Remember when Rick used to be horrified when he used his gun? And because he was, so were we. That’s missing now in The Walking Dead.
Page of Reviews mastermind Adam Shaftoe had been laid low, so he asking me to contribute something.
My piece “Why it’s Hard to Make Horror for TV (or “Why I stopped watching The Walking Dead”)” discusses the topic of horror and what makes something horrifying versus thrilling. I talk about how our tastes in horror have evolved, mostly in response to what we are able to deal with as a society.
And as a jaded society that can get real-time footage from a war zone, what’s left to horrify us? Rather than the extremes, it’s small changes to our assumptions about our everyday life.
Stop on my and give it a read!
I have an article up on Adam Shaftoe’s Page of Reviews about the divisions and definitions in genre literature, and why it might be time for us to start thinking about what makes a good story rather than fighting over whether it is or isn’t sci-fi.
In August, AE: The Canadian Science Fiction review published my short story Ascension, which is about the zombie apocalypse told from a zombie’s point of view. Some would say this alone makes it a horror story. Yet it also deals with mass consciousness and the transcendence of the physical to the purely mental―the zombie apocalypse as the singularity―topics normally found in science fiction.
So, is it then a sci-fi story?
My question is: does it even matter? And are these divisions hurting us as a community?
Head over to Page of Reviews to read it all and let Adam know you were there by leaving a comment.
Over on his Page of Reviews website, Adam Shaftoe has reviewed my latest story “Ascension” (which can be read on AE: The Canadian Science Fiction Review).
Adam begins with:
What to say about Ascension? I suppose I could come out and say that it is the best piece of horror fiction that I’ve ever read. Although, I’ve been told that a good reviewer is never supposed to be so direct in their praise as it may come off as being too obsequious. But when a story works as well as this one does, there’s really no need to be circuitous with the praise.
And ends with:
Matt Moore has proven his masterful talent in using flash fiction to create a rich and thoughtful world. Ascension emphasises the living in “living dead” to create a unique demarcation from the established forms of zombie/horror fiction. Now will somebody please give Mr. Moore a bucket of scotch, an empty room and a blank cheque so he can write a novel of this calibre.
In between, he discusses a lot of the issues and ideas I tried to put into this story… and even some I was not aware I had addressed.
Many thanks to Adam for his thorough, thoughtful review.
If anyone had a bucket of scotch they want to donate, contact me using the links at right.
Adam Shaftoe has posted my review of Cowboys & Aliens over on his Page of Reviews website. A quick preview:
Alien exploitation of Earth’s natural resources as a metaphor for the white conquest of Native American cultures. A blending of the American Western and Science Fiction themes of utopian visions, including the sacrifices needed to achieve them. An eye-popping cinematic blend of science fiction’s wondrous visuals and the sweeping vistas of a Western.
Cowboys & Aliens is none of these things.
What is it is? A fun romp. Just don’t think too much about it.
Adam has also posted reviews of my short stories “Full Moon Hill” and “Touch the Sky, They Say” and we got together to do an interview not to long ago.
The front door of his site can be found at http://www.pageofreviews.com/.
Many thanks to Ken Berndt and The Comic Book Shoppe for the free pass that got me in to see this movie before its release!