Monthly Archives: May 2014

An Uncomfortable Out of Body Experience: Beth Winkour’s Sunshine in Darkness

Possession is a common theme in supernatural stories – and a naturally terrifying one. We’re all comfortable in our own bodies, more or less, but what if some outside force took us over, forced us out, and then made us … Continue reading

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A Beautiful Bildungsroman: Elle Klass’s As Snow Falls

The bildungsroman – or Coming of Age story – isn’t a genre that gets used a lot these days. Most of the time, a modern novel or short story will encompass a fairly small period of time and deliver a … Continue reading

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Spaghetti Western Round-Up

One of my favorite subcategories of Western is the Spaghetti Western. These are films made in the Sixties and Seventies with Italian or European directors and international crews, shot somewhere in Italy or Spain. Spaghetti Westerns feature innovative filming, dark … Continue reading

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My Favorite Westerns: The History of Deadwood

Deadwood’s a historical show, with historical characters – but it always puts dramatic sense ahead of historical accuracy. The real Al Swearengen for instance, was an undeniably nasty fellow with no redeeming values, unlike the complex character in the show. … Continue reading

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My Favorite Westerns: The Characters of Deadwood

There are many things that make a show great. We’re drawn in by the plots, by the action, and sometimes even by the production design or the ‘feel’ of the show. But more often than not, it’s the characters that … Continue reading

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My Favorite Westerns: The Western Subversion of Deadwood

It’s time for me to talk about Deadwood. I’m a bit hesitant to do so, as Deadwood is my favorite television show ever. I’ve watched through David Milch’s Western HBO opus quite a few times, and it just keeps getting … Continue reading

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My Favorite Westerns: Streets of Glory

  Garth Ennis is probably my favorite comic book writer. He’s been criticized for being immature, overly violent, or too preachy in his stories and there’s a validity to those arguments. But when he wants to make serious, intense stories … Continue reading

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