Scary stories for Halloween
Guardian books writers select their favourite seasonal chillers
It's that time of year again... the contenders
for the Literary Review Bad Sex Award have been announced. [more inside]
The Guardian has a new series
of webchats with various people in the publishing industry starting with literary agent Karolina Sutton
. Also various writers are asked: Can you teach creative writing?
is the latest science fiction novel by the Scottish writer Iain
to be set in his Culture
universe.... [more inside]
‘We feel that the stories in this book are such that if your nerves are not of the strongest, then it is wise to read them in daylight.'
For a certain time, in every second-hand bookshop in the UK you would always be able to find a musty and dog-eared copy of one or more of the Pan Books Of Horror Stories
edited by the splendidly named Herbert Van Thal. Now the first is being re-printed
. [more inside]
Cory Doctorow gives a talk
at Bloomsbury on book pricing in the internet age (47min video)
There was no way to simply say, "I read a really bad description in this book last night." I had to scan it and share it for you to understand just how bad it truly, truly was. It is the sort of bad that causes pain and must be shared with other people so you can feel better.
, Part 2
. This really is prose so purple that it verges into the infra-red. Some NSFW descriptive naughtiness.
You say Orwell, Tolstoy and Joyce
, but actually it's Rowling and Grisham... Anyway if you are a chap, just make sure you put away that Clarkson
before your date arrives.
London's Charing Cross Road
was once a renowned
as destination for bibliophiles. However this has changed as a number of bookshops have closed, the crime specialist Murder One being
. The Guardian looks how the street has changed between 1940 and now
(flash). [more inside]
Thirty years ago 'probably the single most influential graphic novel to have come out of Britain to date' was published, The Adventures Of Luther Arkwright
by Bryan Talbot
. Interview - Part 1
, Part 2
'Around my house we kinda laugh when Sarah Palin comes on TV, and we say, "That's Greg Stillson as a woman."' Interview
with Stephen King
on the thirtieth anniversary of The Stand
by children's author Jacqueline Wilson
is to be removed from the shelves
of British supermarket chain Asda and re-edited due to the inclusion of one 'rude' word
. Is this an over-reaction?
literary editor Robert McCrum
, retiring after ten years in the job, writes
about the revolution in the book world he's seen over the last decade.
Canadian writer Craig Davidson
is pretty intense (read mad) when it comes to research and promoting his work, entering into an officially sanctioned boxing match
to promote The Fighter
. But even he thinks he went a bit too far when he went on a full 'steroid cycle
"We were treated like rock stars. I was told there were female Trekkies who kept lists of all the cast members with whom they'd slept. I was told this!" Extracts from 'Up To Now'
, the autobiography of William Shatner
... from his time on Star Trek
, where he comes over as the colossal jerk of legend, to his poignant recollections of the death of his third wife.
110 Best Books.
'The perfect library' - According to the Torygraph... at least there's a 'Sci-fi' section among the usual suspects (And one or two bizarre choices - Pelzer! What the heck!)
"The home of interesting bookshelves, bookcases and things that look like them"
Norman Mailer has posthumously won
this year's Literary Review Bad Sex Award
for his novel on the early life of Hitler, The Castle in the Forest. He was up against some stiff competition
but Norman managed to rise to the occasion (sorry). Safe for work, but you might feel a bit dirty in the morning.
The King of Tartan Noir
, Ian Rankin
has retired his detective John Rebus
. Ageing him with each novel, Rebus
has finally reached the retirement age at Edinburgh CID; Although that may not stop him
... [more inside]