Pulp and the Avant-Garde: An Interview with Nicholaus Pantnaude of Psychedelic Horror Press

“Psychedelic Horror is an attempt to forge a new genre…. I like the idea of merging the dangerous side of pulp (in terms of content) with the dangerous side of the avant-garde (in terms of form).” -Nicholaus Pantnaude For our latest addition to our author interview series, I spoke to Nicholaus Pantnaude about Psychedelic Horror

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Your Happy Life: Day Three

How can you know you are happy if you don’t know misery of others? All things exist as comparisons. A man finds himself a funeral. His wife isn’t with him, and, despite the impossibility of the situation, he feels a sharp stab of guilt as he imagines her weeping unceasingly into the folds of the

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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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