Michael Schaub

Michael Schaub is a regular contributor to NPR and the Los Angeles Times. He was born and raised in San Antonio and now lives in Austin.
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In This Twisted Coming-of-Age Tale, the Monsters in the Closet Are Real

Set in a creepier version of North Texas, Shaun Hamill's debut novel is equal parts beautiful and terrifying.

“My family is spectacularly bad at endings,” admits Noah Turner, the narrator of Shaun Hamill’s A Cosmology of Monsters. “We never handle them with grace. But we’re not great with beginnings, either.” This, it turns out, is a bit of … Read More


Beasts of the Border

Fernando A. Flores’ debut novel paints a vivid, if cynical, portrait of life on the U.S.-Mexico border.

It’s the near future in South Texas, and things haven’t gotten any better. A global food shortage has killed 20 percent of the world’s population and spawned riots in American cities. The legalization of drugs has failed to stop the … Read More