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Mike Thorn

My fiction has been published in numerous anthologies and magazines, including DarkFuse #5, Turn to Ash Vol. 0, and Straylight Literary Arts Magazine. My criticism has appeared recently in MUBI Notebook, The Film Stage, and Vague Visages. Darkest Hours, my debut short fiction collection, is slated for a November release with Unnerving. Connect with me on Twitter @MikeThornWrites.

Too Old to Die Young Essay - 2019 Amazon Series by Nicolas Winding Refn and Ed Brubaker

Numbness and Arousal in the Post-Postmodern Apocalypse of ‘Too Old to Die Young’

“Taken as a whole, ‘Too Old to Die Young’ is a summative statement on genre, aesthetics and the crumbling American psyche, delivered with a fury sublimated in neon glow. It is a major work of art.”

The Texas Chain Saw Massacre Movie Film

Tobe Hooper’s ‘The Texas Chain Saw Massacre’ Offers a Close-Up Look at Cosmic Pessimism

“Under its brutal dissembling of anthropocentrism and customary moral divides, ‘The Texas Chain Saw Massacre’ points to the terror of a harsh and uncaring universe.”

Korn - Untouchables

Formative: Korn ‘Untouchables’ (2002)

“Davis’ mandate has always been to offer solace for sad kids, but his lyrics reside more often in the inescapable experiences of pain, isolation and frustration than in the pursuit of recovery.”

The Black Cat Movie Film

Mythic Conduits for Intimate Pain in Edgar G. Ulmer’s ‘The Black Cat’

“While ‘The Black Cat’ does not share many explicit connections with Poe’s 1843 story, both texts use archetypal symbolism to explore painfully intimate experiences (in Poe’s case, addiction and mental disarray, and in Ulmer’s case, psychological trauma).”

Advice for Taxidermists and Amateur Beekeepers - Book Review

Book Review: Erin Emily Ann Vance’s ‘Advice for Taxidermists and Amateur Beekeepers’

“‘Advice for Taxidermists and Amateur Beekeepers’ succeeds not only as a realist narrative about family, loss, sex and death, but also as a quietly reflexive genre piece.”

Sophy Romvari Interview - It's Him

Some Kind of Connection: Loss and Technology in the Films of Sophy Romvari

Mike Thorn Interviews Filmmaker Sophy Romvari

Fated, Faithful, Fatal: Ranking and Reviewing 25 years of Marilyn Manson

Mike Thorn on 25 Years of Marilyn Manson

Vague Visages Short Stories: Mr. Mucata’s Final Requests by Mike Thorn

Vague Visages Short Stories #12: Mr. Mucata’s Final Requests by Mike Thorn (Calgary, Alberta)

Eli Roth Replaces Trademark Irreverence with Quiet Reverence for ‘The House with a Clock in Its Walls’

“Ultimately, it seems that the film’s pleasant and inoffensive affect is exactly what Roth intends. The work is unassuming, competently handled and ably colored within its established lines. It aims clearly and unwaveringly to please a young target audience.”

Music for a Brutal, Contemporary Planet: A Selective Alice Cooper Retrospective

Mike Thorn on Alice Cooper’s ‘From the Inside, ‘Special Forces’ and ‘Brutal Planet’

The Digital Perverse: Dario Argento’s ‘Dracula 3D’

“This filmmaker’s oeuvre has never been a showcase of ‘good taste’ or conventional demonstrations in character/story development, so why should we expect him to play by the rules now?”

Devious Dialogues: Mike Thorn and Anya Stanley on the ‘Insidious’ Franchise

“Well, we’re definitely in agreement that ‘Chapter 2’ is the best of the series!”

Devious Dialogues: Mike Thorn and Anya Stanley on the ‘Psycho’ Franchise

“I’ll even go so far as to say that the sequel is just as satisfying as the original, in my eyes.”

Devious Dialogues: Mike Thorn and Anya Stanley on the ‘Child’s Play’ Franchise

Mike Thorn and A.M. (Anya) Novak look back at the series entries and provide their thoughts on the newest addition.

Andy Muschietti’s ‘It’ Struggles with Adaptation

“As an adaptation of a great 20th century novel, ‘It’ completely misses the mark.”

Devious Dialogues: Mike Thorn and A.M. Stanley on ‘The Texas Chain Saw Massacre’ Franchise

Mike and Anya submitted this draft on August 25, 2017 — one day before Tobe Hooper passed away at age 74.

Review: ‘Like Jagged Teeth’ – Betty Rocksteady’s Supernatural Bad Dream Novella

“By constantly re-emphasizing Jacalyn’s inability to confront the undeniable horror of the unfolding scenario, Rocksteady achieves a powerfully oneiric tone throughout.”

Book Review: Gender and Genre in Aaron J. French’s ‘Festival’

“On the levels of craft and form, this is undoubtedly the work of a skilled writer.”

Vague Visages Short Stories: Speaking of Ghosts by Mike Thorn

Vague Visages Short Stories #6: Speaking of Ghosts by Mike Thorn (Calgary, Alberta)

Pain and Three Kinds of Death in Dustin LaValley’s ‘A Soundless Dawn’

“Above all, it’s about style. LaValley plays fast and loose with grammar and punctuation, paying mind to cadence and tone.”