H. P. Lovecraft has pioneered much of the horror genre by himself, touching on an absolutely dazzling array of themes and concepts that have endured up until this very day. While most people know him as the creator of the Cthulhu Mythos there is indeed much more to his writings. For instance, he authored a few timeless stories which are centred around the macabre idea of conquering death at all costs, and what follows is a look at three of the most popular ones, the last of which you may already be familiar with: “Celephais”, “Cool Air”, and “Herbert West – Reanimator”
Amor Towles seems to have a unique talent for depicting the first half of the twentieth century and taking us into the minds of special individuals who find themselves on the most unexpected roads towards self-discovery and personal enlightenment. In his latest and highly-acclaimed work, A Gentleman in Moscow, Towles presents us with a time period often overlooked and merely glanced over at best in Western education: turbulent Russia during the 1920s. More specifically, we make the acquaintance of Count Alexander Rostov, an aristocrat who never worked a day in his life, now finding himself under house arrest in the attic of a grand hotel. As the years of revolution and conflict quickly shape the country, the Count finds, in his isolation, a rather unexpected path to spiritual growth.
H. P. Lovecraft has been one of the most influential horror writers of all time, pioneering many of the concepts and tropes we’ve come to enjoy time and time again in all kinds of media. It is safe to say that without his groundbreaking work, we wouldn’t be enjoying the likes of Stephen King and his peers. Among the many short stories he wrote where Dagon, Nyarlathotep and the all-time famous The Call of Cthulhu , all three revolving around the theme of ancient and otherworldly gods coming to Earth.
J.D. Vance opens up to the world about his life and takes us on a difficult and thought-provoking tour of his past spent growing up in poverty and abuse in America’s Rust Belt, casting the light on a declining part of American culture many choose to shamefully ignore.
He calls upon us to witness the hidden misery insidiously poisoning the working class in what is a desperate cry to get people to notice what’s happening right under their noses and finally do something about it. There is no pampering or hand-holding; only the often-harrowing and heavy truths Vance saw for himself.
Truman Capote may very well have revolutionized the world of journalism when he wrote the novelized yet non-fictional account of the Clutter family murder, but more than that, he created one of the most powerful and compelling true crime narrations that takes us into the emotional and psychological depths of the American tragedy.
Praised by one side and criticized by the other, In Cold Blood remains a rather controversial book to this very day, one that is nevertheless deemed an important milestone in American literature.