Posts Tagged "B.J. Burrow"

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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Women of Horror: Architects of Horror

Posted by on Feb 12, 2013 in Apex Publications Blog: Matters of SF, Fantasy, and Horror, Women of Horror | 2 comments

Don’t tell Shirley Jackson I said this, but I enjoy The House Next Door by Anne Rivers Siddons more than The Haunting of Hill House. (I once told Shirley that her deviled eggs were a little on the plain side and she threw a rock at me.) But since this is just you and me, let’s refill our cocktails, settle next to the fire, and get f’reals. I was disappointed the first time I read Hill House. Not by the writing—certainly not because of the writing: Shirley Jackson could straight up write. No bones about it, I’m a better writer for having read Hill House. (And the marvel that is “The Lottery”—I say again, Shirley Jackson could put the...

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Your Fantasy Science Fiction Draft Cheat Sheet

Posted by on Sep 3, 2012 in Apex Publications Blog: Matters of SF, Fantasy, and Horror | 2 comments

By BJ Burrow Ah, it’s that time of year again, when everyone gets together to draft their favorite Science Fiction Writers for their Fantasy Teams. (This year, my team is called “The Philip K. Dicks” and we’re taking no prisoners.) Having won my fantasy league four times out of the last ten years or so, I was asked to provide some advice going into this year’s draft. FIRST ROUND LOCK: While many will draft the flashy Mira Grant or John Scalzi with their first picks, Neal Stephenson is poised for a big year. His Hieroglyph project’s first anthology is due out in 2014, and if that isn’t enough, he recently sounded positively energized...

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Exactly How Evil Are You?

Posted by on Aug 8, 2012 in Apex Publications Blog: Matters of SF, Fantasy, and Horror | 2 comments

By B.J. Burrow ‘Exactly How Evil Are You?’ isn’t just a trendy pick-up line, it’s also the name of the quiz below that wraps up our “Cain’s Legacy: Man’s Inner Evil” blog series. The quiz is ‘old school magazine’ style for interface ease: ‘A’ answers are worth 1 point, B’s 2 points, C’s 3 points, and D’s 4 points. Total up your points at the end to find out, exactly, how evil you are. 1) You, your brother, and a friend find a suitcase full of cash in the woods. You: a) propose a plan where you all benefit from the cash b) convince them to leave the cash: ‘mo money, mo problems!’ then sneak back at night and take all the money for yourself...

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Cain's Legacy: Man's Inner Evil 2000-2010

Posted by on Jul 4, 2012 in Apex Publications Blog: Matters of SF, Fantasy, and Horror, Artist Musings | 4 comments

by B.J. Burrow David Peace’s blood soaked “Red Riding Quartet” (published from 1999-2002) is a gut punch of brutality and madness. Based on true events, at the center of its black heart is a series of horrific child murders. The men who become obsessed in unraveling the murderer’s identity find themselves on a dark path through a haunted wood. “Unraveling the mystery…” Makes it sound like a ‘Tea Parlor Mystery’ or perhaps a hardboiled noir. Don’t you believe it. This is darker than noir–this is dried blood turned pitch black. Peace writes his four novels (entitled 1974, 1977, 1980 and 1983) in a stylized...

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