Working on a story draft that doesn't know if it wants to be a short story or a novella. Hopefully it'll tell me soon.
I just finished Elizabeth Hand's Available Dark. Not only is it a brilliant story (it's Hand), but a lot of fun because it delves into the Nordic black metal scene of the 90's. I was into death metal for a while in the 90's, and even if black metal was never my cup of pig's blood (never could stand high-pitched growling) it was impossible to avoid bands like Mayhem, Burzum, Darkthrone et al. Available Dark was a lovely nostalgia trip. Lovely? Okay, dark and creepy. But it brought back the days of "the t-shirt with the most illegible band logo wins", obscure gigs in faraway suburbs, reveling in pitch-dark themes and, if you swung that way, outdoing each other in evil pastimes. The members of the bands featured in Available Dark were legendary. Ah, those were the days.
And now I have a shelf full of to read-books but none of them very tempting. Suggestions?