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



    Schlock’s POP CULTURE DESTRUCTION makes it to June, as Noel tells about “Iranian vampire Western” (or is it?) The Girl Walks Alone At Night, Teodor reviews Schlock Talks interviewee Molly Tanzer’s Vermillion and newcomer Robert Iveniuk explains what’s the deal with Richard K Morgan’s A Land Fit For Heroes. But before that Marco thinks he’ll impress anyone by telling what he’s been up to lately. No one cares, dood!

    Vermilion by Molly Tanzer. Cover art by Dalton Rose

    Schlock Talks | Molly Tanzer

    Molly Tanzer’s easy-to-love novel Vermilion has been a highlight of the literary year for many: first grabbing our attention thanks to a sumptuous cover illustration by Dalton Rose, but charming us further – the c-word is not incidental here – with its picaresque journey into an (alternate) Wild West, courtesy of young psychopomp Lou Merriwether. The debut novelist and short story writer speaks to us about what inspired Vermilion’s literary brew, her early days as a writer, and what’s in store for her in the near future.

    SCHLOCK MAY Cover Jacob Sammut

    May 2015 Issue

    While striving to never be generic, we here at Schlock take our rituals seriously, if only to acknowledge them so as to subvert them. And what is a more enduring ritual than the undeniable churn of the seasons, occasioned as it is by the plain-as-day movements of the sun, moon and overall weather?

    Schlock Talks | Jeremy Robert Johnson

    A proud and beloved representative of the darkly teeming milieu of ‘bizarro’ fiction, Jeremy Robert Johnson is attracting acclaim for his debut novel, Skullcrack City – a conspiracy thriller whose grotesque dystopian vision would have made Hieronymous Bosch proud, but whose pulp roots and cyberpunk beats lend it a brisk and ice-cool clip. He speaks to us about the sub-genre that has become his home, the challenges of corralling such a heady premise into a debut novel… and Tacos.

    The Nightmare Thumbnail by Daniela Attard

    The Nightmare

    ”The Nightmare” is a spirit commonly found in folklore throughout many cultures. It is said to be responsible for sleep paralysis and bad dreams. In the book The Maltese Bestiary by Stephan D. Mifsud details the Maltese interpretation of this strange spirit. The unusual portrayal has inspired me to create a dream journal/comic mash up to try and come to terms with this mysterious yet frightening creature.”

    Illustration by Mark Scicluna


    Kennedy was my friend; I carefully selected him when I first heard about his burgeoning passion for molecular gastronomy. There were others before him, of course, and always my task was the same. I am The Cooper. I watch them until they reach the point of no return. It is in the interest of self-preservation, but I do enjoy the companionship and the challenge.