Month: May 2018

A Town Called Chasm: A Genealogical Mystery

I’ve always had ambiguous feelings about genealogy. Throughout my childhood, “genealogy” was a field of study responsible for long and tedious lectures, primarily at the whim of my maternal grandfather. He eventually wrote a book about my family’s Tennessee roots, compiled from material painstakingly developed before his audience of me and my brothers. I admit

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Going Underground: An Interview with Jeff Arwadi, (not) a Member of Kekal

Jeff Arwadi joins us for our second musician interview on SMM. We talk about Kekal’s new album, Deeper Underground, which I review here. As usual, check out the album on Bandcamp and visit Kekal’s official website. You won’t be disappointed. Justin A. Burnett: The first thing that strikes me about Kekal’s latest release, Deeper Underground,

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Pandaemorthium Album Review

Band: Esoctrilihum Album: Pandaemorthium (Forbidden Formulas to Awaken the Blind Sovereigns of Nothingness) Country of Origin: France Release Date: February 23, 2018 Genre: Majestic black/death metal Label: I, Voidhanger Records This album is so damned good I can leave aside the Lovecraftian lyrical leanings and have plenty of praise left over. Esoctrilihum, a one-man piece

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Your Happy Life: Day Two

You are awake. You make it, somehow, to the coffee pot. You know the routine. It doesn’t change. Do you fill the filter or pour the water first? It doesn’t matter, really. As long as your wait for the coffee is minimal, as long as the kids don’t wake up before the brewer cackles to

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Your Happy Life: Day One

So. Your life is happy? Splendid! If anything is worth celebrating, surely it is a “happy life.” Go ahead and accept my congratulations. You deserve them! And not only that but add to them the implicit applause of the unhappy multitudes. They envy you, make no mistake. And what is more flattering than basking in

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Deeper Underground Album Review

Band: Kekal Album: Deeper Underground Country of Origin: Indonesia Genre: Progressive black metal/avant-garde metal Release Date: March 2018 That sinking feeling of guilt (and I get it disturbingly often) when you realize you’ve been missing out on an extraordinary band working in a genre you love isn’t fun. It’s even worse when you’ve heard the

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The Call of the Void

It has been quite a while now since I first began dissociating from my work. I have finally succumbed to the universal somnambulism. It’s a well-known fact that we anesthetize the domination of our lives by our jobs with sleep. Not literal sleep, of course. I now fall asleep with the optimistic electronic chirp of

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Biological Determinism by S.E. Casey

He frowned. The class shuffled in. Despite the lack of years, the third period children were lumpy, bloated, and stuffed into ill-fitting clothes. They were a dim bunch. They had little interest in learning, with even less aptitude. He had made multiple requests not to teach this particular class, but to no avail. Since his

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Beholding the Void: An Interview with Philip Fracassi

It’s an absolute honor to announce that Philip Fracassi, author of the widely esteemed collection Behold the Void, declared “Short Story Collection of the Year” by This Is Horror UK, as well as the novellas Fragile Dreams, Sacculina, and the eagerly-anticipated Shiloh, is gracing the ranks of our ever-growing author interview series. Be sure to

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Four Ways to Get Active in the Silent Motorist Media Community

We’re about to hit you with another solid round of Silent Motorist Media excellence, beginning at 1:00 pm CST today and lasting through the rest of the week. In the meantime, here’s a short list of things you can do get the most out of your SMM experience. Friend Silent Motorist Media on Goodreads. Here,

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