Chris M. Arnone

Chris was weaned on comic books and Hardy Boys novels, finding his first literary love in Lord of the Flies, and lasting love through Ray Bradbury. He reads and writes nerdy fiction in equal parts with literary fiction and poetry these days, but his imagination still leans toward the magical. He also performs on many stages in Kansas City, where he lives with his wife Christy and their cats. ​

How to Ask for Better Bookish Gifts

As the holiday season approaches, the gift-giving traditions kick into high gear. How to you ask for better bookish gifts you really want?

Who is Doctor Octopus?

A quick primer on Doctor Octopus, the tentacled supervillain known as one of Spider-Man's greatest opponents.

How to Read Line Breaks in Poetry

How, exactly, are you supposed to read a line break? Here’s a brief guide to reading line breaks in poetry.

9 Binary-Breaking Books by Intersex Authors

Get to know the binary-breaking work of outstanding intersex authors, including Trans Liberty Riot Brigade.

How Poetry Made My Corporate Job Awesome

After finishing grad school and stepping back into Corporate America, I was dreading it. But it was poetry that made the transition easy.

A Guide to Japanese Poetry Forms

We've all heard of haiku, but that's far from the only Japanese poetry form. It's one in a long line fantastic poetic forms.

The History of the Peanuts Comics

Here's how this little comic made Charles Schulz famous! The history of Peanuts starts with a comic and ends with TV shows, plays, and more.

8 Literary Horror Books for Fans of Shirley Jackson

Already read Shirley Jackson's The Haunting of Hill House? Here are eight more literary horror books to claw at the back of your psyche.

What I Learned From The Sealey Challenge

Even though it began in 2017, this year was the first I'd heard of The Sealey Challenge. So what did I learn from The Sealey Challenge?

10 Genre-Blending Fantasy Books

For those of us that love multiple genres of books, here are ten genre-blending fantasy books as good as any Pitch Perfect mash-up.

Who is Black Adam?

Dwayne Johnson is the biggest name in Hollywood and we're all waiting for his superhero turn in 2022's Black Adam. But who is Black Adam?

A Guide to Sonnets

Of all the formal traditions in poetry, the sonnet might be the most famous. So what exactly is a sonnet? Here's a guide to sonnets.

12 Must-Read Stories on DC Universe Infinite

DC Universe relaunched as DC Universe Infinite back in January. Here are some must-read stories from the relaunch.

6 Manhwa and Manga Like The Beginning After the End

If you're caught up on this classic and looking for something similar, here are eight manhwa and manga like The Beginning After the End.

A Guide to Pastoral Poetry

As I sit down like I do every year to write some pastoral poetry, I thought I'd share a guide to this venerated school of poetry.