“(The) horrifying entities of Lovecraft and the terror-in-the-mundane that is Stephen King’s signature”

American Elsewhere is a work of classic American horror.

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It’s written with energy, verve and great imagination. It evokes both the unknowable, horrifying entities of Lovecraft and the terror-in-the-mundane that is Stephen King’s signature, but Bennett manages to create something unique.
Wink is the perfect American small-town, with town halls, sun-dresses, gossip, and surgical lawns. The main protagonist inherits property there, but soon begins to peel back the veneer of perfection to find the unspeakable.
The book skips along briskly with interesting characters and intriguing set pieces. My only complaint is that it drags ever so slightly in the climax.
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My Linkdump Brings all the Eyes to the Yard

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For fans of true crime, a real time, strangely hypnotic, World Homicide Monitor:

http://homicide.igarape.org.br/

A supersized ghost-city:

http://www.messynessychic.com/2015/04/16/the-supersized-ghost-city/

Over in the Guardian, Zoe Kravitz has lots of good stuff to say:

http://www.theguardian.com/culture/2015/aug/20/zoe-kravitz-why-do-stories-happen-to-white-people-and-everyone-else-is-a-punchline?CMP=share_btn_tw

You really want to read this Salon post on They Live:

http://www.salon.com/2015/08/07/america_is_a_neoliberal_horror_movie_why_they_live_is_the_perfect_film_for_our_depraved_times_partner/?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=socialflow

West African village in South Carolina. Yeah, I didn’t get it either:

http://www.vice.com/read/an-oral-history-of-the-west-african-village-that-has-been-in-south-carolina-for-four-decades-729

Kant versus Mill: pros and cons:

http://www.mesacc.edu/~davpy35701/text/kant-v-mill.html

The Guardian again: CBT’s falling out of favour (and I should say this is very meta because the act of reading the article may perpetuate further ineffectiveness of CBT. Don’t ask. Just read:

http://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2015/jul/03/why-cbt-is-falling-out-of-favour-oliver-burkeman?CMP=fb_gu

The Wisdom of Wesley Snipes:

http://www.cracked.com/article_14934_the-wisdom-wesley-snipes-7-quotes-to-live-by.html

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Apex

See the pretty cover? That’s the September issue of Apex Magazine.

My story “Child, Funeral, Thief, Death” is in it.

Wait till August ends…then go read it.

Oh, Happy Friday.

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Drive-by Art: Untitled In-progress

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You say Tea Cosy? In Portsmouth, UK, there is such a thing as a Street Light Cosy and Bicycle Rack Cosy

Yes, it’s yarnbombing, and I made up the term Street Light Cosy, but you know what I mean :)

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Some Views of Windsor Castle

Imagine yourself as a medieval footsoldier, and somehow your job is to scale these walls.

From the battlements archers shoot arrows, others throw rocks, boiling water, pitch and hot ash.

I’m glad I was born in this day and age.

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Sketchiness: Character Design

Because this is what I do when I can’t sleep.

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