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The Cathedral of Mist: Relishing in the Impermanence of Life

Although I was only 2 or 3, I distinctly remember stretching against the porch railing, trying to get a closer look at the Christmas lights. The next thing I knew, I was being rushed to the hospital.


No roadmap for the life of the mind

A writer needs to focus on a new project, so he holes up in a huge, (seemingly) empty hotel. He hopes the solitude will get the creative juices flowing. Instead, it has the opposite effect. He is completely, utterly blocked.


Thrillers for Thinkers

Reading this illuminating interview with psychological suspense author Tantra Bensko in GlobalResearch reminded me just why I do what I do. In the interview, Bensko discusses how she sees it as her duty to expose the lies being perpetrated by the governme


Have your devices seemed more "alert" lately?

Amazon recently announced that it was coming out with kid friendly versions of Alexa and Echo Dot. These devices will perform all sorts of parental roles from rewarding kids for politeness to providing age-appropriate answers for "controversial" questions


All the world's a stage

In a world where there's an app for everything, the presence of the Internet is already quite pervasive. But this is just the beginning. In the Internet of Things, everything we come into contact with is coordinated through a complex network of sensors.


Harlan Ellison’s Chilling Cautionary Tale

According to technology experts surveyed by the Future of Humanity Institute, AI will outdo humans in math, writing, and surgery in as little as 45 years. They’re predicted to take over all human jobs in about 125 years.


The Strike Delivers a Multi-Sensory Reading Experience

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: Robert Coover's Playful Metafiction

“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:" Foreshadowing Gone Wild

"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.


The "enemies" of fiction

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


Curiosity and the Forbidden: A mesmerizing retelling of “Bluebeard”

“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.


Transhumanism and mermaids

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.


Roaches, Noses, and Metafiction

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!


When Words Aren’t Enough

Reading “The Aleph” by Jorge Luis Borges brought up a new question. When are words NOT enough to describe a particular experience?


A Surrealist Western With an Unexpected Emotional Punch

“Things are not as they appear. Nor are they otherwise.”


"Get Out:" Thrilling, Thought-Provoking, and Lots of Fun

Jordan Peele’s Get Out is both laugh-out-loud funny and genuinely scary, gripping from the first frame to last.


In “Mother,” a Domestic Melodrama Unfolds Against a Surreal Backdrop

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.


The Haunted Hillbilly: Dazzling and Deliciously Cruel

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.