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Happily Never After: 5 Surprise Dystopias in Literature

Once upon a time, there was a horde of ravenous zombies … or an endless nuclear fallout … or an alien race of slug overlords….

The Book Isn't Always Better: 7 TV Shows That Outshine Their Books

House of Cards, Dexter and Buffy the Vampire Slayer all have more in common than just being on your Netflix queue.

Bon Appetit: Virginia Zaharieva's Nine Rabbits Book Tour Kicks Off Today!

Nine Rabbits author Virginia Zaharieva will discuss how she cooks up fiction and writes about food in New York, Chicago, Seattle and more.

Cloak and Typewriter: 5 Famous Authors Who Worked as Spies

Ernest Hemingway, Roald Dahl, Graham Greene — the list writers who moonlit as spies is surprisingly renowned.

Enormous Appetites, Simple Lives: A Conversation With Nine Rabbits Author Virginia Zaharieva

Virginia Zaharieva, author of Black Balloon Publishing's new novel Nine Rabbits, discusses her book, her philosophy on food and her native Bulgaria.

Black Balloon Publishing's 10 Favorite Food Blogs

The only thing we love more than eating is writing about eating.

Today in Literary History: F. Scott Fitzgerald Married Zelda Sayre

F. Scott Fitzgerald’s How I Met Your Mother story might be even more complicated than the sitcom.

I Did It! I Witnessed a Bank Robbery!

A cash case, a disguised assailant, a midday heist and a speedy getaway — yet it all falls short of an action movie.

Nine Rabbits

Read an exclusive excerpt from Black Balloon Publishing’s new novel, Nine Rabbits by Virginia Zaharieva.

Celebrate April Fool's Day with 5 of Shakespeare's Wildest Ruses

Faking your own death, tricking people into murder, knocking out your blind dad — Shakespeare would be a hellraiser if he was around today.

The Pen is Mightier than the ... Gun? 5 Dueling Writers

From the tip of a pencil or the barrel of a pistol, these authors worked with lead.

When Should a TV Show End?

The series finale of How I Met Your Mother airs tonight, but should we have said goodbye years ago?

#FridayReads: What Black Balloon Publishing Authors are Reading This Week

Need a book suggestion for the weekend? Take a look at what our authors have been reading.

The Very Brief List of Bodies I’ve Seen

It’s hard to have an honest encounter with mortality when you won’t even let yourself see it.

The Past As Another Country: 6 Historical Places That Weren't As Great As You Think

Ancient Sparta, Imperial Rome, 1960s San Francisco — all shit-holes.

Based on True Events: 5 Famous Authors on Hollywood

Fitzgerald, Hemingway, Faulkner and more comment on screenwriting, films and Hollywood at large.

Spring Break Reads: 10 Free Short Stories to Fit Any Vacation

Free reads for your cross-country road trip, week in Cancun, journey home or however else you’re spending your time off.

Don't Let This Never-Ending Winter Get You Down: 20 Motivational Author Quotes

Your Seasonal Affective Disorder may now be chronic, but that doesn’t mean you should quit writing.

Someone was Murdered in My House

Six years ago, my family’s tenant was murdered in our house in Brooklyn. Here is the strange series of events that followed — the side crime TV doesn’t show you.