This month Schlock presents an entire issue dedicated to one of the most misunderstood concepts of political debate: Utopia. In this issue, led by guest editor Elise Billiard, we will proclaim that Utopia is not dead, that Utopia is not an escape to or from reality, but on the contrary a way to propose new possible realities.
Welcome back, dear readers! Some of you may be confused as to why our supposed ‘summer break’ lasts well into what is technically Autumn. But here…
Since Halloween allows us to both revisit and discover what’s what in the horror genre, we thought it apt to seek out Michael Wilson, head of This is Horror, for a chat about the website and podcast’s origins and mission.
As part of our series of Halloween-themed chats this month, we caught up with Mike Davis – editor of the dynamic and much-loved weird fiction hub Lovecraft eZine, as well as its more recent publication arm. Is Lovecraft, however, the be all and end all of the zine, and what kind of influence does he still exert on horror?
Taking a sideways glance at the Halloween spirit, Molly Tanzer’s The Pleasure Merchant and Joe Pulvers King in Yellow Tales: Volume 1 explore various interstices of the garish and horrific with stylistic verve.
Welcome listeners to another edition of the Schlock podcast… Wait, what do you mean that, following the previous edition, you thought Teodor and Marco were devoured by…
Summer is in full swing, and we hope you enjoy our slim but, we hope, filling new issue. But we don’t want you to think that we’re taking our duties lightly, even as the sun’s rays beat down on Schlock HQ, and the humidity clutches at our frames like the coiling tentacles of our dreadful beloved Schlocktopus.
One of the most prolific and dizzyingly experimental writers working today, Joseph S. Pulver speaks to us candidly about what underpins his two most recent collections, the difference between homage and mere fan fiction, and the importance of maintaining catholic reading habits.
The young Bulgarian writer Haralambi Markov burst on the scene with ‘The Language of Knives’, a shocking, surreal and tender story published over at Tor.com. He’s also a Kickstarter success story, as a fund to fly him over to World Fantasy 2015 – in the interest of having as many international writers there as possible – proved to be a success. He speaks to us about the need for speculative fiction to embrace a more internaitonal dimension, and his plans for the immediate future.
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!