A Conversation with Daniel José Older

A Conversation with Daniel José Older

In 2012, Daniel José Older released his first collection of supernatural noir stories, Salsa Nocturna – thirteen interwoven magical stories with a distinctive cadence and rhythm that pull you in for a close dance with a half-dead detective, a portly…

"All Things Considered": Conversation with Kiese Laymon

“All Things Considered”: Conversation with Kiese Laymon

“I don’t want to read about time traveling when I am on the plane,” my mom said as we wandered around Strand bookstore in Manhattan this summer. I was trying to convince my mother, a voracious and highly selective reader,…

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Micro-Conversations: Akwaeke Zara Emezi

Micro-Conversations is a new series where we select a writer we’ve previously published to answer a few questions. For December, we sat down with Akwaeke Zara Emezi, author of “How to Hide a Child,” which appeared in the October issue….

"Beautifully Disturbing": An Interview with Wendy C. Ortiz

“Beautifully Disturbing”: An Interview with Wendy C. Ortiz

Specter published Wendy C. Ortiz’s Black Car Land in 2011. Drawn in by the ease with which her narratives unfolded like delicate layers, we went back for second helpings in 2012 when we published Jumbo’s, a lap dance in a…

“Here’s to the Weird”: An Interview with Victor LaValle

I am drawn to Victor LaValle’s work because he writes about the outcasts. You know, girls like me circa 1998, chubby teen Black girls with cornrows, acne, and closeted obsessions the life cycles of water insects, time travel, and cults….

Interview with Speculative Fiction Writer Nnedi Okorafor

Interview with Speculative Fiction Writer Nnedi Okorafor

The American-born daughter of Igbo Nigerian parents, Nnedi Okorafor’s speculative fiction maps new territory for all readers. Taking inspiration from the likes of Octavia Butler, Ngugi wa’Thiongo, and Hayao Miyazaki, Nnedi’s stories are vivid and brave. In this interview with Specter Magazine,…

Interview with Rion Scott

Interview with Rion Scott

As Rion Amilcar Scott writes in his blog’s bio, “if you happen to Google me: Yes, I did write that shitty poem and no I DID NOT write a fantasy novel called, Brigantia of the Iceni…Leave it to the internet…

The trans Martha Stewart: Interview with TT Jax

The trans Martha Stewart: Interview with TT Jax

Last week, an email exchange between TT Jax and I developed into an insightful interview where he gifts us five lines from his newest pieces, shares his love for Jack Kerouac’s work, and reintroduces himself as the “trans Martha Stewart…albeit of the dumsptered, repurposed, queered sort”.