The small press fiction horror community acts without consequence. This year alone we’ve seen a Jack Ketchum tribute anthology torpedoed because of a “lack of vaginas” and the Splatter Club group be steamrolled over in favor of the Deadite Press “old guard” launching the Splatter Punk Awards. Enough is enough. I take the whole scene down in 3 acts.
Act 1 A message to the new blood:
Act 2 On KillerCon and the Splatterpunk Award:
Act 3 Deadite Press, Hell Bound Books and the incestuous horror community:
Joshi is something of a magnet for detractors due to his outspoken criticism of weird fiction and its many authors. Most recently, Joshi drew the ire of one Brian Keene. Seeing as Keene would never see fit to have Joshi on his ‘Horror Show’ as a guest (he doesn’t live in Pennsylvania and isn’t friends with the host, after all), we here in Strangeville wasted no time in extending an invitation to the esteemed man who has made his life not only Lovecraft, but the slow creeping evolution of the weird tale.
Also covered: the veritable ‘who’s who’ list of Joshi detractors. See if you can catch your name in there! Joshi revealed to Maddux in the course of this interview that he has more than thirty projects in various stages of development, from memoirs to anthologies, his second collection of criticism (21st Century Horror) and even a novel called Something From Below. You can find out all you need to know at his website:www.stjoshi.org.
Jeremy Maddux goes full-on Howard Beale on a variety of topics, including the myth of toxic masculinity, scientific journals being full of shit, a politician laying the smackdown on a reporter and a slightly ‘meh’ response to Brian Keene excoriating him.