Chris M. Arnone

Chris was weaned on comic books and Hardy Boys novels, finding his first literary love in Lord of the Flies, and lasting love through Ray Bradbury. He reads and writes nerdy fiction in equal parts with literary fiction and poetry these days, but his imagination still leans toward the magical. He also performs on many stages in Kansas City, where he lives with his wife Christy and their cats. ​

Why are Magic Users Often Oppressed in Fantasy Settings?

The trope is common and effective, showing up time and again in many fantasy settings. But why are magic users oppressed in fantasy settings?

How Many Books Does the Average Person Read?

Which country is reading less than 2 books a year, and which are reading almost 20? Find how many books the average person reads worldwide.

10 Grimdark Comics for Gloomy Nights

Prose can do grimdark, but an inker blackening a page really immerses me in the darkness. Here are 10 of the absolute best grimdark comics, including Insexts by Marguerite Bennett and Ariela Kristantina .

9 Books Like God of War: Ragnarok

There are books that capture the spirit of God of War and its upcoming sequel. Behold, mortal, nine books like God of War: Ragnarok, like Shallow Waters by Anita Kopacz.

11 New Comics to Devour in November

Check this list and call your local comic book shop, because you need these new comics in November on your pull list.

Quiz: Obscure Batman or Flash Villains?

The Rainbow Raider, Condiment King, and more: can you identify whether these villains are Batman or The Flash's foes?

A Journey Through Edinburgh’s Bookstores

Join a book lover on a trek through several bookstores across the city of Edinburgh.

Why Horror Books Just Aren’t That Scary

I read WAY more horror books than I watch movies. Unlike movies or even TV shows, I’ve never been really scared by a book.

12 Stellar Star Wars Comics

Here are 12 of the absolute best, stellar Star Wars comics that need to be in your TBR right now, including Star Wars: Purge by John Ostrander and Doug Wheatley. May the Force be with you.

The 10 Best Slipstream Books For Readers New to the Genre

Slipstream is difficult to define, combining SFF tropes and literary sensibilities. Here are 10 of the absolute best slipstream books.