Reading J.R.R. Tolkien by Audiobook and Adaptation: Thoughts on a Portland Discovery (#tolkienreadingday) — A Pilgrim in Narnia

It was pouring rain in Portland as Nicolas and I wove our way through the artisan-filled streets of this renewed East Coast City. I love Portland, though we were not visiting on the best of circumstances. Just a couple of hours earlier, with too little sleep, Nicolas and I had left a sunny Boston behind. […]Continue reading “Reading J.R.R. Tolkien by Audiobook and Adaptation: Thoughts on a Portland Discovery (#tolkienreadingday) — A Pilgrim in Narnia”

“The Song of Sighs” (2013) by Angela Slatter — Deep Cuts in a Lovecraftian Vein

I am hidden, but lovely, O ye daughters of darkness, as the dreams of Great Old Ones as the drowned houses of R’lyeth —Angela Slatter, “The Song of Sighs” in Weirder Shadows Over Innsmouth 169 The pathos of “The Shadow over Innsmouth” is that the nameless narrator does not know who he is. What should be […]Continue reading ““The Song of Sighs” (2013) by Angela Slatter — Deep Cuts in a Lovecraftian Vein”

The 80’s Horror Film That Ushered in the 90’s

It was in the spring of 1991 that I first watched the theatrical release of what I would many years later come to consider one of the most underrated horror films of all time: Warlock. Technically an 80’s film, at the time it seemed to be ushering in a brand new decade of horror; oneContinue reading “The 80’s Horror Film That Ushered in the 90’s”

“Joy Beyond the Walls of the World, Poignant as Grief,” with J.R.R. Tolkien and Frederick Buechner — A Pilgrim in Narnia

This week, I have decided to share my thoughts about Frederick Buechner‘s recent book, The Remarkable Ordinary: How to Stop, Look, and Listen to Life (2017), and to share some highlights from the text. Drawing materials from his memoirs in a storied approach to his life, Buechner wants to draw out how the transformational moments are […]Continue reading ““Joy Beyond the Walls of the World, Poignant as Grief,” with J.R.R. Tolkien and Frederick Buechner — A Pilgrim in Narnia”

Vintage SF Month: Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury — Every Day Should Be Tuesday

It is accepted that we live in an Early Dystopian State.  Claiming that we are merely decadent is what passes for optimism these days.  The real debate is not whether things are bad but over which dystopian novel best reflects our current and coming dystopia.  The Handmaid’s Tale is a popular choice despite making no […]Continue reading “Vintage SF Month: Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury — Every Day Should Be Tuesday”