Gabino Iglesias Reviews Black Mouth by Ronald Malfi

Black Mouth, Ronald Malfi (Titan 978-1-78909-865-5, $15.95, 448pp, tp) July 2022.

Ronald Malfi is one of the most consistent pur­veyors of great horror fiction, and Black Mouth is a superb addition to his outstanding oeuvre. A creepy novel about a man getting kids to kill other kids, Black Mouth is a gritty narrative about battling alcoholism and inner demons, leaving the past behind, and the power of friend­ship. It’s ...Read More

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Paula Guran Reviews Hooked by A.C. Wise

Hooked, A.C. Wise. (Titan 978-1-78909-683-5, $15.95 336pp, tp) July 2022.

With Hooked, A.C. Wise returns to the exploration of a very dark version of J. M. Barrie’s Neverland that she began in her debut novel, Wendy, Darling (Titan, 2021). Eight years have passed since a grown-up Wendy rescued her daughter Jane from Peter Pan and brought real death to Neverland. It is 1939 and Jane is in London ...Read More

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Magazines Received – August

This list covers new SF/F/H print, online, and electronic periodicals (including regularly updated websites) seen by Locus magazine, focusing on those that publish fiction or reviews and criticism. To submit titles for listing on these pages, please send to Locus Publications, 655 13th St. #100, Oakland CA 94612 or email

Analog Science Fiction and Fact

  • Trevor Quachri, ed.
  • Vol. 92 Nos. 9 & 10, September/October 2022
  • $8.99, bimonthly, 208pp,
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Ian Mond Reviews Bliss Montage by Ling Ma

Bliss Montage, Ling Ma (Farrar, Straus, Giroux 978-0-37429-351-2, $26.00, 240pp, hc) Septem­ber 2022.

Ling Ma’s debut novel, Severance, was one of my top-five books of 2018. Seven months before the pandemic, Ma told the story of a fungal infection originating in China that spreads rapidly across the world and com­pels the infected to repeat the same mindless tasks before they drop dead from exhaustion and malnutrition. Not only ...Read More

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2022 Kindle Storyteller Award Shortlist

King of War by Peter Gibbons (self-published) is on the five-title shortlist for the 2022 Kindle Storyteller Award. The award, launched in 2017, includes a £20,000 prize and “is open to writers publishing in English in any genre, who publish their work through Kindle Direct Publishing” on

The winner will be announced in October after the shortlist is judged by a jury panel.

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2022 Diverse Book Awards Shortlist

The 2022 shortlist for the Diverse Book Awards has been announced. The awards were created “to highlight the best of the diverse voices published in the UK & Ireland during 2021, both traditionally and self-published.” Titles and authors of genre interest follow.

Best Adult

  • Black Water Sister, Zen Cho (Pan Macmillan)
  • This One Sky Day, Leone Ross (Faber)

Best Young Adult

  • Skin of The Sea, Natasha Bowen
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Maya C. James Reviews An Earnest Blackness by Eugen Bacon

An Earnest Blackness, Eugen Bacon (Anti-Oe­dipus Press 978-0-99-915358-1, $18.95, 124pp, hc) August 2022. Cover by D. Harlan Wilson.

In An Earnest Blackness, computer scientist, critic, and speculative fiction author Eugen Bacon offers 12 critical essays on “blackness, Afrofuturism, colonialism, historicity, and (mis)recognition,” among other topics. Bacon’s sweeping lived and academic experiences are evident not only in her knowledge of the genre, but in her intimate experiences with some ...Read More

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Photo Story: SF in SF

SF in SF returned to in-person readings on June 13, 2022 for the first time since cancelling their March 2020 event. The June event included readings by Sam J. Miller and Kimberly Unger and a Q&A with the audience. Cliff Winnig moderated. Books were available for purchase thanks to Bookshop West Portal; Tachyon Publications sponsored the event. Proceeds went to the American Bookbinders Museum. For more information on SF in ...Read More

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Gary K. Wolfe Reviews The Silverberg Business by Robert Freeman Wexler

The Silverberg Business, Robert Freeman Wexler (Small Beer 978-1-61873-201-9, $17.00, 271pp, tp) August 2022.

Probably the first thing SFF readers need to know about Robert Freeman Wexler’s The Silverberg Business is that it has nothing to do with any legendary grand masters of the field. Instead, it’s one of the mostly deeply weird novels I’ve read in some time, at times hallucinatory and dreamlike, at other times gritty and ...Read More

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2022 BBC Young Writers’ Award Shortlist

The BBC Younger Writers’ Award, run with the University of Cambridge, has announced their 5-title shortlist. The award “challenges young people in the UK aged between 14-18 years to submit stories of up to 1,000 words”. Titles of genre interest include:

  • “Bite”, Emily Betts
  • “The Poltergeist”, Dora Fidler

The shortlist was announced live on BBC Radio 1, and the winner will be announced live on Radio 4 on October 4. ...Read More

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2022 SFRA Awards

The Science Fiction Research Association (SFRA) has announced the 2022 winners of its annual research awards.

The SFRA Award for Lifetime Contributions to SF scholarship

  • Roger Luckhurst

The SFRA Innovative Research Award

  • WINNER: Amy Butt
  • Honorable Mention: Katherine Buse

Thomas D. Clareson Award for Distinguished Service

  • Gerry Canavan

Mary Kay Bray Award (tie)

  • Nora Castle

SFRA Book Award

  • Reverse Colonization: Science Fiction, Imperial Fantasy, and Alt-Victimhood, David M. Higgins
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New Books: 27 September 2022

Ames, Alison: It Looks Like Us

(Page Street 978-1-64567-618-8, $18.99, 288pp, formats: hardcover, ebook, September 27, 2022)

Young-adult horror novel. Teens interning at an Antarctic research base face something that looks human.


Anderson, Taylor: Artillerymen: Hell’s March

(Ace 978-0-593-20074-2, $28.00, 480pp, formats: hardcover, ebook, audio, September 27, 2022)

Alternate-world military SF novel, second in the Artillerymen series set in the world of the Destroyermen series. American soldiers from 1847 ...Read More

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Caren Gussoff Sumption Reviews The Extractionist by Kimberly Unger

The Extractionist, Kimberly Unger (Tachyon 978-1-61696-376-7, $17.95, 290pp, tp) July 2022.

When Eliza McKay is contracted by a shadowy government agency, all of her instincts scream this job will be like no other, and, in Kimberly Unger’s latest novel, The Extractionist, we quickly learn McKay is spot on. McKay is the titular extractionist, a freelance super-hacker who specializes in rescuing people stuck in the “Swim,” a fully immersive ...Read More

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Hopkinson Wins Sturgeon

The winner for the Theodore Sturgeon Memorial Award for the best short science fiction story has been announced by the Gunn Center for the Study of Science Fiction.

  • WINNER: “Broad Dutty Water: A Sunken Story”, Nalo Hopkinson (F&SF 11-12/21)
  • “If the Martians Have Magic“, P. Djèlí Clark (Uncanny 9-10/21)
  • “Philia, Eros, Storge, Agápe, Pragma”, R.S.A Garcia (Clarkesworld 1/21)
  • The Album of Dr. Moreau, Daryl Gregory (Tordotcom)
  • “Proof by Induction“,
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2022 MacDowell Grant Fellowships

MacDowell has awarded Fellowships to 129 artists, chosen from 2,948 applicants. Artists of genre interest include Eve Ewing, Yan Ge, Laird Hunt, Nneoma Ike-Njoku, M.L. Krishnan, Kiki Petrosino, Terese Svoboda, and C Pam Zhang.

Says Executive Director Philip Himberg:

This incoming artist cohort brings us a sense of optimism and exhilaration at a time when our world needs it. MacDowell panelists selected these remarkable innovators from the largest pool of ...Read More

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2022 Strand Critics Awards

The Strand Magazine has announced the winners of the 2022 Strand Critics Award. Razorblade Tears by S. A. Cosby (Flatiron) won the award for Best Novel. Nelson DeMille and Sandra Brown both won Lifetime Achievement Awards.

The Strand Critics Awards recognize “excellence in the field of mystery fiction and publishing”, and are judged by critics and journalists from NPR, AP, Kirkus, CNN, and The Boston Globe.

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HWA 2022 Election Results

The Horror Writers Association (HWA) has announced the results of the election for its open officers’ positions. John Edward Lawson was elected President, and Becky Spratford was re-elected Secretary. Linda Addison, James Chambers, and Ellen Datlow were all re-elected to the Board of Trustees.

The election team volunteers were Rhonda Jackson Joseph, Nicole Kurtz, and Lisa Marie Wood. The Ballot Master was Angel Leigh McCoy, and the election verifiers were

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2022 Elgin Awards Winners

The Science Fiction & Fantasy Poetry Association (SFPA) has announced the winners of the 2022 Elgin Awards, presented for the best poetry chapbook and the best full-length poetry book in the speculative genre. The Elgin Awards are named after the founder of SFPA, Suzette Haden Elgin.

Best Full-Length Collection
  • First Place: Can You Sign My Tentacle?, Brandon O’Brien (Interstellar Flight)
  • Second Place: Tortured Willows: Bent. Bowed. Unbroken, Geneve
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StokerCon 2023 Guests of Honor

StokerCon 2023 has announced new Guests of Honor joining the previously announced guests. Owl Goingback, Jewelle Gomez, and Alma Katsu will all be joining Stokercon as Guests of Honor, June 15-18, 2023 at the Sheraton Pittsburgh Hotel at Station Square in Pittsburgh PA.

For more information, see the official website.

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Adrienne Martini Reviews Babel: Or the Necessity of Violence: An Arcane History of the Oxford Translators’ Revolution by R.F. Kuang

Babel: Or the Necessity of Violence: An Arcane History of the Oxford Translators’ Revolution, R.F. Kuang (Harper Voyager 978-0-06302-142-6, $27.99, 560pp, hc) August 2022.

With Babel: Or the Necessity of Violence: An Arcane History of the Oxford Transla­tors’ Revolution, the multi-award nominated R.F. Kuang travels to 1830s Oxford University to build a tale about a tower built on languages whose fate is all but guaranteed. Her story about ...Read More

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New & Notable Books, September


Elizabeth Bear, The Origin of Storms (Tor 6/22) This final volume of the Lotus Kingdoms trilogy (set in the same world as her earlier Eternal Sky se­ries) showcases her rich worldbuilding and dazzling imagination, and brings the interwoven stories of her vividly realized characters to a satisfying conclusion.



Becky Chambers, A Prayer for the Crown-Shy (Tordotcom 7/22) Chambers began the Monk & Robot series with the thoroughly ...Read More

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Ian Mond Reviews Hard Places by Kirstyn McDermott

Hard Places, Kirstyn McDermott (Trepidatio 978-1-68510-057-5, $22.95, 312pp, tp) July 2022.

The year was 1994 and I was attending the monthly meeting of the Melbourne Horror Society at the Māori Chief Hotel in South Melbourne. Issue #3 of Bloodsongs – Australia’s first professional horror fiction magazine – had just been released, and the members, which in­cluded the periodical’s two editors, were poring over copies and discussing the content. Sitting ...Read More

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Ring of Fire Press to Close

Ring of Fire Press, the publishing company founded by the late Eric Flint, is closing. Flint’s widow Lucille Robbins posted:

Our Fellow Members of the Ring of Fire Press Family,

It has taken the staff and the family to both assess and absorb the sad passing of our friend and mentor, Eric Flint. In the wake of his passing, we have looked at the finan­cial realities of the publisher 1632, ...Read More

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Maya C. James Reviews A Strange and Stubborn Endurance by Foz Meadows

A Strange and Stubborn Endurance, Foz Meadows (Tor 978-1-25082-913-9 Tor. 544 pp, hc July 2022).

Content warning: rape, sexual assault.

A Strange and Stubborn Endur­ance has a lot going on: court politics, diplomatic disasters, arranged marriages, and a bit of magic sprinkled throughout. A lot going on isn’t always a bad thing, but in this case, it’s certainly a lot to mull over. Lord Velasin vin Aaro, a gay ...Read More

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Hilary Mantel (1952-2022)

Author Hilary Mantel, 70, died September 22, 2022. She was best known for historical novels, including the celebrated Wolf Hall trilogy about the life of Thomas Cromwell, but she also wrote a few works of genre interest, including debut novel Every Day Is Mother’s Day (1985), Fludd (1989), and Beyond Black (2005).

Mantel was born July 6, 1952 in Glossop, Derbyshire, England. She attended the London School of Economics and ...Read More

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Matthew Mather (1969-2022)

SF writer Matthew Mather, 52, died suddenly on September 13, 2022. He was best known for his technothrillers, including CyberStorm (2013).

Mather was born September 28, 1969 in Sheffield UK and raised in Montreal, Canada. As an adult, he split his time between Montreal and Charlotte NC. In addition to writing, he worked in cybersecurity and as a hardware and software developer and technology consultant.

His first novel was The ...Read More

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Amazon Changes Ebook Return Policy

Amazon has announced changes to a controversial policy which allowed readers to return ebooks for an automatic refund within seven days of purchase, whether they’d read the book or not. Once the new policy is implemented, automatic refunds will be limited to books where under 10% of the book has been read.

A statement from the Authors Guild said,

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Gary K. Wolfe Reviews The Unbalancing by R.B. Lemberg

The Unbalancing, R.B. Lemberg (Tachyon 971-1-61696-380-4, $17.95, 246pp, tp) September 2022.

Back in 2015, R.B. Lemberg published in Strange Horizons a poem titled ‘‘Ranra’s Unbalancing’’, part of their ongoing Bird­verse series of stories and poems that eventually gained wider recognition (and award nomina­tions) with the novella The Four Profound Weaves a couple of years ago. Despite some intriguingly cryptic elements (it’s apparently ad­dressed to someone inexplicably obsessed with quince), ...Read More

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Hunter Hunted: Arley Sorg and Josh Pearce Discuss Prey

Josh: I hyped up the previous Predator movie because it was so over-the-top and ridiculous, just straight out campy fun. Prey is a completely different pace, and I actually enjoyed it a lot more.

Arley: We were talking about how Nope is a departure in vibe from Jordan Peele’s previous movies, and I felt like this was a departure in vibe from the usual Predator movie. Especially the first third ...Read More

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PEN Presents Shortlist

The 12-title shortlist for the new PEN Presents award has been announced, including the following authors of genre interest:

  • Sayantan Dasgupta for the translation of Salt Country by Bimalendu Haldar
  • Nandini Krishnan for the translation of I Am Aurangzeb: Conversations with an Emperor by Charu Nivedita

The inaugural award “aims to fund literary translators’ work of creating samples, give publishers better access to titles from underrepresented languages and regions, and ...Read More

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New Jo Fletcher Books Publishing Director

With Jo Fletcher stepping down from Jo Fletcher Books, the imprint she founded 11 years ago, Anne Perry will be taking over as publishing director.

Quercus fiction publisher Cassie Browne says of the hire:

We are all completely over the moon to be welcoming Anne to Quercus Fiction as the new imprint head of Jo Fletcher Books.

Anne’s reputation as one of the very best in the SFF community is ...Read More

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