I like to think of myself as a "weird" writer. Most of my work falls under genre categories, but by the same token I strive to stretch what is genre into what is literary and vice-versa. My short fiction is generally horror or dark fantasy, occasionally drifting into science-fiction of the Philip K Dick or J.G. Ballard variety. "Arcadian Gates", a hallucinatory science-fiction novel, will be published in July by Blastgun Books.I enjoy writing film essays, as it is a good way to combine my love of film and my love of writing and to share that which I value in cinema. I like to dig in and find meanings in the films outside of the usual academic critical style.
Over the last couple of weeks I’ve noticed recurring discussion, or blogging at least, about the changing face of media criticism. I suppose this article here was the first bit of the current wave that I read, and as you can see in the comment section, I thought it was a very well-considered piece about the direction online criticism is heading. In summary, the usual mainstream media outlets are cutting back or eliminating paid criticism while unpaid or freelance criticism is creeping back to feature length. This is cool for several reasons, top of which in mind is that for once there is evidence to suggest that the entirety of humanity isn’t getting stupider with every click of the trackpad. Continue Reading
What I’ll tell you at the bar: Evil Dead will thrill splatter hounds old and new, as it dishes out levels of gore unseen in theaters for some time. Don’t expect many surprises, though, as the plot never strays from the known or expected. Continue Reading