Given all the new forms of storytelling competing for our attention, isn’t it time for the oldest form of storytelling--the written word--to undergo an evolution? This is what Harvey Thomlinson aims to do in his ambitious experimental novel The Strike.
“Anything can happen” seems to be the motto of all these stories, which are written with a sense of gleeful play, unfurling climaxes and twists and alternate endings as adroitly as a child building Lego towers.
"Footfalls" by Wilbur Daniel Steele is at once a mystery and a work of magical realism, told by an unreliable narrator who deliberately leads the reader astray.
I started this newsletter with the mission of covering unconventional fiction that straddles horror, sci-fi, suspense, and magical realism or defies categorization altogether. John Hawkes, author of such groundbreaking experimental works as The Lime Twig
“The Bloody Chamber,” Angela Carter’s 1979 retelling of the fairy tale “Bluebeard,” is lush, hypnotic, and has a nightmarish quality that descends upon you slowly.
Of course, the flexible boundary between humans and machines has long been a sci-fi staple, but most of the stories are told from the human’s perspective or involve as a central plotline a machine that’s only interested in annihilating humans.
As he slices open the roll, he notices something odd. He pokes at it with his knife. Then he digs in with his fingers, pulling out…a nose!
Reading “The Aleph” by Jorge Luis Borges brought up a new question. When are words NOT enough to describe a particular experience?
“Things are not as they appear. Nor are they otherwise.”
Jordan Peele’s Get Out is both laugh-out-loud funny and genuinely scary, gripping from the first frame to last.
Darren Aronofsky’s “Mother” is an intensely visceral experience that will have you squirming in your seat the whole time, offering a potent blend of Aronofsky’s signature visual splendor and gritty realism.
McCormack moves adroitly in and out of the violence, injecting it into his writing in sharp little doses—appropriate given the story’s frequent appearance of needles.