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LOVECRAFT COUNTRY Episode 6: Meet Me in Daegu Review

Sep 25, 2020 No Comments by

Lovecraft Country has teased Tic having had “a girl in Korea” several times already over the course of the series, and in Episode 6, “Meet Me in Daegu,” we finally find out who she is. Ji-Ah (Jamie Chung) is a demure nursing student with a love for American musicals who lives alone with her mother […]

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LOVECRAFT COUNTRY Episode 5: Strange Case Review

Sep 18, 2020 No Comments by

Picking up after Episode 4’s shocker of an ending, “Strange Case” begins with Tic violently confronting Montrose, but really centers on Ruby Baptiste (Wunmi Mosaku), now living with William (Jordan Patrick Smith) and offered a Faustian bargain: the possibility of living as a white woman through the Braithwhites’ magic. What follows is a seduction, both […]

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LOVECRAFT COUNTRY Episode 4: A History of Violence Review

Sep 11, 2020 No Comments by

The mysterious and malevolent Braithwaites have left Ardham and come to Chicago, having survived the implosion of their mansion, and it’s becoming clear that their reach extends far beyond Massachusetts. To counter their occult power, Tic, Leti, and Montrose have to return to Massachusetts to seek out an enigmatic manuscript hidden beneath the Boston Museum. […]

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LOVECRAFT COUNTRY Episode 3: Holy Ghost Review

Sep 04, 2020 No Comments by

Episode 3 takes Lovecraft Country in a slightly different direction…. Picking up a month after the end of Episode 2, we find the protagonists back in Chicago. After Uncle George’s funeral, each drift their separate ways. Tic has been staying with his Aunt Hippolyta (Aunjanue Ellis), who suspects that her husband wasn’t really just shot […]

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LOVECRAFT COUNTRY Episode 2: Whitey’s on the Moon Review

Aug 27, 2020 No Comments by

Episode 1 of Lovecraft Country introduced us to Atticus “Tic” Freeman (Jonathan Majors), a black Korean War Veteran and science fiction fan who returns from Korea to find that his estranged father has run off to Ardham, Massachusetts. With his childhood friend “Leti” Lewis (Jurnee Smollett-Bell) and Uncle George (Courtney B. Vance), Tic begins a […]

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LOVECRAFT COUNTRY Episode 1: Sundown Review

Aug 20, 2020 No Comments by

It’s a great time to be a fan of H.P. Lovecraft. If you want proof, just look at all the controversy over his racism. Hear me out, fellow cultists. I’ve written elsewhere about parsing Lovecraft’s antisemitism as a Jew (TL;DR, it was a rare instance of malignant illogicality on the part of a generally decent, […]

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All Hail the Popcorn King Movie Review

Aug 13, 2020 No Comments by

Joe R. Lansdale is the Mark Twain of genre fiction. I can’t think of a more thoroughly American horror writer, with the possible exception of Ambrose Bierce. But for all Bierce’s brilliance, his vision was sharply defined by unwavering misanthropy and cynicism. Lansdale, like Twain, has range. He’s done horror, crime fiction, Westerns, comics, and […]

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The Tokoloshe Movie Review

Dec 11, 2019 No Comments by

“Why do you like horror?” We get this question a lot, usually from people too puritanical or weak stomached to enjoy the genre, but this time was different. The woman who asked me was a refuge from Iraq. “I’ve seen too much horror,” she said. “I don’t like it.” I had no good answer; I […]

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Doctor Sleep Movie Review

Nov 20, 2019 1 Comment by

Confession time: I prefer Stanley Kubrick’s take on The Shining to Stephen King’s. That’s not a knock on King. I burned through the original novel in a couple days when I picked it up back in college. But precious little fiction in any medium can lay claim to the brooding menace that infuses every scene […]

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The Making of Alien Book Review

Aug 21, 2019 No Comments by

If you run in the circles in which I run, chances are you’ve been asked whether you prefer Star Wars or Star Trek at least once. The only answer to that question, of course, is Alien. Alien is such a part of our culture that it can be easy to forget what a revolutionary movie […]

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