by Dale Stromberg
This wickedly funny epistolary novella is told in the form of query letters penned by an author who is slowly losing her shit. Query is replete with Easter eggs, allusions, bleed-through with the Night Beats story universe, and self-referentiality. The story-within-a-story of the novel that “Novikov” is querying is itself composed of stories-within-the-story, a matryoshka-nesting that multiplies layers. Novikov’s meta has meta, the way Popeye’s muscles have muscles.
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