March 2011

New South African Writers are Giving the Middle Finger to the Old Literary Circles

The setting of Johannesburg, but one in the new South African literature, is cool and accessible; a global city where aliens can come down to earth and magic is alive and well in the slums of Hillbrow.

Michael Palin: Nice Guy Finishes in Hollywood

The Nice One from Monty Python sketches a consistent portrait of himself as a decent, ordinary bloke who just happens to be trapped in the role of light-comedy hero -- Hugh Grant comes inevitably to mind -- playing exasperated straight man to his whacky buddies, who in turn are forever dragging him into Situations.

Dark Stars Rising: Conversations from the Outer Realms

To open Shade Rupe’s Dark Stars Rising: Conversations from the Outer Realms at random is to drop into a vortex. It’s 500 pages of

February 2011

Growing Up Weird with the Guinness Book of World Records

Mills revisits fond memories of reading the Guinness Book of World Records as a child (it sure beats Nightmare on Elm Street), and the lasting distortion the series has wrought upon her life.

Suspicion, Fear and Stinginess ala Brothers Grimm in the Original ‘The Wizard of Oz’

The very idea of designing intricate mythologies and elven languages and pronouncing Celeborn correctly would've seemed vaguely unwholesome to a middle-aged Midwesterner at the turn of the 20th century. Indeed, the orginal Land of Oz was not a place of winged monkeys.

‘Occupied City’: A Fevered Darkness

David Peace's Occupied City brings a bleak, incantatory rhythm to its investigation of a real-life mass killing in 1948 Tokyo.

Diana Peterfreund Talks with PopMatters About Bitch Media’s Top 100 Feminist YA List Debacle

" [Elizabeth] Scott's book is an intense read, but it reflects the horrifying reality that abducted women face... I remember thinking when I first saw [these titles on the list] that they must have been included because the issues they dealt with were important women's issues and thus of particular interest to the feminist reader."

Scott Westerfeld Talks with PopMatters About Bitch Media’s Top 100 Feminist YA List Debacle

Is a book removed from a list comparable to a book removed from a library shelf? This and other concerns are raised in this discussion about Bitch Media's removal of three YA novels from its published 'Best of' list.

Something Rare: Ernest Hemingway’s Mystic Communion

The lure of mystery and dread in Catholicism that attracted the fatalistic author.

January 2011

Why Jane Austen makes a surprisingly decent sleuth… and why Elizabeth I may not.

In Jane and the Stillroom Maid, The Devonshires provide the emotional flourishes, Mr. Collins provides the comedy relief, and early-19th-century medicine the fascination that drives this increasingly dark murder mystery.

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//Mixed media

Indie Horror Month 2016: Executing 'The Deed'

// Moving Pixels

"It's just so easy to kill someone in a video game that it's surprising when a game makes murder difficult.

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