Sam Gafford’s NAMELESS WORDS: Upon Further Examination

UNCHARTERED WORDS “What’s it all about, Alfie?” Literary criticism of weird tales is, in itself, somewhat weird.  It actually welcomes contributions from many who, like myself, have little to no formal training or education in the subject.  Still, there are others, such as S.T. Joshi, who are not only trained in the field but offer… Continue reading Sam Gafford’s NAMELESS WORDS: Upon Further Examination

Cody Goodfellow’s THE BLIND READING THE BLIND: Episode I — Every Man an Omega Man

    Let it be known here and henceforth by even the thickest-headed of trollful misinterpreters blowing Cheeto-dust nose-bubbles in their chocolate milk as they read this, that I am no firm friend of propaganda disguised as entertainment, and rebuke the notion that every cultural artifact has an underlying socio-political agenda. But I also believe… Continue reading Cody Goodfellow’s THE BLIND READING THE BLIND: Episode I — Every Man an Omega Man

Aaron J. French’s LETTERS FROM THE EDGE: ‘PKD’s Botched Initiation…Or Was It?’

Exegesis Definition: Critical explanation or analysis, especially of a religious text.   On February 20th of 1974, while Philip K. Dick (hereafter PKD) was recovering from a visit to the dentist where he had an impacted wisdom tooth removed and had been administered sodium pentothal, he roused from sleep to answer a call at his front… Continue reading Aaron J. French’s LETTERS FROM THE EDGE: ‘PKD’s Botched Initiation…Or Was It?’

Aaron J. French’s LETTERS FROM THE EDGE: ‘Fantastic Realism in Literature’

  “…the marvelous and the actual have contracted an astonishing alliance in the modern mind.” — The Morning of the Magicians   With reference to visual art, “fantastic realism” has a separate though connected relationship to literature via a movement of artists in Vienna in 1946, known collectively as the Vienna School of Fantastic Realism.… Continue reading Aaron J. French’s LETTERS FROM THE EDGE: ‘Fantastic Realism in Literature’

Sam Gafford’s NAMELESS WORDS: ‘Deep Scares’

      Weird literature has a long history.   Since the caveman first crowded around the fire, man has told horror stories. The times change and people change but the effect remains the same. We want to be scared.   Psychologists will give many different reasons why this is so. Some will say it’s… Continue reading Sam Gafford’s NAMELESS WORDS: ‘Deep Scares’