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Being part of a Writing Group

Epeolatry Book Review: Arch-Conspirator by Veronica Roth

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Alien: Inferno's Fall

Title: Arch-Conspirator
Author: Veronica Roth
Publisher: Tor Books
Genre: Dystopian, Science Fiction, Mythology
Release Date: 21st, February, 2023

Synopsis: Outside the last city on Earth, the planet is a wasteland. Without the Archive, where the genes of the dead are stored, humanity will end.

Passing into the Archive should be cause for celebration, but Antigone’s parents were murdered, leaving her father’s throne vacant. As her militant uncle Kreon rises to claim it, all Antigone feels is rage. When he welcomes her and her siblings into his mansion, Antigone sees it for what it really is: a gilded cage, where she is a captive as well as a guest.

But her uncle will soon learn that no cage is unbreakable. And neither is he.

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Epeolatry Book Review: Nightmare Fuel by Nina Nesseth

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Alien: Inferno's Fall

Title: Nightmare Fuel: The Science of Horror Films
Author: Nina Nesseth
Publisher: Tor Nightfire
Genre: Non-Fiction
Release Date: 26th, July, 2022

Synopsis:Nina Nesseth knows what scares you. She also knows why.

 

In Nightmare Fuel, Nesseth explores the strange and often unexpected science of fear through the lenses of psychology and physiology. How do horror films get under our skin? What about them keeps us up at night, even days later? And why do we keep coming back for more?

 

Horror films promise an experience: fear. From monsters that hide in plain sight to tension-building scores, every aspect of a horror film is crafted to make your skin crawl. But how exactly do filmmakers pull this off? The truth is, there’s more to it than just loud noises and creepy images.

 

With the affection of a true horror fan and the critical analysis of a scientist, Nesseth explains how audiences engage horror with both their brains and bodies, and teases apart the elements that make horror films tick. Nightmare Fuel covers everything from jump scares to creature features, serial killers to the undead, and the fears that stick around to those that fade over time.

 

With in-depth discussions and spotlight features of some of horror’s most popular films—from classics like The Exorcist to modern hits like Hereditary—and interviews with directors, film editors, composers, and horror academics, Nightmare Fuel is a deep dive into the science of fear, a celebration of the genre, and a survival guide for going to bed after the credits roll.

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Epeolatry Book Review: The Picture Bride by Lee Geum-yi

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Title: The Picture Bride
Author: Lee Geum-yi; Translator: An Seonjae
Publisher: Forge Books
Genre: Historical Fiction
Release Date: 11th October, 2022

Synopsis: “Your husband is a landowner,” they told her.
“Food and clothing is so plentiful, it grows on trees.”
“You will be able to go to school.”

Of the three lies the matchmaker told Willow before she left home as a picture bride in 1918, the third hurt the most. Never one to be deterred, Willow does all that she can to make the best of her unexpected circumstance. But it isn’t long before her dreams for this new life are shattered, first by a husband who never wanted to marry her in the first place, and then by the escalation of the Korean independence movements, unified in goal, but divergent in action, which threaten to split the Hawaiian Korean community and divide Willow’s family and friends.

Braving the rough waters of these tumultuous years, Willow forges ahead, creating new dreams through her own blood, sweat, and tears; working tirelessly toward a better life for her family and loved ones.

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Taking Submissions: The Icarus Writing Collective Issue 1

Deadline: October 15th, 2022
Payment: $5
Theme: The Sun

The Icarus Writing Collective, a mythic magazine, was founded in 2022 by Elizabeth Zarb and Kyle Ross. The two met as undergraduates at Emerson College in 2017, finding a combined interest in classic literature and mythology. After a flash fiction workshop course in their senior year, both Elizabeth and Kyle fell in love with the short form and took that passion one step further to establish this collective.

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Epeolatry Book Review: River of Ashes by Alexandrea Weis and Lucas Astor

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Title: River of Ashes
Author:  Alexandrea Weis and Lucas Astor
Publisher: Vesuvian Books
Genre: Horror/Thriller
Release Date: August 2nd, 2022

Synopsis: SOME TRUTHS ARE BETTER KEPT SECRET. SOME SECRETS ARE BETTER OFF DEAD.

Along the banks of the Bogue Falaya River, sits the abandoned St. Francis Seminary. Beneath a canopy of oaks, blocked from prying eyes, the teens of St. Benedict High gather here on Fridays. The rest of the week belongs to school and family—but weekends belong to the river.

And the river belongs to Beau Devereaux.

The only child of a powerful family, Beau can do no wrong. Star quarterback. Handsome. Charming. The “prince” of St. Benedict is the ultimate catch.

He is also a psychopath.

A dirty family secret buried for years, Beau’s evil grows unchecked. In the shadows of the haunted abbey, he commits unspeakable acts on his victims and ensures their silence with threats and intimidation. Senior year, Beau sets his sights on his girlfriend’s headstrong twin sister, Leslie, who hates him. Everything he wants but cannot have, she will be his ultimate prize.

As the victim toll mounts, it becomes clear that someone must stop Beau Devereaux.

And that someone will pay with their life.

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Finn, by Stephen King, a Scribd Original Short Story

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Stephen King’s latest story, Finn, is short, brutal and heart wrenching. Finn McMurrie is an unlucky man. As a child he was dropped on his head, lost a toe and was almost killed by lightning. His grandma promised him that one day all his bad luck would be repaid with good, but when a case of mistaken identity turns deadly, Finn wonders if that day will ever come. 

 
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Epeolatry Book Review: Face by Joma West

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Title: Face
Author: Joma West
Publisher: tordotcom
Genre: Dystopian Sci-Fi
Release Date: 2nd August, 2022

Synopsis: In Joma West’s Face, Margaret Atwood meets Kazuo Ishiguro in this sci-fi domestic drama that reimagines race and class in a genetically engineered society fed by performative fame.

How much is your Face worth?

Schuyler and Madeleine Burroughs have the perfect Face—rich and powerful enough to assure their dominance in society.

But in Schuyler and Maddie’s household, cracks are beginning to appear. Schuyler is bored and taking risks. Maddie is becoming brittle, her happiness ever more fleeting. And their menial is fighting the most bizarre compulsions.

In Face, skin color is an aesthetic choice designed by professionals, consent is a pre-checked box on the path to social acceptance, and your online profile isn’t just the most important thing—it’s the only thing.

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Tordotcom’s New Releases May 2022

Tordotcom has released their upcoming Sci-fi and Fantasy 2022 Sampler. With debut works from Joma West, Hiron Ennes, Scotto Moore, Malcolm Devlin and Aimee Pokwatka, as well as books from Rachel Swirsky and Marion Deeds, there are many excellent novels here just waiting to fill up your to-be-read pile–if it isn’t already overflowing like mine is. Face and January Fifteenth explore class and race in future societies. The horror novels, Leech and And Then I Woke Up, use the threat of dark, apocalyptic worlds to scare and fascinate readers. A Portrait with Nothing, asks penetrating questions about family and parallel universes. Rounding out the list are two urban fantasies, Battle of Linguist Mages and Comeuppance Served Cold.

See below for a sneak peek of these upcoming releases and introduction to the authors who wrote them. 

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