Browsing Archives of Author »Stephen McClurg«

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, […]

The Terror Test: Test Prep #13

April 28, 2017

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I Have a Mouth, But I Can’t Hear My Scream The video for Queen and David Bowie’s “Under Pressure” started my obsession with silent films. The images from Nosferatu are still powerful and I know at least one other person who has been profoundly changed by early cinema: Murray Leeder. I’ve brought him into this space before because […]

The Terror Test: Test Prep #12

April 20, 2017

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Slicing Up 8 ½ Eyeballs Contains  A Cat in the Brain (1990) and 8 ½ (1963) spoilers. “You can’t make love stories.”   ~ 8 ½ “If I made Romantic movies nobody would go see them.”  ~ A Cat in the Brain Around age twelve, I started seeing names like Argento, Bava, and Deodato in magazines […]

The Terror Test: Test Prep #11

February 20, 2017

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Revenge Is a Fist Best Served Boldly Contains I Saw the Devil (2010) spoilers. “This is certain, that a man that studieth revenge, keeps his own wounds green, which otherwise would heal, and do well. Public revenges are for the most part fortunate; […]. But in private revenges, it is not so. Nay rather, vindictive […]

The Terror Test: Test Prep #10

February 5, 2017

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Tremolo: Sweet Chariot of the Gods Contains Mystics of Bali (1981) spoilers. My first experience of Mystics in Bali was the croaked commands–part Yoda, part Wicked Witch– of the Leyak (or Leak) Queen. I played bass in a surf band and was listening to our new album. Our main songwriter added the Mystics sample on […]

The Terror Test: Test Prep #9

January 22, 2017

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A Supposedly Fun Thing I’ll Never Do in the First Place “The correspondent wondered ingenuously how in the name of all that was sane could there be people who thought it amusing to row a boat. It was not an amusement; it was a diabolical punishment, and even a genius of mental aberrations could never […]