Saturday, May 31, 2014

Ginger Snaps (2000), Puberty, Menstruation and Werewolves

Once upon a time, before puberty came dripping two sisters made a pact. Ginger (Katharine Isabelle) and Bridgette (Emily Perkins) declared their fidelity to each other unto death. Immediately slipping into a montage of photographs where Ginger and Bridgette are posing in staged crime scene photos that they took for a class project. Ginger Snaps declares being a teenage girl is like caught in a loop of your public suicide. Puberty explodes your body. Boobs and hair appear ex nihilo. Hormonally induced neurosis spills anarchy into her self-esteem and combines with a counterproductive sex drive that declares a new found compulsion. Puberty is a traumatic transformation, not unlike a werewolf emerging from your skin.

Friday, May 30, 2014

Gremlins (1984), Planned Obsolescence and Cultural Imperialism

I spent over a year working in an office working with three crafty and intelligent Latinas who impressed upon me in the first month the importance of their cultural and familial relationship to food and meals. Most the days the women would each cook a little something and share it with whomever was in the office for lunch. After a month, I was pressed to bring food from my culture of origin. My first response was, "You want me to bring in pizza and chicken nuggets?" They looked at me like I was crazy, and went on to explain, "You've gotta understand that part of dominate white culture is invading other cultures, stealing the parts of their traditions and cultures and re-branding them. Taco bell isn't 'Mexican food' it is cultural imperialism."

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Chainsaw Exorcism With Lance Barnwell and His Dark Poetry Collection Dereliction

 Tell me about yourself and your writing?

As a teenager I was an avid reader of sci-fi/horror and also tried to write my own 'fantasy' tales, none of which came to any kind of constructive conclusions. My writing was enthusiastic, but of no great quality and soon became non-existent when I left school and had to earn a living. I carried on reading horror stories by the likes of Stephen King and James Herbert, but not as avidly as I had done in my teenage years.

It wasn't until my mid forties that I was challenged by a friend to try my hand at poetry - so I gave it a go. I enjoyed the process and produced a finished piece of work that was met with approval from my friend. With my love of horror I inevitably started to write 'dark' poetry.

The 'Burbs (1989), The Reproduction Of Systemic Racism, and White Suburbanites

The “First Suburbs” were created outside industrialized cities in order to weaken unions and soften the class consciousness of the worker. Outside of Chicago, one of the first suburbs in this country was Chicago Heights. With the first unions came the geographical widening of the division of labor. Corporate interests were taken care of in Chicago while factory labor was related to the suburbs. Workers, rather than working and living together cramped tightly into cities, were allocated to the first suburban homes. Suburban living provided workers with a widening and deepening of their economic and social private life. For the first time, workers not just worked all day and then slept. Now, workers worked all day and came home to wives (who had been working in the home) and now had a significant amount of leisure time and energy. Leisure time was filled in with proscribed market activities; listening to the radio, community and church, and sports. Immediately, workers became invested in the manufactured self-esteem embedded in owning stuff.

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Chainsaw Exorcism With Linus Locke and His Intense Zombie Novel Decay: Civilization

Tell me about yourself and your writing?

I’m an IT professional who loves horror and zombies. I love my day job, but there are days where I spend so much time looking at computer screens at work that I can’t come home and write.

I really hope that the love I have for the horror genre shows in every word I write. I want to paint the clearest picture possible while still allowing readers to use their own imaginations. I believe that to truly terrify readers you have to give them the ability to pull their own fears into the story.

Interrogating: A Philosophy Of Walking By Frederic Gros

Some people walk to walk. Some walk to exercise or to get from point A to point B. Everyone walks, but few walk with an intellectual goal in mind. Frederic Gros in his text A Philosophy of Walking is hoping to take back walking by bringing walking front and center for philosophical inspection, and detailing the philosophers historical use of walking.

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Philosophizing The Walking Dead S2E12 Better Angels, Neo-Liberalism, and Ding-Dong Dale Is Dead.

Welcome to our journey into the guts of The Walking Dead. What kind of journey? A philosophical, psychoanalytical and political kind. What I would like to do over the next couple months is dig thought the Walking Dead episode by episode to see what it can teach us. Thank you for following me on this journey. I look forward to reading your comments. Be forewarned: There are spoilers everywhere. Don’t forget to check out my previous article in the Philosophizing TWD series: Philosophizing The Walking Dead S2E11 Judge, Jury, Executioner, Torturer and Euthanasia-er

Chainsaw Exorcism With E. Van Lowe And His Novel A Boyfriend From Hell

Could you tell me about yourself and your writing?

Hi. Thanks for having me. I ‘m from New York City but I live in Southern California, and have lived here for a long time. I came out for college in the 80s and I stayed. Like a lot of writers, I wanted to be a writer since I was a little kid. Having a 20 + year career as a writer is like Christmas every morning—although, some mornings I do get a lump of coal in my stocking, like a bad review.

Why do you write?

I started writing horror in college, and was lucky enough to have several short stories published. That led me writing longer works. All I wrote

Sunday, May 25, 2014

Oculus (2013), Reality Splitting, and Who Let That Baby Eat A Cockroach?

Mirrors show a kind of reality that is a bit scary. Anyone who's tried to use a mirror to coordinate their arms to do something have come across the uncanny feeling that something is wrong with reality when it feels like your arms are going one way, but in reality they are going in another. A mirror disconnects subjective and object reality in a way that abjectivily conjoins them. My experience of my hand trying to position a hand mirror to see the back of my head using a bathroom mirror feels like my hand, looks like my hand, but there something missing. Almost immediately your mind makes up the difference by explaining the feeling of abjection away by realizing that actions in a mirror are reversed. The image looks like you, quacks like you, but it's not you at all. Oculus creepily pays with this experience of abjection in relation to your experience of reality, not just with the characters on screen but your experience watching the movie. Let's Saw Into It!

Saturday, May 24, 2014

Philosophizing The Walking Dead S2E11 Judge, Jury, Executioner, Torturer and Euthanasia-er

Welcome to our journey into the guts of The Walking Dead. What kind of journey? A philosophical, psychoanalytical and political kind. What I would like to do over the next couple months is dig thought the Walking Dead episode by episode to see what it can teach us. Thank you for following me on this journey. I look forward to reading your comments. Be forewarned: There are spoilers everywhere. Don’t forget to check out my previous article in the Philosophizing TWD series: Philosophizing The Walking Dead S2E10 18 Miles Out and Bromance

About two years ago I attended a local MoveOn meeting that last four hours, and the instant I got into my car after the meeting, all the frustration and anger that I kept in a down in order to maintain my cool busted out. I screamed a good solid, "AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH, WHAT THE HELL WAS THAT?" I felt the same tension suffering though Dale's dietribing though Judge, Jury and Executioner. The goal of the MoveOn meeting was to gather leaders together and develop a specific strategy for the coming year. Many of those in attendance did not represent a political base, but were individuals that wanted to work on a handful of issues; environment, wages, labor, Walmart, ECT. Somewhere nearing the third hour an individual declared that the group should take on a 'class war' perspective and picket the film Atlas Shrugged. I remember the guy was 'class war' a specific action or did he just want us all to think the same?

Philosophizing The Walking Dead S2E10 18 Miles Out and Bromance

Welcome to our journey into the guts of The Walking Dead. What kind of journey? A philosophical, psychoanalytical and political kind. What I would like to do over the next couple months is dig thought the Walking Dead episode by episode to see what it can teach us. Thank you for following me on this journey. I look forward to reading your comments. Be forewarned: There are spoilers everywhere. Don’t forget to check out my previous article in the Philosophizing TWD series: Philosophizing The Walking Dead S2E9 Triggerfinger, The Dangers Of Altruism and Political Cowardice

Let’s get sawing. Rick and Shane have one of the worst bromances ever depicted on film. Rick the noble post-comatosed hero of The Walking Dead, and Shane his (assumed) best friend and partner. Shane is just another rowdy police officer who would fit right into those cops that mace protesters during the Occupy Wall Street protests. Both are cops, and that tells us much about their personal and social visioning process. When a cop pulls over some punk for speeding, a cop must declare his/her presence in such a way to give no wiggle room for the perp to argue. If wiggle room is allowed, then the cop can lose the upper hand required in order to maintain control.

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Off The Shelf: Occupy Nation, The History Of Sexuality Vol 1, and Anger

I began blogging plan that failed. My plan was to do a post about each book I read, but what had happened was an intimidating stack of books piled on my desk. So, I'm gonna go at it rapid fire. Let's get sawing.
Occupy Nation: The Roots, The Spirit, and The Promise Of Occupy Wall Street by Todd Gitlin

What was up with all those people and their angry cardboard signs a couple years ago? What were they occupying anyhow? Why Wall Street and not some other street? This book answers most of these questions and provided a critical analysis of the movement, and a comparison where needed to the author's organizing work in the 60's. I was hesitant about reading this book, and it sat on my shelf longer than most. I had read several very surface-y books about the occupy movement that didn't have the intellectual rigor I find interesting. The prose in this book is great and reminds me of the heart and flow of Open Veins of Latin America.
Fav Quote: "This is a movement in which a lot of people say the difference between the Republicans and the Democrats is that the Democrats take longer to get down on their knees for money (Gitlin, p. 149)."

Mama (2013), A Mother's Face Only A Child Could Love and Becoming Mama.

Nature Vs. Nurture is an outdated binary that still finds itself front and center of group discussions in philosophy, sociology and psychology classes. The battle lines are fuzzy, but determined. Nature is either our genetic map that lays out coding for who we could become or a euphemism for a transcendental a priori force that devises a complex system of human attributes at the moment of conception ranging from Down's Syndrome to all-star football player. Nature is the set of social relationships an individual is born into and chooses and re-chooses as they life out their live span. But what if your childhood was interrupted by a violence that broke your family, and forced you to be raised by a needy and possessive ghost? This is the problem that Mama unravels.

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Interrogating Exotype, The Performance of Music and The Ideology Of The Fan

People have a way of defining themselves in relation to the music they listen to. Decades ago the boundaries between genres were more solidified. Punks, Rappers and Country singers all dress in a specific typified way that embodies and enacts a life style. In a sense this segregation of life style by music, played on the 80's and 90's identity politics craze, where groups would unify under a specific cause or issue, and in turn use that issue to define their life style. Feminist, LGBT, and racial groups focused on their individual cause while ignoring larger collective visions. Refusing to factor in the larger systemic cause of their cause they were barred access to the kind of change that would help them alleviate their problems. The idea being that if one could create a place for one’s specific identity/lifestyle group in the world that you have won in some way. Rather, then seek revolution, they settle for being satisfied with only helping a single life in one's lifetime. With the standard of political change so low these groups failed to meet their goals and develop organizationally.

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Fan Mail: Taiwan, Marxism, and Anti-Intellectualism

Comrade Fom Taiwan: Well, here in Taiwan, finding Marxist ideas is extremely difficult, especially because Marxism has a bad propaganda here because somehow Taiwan has to be different from China, and being anti-China, implies that you have to be anti-Marxist. One month ago there were some protests struggling for more "democracy", and honestly, the debates were extremely poor, in particular, because here in Taiwan, they are strongly influenced by Liberal Democracies and western ideas. Sometimes when I'm in class and I try to explain something using a Marxist approach, I can tell in the faces of the professors that they think that I'm crazy or something like that, BUT, on the contrary, in Spain is completely different, most of my professors were Marxists or Anarchist, but I have to be sincere here, my home university was famous because most of the students there were involved in lot of demonstrations against the Franco's dictatorship, and now all those students are the professors. So my university is a kind rara avis. But I'm very happy to have had all these inputs.

Comrade From Taiwan

Interrogating Ideology With A Chainsaw's Response:

I get the feeling. More than anti-Marxism what we have in America is anti-intellectualism. And its a deeply rooted anti-intellectualism which is not only policed by professors but also policed by the students among themselves. No one wants to say the full class time, and when a student ask questions nearing the end of class you can hear sighs and moans from people who just want to leave.

I had a situation that I was thinking about when I was reading your email.

The professor I had for Social Work Policy II was asking two classes of students to write a policy analysis paper on the Affordable Health Care Act (aka Obamacare). I decided to get a head started on the paper and try to write it in a weekend about in the first quarter of the term. What I realized when I began writing the paper is that the outline that we were given each had specialized terminology and theories that were not in the textbook or cover in the classroom. I found many of the theories in books on google books that were out of print. Writing the paper was a stressful experience, and the next week I went into class furious. The professor begins class with these 10min to an hour open discussions about anything from what she saw on the next the night before to petty campus politics. That day she asked, "Does anyone have anything they would like to talk about?"

I said, "I was wondering if you felt you are covering the learning objects listed in the syllabus."

She said, "Yes, yes. If you are watching the movies and reading the textbook."

(Last week we watched Capital a Love story.) I asked "So what policy is Capitalism: A love Story covering?"

She said, "The policy of capitalism."

I asked, "What is the title of the policy of capitalism and when was it voted on?"

She began talking about Adam Smith. Of course Adam Smith died over 50 years before the constitution was written so she was talking out of her ass.

What goes hand in hand with the anti-intellectualism is another American tradition of historical amnesia (and sometimes historical psychosis). I'd encourage you to keep fighting the fight for truth and justice. What I found is that the more I asked questions, and the more I challenged authority the more people came to me after class and wanted to know more about my perspective, or commended me for standing my ground, and how they wished they had the courage to do so. Realize your gift for causing trouble! Embrace it!

In Solidarity,

Saturday, May 17, 2014

Evil Dead (2013), The Failure Of (Republican and Democractic) Family Values, and Joseph Stalin

Riddle me this: what the hell is the relationship between Heroin and the Evil Deads (aka deadites)? On the surface Evil Dead (2013) appears to be a shallow and violent metaphor for addiction and its ripples in a group of friends and family, but what kind of 'friends' would wait until it's past the point of OD in order to intervene in their friends addiction? Mia has a problem. She has put her life into the hands of a group of so called friends who are more concerned with ridding Mia's addiction in order to ease their lives then to legitimately help Mia for her sake. David on the other hand is seeking a legitimate reestablishment of a familial bond that he destroyed by abandoning his family when Mia and his mother was crazy and dying.

Friday, May 16, 2014

Interrogating Optimal Living 360 by Sanjay Jain, MD, MBA

Do you want to live more like a capitalist? Do you want to think about your body and life as if it was a commodity? Are you getting a fair shake for your labor on the market? Then maybe you should consider reading Optimal Living 360 by Sanjay Jain, MD, MBA so you can better objectify yourself like a proper utilitarian. Price tags not included.

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Philosophizing The Walking Dead S2E9 Triggerfinger, The Dangers Of Altruism and Political Cowardice

Welcome to our journey into the guts of The Walking Dead. What kind of journey? A philosophical, psychoanalytical and political kind. What I would like to do over the next couple months is dig thought the Walking Dead episode by episode to see what it can teach us. Thank you for following me on this journey. I look forward to reading your comments. Be forewarned: There are spoilers everywhere. Don’t forget to check out my previous article in the Philosophizing TWD series: Philosophizing The Walking Dead S2E8 Nebraska, Trauma and Object Fetishism

I don't know about you, but the insult, I've had slung at me more than anything when I am trying to push for political change is, “I agree with your point, but I don't like how you say it.” Here Shane and I are similarly targeted by the cowardly altruists. Altruists are terrified of conflict because that have come under the mistaken notion that when you push for social change you should do it in a way that protects everyone's feelings. To be fair this position isn't all altruism, it’s the cowardly side. Let’s put it on an Aristotelian spectrum and get sawing.

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

GoodBye World (2013), Morality and Post-Apocalyptic Culture

What would you do after the end of the world? I could see myself trying to find a way to some snowy mountian cabin in order to eat squirrel jerky and snowboard the end of the world away. At max I would bring one person to tag along with me in order to avoid Sartre's Hell Is Other People paradigm. In 1944, Sartre wrote a genies play about three people in a waiting room in hell. Long story short the dilemma was that the three people each were romantically drawn towards people they could not connect with. The dude was drawn towards a woman who was a lesbian, and the lesbian was hooked on the other lady, and the second woman wanted the dude. Hell therefore is other people. In other words, hell is wanting something in the other that does not exist. I'm sure none of you have experience this torturous yearning.

Interrogating The God Delusion By Richard Dawkins

Richard Dawkin's obnoxiously shiny book The God Delusion became a kind of bible for atheists and secularist in the in the post 9/11 world. The title sharply called attention to a deeply held global belief in deities. As a traveling speaker and debates Dawkin's stood on a milk crate on campuses and conference rooms promoting evolution and attempting to 'raise consciousness."

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Philosophizing The Walking Dead S2E8 Nebraska, Trauma and Object Fetishism

Welcome to our journey into the guts of The Walking Dead. What kind of journey? A philosophical, psychoanalytical and political kind. What I would like to do over the next couple months is dig thought the Walking Dead episode by episode to see what it can teach us. Thank you for following me on this journey. I look forward to reading your comments. Be forewarned: There are spoilers everywhere. Don’t forget to check out my previous article in the Philosophizing TWD series: Philosophizing The Walking Dead S2E7 Pretty Much Dead Already and Post-Apocalyptic Group Therapy

Object fetish is a useful tool to unravel an ideological knot. The way fetishism works is when an individual (or in the case of the walking dead a group) invests a certain meaning into an object in order to maintain a level of dissonance towards pain or a disturbing thought. The world goes to the zombies so in order for Hershel to avoid direct confrontation with pain he wrangles up his zombified family and herds them into a barn for safe keeping. In order to deny the reality that members of his family are flesh eating zombies, he builds a fictional universe of meaning around the idea that his family isn't really dead. Hershel then socially invests in this story by getting the living members of his family to buy into it. All is well, the Hershel family protects the dead as if they were sick family members, and feds the zombified family left over chickens.

Interrogating Sex & God: How Religion Distorts Sexuality by Darrel Ray, ED.D

Several years ago I read Dr. Ray's similarly audaciously titled book The God Virus: How Religion Infects Our Lives and Culture. I found the book underwhelming. Dr. Ray's thesis centered on building an analogy between virus pathology and the spread of religion. Most of the points were solid, but the book never went far enough to prove it's self theoretically. The virus analogy was likable, but the theoretical apparatus he is using to argue his points were flimsy.

In 2012 Dr. Ray release Sex & God: How Religion Distorts Sexuality, and initially I was excited. As a professional social worker, I was awestruck by the lack of critical thought regarding the problem social workers face and the intersection of religion. Religion and sexuality were taboo topics throughout my education, and when we did speak about religion, we only spoke to the hugging side of religiosity (aka general purpose spirituality). Sex & God sounded like a great avenue to meet this gap in my professional knowledge base. But I may have been judging a book by its cover.

Monday, May 12, 2014

This Horror Blogger Punk Graduated With An MSW On May 4th

Hello all my creepy crawlers! I wanted to take a moment and celebrate the end of a long adventure thought college. This horror blogger punk graduated with an MSW on May 4th! Go me! Now off to find a job that can support me philosophizing on the internet. Prospects are ripe! All you brain eating fiends can look forward to regular postings by yours truly.

Sincerely With Intestines,

Mother's Day (2010), Not So Cute Babies and Fascist Family Values

Mother's Day has the (overwhelming) tenancy to be about celebrating motherhood. But what if your mother is a murderous psychopath? What then? Is getting your mother a card enough or should you deliver her a bouquet of severed heads? Mothers Day's explores the evil mother and the banality of evil lying in the heart of motherhood. The film begins with a set of well mannered dude rob a bank. One of the brothers is shot, and this shifts the group to plan B, so they rendezvous at their mother’s house. Unbeknownst to the bank robbers, the house was seized by the bank and resold to a couple (Beth and Daniel Sohapi). The robbers take the Sohapi's and their friends host and rest of the film centers around the interaction between the Koffin family and the Sohapi's and their guests.

When Mother Koffin arrives, the crazed home invasion dimension of the film shifts, from manic to something more deliberate as the Mother takes control. Up until the mother arrives the boys have clear lines of authority. The older brother is in charge, and the younger siblings follow his lead. Left alone to guard the hostages in the basement the younger brother seeks to establish his authority to the captives by though violence that directly goes against his older brother's orders. It is as if the only way to demonstrate authority is to break the rules. When the mother arrives on the scene there is a surreal scene where she scolds her child for acting too brutishly.
Mother: You didn't do anything wrong
Addley: Didn't do anything wrong?
Mother: No you did what had to be done. You did it for the family.
Addley: Momma, how come you didn't tell us that you lost the house?
Mother: I tried but your brother Ike made it impossible. He made a very bad mistake.
Addley: Yeah, he does that.
Mother: Addley, Ike told me you struck one of them downstairs and it was a girl
Addley: I was scared. You always said... you told me... bark loud show them who is boss...
Mother: No. I said don't bark. Wait and then bite.
Addely: I'm sorry
Mother: And what else did I teach you?
Addley: Don't ever strike a woman. (Punctuated by mother slapping the guy.) (Addely starts crying) Hit me again.
 (Mother's Day 2010)
The Mother's cycle of control is a cycle of guilt. First, she knowingly tells her son that he did nothing wrong. What this did is reestablish his emotional state. Addley was distraught fearing the repercussions of his actions, yet on the other hand fully embellished in those actions. Radical guilt and radical excess are tools of fascist control. On the one hand, the boys are taught to be powerful, to define their reality and get others to buy into it. On the other, the realm in which they define their purposely leaves space over for excess. The excess is an over investment in their family over and above others. So when the mother congratulates and scolds her son, she is reinforcing the two sides of the banality of evil that fascism relies on. The idea that even though I commit some evil act that castrates the other's freedom, deep down I am still a noble and a gentle creature in the context of nationalism (or in this case the family).

The other juxtaposition that articulates the fascist binary is the Mother's reverence towards all things motherly and her ability to shift gears and throw the ideology of motherhood under the bus. While the Mother is rifling through the Sohapi's home looking for the money that they stole from her, she comes across a box filled with photos and photographs of the Sohapi's dead child. The child was run over by a car. On one side of her motherhood is her ability to empathize to the point of tears of the loss of a child (something she deeply values) yet on the other hand, uses the memory of the child's death (by burning the box of photographs) in order to motivate Mr. Sohapi to divulge the location of the stolen money. The Mother's flip flopping between drastically different sides of an ethical universe. This is a symptomatic her ultimate indecision and lack of clarity towards an ultimate ideological path. Arendt argues
The trouble with Eichmann (an evil nazi) was precisely that so many were like him, and that the many were neither perverted nor sadistic, that they were, and still are, terribly and terrifyingly normal. From the viewpoint of our legal institutions and of our moral standards of judgment, this normality was much more terrifying than all the atrocities put together.
Hannah Arendt
The other mother in this film, is Beth Sohapi. She also happens to be the only other (female) character that has a sense of who she is. From the get go she sells out of her friends in order to gain her safety. First by outing the friend in the basement who is a doctor to come to the help of the wounded Koffin child. Later she sells out her friend who owns the dry cleaning business. In we have another form of fascism; American individualism. Where the Mother place her family on the same level that Nazi's place their nation, Beth places herself as a priority above others. One might argue that Beth is working out of a kind of Jack Bauer like survival of the fittest ethics, but ultimately Beth's actions turn out to be rooted in capitalistic motivations rather than self-preservation or maternal instinct. Following the fascist binary on one side we have the Beth who acts out of self-preservation and on the other we find that self-preservation is fundamentally rooted in fiscal gain.

The third way is vocalized in Treshawn Jackson. Treshawn is the only character in the film who thinks about solving the problem from the perspective of the collective good. Unlike the rest of the hostage his first instinct is to rally the troops against a common enemy. Early on, one of the women stand up to Addely Koffin, and he forces her to chew his gum and sexually abuses her in front of the rest of the hostages. Immediately, her spirit is broken and she accuses her fiance of inaction. The invasion of the Koffin family is reminiscent of KKK hate crimes where mobs would invade the homes of black families set their homes on fire, lynch and/or force families to commit violence against and in front of each other. The idea being two fold; break down the social, family and economic dynamics of the enemy while reinforcing the nobility nationalist or racial characteristics of the invaders. Mother's Day crime (and hate crimes in general) is not to destroy your enemy, but to create a culture of inferiority by breaking down the social dynamics that lead to class consciousness. In other words, the Mother's goal was to turn everyone against each other so that the collective consciousness of “we” remained fragmented and inaccessible notion.

Saturday, May 10, 2014

Interrogating Haunted Stuff: Demonic Dolls, Screaming Skulls & Other Creepy Collectibles By Stacey Graham

Like most atheists, my tenancy is not to buy into stuff that does not make sense. God's, unicorns, and ghosts do not meet a sufficient burden of proof for me. Nonetheless, I get a kick out of ghost stories and movies. The latest trend in horror flicks has shifted away from haunted houses to haunted things. I'm thinking about The Conjuring, and the haunted mirror box. Haunted Stuff: Demonic Dolls, Screaming Skulls & Other Creepy collectibles by Stacy Graham seeks to investigate and tell the lore behind haunted stuff stateside and abroad.

Haunted stuff begins with an overview of different types of things which haunt and the gadgets that are used to identify ghosties and demons. The meat of the Haunted Stuff is the following chapters that split the lore between dolls and collectibles, bones, houses and furniture, things bought over eBay, things haunted at sea, hotels, famous haunted things and cursed objects.

Thursday, May 8, 2014

Chainsaw Exorcism With Brian Moreland and his novels The Devil's Woods and The Vagrants

Could you tell me about yourself and your writing?

I grew up in Dallas, Texas. I’ve had an active imagination since I was a little kid. I was a typical introvert growing up, watched lots of horror movies, read comic books, and had an active imagination. I was a shy, geeky kid who turned that imagination into writing horror fiction when I got older. I’ve published three novels, two novellas, and some short stories. I love stories with monsters, so I mostly write supernatural horror.

Saturday, May 3, 2014

Disney's Frozen (2013), Slave Songs For Children and Ideological Mystification

Today I'm going to sidestep blood and guts and saw into a death-unicorn of a different color; Disney's Frozen. Frozen is the colorful sing along about Ana and Else. Ana and Elsa are of course bourgeois princesses that live a privileged life while the poor toil at labor intensive trades. Below I will interrogate three songs from the film: The Frozen Heart, First Time In Forever, In Summer, and Let It Go.

The Frozen Heart

The capitalist machine is in full force right from the opening song. Ice workers, at the very bottom of the supply chain, trudge away at a frozen lake collecting ice cubes for the rich who sit in comfy and warm castles. The song seemly innocence hides the subversive sting of a slave song. On the surface, the nobility of work and bootstrapped Republican values. The song comments on the difficulty of the work as well as the necessity of the work.

Chainsaw Exorcism With Max China and his Creepy Suspense novel The Sister

Could you tell me about yourself and your writing? 

At the moment I'm known only as my pen-name of Max China. I write dark fiction with the emphasis on page turning suspense and mystery and mostly stories with a paranormal twist.

Why do you write?

To tell stories and hopefully entertain readers...I also find it therapeutic, rewarding in terms of achievement, and challenging.

Could you tell me what the process is like? What inspired you to write The Sister? 

Friday, May 2, 2014

The Hitcher (2007) or The Top Five Ways To Get Your Boyfriend Killed

The stakes are high for couples in horror movies, and men seem to get the worst of the dismemberment. The Hitcher begins when Jim picks up Grace from college for a road trip. The goal of the trip is to introduce Jim to Grace's friends. What is alluded to early on is that Jim meeting Grace's friends is a kind of vetting process where Jim is put on the relational auction block to be inspected and prodded for merit. In other words, the dude has win over girlfriend’s friends or the relationship will be socially crippled. Of course, as we know, Jim and Grace do not reach their destination, but are put through a series of trials which test and ultimately break their relationship and Jim in two.