Horror in modern life

Horror in modern life

There’s this piece of received wisdom that horror cannot work in the modern world. There’s a way in which a lot of horror movies set in modern times play with isolation. Get Out starts with the main character driving out into the country, far enough away from the city...
Gothic horror

Gothic horror

I love gothic horror. Southern gothic scares the snot out of me. Give me a cornfield and some creepy scarecrows any day. The trouble with loving something like this as a writer is that I want to take it and roll around in it. This is a problem for me because gothic...
Knitting is Magic

Knitting is Magic

There was a lovely short story by Brit E.B. Hvide in Cast of Wonders a while ago, Knitting In English. It reminded me first of this quote: […] Knitting is a magic trick. In this day and age, in a world where science and technology take more and more wonder and...
Podcast Recommendations

Podcast Recommendations

Way back in the summer, before Worldcon, I posted two recommendation lists, one for fiction and another for non-fiction. I intended to follow up with a list of podcast recommendations around the same time, but life happened so it took me until now. Regardless, here...
The Watson Problem

The Watson Problem

There’s a joke in John Scalzi’s The Ghost Brigades. Sherlock and Dr. Watson go camping. They pitch their tent and go to sleep. Sometime in the middle of the night Holmes wakes Watson and says: “Watson, look up at the sky and tell me what you...