Browsing Archives of Author »Stephen McClurg«

The Terror Test: Test Prep #18

April 19, 2018

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Run, Zombie, Run: Or, There and Back Again “You loved hugging him cause he made a noise, a happy loving noise, as he squeezed the breath out of you.” ~ Tom Savini Night of the Living Dead (1968) turned me into a movie-obsessed ghoul. For years I collected VHS tapes, organized them by either alphabet […]

The Terror Test: Test Prep #17

February 15, 2018

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Portrait of the Artist as a Glum Man Contains Eraserhead (1977) spoilers. What was Wild at Heart about David? “Well, it’s about one hour and forty-five minutes.”         ~An interview with Toby Keeler, recounting a conversation with Lynch “Believe it or not, Eraserhead is my most spiritual film.” Why? Elaborate on that, […]

The Terror Test: Test Prep #16

January 31, 2018

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Destroy Your Sight With a New Gorgon: “Don’t Look Now” and Macbeth Contains “Don’t Look Now” (story and film) and Macbeth spoilers. “Do you fear/ things that sound so fair?”                         ~ The Tragedy of Macbeth, William Shakespeare “Just chance, a flick of a […]

The Terror Test: Test Prep #15

January 17, 2018

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Carveth vs. Carveth Contains The Brood (1979) and Frankenstein (1818) spoilers. “I think the reason why Mommy left… was because for a long time… I kept trying to make her be a certain kind of person. A certain kind of wife that I thought she was supposed to be. And she just wasn’t like that. […]

Interview: Ashley M. Jones

December 14, 2017

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The story is that Birmingham, Alabama, was growing so quickly that it earned the nickname “The Magic City.” I first heard the epithet while living in Mobile and listening to Sun Ra’s 1966 recording of the same name. John Szwed has written that the name of the record was a way for Sun Ra to […]

Interview: Emma Bolden

August 22, 2017

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It’s been a privilege to read Emma Bolden’s work for a decade now and a pleasure to be continually surprised by it. On the rare occasions someone asks me about poets they should read or poets from Alabama, she’s likely the first I mention. I love the frequently haunted personae of her poems, often women […]

The Terror Test: Test Prep #14

May 12, 2017

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Amour Fou-Frou Until I got to the New French Extremity movement that features intense scenes of violence and gore, most of the French horror films I was considering for this article wouldn’t score in the podcast’s scare factor category. However, if the podcast graded a “weird” factor, we’d have some winners. Previous to this movement, […]