Posts by BJ Burrow

Why Don Draper Has to Die

Posted by on May 14, 2014 in Apex Publications Blog: Matters of SF, Fantasy, and Horror | 1 comment

And I ain’t talking figuratively, stripping free of his suit and dropping his hat out the window. I’m talking that hard cut to black. Since MASH sent Colonel Blake to that Big Helicopter Ride in the sky, television series have been leveraging the death of their characters for maximum dramatic impact. (NOTE: Few sitcoms, however, deal with the death of their leads, and not just because of how badly Two And A Half Men botched Charlie’s ‘death’… or, you know, maybe they handled it the same way they handle every episode and people loved it. I can’t tell. Whateves, the question remains for a blog for another day: what sitcom has ever dealt with the death of ANY character?)...

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The Ten Most Unappreciated Villains of All Time

Posted by on Mar 10, 2014 in Apex Publications Blog: Matters of SF, Fantasy, and Horror | 6 comments

Well, I say the ‘ten most’ and ‘all time’ but there is a caveat: I ain’t seen everything yet, so… there’s that. God knows there are a lot of lists out there, but I think this is a good one because, usually, one’s writing is only as strong as their villain, and every villain on this list makes the work they are in stronger and more enjoyable. So, some instructions: Start with number 10 and go in order all the way down to number 1.  Close your eyes before reading each entry and create drum rolls by repeatedly slapping either a table or your belly before popping open your eyes. Begin drum rolls now… 10. Scottie (Jimmy...

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The Promise of What Is Not

Posted by on Dec 23, 2013 in Apex Publications Blog: Matters of SF, Fantasy, and Horror | 3 comments

Dare I say, ‘Don’t judge a book by its cover?’ Oh my God, I can’t believe I’ve started out this way. Let me start over. Tis the season in which expectations don’t always align with the promises made. Holy Moly, isn’t there some kind of way into this blog that will make me happy? Let’s try this on for size: “Tell me something to amuse me, smut or a bloody good-ghoststory or a line of poetry, quick, quick, quick!”            Ulysses, James Joyce Hell yeah, that’s the high-brow bar I’m trying to hit. It’s a particularly powerful line—bear with me, I can make this work—because I believe it equates entertainment to that quick rush from a hit of cocaine. We want that fast...

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Halloween Shutdown

Posted by on Oct 18, 2013 in Apex Publications Blog: Matters of SF, Fantasy, and Horror | 3 comments

Walk into your favorite, or least hated, retail-chain-super-store and you’ll find Halloween decorations and costumes ready for consumption, purchase your plastic skulls here, two for one! You’ll also find Christmas Decorations, out for display, and ready for consumption. I wasn’t watching (I signed up for watching the watchers, and whew boy, what a boring job that is, I tell you what) but as I was saying, I wasn’t watching, but I bet you a Jack’o’lantern that the Christmas decorations were put out before the Halloween ones. I adore Halloween, and if you’re reading this, odds are you love it too (or have confused my Apex blog with the other blog I write called The Apex...

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WEIRD FICTION: The Machen Truth

Posted by on May 8, 2013 in Apex Publications Blog: Matters of SF, Fantasy, and Horror | 0 comments

A man walks into a bar carrying a shoggoth under one arm and a Nyarlathotep in the other. Stop me if you’ve heard this one before. So, the bartender—the bartender, he says, “Hey, buddy! You’re machen me crazy here!” Holy shit, that is the worst thing I’ve ever written. It’s horrible. Alien. Obscene. I can’t read it again, edit it, or look at it. I’m afraid I might lose my mind. “Weird Fiction” is not a broad genre for me. It is very specific, and while the quantity of work is limited, it is still producible today, if one so chooses to take the risk. (For a differing, and interesting, perspective on “Weird Fiction,” check out Douglas F. Warrick’s blog. ) In the 1920’s...

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