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J.K. Huysman’s Là-bas was published in 1891 after it was serialized in a French newspaper. The book is infamous for supposedly having the most accurate description of a black mass in Western literature. more

Aug 7, 2017 10:10 AM The Floating Library

You won’t find Frida Kahlo or Georgia O’Keefe in Broad Strokes: 15 Women Who Made Art and Made History (In That Order) and that’s probably for the best. more

Mar 20, 2017 5:20 PM The Floating Library

Every once in a while I encounter a work of very short fiction that provides the same thrill of discovering something new while redefining what a short story can be. Meredith Alling's Sing the Song (Future Tense Books) is one such book. more

Dec 12, 2016 12:00 AM The Floating Library

The latest installment of Black Candies , an annual anthology of literary horror and dark fiction published here in San Diego by the literary nonprofit So Say We All, is titled Gross and Unlikeable and features 28 stories written and illust... more

Nov 28, 2016 12:00 AM The Floating Library

What makes The Haunted Looking Glass, originally published in 1959, unique is that Gorey not only chose the stories but also provided a black-and-white illustration for each selection. more

Nov 14, 2016 12:00 AM The Floating Library

In the opening story of Jen George's debut collection The Babysitter at Rest, released last month from publishing project Dorothy, a woman of 33 falls under the influence of The Guide, who offers sta more

Oct 31, 2016 12:00 AM The Floating Library

Looking for a book that delivers chills and thrills this Halloween season but don't have a lot of time? Here are two new novellas that take less time to read than it does to re-watch Friday the 13th . more

Oct 17, 2016 12:00 AM The Floating Library

Gina Frangello's new novel, Every Kind of Wanting , published last month by Counterpoint, is a wolf in sheep's clothing. more

Oct 3, 2016 12:00 AM The Floating Library

Even if you're familiar with the earnest yet offbeat work of Johnston, Cavolo and McClanahan, there's no way to prepare yourself for the visions you'll find between the covers of The Incantations of Daniel Johnston . more

Sep 19, 2016 12:00 AM The Floating Library

In Transitory , Tobias Carroll's stellar debut collection of stories from Civil Coping Mechanisms, art is the dark star around which its satellites of broken artists orbit. more

Aug 30, 2016 12:00 AM The Floating Library

When Walt Whitman famously wrote, "I contain multitudes" in Song of Myself , he was speaking metaphorically. But Fernando Pessoa, Lisbon's everyman, truly did contain a multitude of personas, and you don't have to go all the way to Portugal... more

Aug 8, 2016 12:00 AM The Floating Library

What if I told you that the best of these new books chronicles the highs and lows of the band NOFX? Yes, NOFX. The band responsible for songs such as “My Vagina” and “Don’t Call Me White” and albums titled Heavy Petting Zoo and White Trash,... more

Jul 6, 2016 12:00 AM The Floating Library

Summer is a great time to catch up on the books piling up on the bedside table. Because the summer, or at least the early months, can be gray and gloomy in San Diego, here are a few books I've enjoyed. more

May 16, 2016 12:00 AM The Floating Library

Sara Majka upends these stereotypes in her haunting collection of linked short stories, Cities I've Never Lived In , published by Graywolf earlier this year. more

Apr 25, 2016 12:00 AM The Floating Library

Have you ever read a book that failed to make an impression on you the first time you read it, but then the book came back to you right when you were ready for it? more

Apr 4, 2016 12:00 AM The Floating Library

That's no idle threat in Muslim's oeuvre where there are many things more terrifying than a disease that causes body parts to disappear. more

Mar 14, 2016 12:00 AM The Floating Library

Brian Evenson's astonishing new collection from Coffee House Press, A Collapse of Horses , coincides with the re-release of three previous works: the much heralded novels Father of Lies , Open Curtain and Last Days . more

Feb 29, 2016 12:00 AM The Floating Library

Speak is not a traditional love story. It's not a traditional anything. It's a fractured novel by Louisa Hall told from multiple points of view by a host of interconnected characters across great distances and long stretches of time. more

Feb 8, 2016 12:00 AM The Floating Library

In Elizabeth Marro's tremendous debut novel Casualties, San Diego becomes a battleground fought by the men and women behind the scenes of America's military efforts in the Middle East. Ruth No more

Jan 25, 2016 12:00 AM The Floating Library