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My name is Matt Bowes. I used to sell comic books in Edmonton, Alberta and have a degree in English. My interests include comics (obviously), typography, tiki culture, mixology, Regency England and film history, among other things.

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Media Consumption 2016
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Here’s a list of the media I consumed in 2016. Let’s start off with “Sitting in the Dark With Strangers”, which is a list of movies I’ve been doing for like ten years now. While I technically watched 122 movies this year (according to letterboxd) these are the ones t...
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Media Consumption 2015
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Here’s a list of all the media I consumed in 2015. First off, Sitting in the Dark With Strangers, my yearly list of movies in order of how much I liked them. I saw most of these in theatres in regular release, but I’ll mark off ones that I saw on VOD or at a […]
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Followup Questions: An Interview with Kier-La Janisse, editor of Satanic Panic!
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Last month I reviewed Satanic Panic, a collection of essays examining the decade-long freakout over supposed Satanic influences across American media. It’s a fantastic introduction to the social mores of the period, and sheds light on a lot of the country’s Puritannical tendencies, an...
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Review: Satanic Panic: Pop-Cultural Paranoia in the 1980s (2015)
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While it may have laid down roots in the late Sixties and Seventies, with the blockbuster success of films like Rosemary’s Baby (1968) and The Omen (1976), or with the resurgence of interest in occult matters after the founding of Anton LaVey’s Church of Satan, the “Satanic Pani...
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Late to the Party: The Shining Girls, by Lauren Beukes (2013)
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In 1989, a university student and aspiring journalist named Kirby Mazrachi is horribly attacked and mutilated by a would-be killer while walking her dog on the beach of Lake Michigan in Chicago. Her attacker seemingly disappears into nothingness, and by 1992 Kirby finds herself slowly becoming ob...
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Late to the Party: Flashman, by George MacDonald Fraser (1969)
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Musical Accompaniment: “The Rake’s Song”, by The Decemberists Harry Paget Flashman is basically a real asshole, but he’s an entertaining one to say the least. After getting kicked out of Rugby School in the late 1830s for “excessive drunkenness”, the young, ric...
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Review: The Mystics of Mile End, by Sigal Samuel (2015)
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The study of the Tree of Life is one of the most hallowed and important facets of Jewish mysticism. The allure of “climbing” the tree, of learning more and more and eventually ascending into another form, is so enticing, that the study of this branch of Kabbalah is for the most part only allowed ...
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Review: Consumed, by David Cronenberg (2014)
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Musical Accompaniment: “The Purple People Eater”, by Sheb Wooley “Electronic stores in airports had become their neighborhood hangouts, although more often than not they weren’t there at the same time. It got to the point that they could sense traces of each other among th...
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The Man Who Saved Henry Morgan, by Robert Hough (2015)
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Musical Accompaniment: “Bully in the Alley”, one of the sea chanties in the Assassin’s Creed 4: Black Flag OST (Nils Brown, Sean Dagher, Michiel Schrey and Clayton Kennedy.) “As I said, it was a pretty little place, with no way to fend off the unwashed likes of us. Still, ...
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Review: Claire DeWitt and the Bohemian Highway, by Sara Gran (2013)
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“I hugged myself against the cold. The fog of the Kali Yuga. Paul deserved so much better. He deserved a grand theft, a jewel heist, a murder by a crazed fan. Paul deserved to die in a duel, to tumble down the Himalayas, to be mauled by wildcats on the Serengeti. Instead, some asshole wante...
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