Column by Ryan Peverly October 20, 2014
Browse a bookshelf and chances are you'll find several titles that aren't exactly as they appear — books in costume, masquerading in one genre when they're really something else entirely.
Column by Ryan Peverly
A story about a kid winning a chance to visit a mysterious candy factory that touches on themes of consumerism, the economy, racism, and the cutthroat competition among corporate manufacturers.
Column by Ryan Peverly June 5, 2014
Robert Bloch introduced the modern Everyman psychopath with 1959s "Psycho", a seminal work that ushered a new fascination with horror into popular culture.
Column by Ryan Peverly April 3, 2014
You saw the show, loved it, and you've had a few weeks to digest it. Now, let's revisit the darkness that was HBO's 'True Detective'-where it came from and what it's done for the weird fiction genre.
Column by Ryan Peverly March 20, 2014
'Tis the first day of Spring, but today also marks a "holiday" many are unaware of: Extraterrestrial Abduction Day. In celebration, let's examine the impact of little green men on fiction and culture.
Column by Ryan Peverly February 14, 2014
The Saint Valentine's Day Massacre helped re-establish the antihero in fiction, established a new genre of choice for Americans, and remembering it is the best way to celebrate a bullshit holiday.
Column by Ryan Peverly January 20, 2014
Poe is the father of the detective story and countless other things, but he's also responsible for society's crazed interest in cryptography and the most mysterious story of all -- his death.
Column by Ryan Peverly November 12, 2013
In honor of Kurt Vonnegut's 91st birthday, a look back at how the late author shaped this columnist's writing career.
Column by Ryan Peverly October 10, 2013
If 'The Walking Dead' has taught us one thing, it's that we are what we've always been.
Column by Ryan Peverly September 18, 2013
"The Great Gatsby" has personified America since its publication in 1925 – hopeful, cocksure, ambitious, and ignorant.