SAM GAFFORD’S NAMELESS WORDS

“My temper leads me to peace and harmony with all men; and it is peculiarly my wish to avoid any personal feuds or dissensions with those, who are embarked in the same great national interest with myself, as every difference of this kind in its consequence must be very injurious.”     —George Washington   “We… Continue reading SAM GAFFORD’S NAMELESS WORDS

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

Sam Gafford’s NAMELESS WORDS: “For the Small are Large”

“Small Press”   There are few genres that owe as much to small press as weird literature. It could be argued quite strongly that there would not even be a genre of weird literature were it not for small press.  It has been these companies that have kept the genre alive and flourishing for decades… Continue reading Sam Gafford’s NAMELESS WORDS: “For the Small are Large”

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’

Sam Gafford’s NAMELESS WORDS: ‘Examining Weird Fiction’

“Episode 1 in which Doris Gets Her Oats”   So just what the hell is “Weird Fiction” anyway? It’s a question that really only seems to bother writers and critics.  Well, maybe booksellers as well because they need to know where to put all the books.  But it’s not something that really occurs to those… Continue reading Sam Gafford’s NAMELESS WORDS: ‘Examining Weird Fiction’