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the sixth gun vol. 1

The Sixth Gun and the Problems of Polish

It may seem perverse to fault a work for feeling too perfectly crafted, but the polish of Oni Press’ comics series The Sixth Gun, the sense of every element being in its ideal place, hindered my enjoyment of the series’ first volume, “Cold Dead Fingers”—but that dissonant experience says more about the media age in […]

Review: Cthulhu Haiku and Other Mythos Madness

I mentioned Cthulhu Haiku and Other Mythos Madness, edited by Lester Smith (popcorn press) in a previous post, promising to review in full here in the future. The future has arrived.   First let me give you a little history. Cthulhu Haiku was a Kickstarter project, the first that I backed as a matter of […]

Review: The Case of Charles Dexter Ward by HP Lovecraft

A supernatural murder mystery is probably the best way to describe “The Case of Charles Dexter Ward“, the short novel by H.P. Lovecraft. Published after Lovecraft’s death in 1941, this tale combines tropes from horror, weird fiction and detective mysteries and is a must read for any fans of those genres. Set in the early […]

Review: At the Mountains of Madness by HP Lovecraft

While delving into the realm of science horror, I had the goal to read all of HP Lovecraft’s work. Having already read or listened to a significant portion of his fiction, I thought it would be a piece of Cthulhu-shaped cake to finish the rest. Turns out my goal was bit more ambitious than I realized. […]

Supernatural Horror In Literature

The appeal of the spectrally macabre is generally narrow because it demands from the reader a certain degree of imagination and a capacity for detachment from every-day life. Relatively few are free enough from the spell of the daily routine to respond to rappings from outside, and tales of ordinary feelings and events, or of […]

Weird Tales For Winter

  If you’re anything like me, you have long since exhausted the established canon of weird, speculative, and mainstream horror fiction. You’ve read every Stephen King novel in triplicate, and are starting to wish that H. P. Lovecraft at least attempted to describe the indescribable horrors appearing on his pages. Philip K. Dick’s paranoid schizophrenic […]