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.
17. Videodrome (1983). James Woods plays a sleazy cable station producer looking for the most shocking, horrific, pornographic content he can find—something that can wake up his jaded and desensitized audience (himself included). He becomes obsessed with a pirate broadcast of a strange torture/sex show called Videodrome, and stumbles into a vast socio-political conspiracy as his body and mind begin to be re-shaped by what he sees on television. It’s a brilliant and arresting examination of the line between image, mind, and reality, and I believe it to be Cronenberg’s best work in the horror genre, if not his masterpiece. eXistenZ is the thematic sequel, and is definitely worth checking out. Long live the new flesh!