Bindle Punk BrujaTrick or Treat! One commenter selected at random gets a copy of Craig Laurance Gidney’s story collection The Nectar of Nightmares.

Shehan Karunatilaka won the Booker Prize for The Seven Moons of Maali Almeida.

Dame Carmen Callil, who founded the feminist Virago Press, passed away at the age of 84. Virago reissued classic works by women that had been allowed to languish as well as popular fiction of previous decades that had also faded from memory or been erased. In 1972, when Callil founded the press, women in Britain couldn’t get a bank loan or a mortgage on their own.

File 770 shared this column about a Halloween-themed horror novella and an excerpt. I was surprised to learn the writer is a Halloween expert with nonfiction books about the holiday. I didn’t know there were Halloween experts.

WisCon 2023 is recruiting for Con Co-Chair positions for the online and in-person parts of the convention. This post lays out a devastating domino-link of bad consequences (leading to “no WisCon in 2023”) if the positions aren’t filled by the end of November.

Nerds of a Feather discuss six books with A.K. Mulford. They look back at Star Wars too.

People loved/hated the break-the-fourth-wall finale of She-Hulk, Attorney at Law, and here, CNET offers a spoilery critique that has finally made me want to subscribe to Disney+ just long enough to watch this show.

I thought Elon Musk was the richest man in the world, but last week it looked like he was going to have trouble maintaining the Starlink satellite units that are being used by Ukraine to fend off Russian attacks. After asking the State Department to pay for some of them, Musk has now said he will add a “donate” option to Starlink.

The low-orbit satellites have made a huge difference in Ukraine’s defense against the Russian invasion, but the small satellites have may other uses for the public good, such as linking rural and remote clinics and schools.

Of course you wanted a School for Good and Evil trailer! You’re welcome. (My gosh, look at those wardrobes.)

Let me wrap up with silly/spooky animation from the Olden Days.


  • Marion Deeds

    Marion Deeds, with us since March, 2011, is the author of the fantasy novella ALUMINUM LEAVES. Her short fiction has appeared in the anthologies BEYOND THE STARS, THE WAND THAT ROCKS THE CRADLE, STRANGE CALIFORNIA, and in Podcastle, The Noyo River Review, Daily Science Fiction and Flash Fiction Online. She’s retired from 35 years in county government, and spends some of her free time volunteering at a second-hand bookstore in her home town.