The Do’s and Dont’s of Calling a Government Office

Since I write gothic horror/fantasy/mystery novels for a small publisher, I don’t make any money. And, since I entered the workforce in 2007, I have plenty of fresh wounds when it comes to economic insecurity. That’s why I chose to become a civil servant – the steady hours, the job security, and the benefits package … Continue reading The Do’s and Dont’s of Calling a Government Office

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The Relationships That Define Tragic Cinema

I’m a big fan of soul-crushing cinema. It makes me think. It shocks me out of complacency. It goes places where no sane filmmaker - concerned with target demographics and box office returns – would ever go. As a result, depressing films are usually the creations of indie and auteur directors. As I was watching … Continue reading The Relationships That Define Tragic Cinema

Humans Will Continue to Evolve, Be Awful

  In his essay The Kekule Problem, the author Cormac McCarthy poses a question: what if language, instead of being the natural byproduct of evolution, is something more akin to a virus? What if nature didn’t put the human brain on an inexorable march toward the acquisition of language, but language suddenly infected our brain, … Continue reading Humans Will Continue to Evolve, Be Awful

Conan, Elric, and the Honorable Cynic

If you’re a real fantasy fan you’ve heard of Conan and Elric. It’s that simple. The Cimmerian barbarian and the Melnibonean prince have dominated the imaginations of sword-and-sorcery fans (and heavy metal album covers) for decades. But why? What is it about these two warriors that made them poster-boys for an entire genre? Well, I’m … Continue reading Conan, Elric, and the Honorable Cynic

Sorry, But Your Heroes are Frauds

This happened during a small gathering at a friend’s house. One of the guests was a woman around sixty who, in the course of the conversation, began singing the praises of Mahatma Gandhi – a hagiography, if we’re being honest. And, me being me, I had to open my big mouth and set the record … Continue reading Sorry, But Your Heroes are Frauds

Great Horror Movies That Flew Under The Radar

It makes sense that, for my first post, we're going to talk about horror movies. After all, Halloween - the only holiday that matters - is just around the corner, and for me horror cinema has been a big influence on, well, everything. I was fortunate enough to grow up in a horror renaissance. The VCR … Continue reading Great Horror Movies That Flew Under The Radar