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Is Horror Literature? In Virtual Restaurants, What Will Cherries Taste Like? On the Road: Tor/Forge Author Events in May More Stories...

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Is Horror Literature?
by Glen Hirshberg

When I first saw the question, I read it wrong.

The question came to me from writer-editors Chris Shearer and Tim Waggoner, who had invited me to contribute to a critical work they’re assembling called The Dark Now, due out from Post Mortem Books in 2015. They sent me a set of provocative queries, including this one:

“Horror seems to be gaining a certain amount of literary respectability… What do you think of that trend? Does it make horror a less rebellious genre?”

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In Virtual Restaurants, What Will Cherries Taste Like?
by Stephen Baker

Have you ever noticed that the “cherry” flavor in candy and cough drops tastes nothing like a real cherry? Yet it shares three attributes with the fruit. It has the same name, it’s red, and it’s sweet. Over time, many of us have grown to accept that fake flavor as a second type of cherry. I actually like it.

In one chapter of my novel, The Boost, I tried to imagine the early years of virtual food apps. The idea in the book is that our cognitive brain implants (or “boosts”) will allow us to live on a diet of tasteless kibble.

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On the Road: Tor/Forge Author Events in May

Tor/Forge authors are on the road in May! Once a month, we’re collecting all the info about our upcoming author events into one handy document. Check and see who’ll be coming to a city near you:

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