Month: August 2018

It Can’t Happen Here: A Novel for Our Times (and All Time)

by Bob Freville   “And I’ve got good news for you! This gospel of clean and aggressive strength is spreading everywhere in this country among the finest type of youth. Why today, in 1936, there’s less than 7 percent of collegiate institutions that do not have military-training units under discipline as rigorous as the Nazis,

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Twitchy Kids & Dungeon Synth: An Interview with Justin A. Mank

Austin James: So word on the street is that you write books? Justin A. Mank: Yeah man, guilty as charged. Done more poetry than prose up to this point, but I just had a novella come out so I’m taking the full stab at prose. Oh yeah? When did you start writing poetry? I started

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Welcome to Leeds! (And Please Ignore the Quiet Weeping in the Woods): An Interview with Matthew Bartlett

When I asked Matthew Bartlett if he’d like to do an interview with Silent Motorist Media, I hadn’t read his work. Other writers I admire kept mentioning him, so I knew he’d be a good fit. I wasn’t prepared, however, for the binge read Gateways to Abomination would inspire. Bartlett’s work is unsettling, unique and

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T. E. Grau’s I Am The River: A Review

You don’t come back from a war alone. Anyone who knows a combat veteran will confirm this. The past, provided it suffers sufficient agitation, is a restless entity, forever disrupting the causal linearity most of us take for granted. “Every love story is a ghost story,” David Foster Wallace wrote in his final novel, The

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10 Teen Movies That Are Totally Fucked Up

By Bob Freville   Teen movies have always been profoundly fucked up. Don’t believe me? Just revisit Revenge of the Nerds (1984) today and tell me it’s totally acceptable for a buck-toothed creeper to disguise himself as some Betties’ boyfriend in order to have sex with her. Even more fucked up? Watch how Betty ends

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Alienation & Validation: 10 Questions with Author Elle Nash

Any author worth their salt will tell you that to craft a good first novel, you have to labor like you’re working the coal mines. It’s an emotional and oft-Sisyphean task that takes time, energy and a whole lot of pain. Most of those authors are also full of shit. The hubris that attends your

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I Suck at Being Interesting: An Interview with James Jakins

Austin James: Wanna be interviewed for Silent Motorist Media? James Jakins: Sure! I suck at being interesting in interviews, but that never stops me. Why’d you add “in interviews” to that sentence? Because I wanted to pretend that I’m interesting some of the time. Yeah, making people want to read this will be tough. Might

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Best Horror Movies for the Gender Fluid Age

by Bob Freville Maybe you’re looking for a scary movie that’s not some cis-gender fantasy. Or, perhaps, you just want something that’s a bit different than your grandfather’s scary movie. After all, the world is changing, the culture is changing…so why shouldn’t the horror genre change? The truth is, horror has been heading in a

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The Faces of Horror

The first three designs of Silent Motorist Media’s Faces of Horror apparel fundraiser is now live! Now you can support SMM and the authors we promote while representing your favorite horror subgenre. Just click on the tee you want below, and you’ll be directed to Teespring. There, you can choose between a tee, hoodie, or

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A Good Editor is Hard to Find: The True Story of My Publishing Misadventure

Editor’s note: While we try to celebrate the world of small press and independent authors on Silent Motorist Media, it’s important, on occasion, to visit its pitfalls as well. No environment is perfect, and we’re publishing this piece in the hopes that an awareness of some of the issues addressed here will help new and

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