Tachyon tidbits featuring Caitlín R. Kiernan, Joe R. Lansdale, Patricia A. McKillip, and Jeff VanderMeer
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Caitlín R. Kiernan (photo: Kyle Cassidy, Joe R. Lansdale (Karen Lansdale), Patricia A. McKillip (Stephen Gold/Wikimedia Commons), and Jeff VanderMeer (Kyle Cassidy)
Jessica Avery of BOOK RIOT names Caitlín R. Kiernan as one of
Am I ever going to stop talking about Caitlín R. Kiernan’s collection? Probably not. THE VERY BEST OF CAITLÍN R. KIERNAN
came along just as I was making the slide from dark fantasy in to
outright horror, and I could not have wished for a better guide. Like
King, Kiernan’s short fiction covers a broad range of subjects and
genres, from science fiction to fantasy to the cosmic horror that she’s
become so well known for with her novella Agents of Dreamland.
Her stories are strange, beautiful, and full of emotion. They have the
sort of staying power that makes them linger with you for months.
There are a few slice of life shorts like
“Death by Chili” and “Not Our Kind” and a vignette titled “The Oak and
the Pond,” which are glimpses into the characters’ lives outside of
their big adventures, These are fun to read and provide some more
character development than you might expect, but the stand-out for me
among these shorter stories is “The Boy Who Became Invisible.” It’s
about Hap’s childhood and Hap’s failure when his friend is bullied into
invisibility before the friend briefly flashes back into existence in a
terrible way. It resonates in general, but perhaps because I was the
subject of such childhood bullying it hit home a lot more for me.
Patricia McKillip creates a world of magic and beauty. The action
doesn’t hum along, but there’s a dreamlike quality to her writing that
envelopes the reader and floats them along on this journey. It’s hard to
describe, but everything comes together from tone and mood to
description and imagination. McKillip created a wonderful book that is
both quiet and powerful.
DEADLINE’s Denise Petski reports Jeff VanderMeer’s Borne Universe Novels In The Works For Television By AMC Studios.
AMC Studios has acquired the television rights to Jeff VanderMeer’s popular Borne
universe novels to develop as a potential series. The books all take
place within the same mysterious, mind-bending universe VanderMeer
launched in 2017 with Borne, followed by The Strange Bird, and the latest, Dead Astronauts, set to publish today. VanderMeer will serve as an executive producer and creative consultant on the project.
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