The American writer and thinker Victoria Nelson is justly revered by afficionados of the Weird for The Secret Life of Puppets and its follow-up Gothicka. Both are masterful explorations the supernatural as it subsists in the "sub-Zeitgeist" of the modern secular West. In 2021, Strange Attractor Press released Neighbor George, Nelson's first novel. In this episode, JF and Phil discuss this gothic anti-romance with a mind to seeing how it contributes to Nelson's overall project of acquainting us with the eldritch undercurrents of contemporary life.
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Victoria Nelson, Neighbor George
Victoria Nelson, The Secret Life of Puppets
Victoria Nelson, Gothicka
Wendy Lesser, American critic
Ward Sutton Onion cartoons
Extension, metaphysical concept
Terry Castle, The Female Thermometer
Cessation of Miracles, theological belief
E. E. Evans-Pritchard, Witchcraft, Oracles, and Magic among the Azande
Greg Anderson, “Retrieving the Lost Worlds of the Past: A Case for the Ontological Turn”
Orcus Grotto, sculpture
Margaret Atwood, The Edible Woman
Nathalie Cooke, Margaret Atwood: A Biography
Weird Studies, Episode 96 on Beauty and the Beast
M. C. Richards, “Wrestling with the Daemonic”