INSIDE ISSUE #176
TWILIGHT OF THE GODS Series creators Bryan Fuller and Michael Green bring Neil Gaiman’s American Gods to network television. Plus: Vincenzo Natali on directing Crispin Glover, Dark Horse’s American Gods comic and a look back at Gaiman’s novel. By Andrea Subissati, Pedro Cabezuelo and Jess Peacock
THE GREAT AND SECRET SHOWMAN The life and legacy of cultural boogeyman Anton Szandor LaVey on the 20th anniversary of his death. Plus: the occult in fashion and a few words with 3teeth frontman Lex. By Sean Plummer, Benoit Black and Andrea Subissati
THE WONDER FEARS The Watcher in the Woods director John Hough takes us back to the Disney movie that traumatized a generation of tots. Plus: a look at Disney’s dark side. By Amy Seidman and Paul Corup
CHAINSAW AND DAVE’S CLASS REUNION Summer School’s lovable gorehounds celebrate 30 years of the characters who made being a horror fan cool. Plus: a dossier of horror devotees. By Jeff Szpirglas and Tal Zimerman
NOTE FROM UNDERGROUND Andrea says hello.
POST-MORTEM Letters from fans, readers and weirdos
DREADLINES News highlights, horror happenings
THE CORONER’S REPORT Weird stats, morbid facts and more
NEEDFUL THINGS Strange trinkets from our bazaar of the bizarre
CINEMACABRE The latest films, the newest DVDs and reissues feat. The Void
THE LATE-NITE ARCHIVE I Bury the Living
BOWEN’S BASEMENT The Horror of Party Beach
BLOOD IN FOUR COLOURS Comics feat. Not Drunk Enough
THE NINTH CIRCLE Book reviews feat. John Cornell’s Chalk
THE FRIGHT GALLERY The spooky works of Eric Millen
THE GORE-MET Human Pork Chop and Dr. Lamb
AUDIO DROME Music reviews feat. new album from Ghoultown
PLAY DEAD Game reviews feat. Resident Evil 7: Biohazard
CLASSIC CUT The Cat and the Canary
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I love how life is full of surprises, especially the gentler ones…like coming home on a bright, warm Sunday afternoon to find the wild rosebush near the front steps bursting with little flaming buds the color of flamingo feathers; like discovering a hand-stitched quilt from UPS at your door, made by a great-aunt you only met once (you brought her a handful of flowers from her garden on a sunny day when she couldn’t get out of bed); and like finding a new book with prose so beautiful the pages open like lavendar blooms page after page after page.
Meet Angélica Gorodischer, an Argentine writer known for her short fiction, which belongs to a wide variety of genres, from science-fiction and fantasy, to crime and the weird. Many of her stories are told from a feminist perspective.
Born in Buenos Aires, Gorodischer has lived in Rosario since she was eight, and this city appears very frequently in her work. In 2007, the City Council of Rosario awarded her the title of Illustrious Citizen.
Kalpa Imperial: Stories
In the English-speaking world, Gorodischer might be best known for Kalpa Imperial (a two-volume work, which appeared in her native Argentina (Volume 1 in 1983; and both Volumes by 1984). Its English translation was published in 2003 by US author Ursula K. Le Guin.
A collection of short stories, Kalpa Imperial details the history of a vast imaginary empire through tales of fantasy, fable, and allegory. The collecton gained Gorodischer many admirers who consider it to be one of the finest genre works published in Argentina. The collection has also gained supporters in the English-speaking world. (A part of the work appeared as a story in the American anthology Starlight 2.)
SciFi and Feminist Themes
Gorodischer also produced many works before writing Kalpa Imperial, including the collections Opus dos (Opus two, 1967), Bajo las jubeas en flor (Under the Flowering Jubeas, 1973), and Casta Luna Electronica (Chaste Electric Moon, 1977). She had become, over the course of her career, a science fiction author noted for her work concerning the differences of power among men and women, focusing often on the pros and cons of power and it’s corruption of those in ruling positions.
A “Grand Dame” Female Detective
Gorodischer has authored two novels in the genre of detective fiction, creating an intriguing female detective, a grand dame, who reluctantly and haphazardly engages in the world of international intrigue. The character made her literary debut in 1985 in Gorodischer’s noveletta, Floreros de alabastro, alfombras de Bokhara; and reappeared later in a different form in Jugo de mango (1988).
I discovered Gorodischer by accident when I came across a book of hers, Prodigies, translated into English in the small backroom of local book Shop. Chapter after chapter I was enthralled. Prose this good is hard to come by. It’s a beautiful book and one I highly recommend. It will leave you illuminated and heart-warmed.
Chapter 1 from Prodigies…
Translations and Bibliography
Below is a list of Gorodischer’s translated work, a link to a comprehensive bibliography of her work, and some sample pages from Prodigy.
- Kalpa Imperial: The Greatest Empire That Never Was. Translated by Ursula K. Le Guin. Small Beer Press, 2003
- Trafalgar. Translated by Amalia Gladhart, 2013
- Prodigies. Translated by Sue Burke. Small Beer Press, 2015.
From Daniel Mills’ website:
‘I am pleased to confirm that copies of limited edition chapbook “The Account of David Stonehouse, Exile” are still available from Dim Shores.
“David Stonehouse” is a long novella of 31,000 words: a found document of indeterminate providence, a tale of grief and repression, an unconventional ghost story and meditation on loneliness and exile, the spirit and the flesh.
The chapbook itself is beautiful, featuring stunning cover and interior artwork courtesy of the talented Steve G. Santiago. Dim Shores have truly outdone themselves here, and I could not be more pleased or proud of the final product.
Note that this is a limited edition and as such is almost certain to sell out. At last count there were less than 20 copies remaining so if the novella is of interest to you I might recommend ordering soon…”
[Text & Bibliography (below) from DanielMills.net]
If you’re like me, and you like to know what else your favorite writers wrote and where to find it:
A Daniel Mills Bibliography
- “Below the Falls” (reprint). Will appear in Year’s Best Dark Fantasy and Horror 2016 (ed. Paula Guran), Prime Books, 2016.
- “The Account of David Stonehouse, Exile” (novella), Dim Shores, 2016.
- “Canticle.” Will appear in Marked to Die (ed. Justin Isis), Snuggly Books, 2016.
- “A Shadow Passing.” Appears in Autumn Cthulhu (ed. Mike Davis), Lovecraft eZine, 2016.
- “Below the Falls.” Appears in Nightscript I (ed. C.M. Muller). 2015.☆☆☆☆
- “The Breaking.” Appears in The Doom that Came to Providence (ed. Joseph S. Pulver, Sr). NecronomiCon Providence, 2015.
- “The Lake.” Appears in Aickman’s Heirs (ed. Simon Strantzas). Undertow Press, 2015.
- Pseudopod 414: “The Photographer’s Tale” (audio). Reading by George Cleveland. November 28, 2014.
- “Isaac’s Room” (reprint). Appears in The Mammoth Book of Best New Horror 25 (ed. Stephen Jones). Robinson, 2014.
- “Children of Light” (novella). Dunhams Manor Press, 2014. OOP.
- “The Woman in the Wood” in The Children of Old Leech (ed. Ross Lockhart & Justin Steele). Word Horde, 2014.
- The Lord Came at Twilight. Dark Renaissance Books, 2014. Collection includes:
-MS Found in a Chicago Hotel Room
-Dust from a Dark Flower
-The Photographer’s Tale
-The Wayside Voices
-The Falling Dark
-The Tempest Glass
-House of the Caryatids*
-The Naked Goddess
-The Lord Came at Twilight
* = original to the collection
- “De Profundis” (reprint) in Strange Aeons #13 (ed. Ted E Grau), 2014.
- “Whistler’s Gore” in Mighty in Sorrow: Stories Inspired by David Tibet & Current 93 (ed. Jordan Krall), Dunhams Manor Press, 2014.
- “Isaac’s Room” in Black Static #35 (ed. Andy Cox). TTA Press, 2013.
- “The Lord Came at Twilight” in The Grimscribe’s Puppets (ed. Joseph S. Pulver, Sr). Miskatonic River Press, 2013.
- “The Other Boy” in Shadows & Tall Trees #5 (ed. Michael Kelly). Undertow Books, 2013.
- “The Falling Dark” in Shadows Edge (ed. Simon Strantzas). Gray Friar Press, 2013.
- “The Tempest Glass” in Supernatural Tales 23 (ed. David Longhorn). Supernatural Tales Press, 2013.
- “Dust from a Dark Flower” in Fungi (ed. Orrin Grey & Silvia Moreno-Garcia). Innsmouth Free Press, 2012.☆☆☆
- “The Photographer’s Tale” (reprint) in The Mammoth Book of Best New Horror 23 (ed. Stephen Jones). Robinson, 2012.
Unhallowed Ground (novella). DarkFuse, 2012.
- “The Wayside Voices” in Black Static #30 (ed. Andy Cox). TTA Press, 2012.
- “MS Found in a Chicago Hotel Room” in A Season in Carcosa (ed. Joseph S. Pulver, Sr). Miskatonic River Press, 2012.
- “The Hollow” in Phantasmagorium #4 (ed. Joseph S. Pulver, Sr). Gorgon Press, 2012.
- Three Poems in Sacrum Regnum I (ed. Daniel Corrick & Mark Samuels). Hieroglyphic Press, 2012.
- “De Profundis” in Classical Horror (ed. DF Lewis). Megazanthus Press, 2012.
- “Whisperers” in Aklonomicon (ed. Joseph S. Pulver, Sr & Ivan McCann). Aklo Press, 2012.
- “Testing Spark” in Dadaoism: An Anthology (ed. Quentin S. Crisp & Justin Isis). Chomu Press, 2012.
- “Wolf Hour” in Supernatural Tales 20 (ed. David Longhorn). Supernatural Tales Press, 2011.
- “The Naked Goddess” in Delicate Toxins (ed. John H. Smith). Side Real Press, 2011.
- “Silently, Without Cease” in Historical Lovecraft (ed. Silvia Moreno-Garcia & Paula Stiles). Innsmouth Free Press, 2011.
- “The Photographer’s Tale” in Theaker’s Quarterly Fiction 36 (ed. Stephen Theaker). TQF, 2011.
- Revenants. Chomu Press, 2011.
- “The Corn” in Willard & Maple. Champlain College, 2010.
- “Port Judith in Winter” (novella) in Shadeworks (ed. Gordon Clemmons), 2010.
- “Lilacs in November” in Shadeworks (ed. Gordon Clemmons), 2010.
- “Sanctuary Run” in Strange Tales III (ed. Rosalie Parker). Tartarus Press, 2009.
“Once in winter he tracked a deer with his father through the wetlands south of town. The animal was wounded, and they followed the blood trail with ease. It led them across the river and into the floodplain forest. The landscape was flat there, the vegetation sparse: ancient trees spaced far apart, wracked shapes against an ashen sky.
They came upon a frozen marsh. It measured several hundred paces across, its far border marked by a line of high pines. The trail continued across its glassy surface. He followed his father at a few steps’ distance, his feet freezing in his boots while the air swirled with snow around him. It seemed to him as if the flakes fell to catch the daylight, reflecting it outward as stillness, a perfect silence.
Midway across the marsh, his father halted and waited for him to catch up. Do you see this? he asked. With his wrist he made an encircling motion. All around us. This emptiness.
Remember this: the woods seem empty sometimes, but they’re not. A forest is never still, never truly dead. Can you see them? Birds, rabbits, squirrels. They’re all here with us right now. Watching us, waiting to see what we do.
When they crossed the marsh, they found the deer where it had fallen beneath the pines. A doe. Hot blood trickled from the open wound, a circle spreading beneath its shot-splintered chest. The flow slowed and became irregular. Finally it stopped altogether.
The sun was failing, a gray glare in a gray sky. Dusk was not far off, and his father wasted no time in dressing the carcass: removing the innards, discarding the unborn fawn. Ruddy and slick, the half-formed body lay steaming in the snow, melting its shape in the drifting powder. His father paid it no mind.
Help me, he said. We must be quick, but we can beat the darkness yet.”
– Daniel Mills, Revenants, 2010