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The Scariest Part Turns Four

Today marks the fourth anniversary of my blog feature, The Scariest Part! Over the past four years, I’ve had some really great authors write guest blogs, including, just this past year, Alethea Kontis, Chandler Klang Smith, William Meikle, Jason Ridler, Douglas Wynne, Vivian Shaw, and many more!

If you’ve got a book coming out in the horror, dark fantasy, dark science fiction, and suspense genres and would like an opportunity to promote it on The Scariest Part, please click here to check out our guidelines.

I’m looking forward to hearing from you, and to another great year of authors talking about the scariest parts of their work!

First Blurb for 100 FATHOMS BELOW!

Our first blurb for 100 Fathoms Below has come in, and it’s from none other than the inimitable Jonathan Maberry!

100 Fathoms Below is deliciously creepy and deeply unnerving. Kent and Kaufmann take a real bite out of the horror genre with this killer of a book!” – Jonathan Maberry, New York Times bestselling author of Glimpse and V-Wars

Don’t forget, you can pre-order 100 Fathoms Below now from Amazon, Barnes and Noble, or your favorite bookseller!

Motherless Brooklyn

Motherless BrooklynMotherless Brooklyn by Jonathan Lethem
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I would give this novel more than five stars if I could! I loved it!

There’s a compelling whodunit at the center of MOTHERLESS BROOKLYN, and a sense of humor both broad and sly, but in many ways the novel is about language and that’s where author Jonathan Lethem shines. MOTHERLESS BROOKLYN is an exquisitely written book, with prose that places us so deeply inside the mind of our Tourettic hero Lionel Essrog that his verbal and physical tics, which might feel so alarming and random if encountered in real life, begin to make a kind of sense to us here. The characters are wonderfully and indelibly drawn: Lionel, of course, but also his mentor and father figure Frank Minna; the bitter and disappointed Julia Minna; the two old gangsters, Matricardi and Rockaforte (“Garden State Bricko and Stuckface”), who might talk like a parody of Marlon Brando in THE GODFATHER but are not to be underestimated; and the utterly oblivious Kimmery.

It would be a great novel just on its own, but the fact that I lived for twenty years in the very Brooklyn neighborhood in which it takes place — including several years on Bergen Street, where the fictional L&L Car Service has its office — added an extra layer of enjoyment for me. I recognized many of the landmarks Lethem utilizes to ground the story with a sense of place: Ziad’s, here called Zeod’s, the deli on Smith Street that made the best sandwiches in the neighborhood; the Brooklyn Inn, here called the Boerum Hill Inn, which was my watering hole for many years (and the neighborhood’s only English-speaking bar for a time); the Promenade and DeGraw Street (where I also lived for several years), and of course those old Garden State Brickface and Stucco commercials. More than a novel for me, MOTHERLESS BROOKLYN doubled as an enjoyable walk down memory lane.

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