Critical Linking: February 1st, 2012

I am one of the most popular horror writers of my generation. I say that not brag or sound arrogant, but to set the stage for what I am about to tell you. I am one of the most popular horror writers of my generation—

—and on average, I make between $30,000 and $40,000 per year. Sometimes it’s a little bit more. Sometimes, it’s less. That’s an average.

This might be the scariest thing this horror writer will ever write.


[S]ales at independent booksellers nationwide ended the year up almost eight percent as compared to 2011.

This sounds pretty good, until you realize that 50 Shades, the singular publishing phenomenon of our lifetimes, probably accounted for almost all of that growth. Without that, sales are flat year over year.


I’ve never had WiFi at home.

Whoa whoa whoa Dave Eggers. Whoa.


…write the best 1-star review of the book by the end of February, and he’ll give you all three of his books, including the newest..

If you can’t beat ’em, troll’em.

We've got ten signed, advanced editions of George Saunders' upcoming Lincoln in the Bardo to give away. Go here to enter for a chance to win, or just click on the image below: lincoln-bardo