“When Gregor Samsa woke up one morning from unsettling dreams, he found himself changed in his bed into a monstrous vermin.” So begins the opening to Franz Kafka’s famous story Metamorphosis. This strange tale follows Samsa’s short life as a bug, how his family responds, and how the poor young man feels about his ordeal. He […]Read more "‘Metamorphosis’ of the Artist"
When Victor Hugo originally set out to write The Hunchback of Notre Dame in the early 1830s, his intention was to highlight the Notre Dame cathedral in Paris and spur on his fellow countrymen to renovate the church and restore the building to its former glory. His tale takes place in 1482 and follows a beautiful young gypsy […]Read more "The Beauty Behind ‘The Hunchback of Notre Dame’"
So far for October I’ve managed to keep somewhat in the spirit of the season. For the final Saturday, I’ll end with a bang by publishing a new spooky short story. Some readers (maybe 2 of you) will remember last Halloween when I posted “Dante’s Ascent” for your perusal. I’ve decided that every year around […]Read more "Story: “The Vampire Car”"
When I was a young wart hog, Halloween was my favorite holiday (nevermind it’s technically not a holiday). I loved anything slightly spooky like the TV show The Munsters or cartoony ghosts. Scooby Doo held me in rapt attention and Beetleborgs drew me in because it partially took place in a haunted house. Every Halloween night […]Read more "The Things Unseen and the Draw of Halloween"
In keeping with the theme of fear I explored some last week, I want to share a short series of poems I’ve written recently that examine a different side of the topic. To say the least, there is plenty to fear in the world these days: terrorists, random shootings, war, political upheaval, death. The point […]Read more "Poems: ‘Fear’ (In 4 Parts)"
This is part of an ongoing series I’m writing this year about becoming a father. You can read the previous entry here. It is October in a year full of change. The month is typically associated with scary stuff and so for this month’s post about fatherhood, I want to highlight one of my greatest […]Read more "Turning Into Dad: Please Love Me"
In C.J. Cherryh’s The Faded Sun trilogy of sci-fi novels, we see a universe trying to find peace in the aftermath of a long, gruelling war. The fat, repulsive regul double-cross anyone in order to survive and retain power. The mystical mri, who acted as renegades for the regul and suffered at their hands, now […]Read more "The Tragedies of War in ‘Kutath’"