What I Read and Wrote and Did in 2018

First things first: I went to Indonesia in 2018! I read from Tales of Falling and Flying at the Jakarta Post 2018 Writers Series, taught a class the next day at the Jakarta Post Writing Center, and then spent the rest of the time eating, wandering around the biggest mall I’d ever seen, and marveling in horror at the traffic. Then I came home and read The Year of Living Dangerously and reconceptualized everything I’d seen.

After that, I was Guest Fiction Writer at the Antioch University MFA Residency, and gave guest lectures and readings at UCR Palm Desert and the Lighthouse Writers LitFest in Denver. I had two stories from Tales of Falling and Flying performed at Selected Shorts— the first, “The Man, the Restaurant, and the Eiffel Tower,” was read by Stana Katic at the Getty Center in Los Angeles, and the second, “The Cape,” was read by Tony Yazbeck at Symphony Space in New York, and then performed as dance by Forrest Hersey and Patrick O’Brien of Pigeonwing Dance, as choreographed by Gabrielle Lamb. You can see a recording of the entire dance here.

I was on a panel called “Fiction: Strange and Beautiful” at the LA Times Festival of Books, along with Victor LaValle, Carmen Maria Machado, and Amy Wallen (I mostly talked about my ambivalent addiction to horror movies, I think). I said something on Twitter about how much I love the movie Sneakers, and then within minutes was asked to host a screening of the movie for Popcorn and Politics and talk about how much I loved it with Roxane Gay (who also loves it, because smart people love Sneakers). I got to host three wonderful writers—Damien Ober, Mark Leidner, and Micah Perks—when they came through LA on their book tours. I went to the ICFA conference in Orlando, Florida, where I did a reading with Paul Tremblay and Anna Kashina, and the Readercon conference in Massachusetts, where I did a reading with my friend Maria Dahvana Headley and was on an In Memoriam panel about my friend Kit Reed, who died last year after writing about 7,000 books and making me laugh 100,000 times. (You should buy her collection The Story Until Now, because it’s great and will get you hooked.)

I published four new stories in 2018: “The Vatican” at Electric Literature, “The Friend with the Knife in His Back” at the Kenyon Review, “Mystery (The Third Man)” at Wigleaf, and “Just a Thought About the Oscar Mayer Wienermobile” in the Coachella Review. I’m proud of them all, but I have to say, “Mystery (The Third Man)” is my favorite story I’ve written in years. I wish they could all be like that one.

I also had four stories (“The Dodo,” “The Writer,” “The Ambulance Driver,” and “The Squid Who Fell in Love with the Sun“) reprinted in The Jakarta Post, Indonesia’s English language newspaper (they publish short stories in the newspaper over there (what a marvelous place!)). My story “Power Lines,” which appeared in Hobart last year, was translated into Italian by Sara Reggiani and published at Edizioni Black Coffee.

Speaking of translation, my collection Tales of Falling and Flying was translated into Farsi by Asadollah Amraee and published in Iran this year by Ofoq Publications, the same people who previously published Stories for Nighttime and Some for the Day over there. The cover (which features the bat-like creatures from “The Astronaut”) was built, lit, photographed, and digitally manipulated by Majid Kashani, and I love it desperately. You can watch a great time-lapse video of the making of it here.

Other good news: my story “The Rock Eater” (from Tales of Falling and Flying) was included in Year’s Best Weird Fiction, Vol. 5which will sadly be the final volume in the series. Many thanks to editors Robert Shearman and Michael Kelly for that honor. Meanwhile, the 2017 Tachyon anthology The New Voices of Fantasy, which includes my story “The Duck” (from Stories for Nighttime and Some for the Day) won a World Fantasy Award for Best Anthology! Thereby making me about 1/20th of a World Fantasy Award-winning author. (Don’t tell me it doesn’t really work that way, I don’t want to know.)

Otherwise, what happened? I was interviewed here, here, here, here, here, and here. I taught a lot of classes. I watched a billion movies on FilmStruck (including 19 by William Wellman alone (Midnight Mary being the best of them, you should watch Midnight Mary)) until it suddenly and tragically shut down. I drove a bunch of kids down from the top of a burning mountain, finally got to see Gillian Welch play live in concert, and learned how to play all of Kill ’em All on guitar (and then promptly forgot). I saw Hereditary in the theater twice, Roma twice, Mandy and Mother! both on the same day, and rediscovered The Melvins for the forty-seventh glorious time. Also, my parents had a 50th Wedding Anniversary! So I went to that and took a picture of a cake.

Reading-wise, I read 140 books. The best of them was The Fact of a Body by Alexandria Marzano-Lesnevich, which nearly gave me a nervous breakdown (the highest compliment I can give). I also loved Brian Evenson’s book about Raymond Carver’s What We Talk About When We Talk About Love, which is confusingly titled Raymond Carver’s What We Talk About When We Talk About Love (those people over at Ig Publishing’s Bookmarked division are doing great things but the titles are a little unwieldy).

The best story collection I read this year was When We Were Someone Else by Rachel Groves. It won the G.S. Sharat Chandra Prize for Short Fiction and was published by BkMk press, but I’ve never heard or seen a single person talk about it, which is odd, as it was kind of breathtakingly good.

Other books I really loved this year: the mind-bendingly fantastic Strange Tales from a Chinese Studio by Pu Songling (recommended to me by the great Jeffrey Ford), The Shape of the Ruins by Juan Gabriel Vasquez, Mrs. Caliban by Rachel Ingalls, Kudos by Rachel Cusk (a great end to a great trilogy), In the Distance by Hernan Diaz, The Garbage Times/White Ibis by Sam Pink (why is Sam Pink not famous the world over?), Barbie Chang by Victoria Chang (which also has an amazing cover), and The Possessed by Elif Batuman.

Other favorites: Old Open by Alex Higley, Untouchable by Scott O’Connor, Ill Will by Dan Chaon, Sorry to Disrupt the Peace by Patty Yumi Cottrell, Minions of the Moon by Richard Bowes, Idiophone by Amy Fusselman, Brown Dog by Jim Harrison, Comemadre by Roque Larroquy, Random Family by Adrian Nicole LeBlanc (though it was depressing as hell), At Home in the World by Joyce Maynard (also depressing as hell), Oranges by John McPhee (not depressing at all!), The Library Book by Susan Orlean, The Mercy of the Tide by Keith Rosson, IQ by Joe Ide, The Madonnas of Echo Park by Brando Skyhorse, Stephen Florida by Gabe Habash, Mystery by Peter Straub, The Shark-Infested Custard by Charles Willeford, Viator by Lucius Shepard, Freedom from the Known by Krishnamurti, and An Untouched House by Willem Frederik Hermans.

I read two books by Simenon, two by Stephen Millhauser, and two by Daniel Woodrell; three by Megan Abbott (Queenpin was the best), Alejandro Jodorowsky (loved The Finger and the Moon), and Ronald Malfi (Floating Staircase was really haunting); four by Philip Roth (then he died and there was a run on his books at the library); and eleven by Richard Stark (culminating in the one-two punch of Slayground and Butcher’s Moon, which was (and should have remained) a hell of an end to the Parker series).

And… that’s about it! Anyone who’s interested can follow my reading over on Goodreads, though I don’t talk as much as I used to on there. I’m kinda tired of the internet.

My reading resolution for 2019: write more, read less.

Did I mention that I’m really proud of this story?

A Few Updates

Very happy to announce that my story “The Rock Eater” (from Tales of Falling and Flying) will be in Year’s Best Weird Fiction, Vol. 5 (which will sadly be the final volume of this eerie, magnificent series). Many thanks to editors Robert Shearman and Michael Kelly for choosing the story—I worked on it obsessively for five or six years and am so glad to see it being recognized.

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A few months ago, actress Stana Katic (of Castle and Absentia) read my story “The Man, the Restaurant, and the Eiffel Tower” (also from Tales of Falling and Flying) at a Selected Shorts event at the Getty Center in Los Angeles. That performance is now available on the Improbable Dreams episode of the Selected Shorts podcast.

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This Sunday, October 28, I will be talking to Micah Perks about her new book, True Love and Other Dreams of Miraculous Escape, at Skylight Books in Los Angeles. It’s also Skylight’s 22nd Birthday Party, so come on down! 5:00pm.

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On Thursday, November 1, I’ll be at the Ahrya Fine Arts Theater in Beverly Hills at 7pm for a special screening of Sneakers, one of my all-time favorite movies, and afterwards I’ll be talking about it with Roxane Gay (author of Bad Feminist and Hunger) and Mariel Garza of the Los Angeles Times.

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And finally, on December 12 (and this is pretty amazing), I’ll be in New York to see the Selected Shorts Dance In America program, which will include an adaptation of my story “The Cape” (from Tales of Falling and Flying) choreographed for dance by Gabrielle Lamb of Pigeonwing Dance. Still can’t believe this is actually happening, but I guess it is?? Can’t wait.

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That’s all the news for now! If you’re looking for some new stories of mine to read, you can find “The Vatican” over at Electric Literature, “The Friend with the Knife in His Back” at the Kenyon Review, and “Mystery (The Third Man)” at Wigleaf (which is also running a short interview with me). Other stories are upcoming soon in A Public Space, Coachella Review, Cherry Tree, Post Road, and more. Enjoy!

 

My 2017 in Reading and Writing

My second collection, Tales of Falling and Flying, was released by Penguin in September. It got a great review from NPR, a starred review in Kirkus, and was chosen as one of The Paris Review Staff’s Favorite Books of 2017.

I was profiled on the front page of the LA Times Book Section and interviewed by Steph Cha at the Los Angeles Review of Books. I appeared on OtherPpl with Brad Listi and went to the Harbor Springs Festival of the Book in Harbor Springs, Michigan, where I bought a great sweatshirt and ate some delicious cookies. My story “The Monster” appeared on Selected Shorts, read by John Cameron Mitchell (a.k.a. HEDWIG!).  Tales of Falling and Flying went into a second printing.

My book tour took me up and down the east and west coasts, as well as to the Tattered Cover Bookstore in Denver, Colorado (where I first read H.P. Lovecraft and P.G. Wodehouse when I was little). While I was there, I stopped off at the Lighthouse Writers Workshop and gave a guest lecture and drank a lot of coffee.

I signed with Rich Green at ICM to handle film & TV rights, and with Jessica Craig at Craig Literary to handle foreign rights.

I continued to teach short story writing at the UCLA Extension Writers’ Program, and spent the summer up in the mountains, teaching adults and high schoolers at the Idyllwild Arts Summer Program in Idyllwild, CA.

I had eleven stories published in magazines and journals in 2017, including in TASTE, Fusion, The New York Tyrant, The Sewanee Review, Another Chicago Magazine, Hobart, Lithub, and Eleven Eleven. I also had stories accepted by Post Road, The Kenyon Review, and A Public Space; looking forward to seeing those in 2018.

As for reading: it was a good year. I read 156 books, and only hated a few of them. My favorite by far was The Path to Power: The Years of Lyndon Johnson, Volume One by Robert Caro, which my dad had been telling me to read for 25 years. Well, it turned out he was right. I’ve found that I can’t do this book justice by talking about it, so all I will say is this: I didn’t know a book could be so good.

Beyond that, I loved Scott McClanahan’s The Sarah Bookbut I love everything Scott McClanahan writes, so that was no surprise. Other favorites: Colonel Rutherford’s Colt by Lucius Shepard (which really needs to be republished with a better cover, for god’s sake), Little Virtues by Natalia Ginzburg, Mind of My Mind by Octavia Butler (her whole Patternmaster series is amazing), We Others: New and Selected Stories by Steven Millhauser, The Night Ocean by Paul La Farge (probably the most fun I had reading a book all year), Submission by Michel Houellebecq, Giovanni’s Room by James Baldwin, Abbot Awaits by Chris Bachelder, Revenge by Yoko Ogawa (the best book of interlocking stories I’ve read since J Ryan Stradal’s Kitchens of the Great Midwest), Outline and Transit by Rachel Cusk, Behold the Void and Sacculina by Philip Fracassi, Gentlemen Prefer Blondes by Anita Loos (with a new forward by Jenny McPhee), Insurrections by Rion Amilcar Scott, Use of Weapons by Iain Banks, They All Saw A Cat by Brendan Wenzel (a picture book which made me inexplicably burst into tears at the end), Underground Airlines by Ben Winters, Acorn by Yoko Ono (which I liked even more than Grapefruit, if that’s possible), Reflections in a Golden Eye by Carson McCullers (which is completely bonkers btw), and Work by Bud Smith– which, besides being hilarious, heartbreaking, and almost frighteningly brilliant, turned out to also be the first (and only) book I’ve ever read that actually mentioned me in it. I existed in the book! How crazy is that?

What else? I also really enjoyed For the Sake of Heaviness: The History of Metal Blade Records by Brian Slagel & Mark Eglinton (though, to be honest, I will read and enjoy anything about 80s thrash metal), and Aaron Burch’s Stephen King’s The Body, which taught me not a whole lot about Stephen King’s “The Body,” but quite a bit about Aaron Burch’s life and childhood, and, by extension and comparison, my own. I also had a great time rereading The Dark Country by Dennis Etchison, which I hadn’t read in years, and which turned out to be even scarier and more beautifully written than I remembered. I continued my journey through Richard Stark’s Parker novels, particularly enjoying The Seventh and The Rare Coin Score. I read three books by Marcy Dermansky (Twins, Bad Marie, and The Red Car) and three books by Victor LaValle (The Ballad of Black Tom, The Devil in Silver, and The Changeling), loved them all, and look forward to reading everything else they ever write.

My favorite stories I read this year were: “Further Interpretations of Real-Life Events” by Kevin Moffett, “Toda Luna, Todo Año” by Lucia Berlin, “Mandala” by Philip Fracassi, “Soldier of Fortune” by Bret Anthony Johnston, “The Atlas of Hell” by Nathan Ballingrud, “Zolaria” by Caitlin Horrocks, “The Nimble Men” by Glen Hirshberg, “It Only Comes Out At Night” and “It Will Be Here Soon” by Dennis Etchison, “The Siege at Whale Cay” by Meghan Mayhew Bergman, “After the People Lights Have Gone Off” by Stephen Graham Jones, “The Grammarian’s Five Daughters” by Eleanor Arnason, “My Flannel Knickers” by Leonora Carrington, “The Fall River Axe Murders” by Angela Carter, and “Eisenheim the Illusionist” by Steven Millhauser.

If anyone wants to see everything I read during the year, you’re welcome to friend me on Goodreads.

My reading resolution for 2018 is: I will no longer force myself to finish books I don’t like.

Fuck ’em.

On a personal note, I also went to Sweden and Finland for a week in 2017, and had a great time! I took precisely one photo. Here it is:

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Happy 2018, everybody! Let’s hope it is full of wonders.

Tales of Falling and Flying

My second collection, Tales of Falling and Flying, will be out from Penguin on September 5th:

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“Ben’s stories are little gifts, strange and moving and wonderfully human. I devoured this book in one sitting.” —Ransom Riggs

“Who the hell is this guy? What happened to make this brain? These are the questions you’ll ask after Ben Loory’s Tales of Falling and Flying. Loory is the psychedelic Aesop of our modern age, the king of talking birds and frogs, characters named war and peace, the Apuleuis of the internet generation. His words are full of swords and wings. Get ready. They’ll cut you. They’ll make you fly.” —Scott McClanahan

“Russell Edson’s new protege, or Steven Millhauser, distilled into tea. Meet, or re-meet Ben Loory, whose preposterous, friendly stories can’t help but charm. They are so bizarrely readable they don’t even feel like they’re made of words.” —Aimee Bender

“This darn book is like receiving a sword in the mail or finding a maze in the kitchen or a squid who fell in love with the sun or a dragon in the backyard; it’s confusing at first and then the next thing happens.” —Ron Carlson

“To read a Ben Loory story is to slip through a portal into an adjacent dimension. To learn—with brevity and clarity—the laws of this universe next door, new rules of logic and contradiction and truth. And, in the end, to be left with the disturbing and wondrous feeling of having never left home at all.” —Charles Yu

“These tiny off-kilter fairy tales, equal parts Beckett and Twilight Zone, will amply suit surrealistic seniors and twisted teens alike. Perfect for reading on strange beaches and by oddly-shaped swimming pools. Fits right in your pocket or purse for emergency doses of the charming and weird.” –Janet Fitch

“Parables, dark fables, quirky flash fictions—call them what you will, Ben Loory has perfected the form and in Tales of Falling and Flying proves once again he can disturb a little and entertain a lot. Easily read, not easily forgotten.” —Jeff VanderMeer

“Ben Loory is a wonder. I’d like to curl up inside his marvelous head and canoodle with a besotted squid, swallow a tiny dragon, levitate with Death and fall in love with the Eiffel Tower, and after reading these sublime stories—slyly funny, melancholy and deeply weird—I suppose I have, and it was fantastic.” —Elissa Schappell

“One of my favorite writers, smart, original Ben Loory is almost impossible to describe. Like Bruno Schultz, if Shultz had been born to a left-handed Little League coach in Short Hills, NJ? Like Lydia Davis, if she’d been hatched from an egg? Like listening to a conversation between Betty Davis and Miles Davis outside the house where Amy Winehouse died? Like listening to Mick and Keef not talk about Altamont? Probably there is a war going on somewhere, but these cool, dazzling little tales will never let on.” —Peter Straub

“Ben Loory’s stories are like perfect kōans cracked from inside the world’s smartest fortune cookie; funny, crunchy, and irresistible.” —Mark Haskell Smith

“Delightfully disarming stories for readers seeking a plunge down the rabbit hole.” —Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

Pre-order Tales of Falling and Flying now on Indiebound or Amazon or Barnes & Noble.

Or add it to your Goodreads shelf here.

What I read in 2016

Well, it was a good year for reading– at least partially because I got rid of the internet. I read 136 books, I think? Though I’m probably forgetting a couple.

A few of my favorites (not including books by people I know): The Throwback Special by Chris Bachelder, My Lord Bag of Rice: New and Selected Stories by Carol Bly, Patternmaster by Octavia Butler, A Kind of Flying: Selected Stories by Ron Carlson, About Writing by Samuel Delany, The U.S.A. Trilogy by John Dos Passos, The King of Elfland’s Daughter by Lord Dunsany, Immobility and Father of Lies by Brian Evenson, The Best American Mystery Stories of the Century edited by Tony Hillerman & Otto Penzler, The Wide, Carnivorous Sky and Other Monstrous Geographies by John Langan, The Mad and the Bad by Jean-Patrick Manchette, The Elephant Vanishes by Haruki Murakami, Straight Life: The Story of Art Pepper by Art & Laurie Pepper, The Dragon Griaule by Lucius Shepard, American Fantastic Tales, Volume 1: Poe to the Pulps edited by Peter Straub, All the King’s Men by Robert Penn Warren, and Cockfighter by Charles Willeford.

A few of my favorite stories: “Good and Bad” by Lucia Berlin, “The Tomcat’s Wife” by Carol Bly, “Golden Baby” by Alice Brown, “Amnesty” by Octavia Butler, “The Moment of Decision” by Stanley Ellin, “Black Bark” by Brian Evenson, “The Prelate’s Commission” by Jeffrey Ford, “The Gutting of Couffignal” by Dashiell Hammett, “You Become the Neighborhood” by Glen Hirshberg, “The Music Copyist” by Spencer Holst, “Vintage Season” by Henry Kuttner & C.L. Moore, “The Wide, Carnivorous Sky” by John Langan, “The Faery Handbag” by Kelly Link, “Sleep” by Haruki Murakami, “Hippocampus” by Adam Nevill, “Inconstant Moon” by Larry Niven, and pretty much every single story in the collection A Kind of Flying by Ron Carlson.

My least favorite book I read this year was The Players and the Game by Julian Symons, which I read because it was on the H.R.F. Keating list of the 100 Best Mysteries of All Time. I read a lot of books off that list, and got more and more confused, until I finally decided that whoever H.R.F. Keating is, our tastes are Very Different. I do, on the other hand, highly recommend The Best American Mystery Stories of the Century, edited by Hillerman & Penzler, which was nothing but a joy from beginning to end.

Reading goals for next year: more stories, fewer novels, lots of non-fiction.

Anyway, here’s the whole list:

Alling, Meredith. Sing the Song
Allingham, Margery. The Tiger in the Smoke
Austen, Jane. Northanger Abbey
Bachelder, Chris. The Throwback Special
Baldwin, James. Another Country
Banks, Iain M. The Player of Games
Bardin, John Franklin. Devil Take the Blue-Tail Fly
Bardin, John Franklin. The Deadly Percheron
Barron, Laird, ed. Year’s Best Weird Fiction Vol. 1
Barron, Laird. The Croning

Beatty, Paul. The Sellout
Bellow, Saul. The Adventures of Augie March
Blackwood, Algernon. The Complete John Silence Stories
Blake, Nicholas. The Private Wound
Bloch, Robert. The Dead Beat
Bly, Carol. My Lord Bag of Rice: New and Selected Stories
Brand, Christiana. Green for Danger
Brown, Fredric. Here Comes a Candle
Brown, Fredric. His Name Was Death
Brown, Fredric. The Fabulous Clipjoint

Brown, Fredric. The Far Cry
Butler, Octavia. Bloodchild and Other Stories
Butler, Octavia. Kindred
Butler, Octavia. Patternmaster
Butler, Robert Olen, and Masih, Tara, eds. The Best Small Fictions 2015
Card, Orson Scott. Speaker for the Dead
Carlson, Ron. A Kind of Flying
Castro, Adam-Troy. Her Husband’s Hands and Other Stories
Chandler, Raymond. The High Window
Chase, Joan. During the Reign of the Queen of Persia

Chaze, Elliott. Black Wings Has My Angel
Clarke, Arthur C. The Fountains of Paradise
Cline, Emma. The Girls
Collins, Wilkie. The Moonstone
Compton-Burnett, Ivy. The Mighty and Their Fall
Cross, Amanda. Death in a Tenured Position
Crumley, James. The Last Good Kiss
Datlow, Ellen, ed. The Best Horror of the Year Vol. 4
Datlow, Ellen, ed. The Best Horror of the Year Vol. 8
De Camp, L Sprague, and F Pratt. The Incomplete Enchanter

Delany, Samuel. About Writing
Delany, Samuel. Stars in My Pocket Like Grains of Sand
Delany, Samuel. The Ballad of Beta-2
Delany, Samuel. The Jewels of Aptor
Dickinson, Peter. The Glass-Sided Ants’ Nest
Didion, Joan. Slouching Towards Bethlehem
Dos Passos, John. The 42nd Parallel
Dos Passos, John. 1919
Dos Passos, John. The Big Money
Dunsany, Lord. The King of Elfland’s Daughter

Dunsany, Lord. Time and the Gods
Ellin, Stanley. The Specialty of the House: The Complete Mystery Stories 1948-1978
Eustis, Helen. The Horizontal Man
Evenson, Brian. A Collapse of Horses
Evenson, Brian. Altmann’s Tongue
Evenson, Brian. Father of Lies
Evenson, Brian. Immobility
Evenson, Brian. Last Days
Everett, Percival. I Am Not Sidney Poitier
Farrell, James T. Young Lonigan

Fleming, Joan. Young Man, I Think You’re Dying
Ford, Jeffrey. A Natural History of Hell
Ford, Jeffrey. Crackpot Palace
Gordimer, Nadine. The Late Bourgeois World
Hamsun, Knut. Growth of the Soil
Hansen, Joseph. Skinflick
Hartwell, David, ed. The World Treasury of Science Fiction
Heinlein, Robert. The Moon is a Harsh Mistress
Hempel, Amy. Reasons to Live
Hillerman, Tony, and Otto Penzler, eds. The Best American Mystery Stories of the Century

Himes, Chester. A Rage in Harlem
Himes, Chester. Blind Man With a Pistol
Holst, Spencer. The Language of Cats and Other Stories
Houllebecq, Michel. Platform
Houston, Pam. Cowboys Are My Weakness
Hubbard, L Ron. Final Blackout
James, P.D. The Black Tower
Johnson, Adam. Fortune Smiles
Jones, Stephen Graham. Mongrels
King, Stephen. The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon

Langan, John. The Fisherman
Langan, John. The Wide, Carnivorous Sky and Other Monstrous Geographies
Leckie, Ann. Ancillary Justice
Link, Kelly. Magic for Beginners
MacDonald, John D. The Green Ripper
Mamatas, Nick. I Am Providence
Manchette, Jean-Patrick. The Mad and the Bad
McClanahan, Scott. The Incantations of Daniel Johnston
McKillip, Patricia. Ombria in Shadow
McMurtry, Larry. All My Friends Are Going to Be Strangers

Millar, Margaret. Beast in View
Millar, Margaret. Beyond This Point are Monsters
Mirrlees, Hope. Lud-in-the-Mist
Moorcock, Michael. The Black Corridor
Moore, Lorrie. Self-Help
Morrell, David. The Totem
Murakami, Haruki. The Elephant Vanishes
Murphy, Pat. The Falling Woman
Nevill, Adam. The Ritual
Nguyen, Viet Thanh. The Sympathizer

O’Hara, John. The Lockwood Concern
Olmstead, Robert. Coal Black Horse
Pepper, Art & Laurie. Straight Life: The Art Pepper Story
Pohl, Frederick. Jem
Powers, Tim. Last Call
Rendell, Ruth. A Judgement in Stone
Ross, Adam. Ladies and Gentlemen
Sayers, Dorothy. The Nine Tailors
Shepard, Lucius. Green Eyes
Shepard, Lucius. The Dragon Griaule

Simenon, Georges. My Friend Maigret
Sims, George. The Last Best Friend
Spillaine, Mickey, and Collins, Max Allan, eds. A Century of Noir: Thirty-Two Classic Crime Stories
Stapledon, Olaf. Last and First Men
Stark, Richard. The Jugger
Stark, Richard. The Man with the Getaway Face
Stark, Richard. The Mourner
Stark, Richard. The Outfit
Stark, Richard. The Score
Stefano, Karen. The Secret Games of Words

Straub, Peter, ed. American Fantastic Tales, Volume 1: Poe to the Pulps
Straub, Peter. Koko
Symons, Julian. The Players and the Game
Tepper, Sheri. Beauty
Tey, Josephine. The Franchise Affair
Tremblay, Paul. A Head Full of Ghosts
Uhnak, Dorothy. The Investigation
Wambaugh, Joseph. The Glitter Dome
Warren, Robert Penn. All the King’s Men
Westlake, Donald. Nobody’s Perfect

White, Ethel Lina. The Wheel Spins (The Lady Vanishes)
Willeford, Charles. Cockfighter
Willeford, Charles. Pick-up
Willingham, Calder. The Gates of Hell
Woolrich, Cornell. Night Has A Thousand Eyes
Wright, Richard. Native Son