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Soft Apocalypse: The Worlds Of Warren Ellis

Column by Keith Rawson February 20, 2017
Welcome to the weird, weird worlds of comic book writer and novelist, Warren Ellis.

Southern Gothic: A Primer

Column by George Cotronis January 27, 2017
Southern Gothic: Crumbling plantations and dying lineages.

One Month of Reading Stephen Graham Jones: A Primer

Column by Michael David Wilson February 1, 2016
An introduction to the work of Stephen Graham Jones.

One Month of Reading Joe Hill: A Primer

Column by Michael David Wilson January 4, 2016
An introduction to the work of Joe Hill and the result of reading his work for one month.

One Month of Reading Ryu Murakami: A Primer

Column by Michael David Wilson December 1, 2015
An introduction to the work of Ryu Murakami and the result of reading his work for one month.

Primer: The Work of Tom Piccirilli

Column by George Cotronis November 18, 2015
An introduction to the late Tom Piccirilli's works.

The Other California: A Don Winslow Primer

Column by Keith Rawson June 15, 2015
If you haven't read Don Winslow yet, you are missing out on one of the most important and exciting crime writers currently working. Here's a quick primer to start you off in the right direction.

Seeing Past The Clouds: A Kent Haruf Primer

Column by Keith Rawson January 9, 2015
LitReactor's primer of the works of the late American master, Kent Haruf.

The Master of Hard Sci-Fi: A Larry Niven Primer

Column by Daniel Hope June 4, 2014
Larry Niven got science all up in our science fiction. And he was good at it, too.

Tom Spanbauer: A Primer, and A Review Of His Latest Novel, 'I Loved You More'

Column by Rob Hart April 2, 2014
This started as a review. It got a little bigger than that.

Guardians of the Galaxy: A Primer

Column by BH Shepherd February 24, 2014
Saw that amazing trailer? Wonder where to start reading? Here's a guide to the Guardians of the Galaxy.

Bill Watterson: A Primer

Column by John Jarzemsky November 14, 2013
A look at the short career of legendary cartoonist Bill Watterson.

Muttonchops and Robots: An Isaac Asimov Primer

Column by Daniel Hope August 12, 2013
Isaac Asimov is so much more than a set of incredible muttonchops. He's one of the greatest science fiction writers ever. Here's why you should give him a try.

Tigers and Telepaths: An Alfred Bester Primer

Column by Rajan Khanna
Get to know the works of Alfred Bester, an often overlooked but influential sci-fi writer.

The Sleeper Must Awaken: A Dune Primer

Column by Rajan Khanna June 28, 2013
Dune is one of the best novels ever written. Find out why.

Why the F*ck Do People Love Jane Austen So Much? A Primer

Column by Taylor Houston May 20, 2013
I avoided reading Jane Austen for a long time, but now, I am an avid fan. Join me in learning why she is worthy of so much admiration.

Crossing the Rubicon: A Steve Erickson Primer

Column by Joshua Chaplinsky
A kick in the pants for the hemhawers, pussyfooters, and the uninitiated. Jump off that cliff!

There is No Bottom, There is Only The Abyss: A Hubert Selby Jr. Primer

Column by Keith Rawson April 11, 2013
The granddaddy of transgressive fiction and American literature's patron saint of the streets, Hubert Selby Jr. is front and center for the latest LitReactor primer.

Shotgun Do Your Stuff: A Joe R. Lansdale Primer

Column by Meredith Borders
This East Texan writer is prolific and profoundly awesome.

High Priest of the Godless: A Jim Thompson Primer

Column by Craig Clevenger March 20, 2013
Jim Thompson was a seminal writer of American noir fiction who's finally gaining recognition he's long deserved.

On The Down Low And Very Hush-Hush: A James Ellroy Primer

Column by Keith Rawson November 20, 2012
Listen up you pervs, pederasts, peepers, weenie waggers, dimebag dirtballs, and junkies; it's time to get down and dirty with America's best crime novelist, the Demon Dog, James Ellroy.

Primer: Neil Gaiman, Storyteller

Column by Rajan Khanna October 17, 2012
A primer for the uninitiated on Neil Gaiman and his fantastical body of work.

Primer: Gene Wolfe - The Subtle Master

Column by Rajan Khanna October 10, 2012
A primer on the work of Gene Wolfe, one of the masters of speculative fiction.

Philip K. Dick: A Primer

Column by Jon Korn July 25, 2012
With a 'Total Recall' remake about to hit theaters - and more adaptations in the pipeline - it's time to learn more about the man behind the replicants.

Primer: The Chronicles of Amber

Column by Rajan Khanna
A look at the Chronicles of Amber by Roger Zelazny and what makes them so great.