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Lovecraft on the Pampas: A Discussion of “There Are More Things” by Jorge Luis Borges

SPECIAL GUEST ARTICLE written by: Anthony Perconti

The Jorge Luis Borges story “There Are More Things”, is dedicated to the memory of HP Lovecraft. This is a very fitting sentiment considering that this story is a Borgesian pastiche of Lovecraft. It is a fascinating turn for Borges, given the fact that he was such an original voice. He was a vastly prolific writer who had the inherent ability of conveying dense amounts of information in the least amount of space possible. For Borges, brevity was virtue rather than a vice. In this tale, the author manages to insert many of the story beats that were a mainstay in the works of HPL, while adding some distinctly Borgesian flourishes. When compared to the rest of the Borges cannon, “There Are More Things” is somewhat of an anomaly; it is an interesting departure. It is not however, a typical Borges story.
A nameless narrator (with a PHD in Philosophy), returns to his home country of Argentina in 1921 to pay his respects to his recently depart…

REVIEW: Rattlesnake Rodeo by Nick Kolakowski

Spoilers follow for the Boise Longpig Hunting Club.

Rattlesnake Rodeo picks up right whereBoise Longpig Hunting Clubleft off. Jake, his wife Janine, and his sister Frankie have just survived a version of the Most Dangerous Game, sponsored by one Tom Baker, where they were hunted by a selection of the 1% including politicians, CEOs, and other power players. Only now they get to deal with the fallout of having killed some very powerful people.That fallout comes in the form of Karen Baker, Tom’s sister, who is a former prosecutor and has more than enough money to be dangerous. Thanks to keeping digital tabs on her brother, she knows that Jake and his family are responsible for her brother's death, but rather than going out for blood she uses that leverage to turn the three into her own assassins…all to kill a young boy.What are the three to do when Karen seems to have all the cards: hired guns, crooked cops on her payroll, the justice system in her pocket, etc.This is a novel with alm…

WORST LAID PLANS: An Anthology of Vacation Horror (Grindhouse Press)

Reviewed by Gabriel Hart for ECR. There's a special place in Hell for the ironic synch of a vacation horror anthology released during an international pandemic. Think about it: We are confined indoors, our spring/summer plans cancelled, as we stare out our windows with renewed fear and loathing for the future - assuming there is one. Yet, at times the lockdown resembles certain suffocating aspects of vacation  - we are trapped with our families, bickering with our parents, lovers and/or children, drinking way too much, eating just because we are bored, while the outside world takes on the stuffy, detached nature of a museum we might one day visit: Don't fucking touch anything!

            And let's not forget – those whose job it was to navigate have given us bad directions, and now we've found ourselves hopelessly lost.            So, we actually need horror right now more than ever - anything to remind us that it could always be worse. We need the catharsis that only …

Possession: A Film that Freaks Out So We Don't Have To

Gabriel Hart reviews Possession, starring Isabelle Adjani and Sam Neil, Directed by Andrzej Zulawski 1981


Nothing prepares you for it.

It crashes in with inherent black magic. Beyond the emotional toll, there is the paralyzing shock bleeding into pangs of nausea, initiating an extended physical effect on you, its plaything. Reality warps into a frightening, paranoid funhouse mirror where it proves difficult to trust even your longest-standing loved ones, as things are no longer what they seem. But its real insidiousness unveils itself here: where if it befalls you in multiple spells, every time will feel like the first time all over again.

Conversely, nothing prepared me for the first time I saw what is now my favorite film, Possession by Polish renegade auteur Andrzej Zulawski. I was neck-deep in the throes of being cheated on by a woman a decade my junior, and lucky me – I got to be her lesson in the consequences of lying, of manipulatin…

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Skin Stories: Wendy Heard

One of the things I love most about Twitter is that I constantly find new books and the amazing people who wrote them. Wendy Heard is one of them. I won’t spend the entire intro on fanboy stuff. Instead, I’ll say this: do yourself a favor and go read Heard’s latest, The Kill Club. You can thank me later. In any case, I knew Heard had some ink, so when I decided to bring Skin Stories back to life here at EconoClash Review, she was at the top of my list. Yeah, let’s kick things off in style with Wendy Heard, shall we?

Gabino Iglesias: Tell us a bit about you and your work!

Wendy Heard: I'm Wendy Heard, and I write thrillers for adults and young adults. My last book out was called THE KILL CLUB, and my next is a YA thriller called SHE'S TOO PRETTY TO BURN. I can be found on the socials at @wendydheard.

GI: What was your first tattoo and why did you decide to get more? 

WH: I got my first tattoo at age 21, and it was Very Bad. Here's the thing. I was in art school, and I wanted t…

Shaken Not Stirred: 24 James Bond Films Ranked

Attention Thrill Seekers: the 25th film in the billion dollar James Bond franchise is coming out very soon. Just not as soon as originally planned due to Global Pandemic. So we here at ECR have decided to take a moment and rank them all in order. This list has a license to kill other inferior lists. That's right thrill seekers! That means that this list is the official Econoclash Review Ian Fleming's James Bond 007 Eon productions franchise list. (we are not affiliated with the franchise) We will not include any movie not part of the Harry Saltzman/Cubby Broccoli/Broccoli Family Canon. (sorry, not sorry Never Say Never Again and 1967 Casino Royale as well as earlier made for tv Casino Royale with Americna Jimmy Bond) Enough of our monkey junk let's breakdown the winners (Connery, Lazenby, Craig) from the losers (Brosnan) And everyone in between, (Moore, Dalton)

I've been a life long Bond fan. Yes, I am aware that it is straight male wish fulfillment increased beyond th…

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