A Brief Chat with Independent Writer and Host of Southern Grimoire, KD Burr

I have always been intrigued by the darker side of life. I was a sheltered child, raised in a religious household, but one thing my parents never censored was my reading material – and if you’re familiar with the Bible at all, you know that book can get pretty dark. Continue reading A Brief Chat with Independent Writer and Host of Southern Grimoire, KD Burr

Advertisements

Chapter 23 by J. Nicoel Western: A Preview

It was my first night at Savannah’s. I got off work at the preschool, sped home to replace my red, awkward, somewhat tight-fitting polo with my new, overly sized, awkward-fitting black polo. I touched up my makeup, which consisted of applying another coat of mascara on top of the mascara I applied at seven that morning, put Madalynn in the bathroom after her walk, and headed out for my first night.

​I’ll never forget the first thing Vince said to me when I showed up. Continue reading Chapter 23 by J. Nicoel Western: A Preview

She Tried to Be Good, The Girl from Hateville, and 23 More Vintage Pulp Fiction Titles to Inspire Your Future Memoir

Pulp Fiction novels from the 1960s and 1970s are notorious for being as scandalous as they are ridiculous, especially by today’s standards. With illustrations and titles that are both titilating and wildly sexist, the covers are laughable and ironic.

But some, in the right context, are relevant as ever, and even sound like they could be written about any of us. Continue reading She Tried to Be Good, The Girl from Hateville, and 23 More Vintage Pulp Fiction Titles to Inspire Your Future Memoir

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

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