Lovecraft eZine’sPete Rawlik gave a solid review of MALINAE!
“There are relatively few books in which the elderly function as protagonists, and Schlossberg not only makes you care for the pair of them, but also makes their plight and actions in the face of a personal apocalypse feel perfectly appropriate and natural.
“[A]n incredible book about growing old with the one you love…well-crafted and fine enough to be placed in my collection of cosmic horror…”
I blackmailed Westword, Denver’s alt-weekly, to write a piece about me, and they fell right in line.
It wasn’t the pandemic that provided the inspiration for Denver horror author Josh Schlossberg’s new novel, Malinae, a yarn of biological horror about growing old…and perhaps growing in terrifying ways, too. But the pandemic did provide the time in which he could write it.
“The book’s biggest overlap with the pandemic is the isolation the protagonist experiences, cooped up in his house thanks to a severe case of rheumatoid arthritis and unable to participate in the activities he used to take for granted. And, as many of us have learned over the coronapocalypse, the long-term effect of isolation is an increasing alienation with humanity as a whole,” Schlossberg says. “Or maybe that’s just me.”
On episode #9 of Josh’s Worst Nightmare, host Josh Schlossberg taps into the reptilian brain with Bobby Crew, author of DINING WITH DEVILS, to make ssssssensssssse of the role of snakes in horror fiction.
On episode #8 of Josh’s Worst Nightmare, host Josh Schlossberg succumbs to Thomas C Mavroudis, author of BERGDORF & ASSOCIATES, to experience the terrors of physical transformation brought on by infection.
A knife to the brain takes out a zombie. A stake to the heart finishes a vampire. And a silver bullet puts down a werewolf. But the only way to beat old age is to, well, die.
In the first of its “Monsters of D&T” virtual events onThursday, July 29 at 5 pm PT / 6 MT / 7 CT / 8 ET, D&T Publishing’s Dawn Shea hosts three authors whose new books examine aging—aka “elder horror”—in very different ways.
Summer Feaker (HAVEN MANOR TRILOGY), Josh Schlossberg (MALINAE), and Mark Towse (NANA) will read briefly from their latest works, share their takes on the elder horror subgenre, and reveal their greatest fears of getting old.
On episode #6 of Josh’s Worst Nightmare, host Josh Schlossberg gets lost in the woods with Matthew Lyons, author of THE NIGHT WILL FIND US, to explore what scares us the most about the deep dark forest.
On episode #5 of Josh’s Worst Nightmare, host Josh Schlossberg looks at things through another perspective with Gary Robbe, educator and author of “Scrape,” to find out the right–and wrong–ways to write about autism in horror fiction.
On episode #4 of Josh’s Worst Nightmare, host Josh Schlossberg delves into the feminine with Brenda Tolian, author of “Blood Mountain,” to examine the portrayal of women’s bodies in horror fiction and film.