Review: “The Turnout” by Megan Abbott

Review: “The Turnout” by Megan Abbott

There’s a sultry, dreamlike quality to Megan Abbott’s more recent books, bringing to mind the gauzy images of, oh, Sofia Coppola’s The Virgin Suicides or Peter Weir’s Picnic at Hanging Rock. Watching Abbott’s extended interview in the Criterion Channel’s Adventures in...
Review: “Razorblade Tears” by S.A. Cosby

Review: “Razorblade Tears” by S.A. Cosby

S.A. Cosby rocketed to crime-fiction stardom in 2020, despite the pandemic’s blistering effect on publishing, with his novel Blacktop Wasteland, a visceral heist novel that offers a twist on the crime-fiction convention of the down-and-out criminal embarking—against a...
Review: “Moon Lake” by Joe R. Lansdale

Review: “Moon Lake” by Joe R. Lansdale

I’ve been a Joe R. Lansdale fan since … well, not quite the beginning of his career, but pretty close. I remember picking up his groundbreaking weird western Dead in the West at a Fangoria Weekend of Horrors around 1986, and that wasn’t long after he burst onto the...