chronicles,” edited by Jonathan Santlofer, is an eclectic book of short stories, creative non-fiction, poetry plus a bonus graphic-novel piece that will give readers a light buzz and a hunger for more. The anthology is the next in Akashic’s Drug Chronicles series and certainly perpetuates the popular plant. The collection is […]

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A Taste of the Noir East

Interview by Ned Landers “Manila Noir,” edited by Jessica Hagedorn, is a collection revealing the underbelly of The Philippines’ capital city. The stories within “Manila Noir” offer a glimpse at this mysterious city and the people who reside in its darkness—even those Manilenos who have peered into the shadows, intrigued or horrified. This Southeast sampler […]

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They Came from UglyTown

Illustrations by Paul Pope “By The Balls: The Complete Collection,” written by Jim Pascoe and Tom Fassbender with illustrations by Paul Pope, throws readers into the underbelly of city life, where two-bit criminals gather in a warehouse for a cock fight, where crime bosses shuttle people who know too much down to the local quarry […]

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A Society Stemmed from the Depths of Hell

  Without Dante Alighieri, there would be no John Milton, Stephen King, Troma Studios or our Christian concept of the hereafter. Written over 700 years ago, his masterpiece, “The Divine Comedy” _ made up of three individual books: “Inferno,” “Pergatorio” and “Paradiso” _  changed an entire society’s outlook on the afterlife and still endures in […]

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Kevin Killian Gets Wide Open On His New Book: “Spreadeagle”

  “Spreadeagle”, by Kevin Killian, is a double header with two distinctive stories about two very different sets of characters. Part I, “Extreme Remedies,” follows the life of self-promoting and often-pompous fiction writer Daniel Isham, who is well-known for writing the “Rick and Dick” series, poppy and comical books about two gay men, which are […]

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The Lament of the “Autumn People”

The presence of a legendary writer has a certain undeniable gravitational force. It attracts, and sometimes repels, but always creates its own orbit. This is equally true when one leaves us. Since the passing of the great teller of tales, cosmic vibrations — in a silent and pandemic way — have been altering irrevocably those […]