Cosmic Love for Cosmic Horror

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

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The Weird Treatment of Women in the Novels of Cormac McCarthy

Cormac McCarthy is well-known for being a Pulitzer Prize winning writer, a new contributor to the literary canon, an intellectual advocate for the Santa Fe Institute, and is quickly become a literary and cultural icon. However, in an era when women are still continuously fighting against social injustices in regard to gender, Cormac McCarthy is not contributing much to the progression of women in a patriarchal society, or at least not contributing much in a literary sense. Continue reading The Weird Treatment of Women in the Novels of Cormac McCarthy

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

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