I Am Providence by Nick Mamatas

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 […]

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The Incantations of Daniel Johnston

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 […]

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Metanoia: Report on Probability #2

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 […]

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Gray Skies and Current Things

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 […]

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Metanoia: Report on Probability #1

“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 […]

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