Holy Crap, The Girl With All The Gifts Will Blow Your Mind

Some books feature powerful characterization and heart-stopping emotional journeys. Others have great world-building in the service of a thundering great adventure. Still others have clever scientific ideas. But it's rare to find a book like M.R. Carey's The Girl With All The Gifts, which aces all of the above. » 7/01/14 3:07pm 7/01/14 3:07pm

If You Want To Teach Children To Lie, Read Them Pinocchio

For generations, parents and teachers have turned to fables to inspire moral behavior among children. Some of the most popular stories teach the importance of telling the truth. A recent study, however, finds that fables that punish the main character for lying are less effective than those that reward honesty. » 6/18/14 7:40am 6/18/14 7:40am

What do Death’s daughter, revenge and a dead rabbit have in common?

They’re all in Pretty Deadly, Kelly Sue DeConnick and Emma Rios’ new Western-horror-fantasy comic from Image. A butterfly and a dead rabbit relate the story of Death’s daughter's quest for vengeance, and it’s weirder, more brutal and simply more amazing than I can describe here. That and more, in this week’s comics! » 10/22/13 4:20pm 10/22/13 4:20pm

Fables meets The Unwritten in the ultimate Vertigo comics crossover!

DC just sent along the above picture of Fables' Bigby Wolf and The Unwritten's Tommy Taylor, getting ready for their upcoming comic crossover. If you're a fan of either of Vertigo's literary-minded series — both of which are completely fantastic — this picture should be enough to get you excited. If you're a fan of… » 1/30/13 10:20am 1/30/13 10:20am

The Funniest Short Story We've Seen in Ages

Over at The Wanderer's Library, there's a story that's sort of a clever spin on the tradition of creation myths and "how the leopard got its spots." Except that this one is about Capacitor, Insulator and Grandmother Triode. And Slide Rule Demon! The line "Ever since that day, Capacitor has been unable to conduct… » 1/24/13 3:00pm 1/24/13 3:00pm

Classic fairy tales rewritten for tweeting, texting twenty-somethings

Fairy tales still have a great deal of resonance, but modern life involves less battle on horseback and more passive-aggressive Facebooking. With that in mind, Tumblr Fairy Tales for Twenty-Somethings has rewritten classic fables and fairy tales for the generation that engages in epic couch-surfing quests, has traded… » 10/21/12 4:00pm 10/21/12 4:00pm

The 10 Most Epic Last Stands in Science Fiction and Fantasy

If you're a fictional character, death can arrive rather swiftly and creatively. It's your job to go out like an absolute champ so that non-fictional readers and audiences remember your passing and holler your praises on the internet. Here are ten times science fiction and fantasy heroes lost their lives with panache. » 6/06/12 12:15pm 6/06/12 12:15pm

Making fairy tales realistic, with Fables creator Bill Willingham

To celebrate the publication of his new anthology Happily Ever After (Night Shade Books), editor John Klima sat down with Bill Willingham, who wrote the introduction to the book and is the creator of legendary comic book Fables. Together they explore what happens when you smack fairy tale characters down in the… » 6/15/11 2:13pm 6/15/11 2:13pm