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 [...]

8 Eighties Exploitation Films That Could Never Be Made Today

By Bob Freville   Brenda: Sounds nice and kinky to me. Too bad you're not double-jointed.   Fargo: Why?   Brenda: Because if you were, you'd be able to bend over and kiss your ass goodbye!   —Actual dialogue from Savage Streets (1984)   Much has been written about sex and violence in motion pictures, [...]

Reading in the Age of Trump: the Danger of Low-Hanging Fruit

Reading in the Age of Trump The first time the Trump presidency seemed serious to me was when Slavoj Zizek half-heartedly endorsed Trump for the 2016 election. Zizek’s reasons for supporting such an outrageous candidate were, in a truly Zizekian fashion, complicated. His stance was similar to David Lynch's: that Trump, while a problem himself, [...]

The Weird on Television: 6 Weird Books That Should Be TV Shows

Weird fiction isn't something that occurs exclusively on the fringes of the literary world. Consider Neil Gaiman's Hugo and Nebula award-winning novel American Gods, which, as we all know, was adapted into a television series on the Stars network. There's no denying the literary weirdness of American Gods, even if Gaiman isn't quite as strange [...]