Is it Funny?: The trailer!

A few years back everyone was passing around a meme attributed to Cicero: “Times are bad. Children no longer obey their parents, and everyone is writing a book.” It’s even worse now: everyone’s making a podcast. Even I have succumbed — yes, at the very worst possible time of the year: the week before classes…

Film for a Friday: The Sensual Nature of Sound

THE SENSUAL NATURE OF SOUND (1993) 4 Composers Laurie Anderson, Tania León, Meredith Monk, Pauline Oliveros Dir: Michael Blackwood Yes, getting the most out of my Kanopy account and distracting me from being on a treadmill so I don’t just think about the capitalist grind of our lives in the midst of a pandemic. Also…

Who’s Afraid of Kathy Acker?

Who’s Afraid of Kathy Acker? Everyone apparently: all the edge lords who should embrace a unique voice of pain and punk ethos; all the punk writers who want to champion a rebel voice and a fuck-you attitude; all the sex-positive feminists who want to celebrate our bodies and the right to express our truths however…

Film for a Friday: The Sorrows of Satan

Thanks to Angela (check out her fab writing at the Cultural Gutter), I was introduced to this interesting novel by the famous-but-largely-erased author Marie Corelli. The Sorrows of Satan was a sensation upon its release and a scandalous bestseller, so it’s typical that it has been overlooked despite its broadly appealing topic — Faustian bargains…

Tiny Tales Podcast: Chastity Flame 3

Many thanks to Darren Sant at Tiny Tales podcast: as you may know he does short readings of all kinds of fiction and poetry. Now he’s got an exclusive preview of the forthcoming third Chastity Flame novel A Cut-Throat Business which will be out soon from Fahrenheit Press. Chapter one is rather dark, so be warned!…

When Chastity Flame was just a Spark

I know I seem to have a new idea every minute and to change gears just about that often, so it’s kind of funny to see that some obsessions stay with me a very long time. The roots of my Chastity Flame novels are deep. The first novel I wrote in high school was also…

#FolkHorror: Lullaby

I have been reading the excellent biography of Shirley Jackson by Ruth Franklin, which of course makes me turn to Jackson’s own writing for various things (some books are still packed in boxes alas, and it is too hot to spend time in the garage looking for them). I decided to re-read this essay which…

Chastity Flame 2: Lush Situation

Chastity Flame returns: LUSH SITUATION Chastity Flame is back and hotter than ever. Her personal life is as complicated as ever but fortunately she’s got the small matter of an international human trafficking ring to deal with before she can even begin to turn her thoughts to matters of the heart. When an upscale private…

#FolkHorror Remix featuring Higora

A new and exclusive Higora track is available as part of the Melmoth the Wanderer Folk Horror Revival Remix. Here’s the description of the set: The second Folk Horror Revival mix from Melmoth the Wanderer. All the tracks featured in this offering were submitted by members of the FHR Facebook group and woven together by…

Film for a Friday: The Scoundrel (1935)

Yes, the end of grading is in sight! Here’s an entertainment for you that manages to be both tart and sweet — or possibly leaning over into sappy a bit by the end. However, the script by Ben Hecht and Charles McArthur positively sings at its best — especially since the best of those lines…