Ex Machina: Story of Lilith, the Destructive Prototype of Eve

-BY KACIE COOPER STOTLER- 
Ex Machina, Alex Garland’s visionary 2014 film, appears to be a story about the ethics, mythos, and creation of the ultimate artificial intelligence. But it goes deeper than that, and the story imbedded within the film is an ancient one. Ex Machina is not just a story about creation, but one about god and man. It’s a story about Lilith. Continue reading Ex Machina: Story of Lilith, the Destructive Prototype of Eve

Cosmic Love for Cosmic Horror

-BY KACIE COOPER STOTLER-
What do the villains from Netflix’s Stranger Things, Stephen King’s IT, and Marvel’s Dr. Strange all have in common? Besides being bound by the word “strange” or the young actor Finn Wolfhard himself, I mean.

I’ll give you a hint: they’re all about the Love.

Lovecraft, that is. One H.P. Lovecraft, the OG of cosmic horror and creator of the Cthulhu mythos, first published in 1928. Continue reading Cosmic Love for Cosmic Horror

The Weird Treatment of Women in the Works of Cormac McCarthy

-BY KACIE COOPER STOTLER-
A look at a few of McCarthy’s most popular works through the lens of feminist critical theory. Possible NSFW content, including but not limited to: rape, incest, murder, necrophilia, suicide, torture, and cannibalism. It’s Cormac McCarthy we’re talking about, afterall. Continue reading The Weird Treatment of Women in the Works of Cormac McCarthy

Repentant, Redeemed, & Reformed: Moll Flanders as a Clockwork Orange

-BY KACIE COOPER STOTLER-
Moll Flanders is a clockwork orange. But what exactly is a clockwork orange? According to Anthony Burgess, author of the novel of the same name, a clockwork orange describes one who “has the appearance of an organism lovely with colour and juice but is in fact only a clockwork toy to be wound up by God or the Devil or (since this is increasingly replacing both) the Almighty State” Continue reading Repentant, Redeemed, & Reformed: Moll Flanders as a Clockwork Orange