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daciana – color theory – a work of original fiction

In childhood, my father and step-mother dressed my sister and I in white and soft blues, the colors of robin’s eggs and forget-me-not flowers and the portraits of Christ’s mother Mary in church. They were the colors of purity, chastity, and virtue, our father said. Grown women in the congregation were allowed pastels of other…

daciana – immersion – a work of original fiction

The fountain in the middle of the restaurant was just deep enough to drown a man or baptize him, and I fidgeted nervously, unsure of which of those the day might have planned. I hadn’t seen Micah since I was a kid. My memories of him were good enough–laughter, a quick wit, and an impossibly…

Top 13 Most Disturbing Horror Films I’ve Seen

Some people like horror movies that they can watch, get spooked by, and then put aside, only remembering if there was a deep social message or a particularly cool kill or villain. It’s a valid desire, and one I frequently have myself. As a collector of deep cut, so-bad-its-hilarious horror films, I can’t help but…

art dump pt. 3

Please excuse my continual neurodivergent burnout. Have some arts.

Nope and the Psychology of Trauma On-screen

The trailers, posters, and advertising make it very clear: this is a movie about alien(s). At least on the surface. But like all of Peele’s films, this film has a deep social context and meaning. Nope, to put it quite simply, is about trauma and the reaction to it. At least from my reading.

Movie Review: Men by Alex Garland

In the spirit of putting up a wordy movie review as promised prior, I have opted to review one of the films of all time, surely, which I definitely have a lot of thoughts about even if none of them are good. Written and directed by Alex Garland (Ex Machina and Annihilation), the film stars…

Book Review: House of Leaves

This book is a masterpiece of post-modernist horror, taking you through a journey with it’s artistically printed page layouts, which only add to the terror somehow.

Book Review: Pet Sematary

How does one speak about the horror and insanity of grief? The great poet Rumi wrote: “Don’t grieve. Anything you lose comes round in another form.” But… I don’t think Rumi predicted Pet Sematary.  “When the Creeds move into a beautiful old house in rural Maine, it all seems too good to be true: physician…

Apologies for Hiatus and Future Posts

Work has been difficult, culminating in my getting physically assaulted by someone at work. Not badly! Just. Sucks. Migraine from having cigarette smoke blown into my face was the most thing. But I have a few things coming down the pipeline including, more book reviews, some film reviews, deep dives, and listicles. The following are…

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