Month: April 2020

Weird Writers Recommend Weird Cinema, a List by Alistair Rey

“Weird” cinema is a category in search of an essence. It is characteristically difficult to pin down and more-often-than-not transcends genres, blending elements of experimental film, horror, mystery, science fiction, and psychological thriller in equal measure. Films like Jacob’s Ladder (1990), Videodrome (1983), and Roman Polanski’s Repulsion (1965) might all be considered classics of “weird”

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Weird Writers Recommend 80’s Albums

Brian Evenson: Stump, A Fierce Pancake (1988) It’s hard not to like an album which takes its name from a line in Flann O’Brien’s The Third Policeman. If you know any track from this album (the only full-length LP the band put out) it’s probably “Charlton Heston,” which repeats the line “When Charlton Heston put

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Weird Writers Recommend Weird Visual Artists

Jonathan Raab: Trevor Henderson Trevor specializes in taking real photographs and inserting painted monsters, creating found-footage-style pieces that are iconic and haunting. Visit Trevor Henderson on Instagram.  Brian Asman: Dano Brown You can find him on Instagram at @dano_brown. He makes really unique, groovy action figures. If you ever wanted a poseable Michael Douglas from Falling

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The Lucky Star by William T. Vollmann – Book Review

Review by Ben Arzate Neva, often referred to as the people who know her as “the lesbian,” has a seemingly supernatural ability to make anyone around her love her on the condition that she loves them back. This results in her gathering an almost cult-like following at the Y Bar that she frequents. Her lovers

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Weird Writers Recommend: The Cinnamon-Coloured Suit (C.P. Cavafy 1893-1933) by Rhys Hughes

The Cinnamon-Coloured Suit (C.P. Cavafy 1863-1933) by Rhys Hughes The first time I heard of the poet Cavafy was in my initial aborted attempt to read Lawrence Durrell’s Alexandria Quartet, a set of books that can’t be appreciated or understood by readers with insufficient life experience. I lacked that experience back then. Durrell mentions him

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Weird Writers Recommend: 5 Poetry Collections Under My Fingernails by Michael Wehunt

5 Poetry Collections Under My Fingernails by Michael Wehunt I write about strange things and bumps in the night and presences out at the periphery of the human experience. I have no choice. Though I intend more than horror in my stories, it is nonetheless the vehicle of most of my plots, the container for

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Classic Review: The Night Land (Guest Review by John Linwood Grant)

There has never been a book like William Hope Hodgson’s The Night Land (1912), and there probably never will be again. And I really need to explain what I mean by that… One of the most potent pieces of macabre imagination ever written. -H P Lovecraft William Hope Hodgson (1887-1918) was not one of the

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Weird Writers Recommend: Nathan Carson’s Five Scariest Albums

Not everyone finds music scary, so please feel free to insert “unsettling” if that’s who you are and how you respond to the universal language. How one experiences music is subjective to many factors, not least of which is whether you play it in the background on an iPhone speaker during the day, or crank

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Classic Review: Incredible Adventures

It’s impossible to say anything about Algernon Blackwood’s Incredible Adventures without contending with S.T. Joshi’s claim that it is “the premiere weird collection of this or any other century.” If I wouldn’t hazard praise as bold as Joshi’s, I certainly sympathize with his enthusiasm. It’s one of those collections, like Ligotti’s Teatro Grottesco, that compels

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Classic Review: Teatro Grottesco

I admit to being totally smitten by the work of Thomas Ligotti before actually getting around to Teatro Grottesco. The Penguin edition of Songs of a Dead Dreamer and Grimscribe no less than changed my entire literary trajectory. Here it is, I thought, the collection I always knew was out there waiting for me. Not

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