08/11: I interviewed Elisa Gabbert for BOMB.
07/29: Kirkus gives Tiny Nightmares a rave review: “exquisitely crafted fragments of horror…fans of innovative horror films like Get Out and Us will have a blast.”
05/29: PW gives Tiny Nightmares a starred review! “Masterful . . . This carefully crafted and genuinely scary collection is sure to impress.”
05/13: I wrote about how George Saunders’s fiction predicted all this.
04/22: A new short story in Granta: “The Smart House of Mrs O”
04/14: Interested in writing speculative fiction? I have a new class up at Skillshare.
03/30: I wrote about beautiful novels where things disappear for Crime Reads.
1/31: A nice write-up of Tiny Crimes at Kirkus.
1/21: I wrote about Anna Wiener’s Uncanny Valley and the uncanniness of Silicon Valley.
09/22 at Brooklyn Book Festival: Active Imagination panel with Robert Lopez, Shira Erlichman, Jason Starr, and Mahogany Browne. Brooklyn, NY
04/09 at Rough Draft Bar & Books: Reading for the Rough Draft Writer’s Retreat series. Kingston, NY
03/24 at Karma: I’m reading for Reading at Karma. New York, NY
12/23: BOMB has a great round-up of writers (including me) looking back at the last decade in literature.
12/18: At Frieze, I took a look back at a decade where everything was fictionalized.
10/30: For Halloween, a mash-up of Invisible Cities and Dracula at Juked.
10/24: A new craft essay up at Lit Hub about using different elements to power fiction.
09/22: An interview with Rion Amilcar Scott in the new print issue of Bomb.
08/13: I interviewed Kimberly King Parsons for her fantastic debut Black Light.
05/22: Very excited to announce that Tiny Crimes has been named a 2018 Shirley Jackson Award nominee for best Edited Anthology.
05/20: New science fiction story, “Either Otto,” in Epiphany.
04/22: I wrote about insane ideas that made brilliant books.
04/09: I’m reading at Rough Draft Bar & Books in Kingston, NY.
04/04: A weird space opera short story up at Motherboard.
03/24: I’m reading at Karma Bookstore.
03/04: An interview with Mark Doten about memes, Trump, and the end of the world.
01/17: I review the (very good) Samanta Schweblin story collection.
10/25 at NYU. Washington Square Review launch party with Cynthia Cruz and Marwa Helal. New York, NY.
07/31 at Melville’s Arrowhead. Closing reading for The Mastheads. with Jean Ho, Jenna Lyles, Matthew Kramer, and Adrienne Raphel. Pittsfield, MA.
07/24 at Newtonville Books. Tiny Crimes Boston launch with Laura van den Berg. Newton, MA.
07/01 at Hotel on North. Kick-off reading for The Mastheads residency with Jean Ho, Jenna Lyles, Matthew Kramer, and Adrienne Raphel. Pittsfield, MA.
03/09 at AWP. Alternating Current Press offsite reading. Tampa, FL.
02/08 at Stony Brook University. Reading. New York, NY.
12/22: NPR quoted me a bit in this segment on lit mags and the closing of the great Tin House.
12/04: I have a new short story in the winter issue of The Paris Review.
10/19: A bit of satire about Shirley Jackson’s “The Lottery,” Trump, and centrist punditry at McSweeneys.net.
10/16: A new short story in Washington Square Review: “What the Landlord Knows”
08/08: I wrote about “unlikeable characters” and Ottessa Moshfegh’s new novel for Chicago Review of Books.
08/01: The first pages of Herzog Park Ranger (my graphic-novel-in-progress with John Dermot Woods) are in the new issue of The Believer. (And also up online!)
07/15: My latest story, “The Hair Wall,” up at The Black Warrior Review.
05/30: A very nice review of Gigantic Worlds at Tor.com.
05/27: The Wigleaf Top 50 short fictions 2018includes my story “Not Courteney Cox” from Jellyfish Review.
05/17: I interviewed Rita Bullwinkel about her debut collection Belly Up.
04/18: I reviewed Joy Williams’s strange and beautiful The Changeling for BOMB.
04/03: Three “strange” items: I reviewed the remarkable and weird stories of Dino Buzzati at BOMB. At Crime Reads, I discussed some of the strangest crimes in literature. And at GQ I interviewed the directors of the crazy documentary Wild Wild Country.
03/23: My short story “The Island Cat” is in the new issue of LUMINA.
03/02: I interviewed Amelia Gray about being a novelist writing for TV.
02/27: A review of Mary Robison’s great fragment novel Why Did I Ever at BOMB.
01/24: A tribute to the late, great Ursula K. Le Guin at GQ.
01/16: A review of Denis Johnson’s posthumous collection (spoiler alert: it is good!)
01/12: I wrote about the joys of literary remixing for Lit Hub.
11/02 at Housing Works: Reading with James Yeh, Helen Phillips, and more for the TASTE fiction issue launch. New York, NY.
10/18 at Sarah Lawrence University. Craft talk. Bronxville, NY.
09/17 at Brooklyn Book Festival: Discussing David Lynch and fiction with Mark Doten and Alexandra Kleeman. Brooklyn, NY.
08/24 at Books Are Magic: Reading with Chiara Barzini and Amelia Gray. Brooklyn, NY.
06/13 at Community Bookstore: Reading with Henry Hoke and Laura Even Engel. Brooklyn, NY.
05/10: My fiction will be read by actor Bruce Altman at Symphony Space for Selected Shorts.
12/13: A new, weird flash fiction piece in Jellyfish Review: “Not Courteney Cox.”
11/24: I wrote about some of my favorite novels that break all the rules.
11/02: I have a mouth-watering science-fiction cannibalism story up in TASTE’s fiction issue.
10/31: I talked to Alexander Chee and stole all of his novel writing secrets for The Fold.
08/25: Mexican crime writer Yuri Herrera is one of my favorite recent discoveries. I profiled his work at Playboy.
07/21: I have a new short story about an aging werewolf at Buzzfeed.
07/09: An interview with Alissa Nutting at Vice.
07/03: A profile of Syrian author Osama Alomar at Vice.
06/18: For Father’s Day, I wrote about the daddest dads in literature for Vice.
05/26: “Denis Johnson Was a Writer for the Weirdos in the World” – I wrote about the passing of Denis Johnson at Playboy.
05/19: I reviewed four new small press story collections for the New York Times.
05/17: I recommend weird books in the style of Twin Peaks over at Vice.
04/24: I interviewed Jeff VanderMeer about his wonderful (and wonderfully weird) new novel Borne at Vice.
11/15 at Southeast Missouri State University: Reading. Cape Girardeau, MO.
06/02 at PEN Live: Prince tribute event with Porochista Khakpour, Elissa Schappell, and James Yeh. Manhattan, NY.
05/20 at Budin: Reading with Tony Tulathimutte, Elissa Schapell, and more. Brooklyn, NY.
05/05 at WORD Bookstore: Reading with Adrian Van Young and Alice Kim. Brooklyn, NY.
04/25 at Manhattanville Reading Series: Reading with Kyle Lucia Wu, Annabel Graham, and Julia Phillips. Brooklyn, NY.
03/17 at Virginia Festival of the Book: “Short Stories” panel at New Dominion Bookshop, Charlottesville, VA.
02/25 at Egg: Table of Contents reading with Helen Phillips. Brooklyn, NY.
12/21: My short story “Good Boy” is in the new issue of Gulf Coast.
11/27: I have a new short story in Post Road, an homage/sequel to Julio Cortazar titled “Letter to a Young Man in the Ground.”
10/08: Huffington Post includes Upright Beasts in their list of 13 Haunting Books To Read This Fall, If You Dare.
10/04: At BOMB Magazine, Alexandra Kleeman interviewed me about genre, strange influences, and putting the weird in fiction
08/24: Brooklyn Magazine interviewed me for their 100 Most Influential People in Brooklyn Culture series about editing and being “a master of where literary culture and the internet meet.”
07/18: I interviewed one of my favorite writers, Joy Williams, for VICE.
07/06: A very nice and smart review from Kenyon Review for Upright Beasts: “In their omnivorous approach to genre and form, these twenty-four stories testify to literary fiction’s continued shift into the strange.”
07/05: The Colorado Review says Upright Beasts is “a debut whose great strength is a changeability that keeps the pages turning as it veers from lucidity to madness and back again.”
6/30: I wrote three book list essays recently. One on fictional cities in literature at The Towner, one on novels you should read based on your favorite Game of Thrones character at Men’s Journal, and summer reading suggestions at The Thrillest.
5/26: A story from Upright Beasts was chosen for 17 Stellar Short Stories By Contemporary Writers at Huffington Post.
05/17: I wrote about cafe writing and cafe procrastination for Catapult
4/13: I wrote about literary fairy tales and the power of non-realist writing for The Guardian
3/15: The Collagist says Upright Beasts is “a lovely, finally genreless, collection, and one that is sure to continue finding an eager audience.”
3/01: Named one of the 100 Most Influential People in Brooklyn Culture by Brooklyn Magazine: “Lincoln Michel is a master of where literary culture and the internet meet.”
1/25: An insightful and nice review from Strange Horizons: “If sometimes you sit and think about “The School” by Donald Barthelme and wish more stories were like that, then this is probably the book you’ve been waiting for.
1/05: Roxane Gay says Upright Beasts “reminded me of the absolute wonder great fiction creates”!
12/31: I’ve got a new science fiction story about dystopia and Donald Trump up at Vice’s Motherboard.
12/14: I talk about Kobo Abe and Italo Calvino at The Millions.
11/30: You can read the archive of my Reddit AMA.
11/13: My list of great genre-bending books for Publisher’s Weekly.
11/12: I wrote about the processes of writing and publishing a collection for Blunderbuss.
10/26: Fiction Advocate has a very nice review that uses the phrase “megadose of bonafide classics” and says the stories “move along with a straightforward feel, until they begin to subtly lop, distort, and shift (think of a Steve Reich tape-loop composition); and the cumulative effect leaves you either heartbroken or cracking with laughter.”
10/19: A nice write-up of my book launch party
10/16: A very generous and genre-focused review at Tor: “To do this once in your life—write a killer short story—is a total miracle. But if you’re some kind deranged monster like Lincoln Michel, you can churn these puppies out in your sleep.”
10/12: Vanity Fair includes Upright Beasts in October round-up: “The stories are full of monstrous surprises and eerie silences. But who is the real beast? Michel quietly, but unequivocally, leads readers to the answer as he navigates weird tragicomedy of daily life. With zombies.”