Like a lot of folks, I knew the work of California’s mad genius Phillip K. Dick, well before I’d ever cracked open one of his books. Well before he began popping up in the zeitgeist of the 21st century.
PKD's literary world consists of trenchcoats, cigarettes, and brunettes. All surrounded by a cosmos full of powerful technology serving (or using) simple human beings, lulled into easy belief. Soon, dear Thrill Seekers, this reality--like a whipcrack--vanishes. At that moment, PKD unleashes monstrous paranoia by deploying psychic terrorists, deranged bureaucrats or omnipotent hallucinations. All usually backed by the quarterly earnings of the Corporation. These things have become hallmarks of most modern Science-Fiction. The films of Terry Gilliam, whether realized or not, have frequently mined PKD's mountain.
Despite the inherent visuals in the language, PKD uses these genre trappings to elevate his stories into high art and examine the human condition. PKD's' character…
EconoClash Review(Quality Cheap Thrills) is a biannual print journal of Genre Fiction.
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EconoClash Review believes in free speech and wants to provide our readers with a much needed escape into other worlds. We like stories about Weirdos, Criminals and Pregnant Prom Queens going to great lengths to destroy or keep the status quo. HOWEVER, we don't want erotica, or pornography, or torture-porn-erotica between characters of any age, race, species both real or fictional. Nothing gratuitous. Avoid the tropes best you can. Just because we want GENRE doesn't mean we want STALE.
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DO NOT TRY THIS AT HOME! A recent trend on social media, tells you to start "X" movie at "X" time on December 31st. Doing so will cause a character to say their catchphrase directly as the clock strikes midnight, thus ringing in the new year. BORING! If you're seeking cheap thrills this New Year's Eve, look no further!
BEYOND THE VALLEY OF THE DRINKING GAME ITEMS NEEDED:
1. A bottle (or two) of your favorite libation. 2. A copy of 20th Century Fox's, "BEYOND THE VALLEY OF THE DOLLS" 3. A friend or two, so you're not laughing your ass off alone!
The GAME RULES are SIMPLE: 1. Open your favorite Libation. 2. Start the movie. 3. Every time you see TITS or ASS, take a drink. 4. Every time you see simulated Coitus, take a drink. 5. Any time you see an Actor BLINK, take a drink.
Due to the Machine Gun Rapidity of the editing, this …
SWITCHBLADE Magazine, the sharpest Noir anthology this side of the big five, just released its fourth issue, featuring such yarn spinners as A.B. Patterson, Lisa Douglass, Keith Rawson, Max Sheridan, Pearce Hansen, Henry Brock, Nick Manzolillo, as well as others. Oh, Sugar, yours truly is lucky enough to be included in that mix too. SB continues to push the envelope of crime/thriller/noir ficition with each issue. Managing Editor, Scotch Rutherford, was gracious enough to answer a few questions about publishing in the indie world and offers advice on avoiding the honey-traps. So buckle up as Scotch encourages everyone considering to DIY to "Go BIG or GO HOME!"Congratulations on the release of Switchblade Issue 4 and making it through your inaugural year. Do you feel that you met your goal as an editor/publisher? How did you adapt your approach to succeed? Thanks. Sure. The goal was to make it through four issues. Also to innovate with each issue. Meeting the quarterly deadlin…