The Steel Monster - The Horrors of It All
The Horrors of It All is a long-running horror comics blog and general boon to weird-person culture. I love learning about the history of graphic storytelling through Karswell's work, and I was recently blessed with a piece of especially unexpected knowledge. The 1974 TV movie Killdozer has a much richer history than I ever knew. Check out a full scan of heavy-machinery-run-amok tale The Steel Monster and learn more.
So, look--I'll be frank: I think "Internet Art" as such is pretty much crap, consisting mostly of highfalutin' artists' statements attached to, like, Geocities-era GIFs (if only we knew how VERY avant-garde we were at the time). However, I am a BIG fan of unauthorized mischief particularly when directed at the sacred cows of modern art. This is an interesting application of technology in a way that is both essentially harm-free but also likely VERY aggravating to the bloated curatorial egos at a certain large art institution in New York City. I hope more cheeky creative people do more stuff like this, in different ways.
Victorian Penny Gaffs: Crime, Horror, and Murder - Diabolique Magazine
Diabolique Magazine has some really, really great writing on the history of horror entertainment, and this look at the theatrical productions based on penny dreadful stories further cements that publication's stellar reputation. Also this reminds me of one of the million-plus reasons I will never have a child: there's a not insignificant chance it would be named "Wagner the Wehr-Wolf." Thank you to my podcast cohost Jack for bringing this one to my attention!
Funerals Once Included Swag - JSTOR Daily
Even dying came with significant social obligations in pre-Revolutionary War New England.
I'm incredibly sad that Variety updated this article to reflect a more accurate plot synopsis of the Limp Bizkit frontman's upcoming movie. We shall always have this screen capture of Google's archived results, though.
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In closing: Seth W. on being fine without social media.