Fiction, illustration, discussion – interesting weirdness for all the senses. Well, almost.

  • Carrying Jimmy Illustration by Samuel Sultana

    Carrying Jimmy

    I kept praying ‘Please God, let him be okay’ and then I’d say to him ‘You’re gonna be all right Jimmy. Daddy’s got ya and I’m gonna take to the doc. He’ll fix you…

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    The Funny Thing about Halloween

    Halloween Comic by Mark Scicluna and Moira Zahra

  • Illustration by Mark Scicluna

    The End of the World Club

    At Halloween they’d come in. Thirteen figures robed in black, like moving patches of shadow. No one remarked upon them when they filed in, one after the other, into the back…

  • The Stink of Animosity Illustration by Noel Tanti

    The Stink of Animosity

    “Who? What are you talking about?” you ask, trying to sound abrupt but not aggressive. You’re not looking for a fight. At least, not with him. “You got the stink of…

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    CLEAN AND RAD AND POWERFUL

    In which our critic ponders about life in the 21st century and rambles on Polish critical darling Ida and cheerful seasonal rumination Black Mirror: White Christmas before his body gets hijacked for DESTRUCTCAST interview duties.

    Bettina Hutschek: “Strolling through a city with open eyes will always feel like being Alice in Wonderland”

    Schlock Talks | Bettina Hutschek

    A seasoned traveller between the worlds of both fact and fiction, the German-born, Malta-based multimedia artist Bettina Hutschek insists on being called a ‘storyteller’ first and foremost, even if her subject matter and methods are far more complex than what that ‘stories by the campfire’ image might suggest. Ahead of our chat with her for our upcoming Destructcast, she tells us about her work, which with a distinctly ‘ethnographic’ twist explores the fine but deep chasm between history and myth.

    Adrian Abela

    Schlock Talks | Adrian Abela

    As part of our December focus on urban spaces, we speak to Malta-based visual artist Adrian Abela, whose latest work, MEDIAN, presents a car journey across the small island of Malta as something of an audio-visual odyssey. Be sure to hear Abela expand on some of this in the upcoming Pop Culture Destructcast, where he will be interviewed alongside fellow Malta-based artist Bettina Hutschek.

    KJ Bishop eats some bugs. Like you do.

    Schlock Talks | KJ Bishop

    The award-winning author of the novel The Etched City and, more recently, the short story collection That Book Your Mad Ancestor Wrote KJ Bishop speaks to us about juggling two artistic disciplines, how the Australian landscape impacts on her work and reflects back other locales that make their way into her fiction, and her story We the Enclosed, an extract of which we’ll be featuring in our upcoming end-of-year issue.

    Kathleen Jennings: "Thick skins are born more often than grown, and it's no shame not to have one."

    Schlock Talks | Kathleen Jennings

    For our second November Schlock Talk, we speak to the versatile Australian artist Kathleen Jennings. Both a writer and illustrator, she has most recently applied her delicate, evocative and fragile line to Angela Slatter’s latest collection, The Bitterwood Bible and Other Recountings. We chat to her about juggling two art forms on a regular basis, meeting your clients half way, and her predilection towards an ‘autumnal’ colour palette.

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    WHAT WE TALK ABOUT WHEN WE TALK ABOUT WHAT WE TALK ABOUT

    It’s Noshavember at Casa di Marco, which means his beard is taking care of this month’s POP CULTURE DESTRUCTION, as it joins friend of Schlock Robert Iveniuk in a discussion about superhero cinema before reviewing the recent Wolfenstein: The New Order AND check out a couple of animation-related art books. Also: news!

    Rachel Edidin: "Editing done right is creative midwifery, not creation."

    Schlock Talks | Rachel Edidin

    When somebody describes themselves as an ‘all-purpose editorial mercenary’, you know they’re probably worth talking to. Rachel Edidin – writer, editor and publishing consultant – speaks to us about her work in both literature and comics, pointing out what writers should be mindful of when they embark on their forays into fiction, her work as an erstwhile equality activist for the comics world, and her irrational but enthusiastic love of the labyrinthine tangle that is X-Men continuity.

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    EXISTENCE AS A SERIES OF MICROAGGRESSIONS

    This Halloween Marco confronts true horror – his appreciation of Michael Bay and Transformers: Age of Extinction. Also genuine horror in the face of Jeff VanderMeer’ Acceptance, Jesse Jacobs’ Safari Honeymoon and dark European anti-fairytale Beautiful Darkness. And more!

    Laird Barron: “My worlds are growing much larger and much more frightening than I’d imagined.” Illustration by Thom Cuschieri.

    Schlock Talks | Laird Barron

    We’re proud to cap off our run-up to Schlock’s Halloween issue by interviewing one of the luminaries of contemporary horror fiction. In an illuminating Schlock Talk, the award-winning novelist and short story writer Laird Barron speaks about his long history with horror (specifically, since the age of five), the enduring influence of the Alaskan landscape on his work and his latest collection, The Beautiful Thing That Awaits Us All.