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Interrogating Ideology With A Chainsaw (IIWAC) was birthed by a set of several divergent interests that inspired me to put forward a lofty life goal: I would like to write a book about horror using philosophy to analyze horror movies to reveal what horror movies have to say about social justice and gender. Over the last several years, this has expanded way beyond my original plan. I'd invite you to think of this as an ode horror movie and my desire to keep my brained challenged by applying philosophy, political theory or whatever. My voice is exploratory, silly, yet aims to challenge assumptions and provoke thought. I may not believe everything I say. I will contradict myself on accident and purposefully as my ideas change. Consider this a thought experiment and an unfinished and unofficial spiritual successor to Men, Woman and Chainsaws: Gender in the Modern Horror Film.

*You will find many spelling and grammar mistakes. It is the nature of writing without an editor or an English degree. Point out the error so I can fix them, please.

About Me
Based in Detriot (ish), MI, Squid XIII is a Veteran and self-taught painter, photographer, philosopher, and general purpose creator who explores several mediums. Squid XII began painting in art therapy at the VA to digest lost memories and cope with PTSD. I was hesitant at first and lacked confidence. But when I was taught the basic rhythm of painting ocean scapes I found that I was able to recover a little of what I left behind during my deployments in the Atlantic, Mediterranean, and Black sea. I am completely captivated by horror, visceral half understood nightmares. Other days, I enjoy capturing silly photos of my cat Cthulhu as she tries to kill everything in my apartment. From time to time I vary my subject matter, but the things that go bump in the night remain my true obsession.
What do you do exactly?
I paint things and make things. Feel free to contact me about submissions!
I also blog about horror movies from time to time
And if you like what you see, and want me to be able to afford to make more of it consider becoming a Patreon.
What is Patreon?
Patreon is a website that provides tools for creators to run a subscription content service as well as ways for artists to build relationships and provide exclusive experiences to their subscribers, or "patrons.
Patreon is popular among creators who post online. It allows artists to receive funding directly from their fans, or patrons, on a recurring basis or per work of art.
What if I can only pay [$amount] per month but you write five thousand posts?
Well, then I would be really awesome. But never fear, Patreon charges you once a month for all the posts I made that month, and you can set a cap on the amount you pay. So if you think my posts are worth $10 each but you can only afford to spend $40 per month, set that as your cap. Even if I write more than four posts that month, you will only pay $40.
What will you use the money for?
Living, mostly. I’m a student and I don't make a lot of money. Consider your patronage as payment for the product I create, not as a donation. My goal from the beginning was to raise enough funds to cover the cost of the movies and books I purchase.
Why should I support your creations?
There's really only one reason--because you think it's important and you want to help make sure I'm able to keep doing it. If you don't feel that way, then you should spend your money where you think it counts. But if you do want to help out, know that every little bit helps--even if you can only give $1 per post. But the more you give, the more rewards you get! Each tier includes all the rewards below it.
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"A personal favorite." - The Guardian  
"I really like your style of writing and digging into the heart of horror. It is something the Horror Community needs. It sort of brings it to life." Zainab Ali - The Nightmare Nook Blog

"Interesting. Well written. I don't see any obvious logical flaws." -EvilJ
"I appreciate sites and blogs that are not JUST about how much gore was in a movie or book" - Fragmented Fears
"I've read a few of your articles now and I've got to say, these are really interesting. Horror movies aren't something I watch very often at all, but it's really cool to see someone break them down. That's something that I think a lot of people miss when they just call horror films mindless slashfests. Granted, a lot of them are, but that's not to say that there aren't still enough that have a lot more going on than just gore underneath the surface." - Austin Richardson
"I'm diggin' your blog. Really interesting." -Ashley
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"How do you manage to write so prolifically? Does your method involve unspeakable rites? My faculty frowns on unspeakable rites." - Etienne


  1. Finally, a kindred spirit. Intelligent horror, and doesn't it take a woman....

  2. Thanks. Personally I prefer the phrase Horror Intelligentsia. It sounds more menacing! I'm curious. What doesn't it take a woman to do?


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