Dead Love: Best Zombie ...

Just received the best zombie Christmas gift EVER: zombie finger puppets. Thanks to ZIA members and zombie sweethearts MB and JBK for the digital magic. They are made by Archie McPhee, which bills itself as “slightly less disappointing than most companies,” and they are...

Dead Love: Octavia E. B...

I think authors make the best revenants. Even the dead ones rise again and take a bow every time someone reads one of their books. My head’s bent today over the last page of Fledgling, a vampire novel by African American science fiction writer Octavia Estelle Butler, who not only...

Dead Love: Post Apocaly...

Sometimes the attraction is purely chemical. Sound, color, raga—here’s my poem for a new year … Post Apocalyptic Raga In this bloody barbecue of a sunset gulls sweep over the salt sea where it has turned incarnadine, like manganese chloride tetrahydrate, not like flamingos,...

11. Blame it on the Fug...

Then I pushed the thought aside. Ryu sighed. His white teeth flashed for an instant, then the smile disappeared. “Ahhh, so we’re in a mood tonight, are we? What’s wrong Ryu? Are you sad?” Ryu did look sad. True, I hadn’t known him long, but I had never seen him that way. “What are you...

Dead Love: Erin’s...

I am frankly envious—color me ghoulish green—of all those Christmas letters. I do think they are horrid things for the people who receive them and wonder: Who is this guy? How come I wasn’t included in the year of glorious fun? I was there; why are all those “famous friends” mentioned...