Early in October I asked friends to weigh in with recommendations for the sites they liked to visit to find critical reviews of horror or weird fiction. This question was inspired partly by having read too many “reviews” that consist of plot summary or praise, and partly by having read a really thoughtful critical review that, while imperfect, was judicious, engaged at length with the text, and seemed to me to fulfill the basic requirements of a critical reviews.
When asking people I mentioned my habits, which include…
- This Is Horror, Hellnotes, Ginger Nuts of Horror, and Tor.com on a regular basis
- LitHub, Electric Literature, Book Riot, and AL Daily most days
- Major new or traditional media critical venues (New York Times, Los Angeles Review of Books, Los Angeles Times, etc.) when they have coverage
- Rue Morgue or Locus or PW occasionally
People replied with a number of sites, blogs, etc., some of which I visit occasionally, some of which were new to me, some of which don’t publish regularly.
- Arkham Digest
- Dead End Follies
- Horror Talk
- Midnight in Karachi (podcast)
- Odd Things Considered
- The Outer Dark (podcast)
- The Plutonian
- Shotgun Logic
- Weird Fiction Review (online)
- Weird Fiction Review (print)
Please feel free to suggest other sites in comments. Please don’t suggest sites that are there primarily to publicize self-published fiction, sites that don’t review books at length, sites that have never given a book less than a glowing review, etc.
Note: I welcome suggestions of resources that review underrepresented writers and writing: women, racial or ethnic minority, translated horror/weird, LGBTQIA, non-English language, etc.