G. M. Palmer – Renew, Dear Spring, the Beaten Path of Verse
How well I remember the awe and exhilaration that possessed me upon first reading Shelley’s Ozymandias or Tennyson’s Ulysses, some thirty years ago. With the guidance of a good English professor, I witnessed the impermanence of power in Shelley’s vision of a toppled statue in the sand; my spirit soared with the irresistible quest for…
Eyes Over Romania: Dracula Survives
Claudia Moscovici, via Literary Kicks, says, “As a native Romanian who is also a novelist, I’m very intrigued and, frankly, somewhat baffled by America’s obsession with vampires and the Dracula legend.” Read the entire article here, including Claudia’s list of five possible reasons we are fascinated by vampires, followed by some discussion.
Mark Teppo’s Unifying Theory of Urban Fantasy and Aleister Crowley’s Bad Rap
“Aleister Crowley gets a bad rap,” says Mark Teppo, guest-blogging on Jeff VanderMeer’s Ecstaic Days. “As a fabulist,” continues Mark, “(Crowley has) a boundless imagination that is like quicksilver and lightning in a bottle. Yeah, I know, that verges on nonsensical, but whatever it is, it must be in constant motion, right? Violating all sorts of…