REVIEW: THE EPIC OF GILGAMESH, THE GRAPHIC NOVEL – TR. KENT H. DIXON & ILL. KEVIN H. DIXON (2018)

At its heart, the Epic of Gilgamesh is a tale of friendship. Yes, there are spectacular fights with gut-faced monsters and cosmic bulls, face-offs with mischievous gods and chittering scorpion-men, a just-so story or two, and a long digression about that time the gods sent a great deluge to drown out most of humanity, but … Continue reading REVIEW: THE EPIC OF GILGAMESH, THE GRAPHIC NOVEL – TR. KENT H. DIXON & ILL. KEVIN H. DIXON (2018)

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REVIEW: MELMOTH, BY SARAH PERRY (2018)

In the Inferno, Dante punishes the souls of the morally neutral in a particularly demeaning fashion. He places them in a region of the underworld that's at the threshold of Hell but isn't technically Hell (after all, they didn't technically sin); he makes them run around for eternity after a blank banner that flies about all … Continue reading REVIEW: MELMOTH, BY SARAH PERRY (2018)

A SHORT GUIDE TO GRADY HENDRIX’S HORROR BOOKS

My Best Friend's Exorcism. Horrorstör, a horror novel that looks like an IKEA catalogue, set in a haunted IKEA-knockoff Scandinavian furniture store. We Sold Our Souls, a novel about a heavy metal band who literally sell their souls for rock 'n' roll. A coffee-table book about '70s and '80s horror lit called Paperbacks from Hell. How … Continue reading A SHORT GUIDE TO GRADY HENDRIX’S HORROR BOOKS

REVIEW: MOVING PARTS, BY PRABDA YOON, TR. MUI POOPOKSAKUL (2018)

The "parts" in the title of Prabda Yoon's latest short story collection to be translated into English, Moving Parts, are body parts: hair, a finger, a belly, a butt, a hand, a pair of feet, a (missing) penis, a (missing) pair of eyes, a heart, a tongue, and a tail. Each of these gets a … Continue reading REVIEW: MOVING PARTS, BY PRABDA YOON, TR. MUI POOPOKSAKUL (2018)

REVIEW: THE ASSEMBLY OF THE SEVERED HEAD, BY HUGH LUPTON (2018)

The year is 1211. Severed heads wash up on the shoreline near the small monastic outpost at Clynnog Fawr, in Wales. The heads have had their hair shaved off at the top and in front, which suggests they're bards. The monks quickly figure out that there must have been a massacre at the Bardic School … Continue reading REVIEW: THE ASSEMBLY OF THE SEVERED HEAD, BY HUGH LUPTON (2018)

REVIEW: MALACQUA, BY NICOLA PUGLIESE, TRANSLATED BY SHAUN WHITESIDE (2017)

Naples. It's raining, and it doesn't look it'll ever stop. The streets flood, a sinkhole forms in Via Tasso, a building collapses in Via Aniello Falcone. The sinkhole kills two people, the building five. Disquieting sounds (something like this, perhaps) resonate from the castle in the city centre. Creepy dolls appear in the most unexpected … Continue reading REVIEW: MALACQUA, BY NICOLA PUGLIESE, TRANSLATED BY SHAUN WHITESIDE (2017)