What does it mean to be human? It’s perhaps one of the hardest questions one can ask oneself, or anyone else, and I’m not expecting to come across a coherent answer anytime soon. But, rather strikingly, two books I’ve read over the past week or so approach this existential problem from very different angles. The result being two books I’d highly recommend, not in the least because they speak to each other in quite unexpected ways.
What is it that makes nature writing so alluring? Can nature, or even just reading about it, be an antidote to stress? On tree hugging, daffodils and karate.
Rarely have I encountered a less ambitious explanation of an author’s reasons for starting a literary career. But then again, Hubert Selby Jr. was no ordinary writer. Writing about the down and out, while struggling with poor health and addiction, one probably cares little about the literary establishment and its self-invented rules…
Yesterday I received my author copy of the Palgrave Handbook to Horror Literature (and, to get the self-promotion out of… Read more The Palgrave Handbook to Horror Literature: On Academic Publishing
Although I’ve always been an avid amateur fiction writer and visual artist, my creative practice has suffered in recent years.… Read more “It Only Takes Ten Minutes a Day, I Promise”: How I Brought Creativity Back Into My Life
If it doesn’t sound like a book that would go straight for the jugular, it’s because it doesn’t. Al Alvarez’s… Read more Al Alvarez’s Pondlife: A Review
After my ambivalent response to The Vorrh I was not looking forward to the other two science fiction novels on… Read more The Many Faces of Science Fiction: A Review of Vurt and Pirate Cinema
I had been eyeing the book for months. Despite being published back in 2015 it stubbornly refused to leave the… Read more I’m Not Smart Enough to Understand this Book: A Review of Brian Catling’s The Vorrh
Notorious literary critic Danny Demompere once said that only people who normally don’t read take big fat books to the beach. I’m inclined to agree with him.
Is it odd to start your review of one book by discussing another? Perhaps. But if it wasn’t for Edward… Read more Parts per Million: A Review