I Am Providence Nick Mamatas Night Shade Books August 9, 2016 Reviewed by William Grabowski In the wake of the November 2015 decision to retire the likeness of H.P. Lovecraft from its 40-year tenure atop the World Fantasy Award, Nick Mamatas’s latest novel looms over the cultural mulch like a punchy stand-up comic. Those seated […]Read more "I Am Providence by Nick Mamatas"
Cool air ghosted over Martin’s burning face, carried rotten notes of mold, corrosion, and deeper decay of some animal matter. “Welcome home,” he said. At that moment, a gray form rose from the distant tree-line. Martin froze. He ought to be down in the quiet dark—not standing here paralyzed with dread. Jesus Christ . . […]Read more "Metanoia: Report on Probability #3.1 (reclusion)"
The Incantations of Daniel Johnston A Graphic Novel by Ricardo Cavolo Written by Scott McClanahan Two Dollar Radio July 5, 2016 A Trade Paperback Original: $16.99 U.S. Reviewed by William Grabowski Though I can’t recall what came first—reading about Scott McClanahan, or reading one of his books—I can without hesitation say the emotional resonance induced […]Read more "The Incantations of Daniel Johnston"
Before the country went dark, skies humming that mournful dirge for which no source could be found, Martin packed a few supplies, bugged out of his depopulated apartment building and footed it to Nike Site Road. No bombs had flashed, incinerated cities into howling whirlpools of black ash . . . but whoever had burst […]Read more "Metanoia: Report on Probability #3"
Lada Terra/Venus/T+1.327 Deren stood watching the east horizon’s dirty yellow smudge, lightning popping inside clouds of sulfur like neurons in some titanic mind. Forcing himself to the west viewport, he gazed across fewer than a hundred meters of cracked gray slate, where loomed Venera 24, a metallic abstract simultaneously broiled, dissolved, and squashed—even three […]Read more "Metanoia: Report on Probability #2"
I’ve never understood the mass hostility toward gray weather—no matter the season. For me (admittedly not qualifying as “most people”), rain and gloom go together like chicory and coffee. This is one of those gray days . . . rain ticking against the roof, and me ready for only a few minutes on WordPress. Wednesday […]Read more "Gray Skies and Current Things"
“We don’t want other worlds; we want a mirror.”—Solaris (1972) Outside looking out, Watcher-A drifts above towers of silence in the dead city, pauses after 73 hours of surveillance to bask in magnetic fields droning behind Tulip-in-Bloom, corroded petals and rockets erect as if worshiping the sky in submissive defeat. Yesterday, frozen winds sliced emptiness […]Read more "Metanoia: Report on Probability #1"