Tag Archives: horror

Supercontext: Nameless

This horror comic by Grant Morrison, Chris Burnham and Nathan Fairbairn purports to act symbolically like our archetypes of myth. We ask whether it’s successful in getting into our subconscious and if cosmic horror and lack of meaning even scare us anymore.

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Supercontext: Shadowland by Peter Straub

This fantasy/horror novel about prep school boys and magical authority came in the middle of the genre paperback boom. We talk about Straub’s concerns when writing it and how he walked the line between horror and “literature,” while responding to the market pressures on his publisher.

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Supercontext: My Favorite Thing Is Monsters by Emil Ferris

We look into the story behind-the-scenes of this surprisingly profound comic: from Ferris’ struggle with West Nile virus, to the book’s seizure en route through the Panama Canal. In addition, we discuss Ferris’ theme of “personal monster dilemmas” and how the process of creating this was like melting valuable dross from gold.

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Supercontext: Annihilation by Jeff VanderMeer

The first book in Jeff VanderMeer’s Southern Reach trilogy focuses on humanity’s weird relationship with nature and how we react to the unknown. We look at how VanderMeer wrote the book, the unique publishing strategy behind it and his choice to strip the characters of their identities, while still representing an all female cast.

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Supercontext: Michael Shea (w/ guest Robert Lamb)

Michael Shea was a genre writer who combined fantasy, science fiction and horror into a unique blend of wonder and imagination. Together with our guest Robert Lamb (Stuff To Blow Your Mind), we discuss Shea’s writing style and legacy.

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Supercontext: Good Omens by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman

Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman’s novel about the comedy of Armageddon seems to be the very definition of “twee.” We try to unpack what that concept means and how it contributes to the authors’ humanist message.

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Supercontext: The Wicker Tree

Writer/director Robin Hardy describes The Wicker Tree as a companion piece to 1973’s The Wicker Man. We dig into just how this film got made. Was it a spiteful response to the American remake? Or a continuation for a deeper purpose?

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Supercontext: China Miéville’s Kraken

China Miéville’s novel Kraken is a meandering fantasy comedy full of political themes and a love for weird monsters. How does this author manage to weave together so many themes and genre into one book? And why does he think J.R.R. Tolkien is a “wen on the arse of fantasy”?
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Supercontext: The Shining — All the Way

Together with guest Jack Bennett we compare and contrast all 3 versions of The Shining: Stephen King’s novel, Stanley Kubrick’s film and ABC’s television mini-series. What does this horror tale of alcoholism and domestic violence say about redemption and narcissism?

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