Nick Cutter’s The Deep (2015)


Nick Cutter’s debut, The Troop, was one of those books about which I was truly ambivalent, literally thunking the book down after a haunting and visceral scene and snatching it up again because I simply had to know what was going to happen next. I recommended it widely to friends

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Nancy Lee’s The Age (2014)


Do you hear it when you look at the cover of Nancy Lee’s debut novel? Cue the music: “This is the dawning of….” The Age. It is an unusual title which manages to feel both like a fragment and an expansive concept. If readers do think of the song from

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Susie Moloney’s Things Withered (2013)


With book in hand, readers will know this is a collection of short fiction marketed as horror stories. But that's a broad stroke; Dracula and The Stand are both frightening tales. In the hands of Susie Moloney, a horror story sometimes means gruesome and moist: "Brains and cranial fluid seeped

Susie Moloney’s Things Withered (2013)2014-05-28T10:22:46-05:00

Nalo Hopkinson’s The Chaos (2012)


On the surface, Nalo Hopkinson's YA novel is about the chaos which ensues after a volcano emerges dramatically in Lake Ontario. Simon & Schuster, 2012 It also, however, takes on the chaotic elements of the reader's society: the sexism, ableism, homophobia and racism that characterizes the everyday world

Nalo Hopkinson’s The Chaos (2012)2020-10-22T12:23:46-05:00

Jeff Lemire’s Sweet Tooth Series


Jeff Lemire's style is immediately recognizable. The colours are sombre, earthy. Faces are often smudged with shadow. Sometimes entire pages appear to be shadowed. The lines are raw, sometimes inexact. Details in the background are sometimes perfectly drawn, like expertly squared tiles, and other times they are hasty cross-hatchings, a

Jeff Lemire’s Sweet Tooth Series2014-03-17T14:18:13-05:00
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