Hyperreality as Hell: A Review of Welcome to Hell by “Bad” Billy Pratt

The title is absolutely apt. We discover in the notes that the author takes the title from a song. This is definitely a book, but not a novel in the…


We Simply Are Not There: An Interview with “Bad” Billy Pratt

Tomorrow, Terror House Press will release its 27th book: Welcome to Hell by "Bad" Billy Pratt, a trippy, hypnagogic meditation on modern dating, the…


The Nightmare World: A Review of The Palace of Dreams by Ismail Kadare

The Palace of Dreams by Ismail Kadare (Arcade, 2014) The Palace of Dreams is the first book by Ismail Kadare I have read. He is a very respected…


A Wee Bit of Pain in the Gulliver: Kubrick, the Moon, a B-52, The Shining, the Hollyweird Blacklist, a Headache

For a man who made only a dozen major motion pictures (sadly, he died before the final edit of Eyes Wide Shut), Stanley Kubrick was a Hollyweird…


Notes on the Tucson Poetry Festival

Tucson recently held its 35th annual Tucson Poetry Festival, sponsored by the University of Arizona. I didn't go. In the 20 years I lived in Tucson,…


The Crown Seasons 1-4: Surprisingly Good

With Britain entering another pandemic lockdown at the beginning of January, I had little choice but to indulge in the small screen. I decided to…


Mad and Magic: A Review of Love is a Dog from Hell by Charles Bukowski

Love is a Dog from Hell by Charles Bukowski (HarperCollins Publishers, 2002) Love is a Dog from Hell features Charles Bukowski’s poems from 1974…


In Praise of Evil

The words “uncomfortable” and “unsafe” occupy positions of unquestionable power. To ignore them, when they are deployed, amounts to heresy, to…


The Mandalorian: A Great Adventure

With the hilariously flawed and downright disappointing sequel trilogy already forgotten, the Star Wars franchise needed to prove itself worthy of…


Donald Trump: A Wholesome Dr. Mabuse

I want Donald Trump to be Caesar. I want him to be Napoleon. I would love to see the day when he, the descendant of King Christian I of Denmark,…