For this episode, special guest host Sean M. Thompson and Jonathan Raab talk with Muzzleland Press’ own Alex Smith about his novella HIVE, Clive Barker’s Nightbreed, masculinity, urban anxiety, and much more.
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HIVE is a Cronenbergian paranoid thriller about a New York City couple discovering a cascading series of horrors within their seemingly idyllic apartment building. It’s Muzzleland Press’ final release of the year, and it’s one of our best books yet.
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By Alex Smith
You can read Part One: Novels, here. Alex Smith is the author of HIVE, an urban home invasion-bio-horror novella.
Below is the continuation of my brief exploration into the home invasion narrative. Here, I focus on film. I mentioned in my interview with Jonathan Raab that The Strangers had a major impact on me, which I discuss in a bit more detail here.
Again, here’s to hoping that you might find something of interest on this list.
Straw Dogs (1971) – dir. Sam Pekinpah
It wasn’t until HIVE was in its nth revision that I noticed the stunning similarities with Peckinpah’s Straw Dogs. A couple move to the UK countryside to build a home for themselves. Dustin Hoffman plays a mathematician. Mild-mannered, humble, and a man of the mind, his lack of physicality and cerebral nature become a target for the jibes and bullying of the locals working on his house—one of whom is his wife’s ex-boyfriend. Continue reading The Home Invasion – Part Two: Movies
“Magical Remingtons, Cornstalk-men, wild conspiracy theories and eldritch tomes—Raab takes the best of detective stories and weird horror to create something that celebrates the pulpiest of pulp, while examining the serious repercussions of oppression and racism in American history. The Lesser Swamp Gods of Little Dixie is a creepy, imaginative, and darkly humorous adventure.” – Christopher Slatsky, author of ALECTRYOMANCER AND OTHER WEIRD TALES
“It’s all-too-easy for fun stories to sound brainless, or for smart stories to come off as dry. With The Lesser Swamp Gods of Little Dixie, Jonathan Raab walks that tightrope, keeping the humor sharp, the action pulpy, the stakes human, and the weirdness weird, without ever stumbling on one side or the other. A rare gift indeed.” – Orrin Grey, author of PAINTED MONSTERS & OTHER STRANGE BEASTS
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by Alex Smith
I wrote HIVE in conversation with the home invasion narrative. Not necessarily a big fan that sought out such examples of the trope, I’d nonetheless read, watched, and gamed in worlds where something or someone was trying to get in. The idea of an urban home invasion drew me to closer to the challenge. What happens when someone gets into your building, your apartment? Where do you go; what do you do? Continue reading The Home Invasion – Part One: Novels
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Edited by Ross E. Lockhart
Published by Word Horde
Review by Jonathan Raab
From the dedication:
“To Mary. And her Monster. With thanks.”
Indeed! Shelley’s Monster needs no introduction, although its many reinterpretations and reincarnations over the past (almost!) 200 years might leave people with competing ideas over who and what it is and represents. But anyone with a passing familiarity to film and horror knows the basic premise of man-creates-monster, and surely would recognize some form the Monster has taken over the years, whether in the iconic and stoic visage of Karloff, the misshapen face of Lee, the re-animated ghouls of a certain Stuart Gordon film, or even a seasonal breakfast cereal. Continue reading My Little Monster: A Review of ETERNAL FRANKENSTEIN