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Stories that awaken memories stored in the body

In her essay “Horror Lives in the Body” (Electric Lit, Oct. 10, 2018), Megan Pillow Davis identifies similarities between horror films and camp more generally. Both are “highly stylized and highly artificial. Horror consistently sports a veneer of low light and screeching violins. It’s populated by…

What are your character’s ‘criteria of belief’ toward other characters?

“What is so scary about not being believed? Is it the humiliation? The degradation? Having to confront all the things wrong with you that make you unbelievable?” Wendy Heard poses these questions rhetorically in her CrimeReads essay “On Mental Health, Disbelief, and the Psychological Thriller.” “Yes”…

Why hurry? (On umbrellas, trains, and the rest of it)

Note: There are many quotations in this article. If you seek the sources, scroll to the bottom, under the photograph of the spider in the cactus. What is wrong with hurrying? It’s counterproductive to the task at hand Hurrying doesn’t always make things happen…

‘Painting Dragons’ is now in paperback!

Painting Dragons was released last month for Kindle. Now, you can also get it in paperback. This groundbreaking new work is about gender stereotypes in fiction. I hope you’ll take a look and recommend it to someone who might be interested.

Reflections: Skull Photo

I am pleased with today’s photo of an empty tattoo studio in Bogotá, Colombia. A painter has left an easel with a canvas showing severed heart valves growing from the top of a pink skull. The skull appears to be held up by a…