Genteel Monsters and the Apocalypse

I had the pleasure of writing about the artwork of Travis Louie for my latest article over at Weird Fiction Review. Dressed in fine Victorian garb and having the most sensible of constitutions, Louie’s hybrids blur the line between human and monster. Short 3rd person narratives accompany most of the portraits and give us humorous insights into the lives of these “others.” We begin to see that these genteel monsters operate more as grotesque mirrors of our own culture.

And a few weeks ago, I was interviewed by one of my former students concerning the story I wrote for the Apocalypse? How!  I had the chance to talk a bit more about the grotesque in art and literature and how this once ornamental aesthetic now functions as rhetoric. Go to the Westword blog for the article.


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