Fiction, Lit

Interview: Stormy Weather—Christopher Hawkins Releases New (and Award-Winning) Horror Novel, Downpour

For horror novelist Christopher Hawkins, the dark and drenching clouds described in his latest novel, Downpour, have led to brighter, sunnier skies. Recently winning the Booklife Prize in Fiction, Downpour […]

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Essays, Fiction, Lists, Lit

Return of the Revenge of the Featured Creatures Massacre IV: Chicago Area Horror Writers Share Horror Recommendations

Once again, it’s time for me to slip out of my TCR Lit Editor role and into my Crypt-Keeper robe. In celebration of Samhain, I contacted several Chicago-area horror writers […]

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Fiction, Interviews, Lit

Interview: Horror Writer John Everson Talks About “Creepy Little Tales”

John Everson will soon celebrate the 30th anniversary of his first published piece. Since then, he’s worked as a journalist and music magazine editor, spending his spare time, in his […]

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Fiction, Interviews, Lit

Interview: To Infinity, From Beyond—Michael W. Phillips and Independent Horror Publishing in Chicago

When Michael W. Phillips started From Beyond Press, he joined a long history of publishing horror fiction in the Chicago area, beginning, more or less, when Weird Tales set up […]

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Events, Fiction, Interviews, Lit, Live lit events

Interview: Sinister Twisters—Author James Kennedy Talks Horror and His New Book, Bride of the Tornado

James Kennedy will appear at the HORRORPALOOZA! event at After-Words Bookstore (23 E. Illinois Street), Sunday, October 29, at 5pm, with fellow horror authors Cynthia Pelayo and Julia Fine and […]

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Comics and Graphic Novels, Events, Interviews, Lit, Live lit events, Music, Nonfiction

Review: Something Out of Nothing—New Book Shares the History and Images of Garage Rock Label Estrus Records

Chris Coyle and designer Scott Sugiuchi will attend a book release party at Quimby’s Bookstore (1854 W North Ave) on Saturday, October 21, beginning at 1 p.m. Another party takes […]

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Chicago history, Events, Fiction, Interviews, Lit, Live lit events

The Haunting of Hemingway House: Four Women Writers Make Hemingway’s Childhood Home a Clean, Well-Frighted Place

Note: The event is sold out, but Ernest Hemingway’s Birthplace Museum continues to present tours and weekly events all year round. As the quintessential literary man’s man, it’s easy to […]

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Games & Tech, Review

El Paso, Elsewhere Is Stylish and Humorous But Lacks in Gameplay

After playing El Paso, Nowhere I was pretty excited to see where El Paso, Elsewhere would take the story and gameplay. It’s a cool idea, and an awesome visual style […]

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Fiction, Lit, Reviews

Review: Darkest Suburbia, Suburban Monsters, by Christopher Hawkins

Brevity is both the soul of wit and the spirit of horror. A horror novel carries its own pleasures, but shorter tales of terror often punch well above their weight. […]

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Fiction, Lit

Return of the Living Featured Creatures: Chicago Horror Creators Share Favorite Fictional Terrors

It’s Halloween, and everyone’s entitled to one good scare. Lucky you. Third Coast Review has once again asked several Chicago area horror writers and artists for their recommendations on the […]

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Game, Games & Tech, Review

Review: Short Form Iron Lung Masters the Unseen With Brilliant Atmosphere

There’s just something about low fidelity horror games that scare me more often than games using cutting edge graphics. Perhaps the fuzzy, low poly graphics force my brain to fill […]

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Fiction, Interviews, Lit

Interview: Dystopia in Utopia: Brian Pinkerton, Author of The Nirvana Effect

  Author Brian Pinkerton is a lifelong resident of the Chicago area, growing up on, as he puts it, “Bozo’s Circus and Ray Rayner…Creature Features and Cubs baseball.” With 12 […]

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