No Wonder My Nose Keeps Bleeding…

A long weekend is nearly upon me (hooray for a day job that follows the federal holiday schedule), to be filled with thesis revisions and progress on the five short stories currently brewing. (One is for a dieselpunk anthology put out by the fine folks at Twit Publishing, but that’s not due until the endContinue reading “No Wonder My Nose Keeps Bleeding…”

You Are a Ghost

I first read Peter Straub’s Ghost Story years ago, when pleasure reading was something I still had time to do. Back then it wasn’t the writing that disappointed me–Straub is a masterful writer (read his short story “The Juniper Tree”), and few are as capable of the same rich characterizations; I felt like I trulyContinue reading “You Are a Ghost”

The Haunting of Hill House

One of the great things about this program is the opportunity to read classics that, for whatever reason, I never made time for previously. So it is with The Haunting of Hill House. I love a good ghost story, but I’ve had considerable trouble finding Western tales that impact me the way Asian horror filmsContinue reading “The Haunting of Hill House”

Death and Celebrity

Back in March I wrote this post in response to a reading of Stephen King’s Misery for class. I discussed King’s prescience in illustrating, through the character of Annie Wilkes, the twisted world we were creating for our celebrities. We no longer see them as human at all–certainly not as creatures who suffer the wayContinue reading “Death and Celebrity”

Summer break, I hardly knew ye.

In a couple of weeks I will be starting my second term of grad school. I’m looking forward to it, but damn, I need a vacation. On that note, Zach and I have tentative plans to go somewhere in the fall. I’ve started saving up for it, wherever “it” may turn out to be. We’veContinue reading “Summer break, I hardly knew ye.”