Tag: literature

Books That Will Open Your Brain Basket, Part I

By Reverend Bob As an ordained minister in the Universal Life Church, I feel comfortable saying that we are living in especially godless times. Everyone is a heathen nowadays…except for me. I am pure, for I soar with the owls and humbly acknowledge the felines. Of course, it takes more than Bible thumping or kneeling

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5 Weird Books You’ve Probably Never Read

The title of this post may seem like clickbait when you see the legendary authors that landed on this list, but despite their reputations as literary behemoths, the books in question are far weirder and way more obscure than almost anything else in their respective canons. You won’t find  seminal characters like Fear & Loathing

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Cherry Blossom Eyes by S.T. Cartledge – Book Review

Review by Ben Arzate The Isle of Flowers is covered with cherry blossom trees, the primary resource of its inhabitants. Every winter, or “the Cold” as they call it, freezing lotus flowers bloom, requiring them to burn the trees for warmth. The trees, however, are starting to thin out. What’s worse, sea creatures called “tourists”

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10 Female Writers Who Could Teach Male Authors a Thing or Two

By Bob Freville 1. Kathe Koja Long before modern readers embraced the brutal, gut-churning minimalism of Chuck Palahniuk, Kathe Koja introduced a clipped literary style to speculative fiction that was brusque, brave and fringe before fringe was really a thing. A prominent figure during the 90s genre paperback boom, Koja made a name for herself

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Horror Sleaze Trash: An Interview with India LaPlace

I recently met India online, seeing that we have several mutual FB friends in the creative arts circles and that she’s local to the SLC area. When I noticed that she’s an associate editor for Horror Sleaze Trash, I got all sorts of excited to discover the art/lit zine (that has been and always will

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Possessed by the Unliving: Five of the Most Striking Characters in Literature

Sometimes in your readings, you stumble across a character who seems to stay with you, as if you absorbed some of their substance from the pages on which your fingers found momentary repose. Their idiosyncratic language colors your own native thought-tongue; you take up their own philosophical concerns in mid-stride as if they were inheritances,

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Bizarro in the Western Canon: Why Weird Doesn’t Equal Trash

Bizarro fiction is a genre I deeply respect. Some of the older stories featured in Esoteric Sausage are directly bizarro, while others are closer to horror. I don’t, like many of my writer friends out there, consider myself strictly a “Bizarro” writer, but it is the genre which truly inspired me to embrace my penchant

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