Patrick Madden teaches writing at Brigham Young University and is the author of the essay collection Quotidiana. His essays frequently appear in literary magazines and have been featured in The Best Creative Nonfiction and The Best American Spiritual Writing anthologies....more
Posts Tagged: Halloween
At The California Sunday Magazine, Brooke Jarvis has a devastating piece about missing persons and family members lost over the border.
For VIDA, Jean Ho shares her discouraging experience at the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference.
And here at The Rumpus, Chellis Ying writes about rock climbing in China, which turned out to be an opportunity for both thrills and connection....more
Autumn is the season of change and, some say, death, as the leaves turn, the air cools, and the nights lengthen. Likewise, Halloween is not just a holiday for costumes and candy but also, at its untouched roots, a day for remembering loved ones passed....more
When you are a queer kid, there are so many things people tell you are bad.
In an autobiographical comic at Catapult, liz rosema tackles the topic of Halloween as it pertains to queer youth. Queer children, in particular, are often told many things are bad, but rosema proposes there is a specific value in Halloween for such children, in that it lets us become the ‘bad things,’ without punishment....more
On our way home, Lauren told me she talked to another woman at the Halloween party who went on and on about wishing to be a man for a day. The other woman just wanted to know what it felt like to penetrate.
So familiar have the aesthetic conventions of horror become that it is increasingly difficult to distinguish “real” Halloween movies from parodies. Something similar has occurred in our political life.
At the New York Review of Books, Christopher Benfey shares a brief history of collisions between humor and horror in Western literature (and American politics)....more
Happy day after Halloween! For the New York Times, Terrence Rafferty reviews a variety of chilling fiction, and delves deep into why these are exceptional:
The short story is the ideal form for horror because it can convey a quick, vivid impression of fear, without having to extend the action past the breaking point of the reader’s credulity… For longer works like “The Graveyard Apartment,” there’s really only one basic plot available: A person (or a group of people) struggles to escape an impossible situation.
With Halloween a scant three days away, it’s the perfect time to curl up with some spooky fiction and get yourself delightfully creeped out. But this week’s story doesn’t rely on your standard witches and vampires and werewolves, all easily dismissed and cartoonish Halloween fare....more
In honor of Halloween, Consequence of Sound has collected what they deem the “10 Essential Horror Movie Scores.” Following Scorsese’s argument that music and film are intrinsically tied, “[b]ecause there’s a kind of intrinsic musicality to the way moving images work when they’re put together,” the piece celebrates how horror perhaps above all genres uses music to generate the cringing effect of its best scenes....more
The small town where I have recently landed is ugly and beautiful. Walk down the main street: there are a few old gems like an ancient and glorious Masonic Hall, now home to evangelicals. Several boarded up stores, ugly as can be, and some small town cafes: one for Giants fans, specializing in breakfast, pancakes and pennants all over the joint, one Mexican taqueria, one family pasta palace with red and white checkered table cloths and cheap chianti, and an old-school diner for burgers....more
The horror master has formed a band (including his son and godson), and is embarking on a world tour to perform his own reworked versions of the soundtracks to Halloween, Escape From New York, Assault on Precinct 13, and The Fog, Consequence of Sound reports....more
Rumpus illustrator A.D. Puchalski has two new comics available for purchase! The first, Sword of Fray, is a fun action-adventure romp about a unicorn who’s the embodiment of a black hole, an evisceration-happy cat, and a “poor sucker.” The second, Restless, is the ongoing tale of an eleven-year-old girl who can’t believe Halloween is cancelled, and goes out trick-or-treating anyway....more
Kate Gavino launched her illustrated bookstore tribute Last Night’s Reading and she offers up some illustrated advice for attending readings at bookstores.
An Indian duo left their corporate jobs to become roving booksellers with Walking Bookfairs....more
Pink Mountaintops and White Lung have paired up for a collaborative project called Pink Lung, and released a music video with a very Halloween vibe for their song “Chinese Watermelon.” The song will appear on Converse’s CONS EP VOL. 3, alongside other collaborations between artists such as Kim Gordon and J Mascis....more
Over at Lit Hub, Bridget Reid praises the proto-feminist Gothic novels of Ann Radcliffe and company, in all of their glory as horrid, formulaic, and dreadfully misunderstood creatures, with a special laundry list of gothic tropes as they can be applied to Halloween in New York City....more
At Broadly, Stassa Edwards writes about poltergeists, vulnerability, and the bodies of young girls....more
First, Diana Whitney reviews Cynthia Cruz’s poetry collection, Wunderkammer, meaning “cabinet of curiosities.” This is a book of “delicious… detail.” Cruz’s poems, Whitney declares, “have a wry sense of humor that tempers the traumas they reveal.” The poet, who was born in Germany, transports readers from Berlin to upstate New York, from death to madness to redemption....more