“[T]he way in which the shack progressively takes over Mark reminds me of stories like The Haunting of Hill House, by Shirley Jackson or Hell House, by Matheson, due to the way in which the evil housed in these mythical buildings takes advantage of the pre-existing weaknesses in its inhabitants, either to destroy them, as in the aforementioned classics, or to, in some way, possess or transform them, as in this novel …”
Mike Thorn’s new story, “Erosion”, featured on Tales to Terrify
“Welcome to episode 586. We have three tales for you this week. First, when Apollo 11 lands on the moon, it’s not only those on Earth that watch with keen interest. Then, a woman exorcises her hatred for the rose garden her husband planted for her. Finally, a malicious app finds its way onto a man’s phone with dire consequences.”
Mike Thorn presenting at 2023 Worldwide Teach-in on Climate and Justice
Thorn’s session, Anthroposcream: Fiction Writing in the Climate Crisis, will explore the challenges of writing through environmental catastrophe, the relationships between humans and animals in ecologically tenuous times, and more.
The event will feature several other panels, as well as two VR films about climate change in Canada.
Morality, Murder, and Misanthropic Milieus in Bully and O
Mike Thorn wrote a long article on Larry Clark’s Bully and Tim Blake Nelson’s O for In Review Online. Subscribe to their Patreon to read the full piece.
Mike Thorn reviews Avatar: The Way of Water for In Review Online
“If The Way of Water is a crucial work of tech Romanticism, then another of its richest central dissonances is that between past and future: it imagines a world that stands a chance against modernity’s most brutal and oppressive machinations, thus situating itself in the past, but it also uses its genre modality to speculate a future that exceeds postmodernity’s politically flattening failures.”