Tag Archive: horror

Fourscore Phantasmagores, by Rupert Bottenberg

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Make sure to bring “Fourscore Phantasmagores” along for Tabletop Day 2017!

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The Familiar, Volume 3: Honeysuckle & Pain, by Mark Z. Danielewski @ NYJB

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When does an experimental novel become formulaic? Is formula inherently a bad thing? When will Xanther give the little one a name?

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CCLaP Fridays: Cthulhu Fhtagn! by Ross E. Lockhart

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In this uncertain age filled with terrorism, racial tension, police brutality, and political strongmen, the Lovecraftian Mythos is almost reassuring.

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CCLaP Fridays: The Great Ordeal (The Aspect Emperor: Book Three), by R. Scott Bakker

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Thought experiment: George R. R. Martin is The Beatles. R. Scott Bakker is The Velvet Underground.

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CCLaP Fridays: Painted Monsters and Other Beasts: Stories, by Orrin Grey

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This week I review the short stories of Orrin Grey, collected in “Painted Monsters and Other Beasts,” where he plumbs the depths of human experience similar to Clive Barker and Jim Thompson.

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The Familiar, Volume 2: Into the Forest, by Mark Z. Danielewski @NYJB

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The saga of Xanther and her cat continue in “The Familiar, Volume 2: Into the Woods,” by Mark Z. Danielewski. But questions arise when her father Anwar takes them to the vet. The vet tells Xanther that her puff of white fur isn’t a cat at all, but a dog. It isn’t just born, but very old. It also belongs to someone else.

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Peel Back the Skin, edited by Anthony Rivera and Sharon Lawson @NYJB

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Is there poetry after Auschwitz? Is there horror after the massacre in Orlando? “Peel Back the Skin: Anthology of Horror Stories,” edited by Anthony Rivera and Sharon Lawson, reveals why horror is necessary today.

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An Interview with Nicole Cushing

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Earlier this month over at the Chicago Center for Literature and Photography, I reviewed “Mr. Suicide,” by Nicole Cushing. As my review went online, I found out Cushing’s book won the Bram Stoker Award for Best Debut Horror Novel. In this interview, Nicole and I discuss cons, “likeable characters,” Louisville, Kentucky, and the definition of evil.

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CCLaP Fridays: Mr. Suicide by Nicole Cushing

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“Mr. Suicide” by Nicole Cushing is a dark novel of dysfunction, abuse, and violence.

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Father of Lies, by Brian Evenson @ NYJB

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Father of Lies by Brian Evenson is “especially relevant in this present age of religious violence and moral bankruptcy.” Fiction isn’t far off from the truth either.

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