Review: Ketchum presents more subtle shocks in The Secret Life of Souls

by G. Robert Frazier If you’re a fan of author Jack Ketchum, you probably expect cannibals and sadistic backwoods tribes to cause trouble for hapless victims in isolated situations. He built his reputation on such novels with the likes of The Girl Next Door, Off Season, and The Offspring. His newest book, however, shirks his tendency … More Review: Ketchum presents more subtle shocks in The Secret Life of Souls

Katie Ganshert’s ‘Life After’ a deeply moving story of survivor’s guilt

In Life After ($14.99, Waterbrook), the new novel from Christy Award-winning author Katie Ganshert, the story surrounds the lone survivor of a train bombing in Chicago and the lives of those left behind. It is a novel that is deeply moving and enthralling from the first page. … More Katie Ganshert’s ‘Life After’ a deeply moving story of survivor’s guilt

‘Your brain on literature’ a high for award-winning author George Saunders

Many people can still recall the old anti-drug commercials depicting an egg sizzling in a frying pan with the message, “This is your brain on drugs.” The antidote to that is a “brain on literature,” says award-winning short story author George Saunders. … More ‘Your brain on literature’ a high for award-winning author George Saunders

Stories drive MidTN Sisters in Crime president Robert Mangeot

By G. Robert Frazier “Damn good writing is damn good writing no matter who wrote it, and the attention and paycheck it earns should be gender-blind,” says author Robert Mangeot, the male president of the Middle Tennessee Chapter of Sisters in Crime. Like other male members of the group – of which there are a … More Stories drive MidTN Sisters in Crime president Robert Mangeot

‘The Devil’s Bible’ brings Carpenter’s historical hero into the present

When readers last saw Mouse, the hero of Nashville author Dana Chamblee Carpenter’s debut novel Bohemian Gospel, she was locked up in a cell writing what would become known in some circles as the eighth wonder of the world, the Codex Gigas. Better known as THE DEVIL’S BIBLE, the real-life book also happens to be the name of Carpenter’s sequel… … More ‘The Devil’s Bible’ brings Carpenter’s historical hero into the present

Danielewski lets voices around him guide his words

Mark Danielewski’s novels are not for the timid, or the fearful. From the groundbreaking bestseller House of Leaves to National Book Award finalist Only Revolutions, each book combines typographical experimentation—pages that read upside down, sideways, or at odd angles—with multiple viewpoint characters, creating an immersive experience like no other. His latest, The Familiar Volume 4: … More Danielewski lets voices around him guide his words

Review: Barkan’s anthology, Mexico, ranges from shocking to poignant

by G. Robert Frazier There are a lot of “bad hombres” in Josh Barkan’s new book, Mexico. If this were the only book The Donald read in the White House, it would explain a lot about his push for a wall between our two countries. But that’s not to say that the book isn’t a … More Review: Barkan’s anthology, Mexico, ranges from shocking to poignant