The Subversive French Crime Fiction of Jean-Patrick Manchette

From Troubled Daughters, Twisted Wives, last year’s collection of mostly midcentury stories by the likes of Patricia Highsmith, Shirley Jackson, and other lesser-knowns to the critical and commercial success of writers like Gillian Flynn, Megan Abbott, and Tana French to the Library of America adding a volume with four of Elmore Leonard’s novels from the 1970s to its esteemed collection, this is the perfect time to embrace crime fiction beyond Hammett, Christie, and Chandler.

The Subversive French Crime Fiction of Jean-Patrick Manchette

From Troubled Daughters, Twisted Wives, last year’s collection of mostly midcentury stories by the likes of Patricia Highsmith, Shirley Jackson, and other lesser-knowns to the critical and commercial success of writers like Gillian Flynn, Megan Abbott, and Tana French to the Library of America adding a volume with four of Elmore Leonard’s novels from the 1970s to its esteemed collection, this is the perfect time to embrace crime fiction beyond Hammett, Christie, and Chandler.

The Beach Beneath The Pavement

The Beach Beneath The Pavement

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The Beach Beneath The Pavement is a set in a London very close in time and space to our own. It’s an extravagant philosophical satire about how we make sense of a world where no one believes in anything. It’s about the lost or corrupted dreams of the sixties and seventies, dissent, experimental theatre, paranoia, conspiracy theory, drugs, art, new age panaceas, surveillance, therapy, the media,…

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Beats In Time: A Literary Generation’s Legacy

Beats In Time: A Literary Generation’s Legacy

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My interview with legendary beat writer, Diane DiPrima is included in Beats In Time: A Literary Generation’s Legacy.

See info on Goodreads or Amazon

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Where literature and gaming collide

How games are mining literary sources of inspiration. Game narratives tend to drink from a narrow pond; they swig space operas and Tolkien, swish them about their mouths and trickle them into rows of polished glasses.

Where literature and gaming collide

How games are mining literary sources of inspiration. Game narratives tend to drink from a narrow pond; they swig space operas and Tolkien, swish them about their mouths and trickle them into rows of polished glasses.

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DON’T BLAME SLENDER MAN FOR THE SCHOOLGIRL STABBING

On Saturday morning, Anissa Weier and Morgan Geyser—two 12-year-old girls—lured a classmate into the woods near their homes in Waukesha, Wisconsin, and stabbed her 19 times.

DON’T BLAME SLENDER MAN FOR THE SCHOOLGIRL STABBING

On Saturday morning, Anissa Weier and Morgan Geyser—two 12-year-old girls—lured a classmate into the woods near their homes in Waukesha, Wisconsin, and stabbed her 19 times.

“The sort of story that has you covering your mirrors”: The Case of Slender Man

“The sort of story that has you covering your mirrors”: The Case of Slender Man

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In keeping with the theme of this issue—the monster as sign of radical, insurmountable, and terrifying Otherness—this article considers one contemporary permutation of monstrousness, the Internet phenomenon known as the Slender Man. As a monster, Slender Man epitomizes the simultaneous alienness and familiarity that characterizes the uncanny. Created by users on the Something Awful…

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The Most Terrifying Thought Experiment of All Time

The Most Terrifying Thought Experiment of All Time

Why are techno-futurists so freaked out by Roko’s Basilisk?

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WARNING: Reading this article may commit you to an eternity of suffering and torment.

Slender Man. Smile Dog. Goatse. These are some of the urban legends spawned by the Internet. Yet none is as all-powerful and threatening as Roko’s Basilisk. For Roko’s Basilisk is an evil, godlike form of artificial intelligence, so dangerous that…

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Destinations Across Paranormal America 2

Destinations Across Paranormal America 2

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Chapter dedicated to Ong’s Hat in Destinations Across Paranormal America 2  by Hugh Mungus

Excerpt:

It’s a widely held belief the legend of Ong’s Hat is the fictional brainchild of author Joseph Matheny. Matheny posted his saga on the Internet in the early 1990s, in attempts to insert the story into the collective consciousness of the then-burgeoning World Wide Web. If you’ve ever watched the…

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Destinations Across Paranormal America 2

Destinations Across Paranormal America 2

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Chapter dedicated to Ong’s Hat in Destinations Across Paranormal America 2  by Hugh Mungus

Excerpt:

It’s a widely held belief the legend of Ong’s Hat is the fictional brainchild of author Joseph Matheny. Matheny posted his saga on the Internet in the early 1990s, in attempts to insert the story into the collective consciousness of the then-burgeoning World Wide Web. If you’ve ever watched the…

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How to Invent a Person Online

Is it possible to be truly anonymous in the digital world? On April 8, 2013, I received an envelope in the mail from a nonexistent return address in Toledo, Ohio.

How to Invent a Person Online

Is it possible to be truly anonymous in the digital world? On April 8, 2013, I received an envelope in the mail from a nonexistent return address in Toledo, Ohio.