7 Thrilling And Chilling Horror Novels Based On True Stories

History is made up of facts, but there’s invariably also gaps in its narrative. Even the most well-documented events leave questions behind. When a horror novelist takes on a re-telling of historical events, these spaces can be filled with unsettling subtexts, paranormal intrusions and twisted psychological motivations. The challenge (as I have recently learned in […]

Soho chatter forever: Review of David Mitchell’s ‘Utopia Avenue’

The title refers to the band formed by the book’s protagonists. Elf Holloway (lead singer), Dean Moss (bassist), Jasper de Zoet (rhythm guitar), and Griff (drummer), head the chapters as the novel charts the the meteoric rise and fall of their rock group. As a band, Utopia Avenue seems a chimera of different music ensembles […]

Interview: ‘I like to be reminded that literature has the power and mystery of a dragon,’ says Australian-Iranian author Shokoofeh Azar

For the mothers, just like Sohrab was to Roza, their sons were “the culmination of heartbeats, desires, loves and hopes” that they had endured their entire life only to lose them in the end. When Sohrab is hanged, the family sees “a sense of hopelessness” seeping into the very cells of their being. Their father, […]

Can ‘Metajournalism’ Save Old Media—and Unmask Trump? | Opinion

In the 1960s and 1970s, journalists gradually began writing more like novelists, framing their investigations using literary techniques more commonly found in fiction. The premise behind this development was a simple one: if journalists could get their readers to consume more journalism by giving them a more transportive experience—something closer to a “beach read” than […]

New York City can’t rebound without Broadway. And Broadway’s road back is uncertain.

Another problem is a fragmentation of responsibilities: Union members on Broadway are employed by producers, not theater owners, and it is the latter who would have to pay for structural upgrades such as ventilation. According to Schumacher, of Disney Theatrical Group, before his company moved its now shuttered musical “Frozen” to Broadway, he split the […]

Who’s Afraid of Max Landis?

His haters — himself included, at least during moments like the above soliloquy — may be numerous, but living well is the proverbial best revenge, and it seems like Landis has been finding his center as he rises. After a recent breakup, he shaved his distinctive rainbow-dyed hair (“The truth is, is that I’m a […]

100 Albums Released in 2020 to Put on Your Radar

Artist Molly Tuttle was the first woman to win the International Bluegrass Music Association’s Guitar Player of the Year for two years in a row. She stunned listeners with last year’s genre-defying solo debut “When You’re Ready” and her subsequent live shows. Her new album includes covers of songs by The Rolling Stones, Grateful Dead, […]

Fury of a stepmother smeared: Last month, novelist Tess Stimson wrote of the heartache when seeing her ex-husband’s new wife look after her children. Now, in an incendiary riposte, the object of her ire blasts back. So whose side are YOU on?

The plot revolves around a faithless husband who is murdered and the two women in his life blame each other. By now it should sound familiar? Brent is thankfully alive and kicking. I do hope his ex-wife will find another subject for her inspiration. In the meantime, perhaps we should start to claim for a […]

Scarlett Johansson stays warm in a beige sweater as she picks up groceries on a rainy day in the Hamptons

‘I think, particularly for Cate, it was so important for her to make a movie about women who are helping other women, who lift other women up out of a very difficulty situation,’ she said. ‘Someone asked me if [her character’s alter ego] Natasha was a feminist. Of course she is, it’s obvious. It’s kinda […]

State Highway One by Sam Coley

I really don’t know what to do with her. She’s sobbing and her nose is running. It looks a bit ridiculous. I feel kind of sorry for her but at the same time, I mean, they were my parents too and you don’t see me getting all weird it about it.