The Elizabethan era has everything: the mysterious lost years of William Shakespeare, his playwright/spy contemporary, and multiple plots to destroy England, and we haven't even gotten to the alternate history yet.
The coolest (and most chilling) horror and dark-fantasy titles are coming out on small presses, says Washington Post critic Michael Dirda. His suggestions include off-beat titles that will rescue you from winter doldrums.
Howard Waldrop isn't just a master short story writer whose style is one of the most intriguing, satiric, and irascible of his generation. He's also got a strange knack for predicting weird crap, like the way contemporary filmmakers use CGI to make dead actors live again. Or the way Arnold Schwarzenegger became…