Looking spry for a 200-year-old man: Charles Dickens.

Happy 200th, Charles Dickens

Kristian Lin
This past week marked 200 years since the birth of Charles Dickens, and there were celebrations all over England. Some people, like the Archbishop of Canterbury, praised Dickens’ skill at caricature, while others hailed h...

Fort Worth’s Rock Roots

A new photobook details Cowtown’s mighty rockin’ lineage.
In a recent story on DC9 at Night, the Dallas Observer’s music blog, several local media types, including this writer, were asked to assess the North Texas music scene. Everyone seemed to agree that Fort Worth is the hottest ...

The Twenty-Nine Bombs

Though laudable in concept, J.M. Richardson’s debut novel sags in execution.
Assailing the evils wrought by corporate greed and government cowardice is a noble — if not original — intent. But just as the protester who looks like she’s been at a rave all weekend makes it hard for conservatives to t...

Caine is Working Stiff

Fort Worth novelist Rachel Caine spins another fempowered adventure yarn.
Earlier this year, the Weekly ran a cover story on Fort Worth-based urban fantasy novelist Rachel Caine, whose real name is Roxanne Longstreet Conrad. After publishing many books under various pen names in the ’90s, Conrad hi...

Debating Texas Identity

Author Glen Sample Ely exposes some ugly truths beneath the state’s ruggedly handsome veneer.
With Rick Perry making his bid for the U.S. presidency, you can expect to hear in his rhetoric many familiar tropes of Texas identity, especially as the governor attempts to set himself apart from the competition. Most likely, ...

Bad Dad?

In his new book, the Star-T watchdog recounts a personal episode that led to global notoriety.
Bad dad? Naaah. Frustrated dad? Angry dad? “I’m gonna teach this smart-mouth kid a lesson” dad? Oh, yes. Anyone who’s ever raised a child has been there. But “bad” Dave Lieber is not. By all accounts, Lieber is a re...

Who Framed The Duke?

The Tea Party is either the beneficiary of Conspiracy in the Heartland – or the joke.
Political conspiracy theories in America have been around since the colonists fought loony old King George III for independence. Although both the conservative and liberal fringes of the United States have historically been cap...

The Tingler

Fort Worth author-historian Michael H. Price manifests a passion for pulp, pop, and cult.
You could fill most of this page with the passions and projects of veteran Fort Worth journalist-author Michael H. Price. The 63-year-old currently writes a column for the Fort Worth Business Press as well as for the online edi...

Don’t Go to Hell House

A creative post-Rapture premise goes to waste in a new locally written graphic novel.
Discussing religion in an entertaining way is a difficult enterprise, and doing so memorably is next to impossible. Local writers Chad Feehan and Ryan Dixon have come up with a cool concept in their new graphic novel, Hell Hous...

Vampires in Ghost Town

Fort Worth novelist Rachel Caine offers the latest installment in her Morganville Vampires series.
The undead, especially vampires, have become superstars in the fiction sections of bookstores in recent years. Anne Rice may have ushered in the era, but the Twilight saga has snared teens, tweens, and many of their parents. Th...