Tag: Weird Writers Recommend

Weird Writers Recommend Silent Films: A List by Madeleine Swann

If you’re a weird film fan I imagine you’ve seen, or at least heard of, German Expressionist horrors Nosferatu and The Cabinet of Dr Caligari, the nightmarish documentary Haxan, early science fiction Metropolis and Un Chien Andalou, the most well-known silent Surrealist film. Instead I wanted to share films you might not know. I had

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Weird Writers Recommend Philosophy Books

Brian Evenson: A Thousand Plateaus by Gilles Deleuze and Felix Guattari I’ve occasionally taught a class just on this book, and when I do I suggest that students relax and read it almost like it’s fiction. Taken in those terms it’s a deeply imaginative book that poses all sorts of strange questions and then provides

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Weird Writers Recommend Kaiju Films

Jonathan Raab: Shin Godzilla (2016) This film treats the ever-mutating Godzilla as a natural disaster, and follows the Japanese government’s response to his/her rampage. What should be a boring bureaucratic procedural is instead a comment on generational leadership and crisis management. Plus, Godzilla’s different forms are all unique and interesting. It’s far better than the

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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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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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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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