Adam Parfrey was an American writer, editor, and publisher whose work centered on unusual, extreme, or “forbidden” areas of knowledge. He is perhaps best known for (1989), which he co-edited with Bob Black. Rants and Incendiary Tracts
Rants and Incendiary Tracts (1989)
(1989, above) is an anthology of 56 pieces of Rants and Incendiary Tracts invective in the style of (1929) by Hugh Kingsmill. An Anthology of Invective and Abuse
Thanks to the death of Adam, I watched
(1955, above) The Hate That Hate Produced
By the way, can anyone illuminate me on the cover photo of
The Eye of the Beholder” (1960) is an episode of the American television anthology series The Twilight Zone. Its theme is aesthetic relativism.
It is a prime example of the
American fantastique, the fantastique being a sensibility which is a sibling of horror, fantasy and SF, and child of speculative fiction.
You can watch the full episode (only about twenty minutes) here
I previously mentioned this episode here
(2014) American Grotesque: The Life and Art of William Mortensen
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I discovered the work of American photographer
William Mortensen in May 2005 via the photo . It is the photo of the face of a man whose eyes are gouged out by the pointing fingers of one hand. Human Relations
Coming November Feral House is to publish
. American Grotesque: The Life and Art of William Mortensen
A fitting title.
Although it could also have been named
… American Surrealism
When I think about the
American grotesque, I think of Poe and Bierce, of Weegee and Arbus, of . Ren and Stimpy
And perhaps now of William Mortensen.
PS. On the cover is
, an offshoot of the L’Amour dark fin de siècle fascination with human female/ape contact.