The Hardest Working Man in Weird Fiction: A Jeff VanderMeer Interview
This interview first appeared on Literary Kicks on December 19, 2008. In 2018, Paramount pictures will release Annihilation, a film based on the novel by Jeff VanderMeer, starring Natalie Portman and Jennifer Jason Leigh. In close proximity to primordial Florida swamps, branch-shrouded canopy roads, and Kafkaesque state capital intrigues, Jeff and Ann VanderMeer are Tallahassee’s…
Just Because You’re Seeing Things Doesn’t Mean They Aren’t There
Lots of good study material on Nabokov’s shortest short story, Signs and Symbols. I personally think Nabokov’s general idea was this: The young man is considered insane because he fears inanimate objects, but by the end of the story, we fear the telephone because of the potential message it might convey to the elderly couple.…
Creepy Cut-Up, sort of
Astral Weeks columnist Ed Park finds that horror story quotes take on a life of their own (via the Los Angeles Times). While assembling my notes for a review of the Library of America anthology “American Fantastic Tales: Terror and the Uncanny” (Library of America, two volumes, edited by Peter Straub: “From Poe to the…
My VanderMeer Interview
Literary Kicks has posted the interview I did with fantasy/horror/weird tale author Jeff VanderMeer.