I don’t know if it’s typical for Norwich, but the people here tend to leave items they no longer need… Read more Lost and Found: On Reading Books from the Street
Picture this. A novella about two sisters: Sis and Amy. One of them alive, one of them dead. The living one muscular and feisty. The dead one reincarnated… as a chainsaw. Together they set off to get their revenge on Amy’s killers. Cue rampage, gore, mayhem. And, in case you missed it, a talking chainsaw.
On day two of an almost complete lockdown, with nothing to do and nowhere to go apart from my NHS job, I’m feeling a need to write about literary escapism. My local library shut down indefinitely last Saturday, and although I’ve managed to get a stash of books that’ll last me a few weeks, I’m already missing my trips to pick up new ones. It’s all temporary, of course, and all for a good cause, but I’m probably not the only one for whom life feels rather odd and claustrophobic at the moment.
King’s central position in contemporary cultural imagination alone merits a proper look at his work. Sure, other authors have written novels that are more aesthetically pleasing, literarily challenging, or thematically groundbreaking. But the fact that his books just keep selling and selling suggest that King is on to something.
Other than that, I’m simply a massive King fan and will jump at any reason to revisit some of his books.
If anyone needed prrof that the impossible is possible, I’ve been shortlisted for a novella competition. Some reflections…
Is Oscar-contender Green Book a classic feelgood film or a problematic representation of real life events? The truth may lie somewhere in the middle.
Yesterday I received my author copy of the Palgrave Handbook to Horror Literature (and, to get the self-promotion out of… Read more The Palgrave Handbook to Horror Literature: On Academic Publishing
It’s been almost eight weeks since I started Tim Clare’s writing boot camp. I was attracted by the course’s plain… Read more How I Conquered Writer’s Block: A Return to Writing, Fiction, and Fun
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British Association for American Studies Annual Conference, University of Sussex 25-27 April 2019 In celebration of the fiftieth birthday of… Read more CfP: Queerness and American Horror Fiction