For some time now I’ve been working on an essay at WWAC about racism and portrayals of far right politics in British horror fiction; the thing became do long that I had to split it into three instalments. Part one has just gone live, and is something of a prologue: while the later instalments will focus on the postwar far right, the first part looks at racial dehumanisation in pre-war horror and the question of whether horror is an inherently reactionary genre. I hope that my readers will find something of value there.
At this point, I’ve blogged multiple times about the intersection (or lack thereof) between the Sad/Rabid Puppies campaigns and horror fiction. I find it genuinely interesting that horror fandom never had an equivalent to the Puppies or to Gamergate, and since those movements peaked about two years ago, I doubt that horror ever will have such a thing unless a future generation starts the cycle anew.
Right now, I feel like taking another look to try and see what might have inoculated horror against the culture war (if you can forgive the mixed metaphor…)
One of the outgrowths of the Puppy campaigns is the so-called Pulp Revolution. This movement is based on the argument that mainstream publishers are preoccupied with political preaching and literary pretension, causing science fiction and fantasy to lose the vitality and straightforward storytelling of the pulp era. But now, thanks to Kindle direct publishing, indie authors can relight the flame and attract readers turned off by the tosh that big publishers are trying to foist onto them.
Continue reading “Pulp Revolution vs. Extreme Horror”
It’s the middle of the month, so time for another helping of Belladonna nagazine!
This issue features interviews with actress Sarah Booth, Raw director Julia Ducournau and Channel Zero‘s Nick Antosca, while Guest Honey Samantha McLaren treats us to an article about menstruation in horror films (hello, Carrie!) Plus, all the usual celebrations of monster movies and slasher trash.
For my part, I’ve contributed reviews of Jim Campbell’s At the Shore and Valiant’s Britannia, along with a feature on monster toys and the moral controversies that tend to arise from these devilish playthings.
All available for purchase at the official site, Magzter and MagCloud.
My latest Amazing Stories retrospective is now live, looking back at issue 4 from July 1926.
Amongst the material in this edition is a letter from George Allan England, one of the authors who contributed to issue 1, which I found quite interesting in light of recent ideological disputes within SF. I did include an excerpt from the letter in my article, I thought that it was worth reprinting in full without comment as a historical specimen…
Continue reading “On Amazing Stories Issue 4, and Something From the Vaults”
The latest article in my on-and-off series at WWAC about women in British animation has gone live. This time I’m looking at the work of paint-on-glass pioneer Petra Freeman! Read it here…
A while back I contributed a series of articles to Women Write About Comics where I compared the stories nominated for the 2014 Hugo Awards with the stories on the 2015 Sad/Rabid Puppies slates; the total word count was around 40,000. I followed the articles up by reviewing the 2016 nominees, which took about 11,000 words.
I was surprised when I did the sums: had I really written that much? Had the combined word count of my Hugo reviews actually surpassed that of Slaughterhouse-Five, Fahrenheit 451 and The Great Gatsby? As hard as it was to believe, it was true. I had written a book’s worth of material.
Which made the next stage obvious: rework my articles into a book!
Continue reading “Upcoming Book: Monster Hunters, Dinosaur Lovers“
Aside from an unfortunate incident when I slipped up on some mashed potato and bashed my knee on the pavement (first time for everything I s’pose) March wasn’t a bad month for me.
The comic’s been coming along okay; right now I’m tugging and tweaking at the first issue, which is mostly in the bag but not 100% satisfactory (current task: redrawing a character’s head so she’s not awkwardly staring at two people while they have a snog.) Still on track to have it taken to Kickstarter this year.
Been getting stuck into my attempts at prose fiction, too. Even if none of them are accepted by publishers, I’ll eventually have enough for a small-press collection of my own. Might pick up a few readers, who knows?
Films wot I did see: Hidden Figures, Moonlight, Logan, Get Out, The Viceroy’s House. Good movies all.
Finally, I’ve been beavering away on some articles to be published in April and beyond. Here are a few of the topics: