Ache Man

by John J. Miller on August 22, 2014 · 0 comments

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Here’s my article on the ghost story writer Robert Aickman, from the Wall Street Journal.

It might be said that Aickman perfected the surreal ghost story—not surreal in the way that slang has cheapened the word to mean the merely offbeat but rather in the original sense, suggesting a combination of elements that the conscious mind cannot explain. Reading one of Aickman’s ghost stories is like looking at a painting by Salvador Dalí: Much of it is comprehensible, but parts lie beyond the reach of ordinary interpretation, in a realm of dreams and irrational impulses.


My long article on H.P. Lovecraft in the Claremont Review of Books is now available online. It dives into the Cthulhu Mythos, of course, but also attempts an apologia for horror as a literary genre:

Horror, in any case, is more than a genre: it’s a technique that great writers have used from the earliest times. Homer is full of horror…


Gifted, Part Deux

August 15, 2014

My article on The Giver has snuck out from behind the National Review firewall. Enjoy it on NRO here. The movie, starring Jeff Bridges, is now in theaters.

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Give & Take

August 14, 2014

Listen to my audio interview on the movie The Giver with Michael Flaherty, president of Walden Media. The interview is a special digital edition of Imprimis, the publication of Hillsdale College. My National Review article on The Giver–the book behind the film–is here.

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July 26, 2014

My article on The Giver–the book behind the forthcoming film–is in the new issue of National Review. The editors headlined it “A Gift for Freedom,” which I guess is a reference to my book, A Gift for Freedom. You got that immediately, right? Anyway, read the article, then see the movie!

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Absolut Karloff

July 17, 2014

Another favorite Absolut ad. For my musings on mummies, go here.

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