A Man’s World: An Exploration of Modern Feminist Dystopians by Ana Hein

On the morning of November 9th, 2016, I cried for twenty minutes in the shower. Then I dried myself off, put on my plaid maroon uniform, and went to my all-girls, Catholic school in Missouri, where my classmates wore Make America Great Again hats, blared car horns in delight in the parking lot, and sprayed silly string throughout the halls. By second period, I was in the bathroom crying again. Continue reading A Man’s World: An Exploration of Modern Feminist Dystopians by Ana Hein

Correcting the Slave Narrative: Toni Morrison’s Take on Horror to Challenge Antislavery’s Gothic Literature by Tom Garback

Horror seems to be an instantly recognizable concept, be it channeled through monsters like vampires and zombies or through criminals, madmen, serial killers, and the like. Diving deeper into the subject, across the mainstream, one may find arthouse films like A24’s The Witch and It Comes at Night. These remind us that horror can have hard-hitting emotion and mature, provocative themes, items greatly lost in popcorn thrillers and torture porn flicks. The most nuanced offerings of the horror genre, and thus the most artistically fruitful, are perhaps works of literary horror. Continue reading Correcting the Slave Narrative: Toni Morrison’s Take on Horror to Challenge Antislavery’s Gothic Literature by Tom Garback

Broken Windows: A Glimpse into Suburban Anxieties as Revealed by Obscure American Folklore by Tom Garback

The only time my childhood babysitter got away with telling me a scary story was when I was too young to know what was good for me. Amy and my sister had discussed the tale before and figured it to be about time I got my fair share of the creeps. What none of us picked up on at the time was the truly unsettling subtext within the tale soon to be told; after all, we weren’t the originally intended audience. Continue reading Broken Windows: A Glimpse into Suburban Anxieties as Revealed by Obscure American Folklore by Tom Garback