Friday afternoon, I took part in a panel on horror writing organized by the Manitoba Writers’ Guild and hosted by the Arts and Cultural Industries Association of Manitoba. Chaired by Maurice Mierau, the panel consisted of Chadwick Ginther (author of the Norse urban fantasies Thunder Road and the recently-launched Tombstone Blues), Michael Rowe (in Winnipeg as part of the book tour for his ghost story Wild Fell) and myself. It was a very cozy setting to talk horror while a -30 C windchill howled outside, and while the event is fresh in my mind, I thought I’d touch on a couple points that came up in the discussion (and I thank Chris Borster for the idea of doing so). So here we go; any misrepresentations in the paraphrasing that Continue reading
By popular demand (Paul!), I present to you the top 10 posts and episodes for November 2013. Enjoy!
- Out-Brutalling the Last Guy: ”Grim and gritty, yes…but make sure it’s doing some honest work” by K.V. Johansen
- Worldbuilding: Why It Ain’t So Easy by Stina Leicht
- Mining the Genre Asteroid: Where Late the Sweet Birds Sang by Kate Wilhelm (post by Paul Weimer)
- Adventures in SF Parenting: the Wild, Wild Web by Jen Zink
- Mining the Genre Asteroid: Way Station by Clifford Simak (post by Paul Weimer)
- The Disquieting Guest — Horror in/and Fantasy by David Annandale
- LitBits: The Politics of Author/Work Separation by Shaun Duke
- Movie Review: Mama (2013) by Stina Leicht
- The Disquieting Guest — A Belated Explanation by David Annandale
- Geekomancer Under Glass: Beyond the Capes (Part Two) by Mike Underwood
- 177. Nick Mamatas — Love is the Law (An Interview)
- Episode 4.2 — Torture Cinema Meets The Wicker Man
- 175. Religion and Genre Fiction w/ Max Gladstone & David Levine (A Discussion)
- 176. Sam Sykes at Worldcon (An Interview of Sorts)
- 174. Cassandra Rose Clarke at Worldcon (An Interview of Sorts)
- 178. Emma Newman (a.k.a. Tea & Cake) — The Split Worlds Trilogy
- #05 — Pacific Rim (2013) — A Shoot the WISB Discussion w/ Michael R. Underwood
- #03 — Man of Steel (2013) — A Shoot the WISB Discussion w/ David Annandale and Michael R. Underwood
- Episode 84 — Women in Military SF (or The Kratman Rule is B.S.)
- 173. The Gate (1987) — A Torture Cinema “Adventure” (the Halloween Special)
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Today was the last day of teaching for my survey course in American Literature. As with all my literature courses, I included quite a few works of SF/F on the reading list, from “classic” SF like Joe Haldeman’s The Forever War to contemporary weirdness like Flight by Sherman Alexie. This year, I realized there were a few unintentional trends in the works I’d selected. First, almost every text I had my students read directly or indirectly addressed sex. I’m not going to talk about that today, except to say that my students and I were quite amused that our small representation of American Literature seemed to suggest that all American Literature will talk about sex at some point. That’s probably not true, but it’s amusing nonetheless.
The more interesting unintentional theme is that of trauma and its representation through weirdness / magical realism / anti-realism. This became apparent only recently, when we finished reading Flight by Sherman Alexie, a definitively non-realist novel about a time traveling / body-switching Native American foster kid who must discover himself through a myriad of other people’s experiences. As the last novel for the course, it resonated quite well with several of the other recent texts, something I hadn’t expected at the time. The angst and blunt honesty of the main character, Zits, on Continue reading