Selena Quintanilla and the Vampire’s Tale

by V. Castro I know nothing of Helen of Troy, but I do know that Selena Quintanilla had the talent to inspire millions of women and girls with a voice that belted out heartache and hope like a blinding light with her bejewelled bustier of her own design and lipstick that never faded. Selena’s voice tells us stories with authentic...

Love and Other Criminal Behavior

The team at Bronzeville is thrilled to share the stunning cover of our first title, Love and Other Criminal Behavior, due out January 2020. In Love and Other Criminal Behavior, crime fiction powerhouse Nikki Dolson drops thirteen stories exploring the many different ways to love—and just as many ways to end up dead. The collection starts with “Georgie Ann” a...

Medusa and the Patriarchal Tradition of Turning Women Against Each Other

by Ivonne Spinoza When you hear the word Medusa your brain is likely to immediately conjure images of a fearsome and hideous monster no one should look at. This is quite interesting since the representation of the Medusa in art, in decorative objects, and even in stories varies immensely, and this permanence of the monstrous representation in our collective cultural...

Selecting a Publisher

Authors have a lot of things to consider when deciding on the right path for their book. There is a lot of conditioning for authors to pursue an agent, who can represent their work and shop it to large publishing houses. After all, bigger is always better, right? That isn’t necessarily the case, and there are some things to consider...

Friday’s Forgotten Books: AFRICAN PSYCHO by Alain Mabanckou

Foster child Gregoir Nakobomayo is a foster child who eventually ends up on the streets, forever looking over his shoulder and fighting to survive. He plans to kill someone, and Mabanckou expertly weaves Nakobomayo’s backstory into his current plot. The first person narrative takes you right inside the mind of a disturbed person. At times, the narrative is so raw...

Fiction: Stepping Stones

Short Fiction by Neil Plakcy Content Warning: This story addresses sexual abuse and may be difficult for some individuals to read. It took me a long time to figure out, but I finally understand why my stepfather married my mother. It was for me. When Richie came into our lives, I was twelve, and my dad had been long gone....

What Am I Supposed to Wear?

by Sandie Lee When I was younger fashion was my middle name. I would look for the latest trends worn by the hottest movie stars, scour magazines for outfits I could duplicate, or just combine them all for my own look.  Now all the “fashion” I have is plucked from clearance racks, then washed until it is threadbare. I’ve even...

Gettysburg Creature Feature Weekend

Until last week, I’d only attended crime fiction conventions. Entering the world of horror was an intriguing prospect, although it was apparent from the start that horror conventions are quite different from events like Bouchercon and Left Coast Crime. One of the strengths of horror conventions is that they are multimedia. This means that there are no author panels, but...