2010-2019: Top 25 Books, Films, and Albums

BOOKS
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Advice for Taxidermists and Amateur Beekeepers, by Erin Emily Ann Vance (2019)
And Her Smile Will Untether the Universe, by Gwendolyn Kiste (2017)
Arctic Smoke, by Randy Nikkel Schroeder (2019)
Autobiography of Childhood, by Sina Queyras (2011)
Burqa of Skin, by Nelly Arcan (2011)
The Conspiracy Against the Human Race, by Thomas Ligotti (2011)
Daddy Love, by Joyce Carol Oates (2013)
A Dark Matter, by Peter Straub (2010)
Full Dark, No Stars, by Stephen King (2010)
Full-Metal Indigiqueer, by Joshua Whitehead (2017)
Home, by Toni Morrison (2011)
Horror of Philosophy, vols. 1-3, by Eugene Thacker (2011-2015)
Monoceros, by Suzette Mayr (2011)
Oil on Water, by Helon Habila (2010)
On an Ungrounded Earth: Towards a New Geophilosophy, by Ben Woodard (2013)
Only Pretty Damned, by Niall Howell (2019)
Open City, by Teju Cole (2011)
Point Omega, by Don DeLillo (2010)
Son of a Trickster, by Eden Robinson (2017)
Strange is the Night, by S. P. Miskowski (2017)
The Streets, by Robert Dunbar (2015)
The Thing: A Phenomenology of Horror, by Dylan Trigg (2014)
What is Not Yours is Not Yours, by Helen Oyeyemi (2016)
Where the Sun Shines Best, by Austin Clarke (2013)
The Wilderness Within, by John Claude Smith (2017)

FILMS
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4:44 Last Day on Earth, dir. Abel Ferrara (2011)
Almayer’s Folly, dir. Chantal Akerman (2011)
The Assassin, dir. Hou Hsiao-hsien (2015)
Bitter Money, dir. Wang Bing (2016)
Blackhat, dir. Michael Mann (2015)
Cityscape, dir. Michael Snow (2019)
Cosmopolis, dir. David Cronenberg (2012)
Crazy Horse, dir. Frederick Wiseman (2011)
Djinn, dir. Tobe Hooper (2013)
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Edgar, dir. Clint Eastwood (2011)
Jauja, dir. Lisandro Alonso (2014)
Journey to the Shore, dir. Kiyoshi Kurosawa (2015)
Knock Knock, dir. Eli Roth (2015)
Like Someone in Love, dir. Abbas Kiarostami (2012)
The Lords of Salem, dir. Rob Zombie (2012)
Mekong Hotel, dir. Apichatpong Weerasethakul (2012)
The Other Side of the Wind, dir. Orson Welles (2018)
People That Are Not Me, dir. Hadas ben Aroya (2016)
Shutter Island, dir. Martin Scorsese (2010)
Stemple Pass, dir. James Benning (2012)
Three Landscapes, dir. Peter B. Hutton (2013)
A Touch of Sin, dir. Jia Zhangke (2013)
Twin Peaks: The Return, dir. David Lynch (2017)
Voyage of Time: Life’s Journey, dir. Terrence Malick (2016)

ALBUMS
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Bring on the Sun, by Laraaji (2017)
Circle the Wagons, by Darkthrone (2010)
Concrete Desert, by The Bug vs Earth (2017)
Conversations with Myself, by Jefre Cantu-Ledesma (2011)
Conversion, by Jacob Kirkegaard (2013)
Copper Lock Hell, by Khost (2014)
Destiny Calls, by Chevalier (2019)
Ett, by Klara Lewis (2014)
Every Day I Get Closer to the Light From Which I Came, by Jesu (2013)
Firepower, by Judas Priest (2018)
Heaven Upside Down, by Marilyn Manson (2017)
Lost Themes II, by John Carpenter (2016)
Lulu, by Lou Reed & Metallica (2011)
NV, by Gnaw Their Tongues & Dragged Into Sunlight (2015)
Ornitheology, by Chubby Wolf (2010)
A Paean to Wilson, by The Durutti Column (2010)
Post Self, by Godflesh (2017)
Posthuman, by JK Flesh (2012)
Pylon, by Killing Joke (2015)
Skeleton Keys, by Steve Roach (2015)
Tempest, by Bob Dylan (2012)
Universal Themes, by Sun Kil Moon (2015)
Utilitarian, by Napalm Death (2012)
Yeezus, by Kanye West (2013)

 

Mike Thorn’s top 5 horror films of the decade on The Pink Smoke Podcast (The Decade Of Horror III)

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The third and final part of The Pink Smoke‘s epic “Best Horror of the Decade” series begins with Hellbent for Horror‘s S.A. Bradley sharing his love for one of the great under-appreciated horror films of the last 10 years. Christopher Funderburg chimes in with one of the most artful horror movies from the last decade and John Cribbs cautions to think twice before angering the Gods.

Mr. Bradley and the hosts sound off on some other great horror films from lists contributed by notable horror filmmakers, writers and experts, including freelancer writer Anya Stanley, horror film director and illustrator Patrick Horvath, horror watchdog Tim Lucas, writer-artist Tenebrous Kate, and Mike Thorn, author of Darkest Hours.

Listen to the episode for the complete lists.

Listen to the first and second episodes.

Attend Mike Thorn’s reading: Saturday, October 19 at the Airdrie Public Library from 11 am to 1 pm (Airdrie Echo)

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From the Airdrie Echo: “On Saturday at 11 a.m., we have another author reading, for adults this time, with Calgary horror author and film critic, Mike Thorn.

Thorn is the author of two short story collections, Darkest Hours and Dreams of Lake Drukka & Exhumation, and his film critiques can be found in several publications.”

Read the full article.

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Beyond Empowertainment: Feminist Horror and the Struggle for Agency

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Coming October 31 from The Seventh Row: Beyond Empowertainment: Feminist Horror and the Struggle for AgencyDiscover some of the best female-centred horror films of the decade and how they’re pushing the genre forward.

The collection features Mike Thorn’s essay “‘No Desire If It’s Not Forbidden’: Dread, Eroticism, and Text Messaging in Personal Shopper,” an interview with Personal Shopper director Olivier Assayas, and contributions by Orla Smith, Elena Lazic, and Mary Angela Rowe, among others.

 

 

 

Mike Thorn reading at the Airdrie Public Library: October 19, 11 am – 1 pm

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Join us Saturday October 19, 2019 at 11:00am for the APL Author Series with Mike Thorn. Come enjoy open discussion and reading with the author and refreshments.

Mike Thorn is the author of the short story collection Darkest Hours.

His fiction has appeared in numerous magazines, anthologies and podcasts, including Dark Moon Digest, The NoSleep Podcast, DarkFuse, Unnerving Magazine, Turn to Ash, and Tales to Terrify. His film criticism has been published in MUBI Notebook, The Film Stage, The Seventh Row, Bright Lights Film Journal and Vague Visages.

He completed his M.A. with a major in English literature at the University of Calgary, where he wrote a thesis on epistemophobia in John Carpenter’s Prince of Darkness.

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