I like the simplicity. If I were already a fan of the story, I would like the interface because it would not distract from the reading.
But as someone who is not already a fan of the story... when I land on the home page, I feel as though I've landed some place I don't necessarily belong. There is nothing enticing me to look further. There is only one word "above the fold" (i.e. that I don't have to scroll to get to) which tells me it's a fiction site -- and that word is in the logo and easy to misread.
When I glanced at the page, my eyes saw "Street: cyberpunk technology." I read it that way because, like a lot of people, I don't actually READ logos. I see logos visually, and though yours is actually fine for a cyberpunk story, it also would be fine for the kind of small business which would name itself "(something) technology" -- so when I see "logy" at the end of a logo, and there is nothing else to tell me what it's about, experience fills it in as "technology."
Of course, part of the problem is that "finalizing" and "new site" are generic and uninteresting -- and as soon as you replace them with better content, that will make a HUGE difference.
I think, though, that if this were a newspaper, you would want to "lead" more with your more exciting content. The top of your sidebar should have a pitch or blurb -- something to tell me that this site is there to entertain me, and not to sell me anti-virus software. It shouldn't start with the generic "latest posts" unless your posts are always really wonderfully titled.
Also, your "New to the Street?" shouldn't start with a sales link. How should I know if I want to buy it, or even start reading it? It should start with an "About The Street" link.
That's just imho.