thoughts, with some frequency, on mostly books, scary ones, some new, some old, maybe some downright medieval, and some movies and music, maybe some pictures of or about or from those things


send me something: David Rice, raviddice@gmail.com

talk more about the personal experience of consuming the thing, rather than a straight review thereof. any medium, from anywhere or anytime. or multiple pieces, like the works of a given person. any length, any style.


talk about what it was like for you to go there, even if it was a long time ago and you’re never going back. or make something up: pieces on non-existent or not-yet-existent art are very welcome.


and it doesn’t have to be about art as such: it could well be a piece about a certain feeling or internal state or an inquiry into the nature of some dark phenomenon, a stab at something out there.





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  1. Dear Mr Rice,

    Didn’t we meet? Maybe in KC or St Louis? Anyhow your piece on country noir is certainly the best I’ve seen. Your understanding of the ambitions, aims and difficulties in achieving them underscores every insight. I know there are those saying I shit on “country noir” and the case is usually made by truncating my actual quote “Country noir isn’t even worth using anymore. Noir has just been beat to death lately, there are so many kinds of it out there.”
    I’m sure you’ve noticed that we now have Southern Gothic, Midwestern Gothic, High Country Noir, Desert Noir, Lesbian Noir, Rural Noir, Suburban Noir, Grit Lit and there are more. It is the term noir that has been elasticized to the point that I don’t find it useful as a descriptive—it actually obscures rather than clarifies. I dropped the term country noir in self-defense, basically, as it led to me being described as kindred to many kinds of writing that I don’t feel kindred to at all.

    Very fine article you wrote, and the term is likely permanent, just wanted to show appreciation of the thought and effort you put into this. And, between you and me, I am doing more fiction that will range these hills and hollers. including a new story online at Buffalo Almanack. People will call it whatever they want, the laws allows it, if only they’d quote me accurately.



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