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This Man Who Disappeared Was The Devil: Shirley Jackson’s Lottery Collection and The Occult

A friend of mine—whose last name is literally ‘Friend’, because sometimes the Universe feels the need to make things obvious for us—contacted me early one morning to say, “Reread the short stories in The Lottery by Shirley Jackson and watch out for James or Jim Harris,” and I, sufficiently intrigued, and not having read much Jackson since finishing We Have Always Lived In The Castle, opened the book and recalled,

The Alchemical Devilry Finale, Part IV: The Symbols of Alchemy, Practical Applications, and the Mathematics of the Psyche

When we discuss alchemy, what we are really discussing is not the process of making vulgar gold, as common thought would have it; what we are instead discussing is a psycho-spiritual phenomenon which is experienced by way of projection. It makes use of the idea that man is a microcosm representing the macrocosm, and that the universe is a macrocosm which represents the microcosm. Because of the language of alchemy

The Alchemical Devilry Series, Part III: The Master and Margarita, The Man Who Sold The World, And The Nature of Artwork As Faustian Contract

You look like a perfectly rational sort of person, and I certainly know that I am, which is why I am always a little flabbergasted to find myself sitting down and writing essays about contacting the Devil. Again, when I say ‘the Devil’, I mean the chthonic personification of the unconscious, a Mercurial archetype which both favors and tests man. When I talk about artists ‘contacting the Devil’, or the

“Two Snapshots of A Drowning Girl” Now Available at Fictionaut!

Two short Susan stories that make one nice, upsetting pair. Click here to read them at Fictionaut.

Modern Vampires: Hannibal, Sparkles, And Hybristophilia

Hybristophilia is a concept which has been gaining interest for some time, particularly from a literary standpoint. A hybristophile is best described as some who loves their partner because of a serious crime, often violent in nature. When we think of the word, we think of Myra Hindley, or Ted Bundy’s legion of fan-girls. Crazy women, we think. Lunatics! What woman would write to someone like that, let alone participate!

Publishing in the Modern Age: Why I’ve Warmed Up to the Idea of Independent Publishing

We’ve all got dreams, but especially writers. Even if they don’t directly entertain them, or they’ve buried them, or they’re cynics or realists or whatever reason they have–even they have a private space in the very back corner of the brain, home of the What-If. Sometimes they catch the What-If behind them in the mirror while they shave. Sometimes the What-If drifts beside the bus or train window. Sometimes the

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