Film Review: Climax (2018)

by Ben Arzate   After an intense rehearsal, a French dance troupe throws a party to relax and unwind, enjoying the sangria that the choreographer leading the troupe made for them. However, they soon discover that the sangria has been spiked with LSD. Trapped in their rehearsal hall in the dead of winter, they try

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The Maze (2010) Movie Review

by Zakary McGaha Warning: This review has spoilers. I don’t like writing bad reviews. I don’t enjoy using gigantic amounts of snark to tear things apart. But The Maze, a 2010 horror film directed by Stephen Shimek, deserves more than snark: it deserves super snark. The Maze is a film I used to see all

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The Gleaming Crest by Brandon Adamson – Chapbook Review

by Ben Arzate Arizona poet Brandon Adamson is the author three prior poetry collections. The Gleaming Crest is his fourth, though technically his first as it’s a re-release of a handmade chapbook created in 1995 when Adamson was still in high school. It’s even designed to resemble the original chapbook with its typewriter font and

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The Nightmare, a Flash Fiction by Justin A. Burnett

The trails we walk are suspended over the park by white columns. An awning shades us from the glare of the sun, and intermittent staircases spiral down to the grass some ten meters below. From our elevated vantage point, we converse without interference from the sounds of children chasing each other gleefully through the grass.

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Kindle Crack: Ebook Deals from Roberto Bolano, Michel Houellebecq, Gemma Files, and More!

I’ve sung praises about Bolano’s masterpiece before on this site, and I plan to do it again soon. In the meantime, 2666 is going for a buck ninety-nine on Kindle right now, and my god this has to be the friggin Kindle Crack deal of the year. Get this immediately. Houellebecq has appeared on this site before

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Eyeballs, Angst, and Short Fiction: An Interview with Tony Rauch

Tony Rauch is an author of absurdist, whimsical, and Bizarro short fiction. I’ve enjoyed his work a lot. You can read my review of his latest collection, what if i got down on my knees?, over at Medium (originally it was reviewed at the now-defunct Adventures in SciFi Publishing): https://medium.com/@benarz13/book-review-what-if-i-got-down-on-my-knees-by-tony-rauch-b310cd5d8a47 Ben Arzate: Introduce yourself. Who

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Wartime ‘Toons: Ben Schneider’s Airman Artless

Ben Schneider has been an active duty maintainer in the military for 15 years. At 41, he has seen his fair share of the world, having traveled to Italy, Japan and Korea, among others. The exposure to various people and cultures has inspired the ideas behind his comic strips. Airman Artless is a series of

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Kindle Crack: Ebook Deals from Bret Easton Ellis, Philip K Dick, Italo Calvino, and More

Bret Easton Ellis sales are pretty rare, but here’s one that features what is possibly his most famous work. American Psycho is a complete nightmare, and entirely required reading for anyone who likes dark and strange fiction. PKD was one of my favorite authors for quite a span, and this book is still one of my favorites

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