Saturday, October 19, 2019


THE ROAD - The Road is a post-apocalyptic film (2009) based on a Pulitzer Prize-winning book (2006) written by Cormac McCarthy. Directed by John Hillcoat, the film stars Viggo Mortensen and Kodi Smit-McPhee as a father and his son. The story flips back-and-forth between past/ present, as an unspecified cataclysm destroys almost all life on Earth, ending civilization in the process. Somehow, the father and son are optimistic, in a bleak landscape of almost unimaginable grief and loss. The narrative’s pace is lumbering and plodding, punctuated with brief glimpses of terror. Shot in real locations, mostly around Pittsburg PA, deliberate choices were made to avoid using CGI to enhance its stark realism. Featuring an eerie score heightened by loops and percussion, including violin piano and wind instruments written by Nick Cave and Warren Ellis.

Monday, October 14, 2019


john wilson by clifford brooks - Part abstract poem, part dream world, part monologue: ‘John Wilson’ by Clifford Brooks is a highly unusual short story. It’s hard to define but that’s what makes it so great. An unsatisfied hairdresser mind melds two boyfriends together, and is visited by a conjoined spirit requesting a haircut. Sign said haircuts, he said. This story was originally published in in Cemetery Dance #49 in 2004. Find this and other really good horror/ paranormal shorts in Tales for the Campfire. All profits go to the victims of the November 2018 Camp Fire. 

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Sunday, October 6, 2019

The Canterbury Tales by Geoffrey Chaucer (1387)

The Canterbury TalesThe Canterbury Tales by Geoffrey Chaucer
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

The Canterbury Tales by Geoffrey Chaucer (1387)
Mostly written in verse, Chaucer describes a wide range of classes in English society. As a courtier he wrote poetry for the nobility. In the Knight's Tale, he leads crusades against pagan leaders in many countries.

The Canterbury Tales by Geoffrey Chaucer

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