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10-30-14 : Brian J. Showers Opens 'the Green Book: Issue 4'

200 Years of LeFanu

Celebrating the bicentennial of J. S. LeFanu in style, 'The Green Book' Issue four is another wonderful exploration of a weird little corner of literature, and a great example of how careful editing can make even the most obscure subject fascinating and entertaining beyond all expectations.

Showers stated goal is right there in the title; and even if you think, well, that's a little specialized for me, you might find yourself very pleasantly surprised.

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Jim Rockhill and Brian J. Showers Recall 'Dreams of Shadow and Smoke: Stories for J. S. Le Fanu' : New Stories for an Antiquary
William T. Vollmann Tells 'Last Stories and Other Stories' : Atlas of the Afterlife
Alix Christie Hires 'Gutenberg's Apprentice' : Fifteenth Century Start-Ups
Commentary Archive
Dreams of Shadow and Smoke: Stories for J. S. Le Fanu
Jim Rockhill and Brian J. Showers

New storie of the fantstic for an old master.

Reviewed by
Rick Kleffel


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Last Stories and Other Stories
William T. Vollmann
Reviewed by
Rick Kleffel
Gutenberg's Apprentice
Alix Christie
Reviewed by
Rick Kleffel
So We Read On: How The Great Gatsby Came to Be and Why It Endures
Maureen Corrigan
Reviewed by
Rick Kleffel


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NEW! 10-30-14: Time to Read Episode 181: Paolo Bacigalupi, 'The Doubt Factory'

10-27-14: A 2014 Interview with Brian J. Showers

"I have a lot reference materials on my desk..." —Brian J. Showers

By all means, run, don’t walk and buy everything that Brian J. Showers touches. He's re-issued 'Old Albert: An Epilogue' and recently released 'Dreams of Smoke and Shadow,' an anthology of stories (co-edited with Jim Rockhill) dedicated to and inspired by J. S. LeFanu. He runs The Swan River Press, an outstanding publishing company with a spotless record of great material. And he edits a great weird journal, 'The Green Book,' with Issue 4 out now.
10-20-14: A 2014 Interview with William T. Vollmann

"...that's the choice we make with death..." —William T. Vollmann

I had about 40 pounds of thick, award-winning books with me when I went to speak to William T. Vollmann. I must admit to being nervous. He was a man who pulled prestigious honors from the air, and I was here to talk to him about 'Last Stories and Other Stories,' a collection of work that could only be described as macabre fiction.
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A 2014 Interview with Alix Christie : "This was the world's first tech start-up."
A 2014 Interview with Maureen Corrigan : "On his death in 1940, there were remaindered copies..."
A 2014 Interview with Lawrence Wright : "...peace is possible..."
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