|Fanart of Jake Wyatt after Craig Thompson. See link below.|
Read the NPR fantasy/sci-fi top 100 and its accompanying flowchart? Didn't find anything new or arresting therein to whet your fiction appetite? Take a look at Bud Webster's response over on Black Gate for some suggestions. For that matter, am I actually directing people to Black Gate? Their blog is a must-read by my lights for anyone interested in the subjects of this blog, and I hope to reward all their great work by subscribing one of these days to the magazine. If by any chance there is anyone that doesn't check Black Gate's site regularly, I encourage you to do so. Theirs is one of the sites that I can count on to regularly feed the mythopoet within. (Yeah, I know, he's not that far down. But still.)
The Siren's Call recommends some spooky and fantastical circus stories.
The New York Times reviews a book on the other Michelangelo -- Caravaggio. A dark and fascinating character in every sense of the word, dark. And yet, brilliancy broke through here and there, even in the darkness of his art. Not only of interest in and of himself, he'd also make a great inspiration for a mystery story or for a particularly gritty character.
If you are still looking to stock up on reading for Halloween, I recommend taking a look at this Top Gothic Books list. Rarely do I see any contemporary pieces of so-called horror fiction that I think hold a candle to the gothic classics.
If you are looking for something in the graphic novel department, Craig Thompson's Habibi promises to be a visually striking tale of suffering and love that capitalizes on the beauties of Islamic art. I've never heard of the author/artist before, but his website sure makes the book look enticing. As always, I'd love to hear from you any feedback or additional recommendations. Happy reading!