We’ll be switching online submission managers from manuscripthub to submishmash on April 1st. At that time we’ll begin accepting online submissions to our contests. Thanks to manuscripthub for their service and hard work. We’ve had a great relationship with them. And thank you to those who have been waiting for the online submissions manager. All
Jim Shepard has written an excellent appreciation of the late John Hawkes, who is probably (IMO) one of the greatest authors of the twentieth century. Nobody wrote like he did. He wrote the most nightmarish fiction I can possibly think of, weird dreamlike wordscapes in which characters seemed to float from point to point, regardless
Barry Hannah has died. He was a great short-story author; Airships, in particular, is essential reading.
Here, a list of the best novel opening lines and a list of the best novel closing lines. (note: second list is a PDF and, naturally, contains spoilers) I like how William Gaddis invariably tells you the theme of his giant novels within the first few words (This is also the case with The Recognitions,
This book is problematic. I didn’t much like it myself, although conscience forces me to admit there’s some good stuff in here (particularly the sequence where the narrator participates in the savage beatdown of a pimp–the way that there’s absolutely no reflection on how “horrifying” it might be is disturbing and effective enough in itself,