Some novels take a while to get going, and some give you an immortal dwarf, a time-traveling corpse and an alchemical mystery before the end of the first chapter, as City of Lost Dreams does. The follow-up to the best-selling City of Dark Magic finds protagonist Sarah Weston in an adventure that wea ... More >>
In less than two weeks, 2013 will come to a close. That means it's time for that most joyous of traditions -- the year-end list! Everywhere you turn, lists of the best, the worst, the most and the least are springing up, informing you about all the cool shit that you missed or, more likely, giving y ... More >>
Things that go bump in the night are some of my very favorite things. My movie collection contains dozens, maybe scores of horror films. A disproportionate percentage of my reading for pleasure is horror fiction, or nonfiction about horror movies or related topics. If you look back at my writing for ... More >>
Reading is about more than following a narrative or learning facts; it can also be a profound shared experience that culminates in a better understanding of ourselves and each other. In that spirit, welcome to the Westword Book Club a weekly feature celebrating the books that inspire Denver artists.
Welcome to a new column called Geek Speak, in which we take on an aspect of geek culture each week. One Christmas, either 1981 or 1982 -- it's hard to be sure now, thirty-plus years later -- I received a gift that would change me forever. It came in a cardboard box with a lurid cover painting under ... More >>
A young woman with a supernatural talent for finding things goes looking for trouble and gets it in the form of a monstrous man who uses children for his own dark ends in Joe Hill's new novel NOS4A2. The book delves into a world where certain special people can make dreams real, then explores what h ... More >>
This week, Westword asked fashionista Brandi Shigley about her favorite books. The interview was fittingly conducted in front of an adorable lofted book shelf, which Shigley refers to as her treehouse, at Fashion Denver, her combination boutique, studio, consulting office, and mini roller-s ... More >>
Photo courtesy Ukulele LokiThis time of year, some things are meant to go together: mint and chocolate, Rudolph and Santa, Swallow Hill and spangles. Catch the belles of bump 'n grind Orchid Mei, Violetta Volare, Tatianna TaTa, Fannie Spankings, and more at one of Denver's least expected burl ... More >>
As a train-hopping folk artist in the '60s, U. Utah Phillips rode into the heart of America's working class. He's been singing its song ever since.