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We love Electric Literature and we love Halloween, so what could be better than a spooky, literary costume party raising money for the magazine? The Ace Hotel hosted the second annual Genre Ball last Friday and writers, editors, and readers danced all night in garb inspired by their favorite literary characters and genres. (Check: author Tony Tulathimutte as The Legend of Zelda's Link, Book of the Month Club's Maris Kreizman as The Handmaiden Tale's Offred.) Live...
The Case Against Ghosts Ghost stories are bad, almost by definition. They rely on malevolent spirits who literally cannot touch us—and certainly can't kill anything. Zombies may not have the speed or the wits of the living, but they at least force us to run. Vampires, too, have their defects, but their bite is real. Ghosts, however, have to rely on smoke, mirrors, and boos to make their mark. This is not a good recipe...
The Love Witch is certainly the best (if not the only) gloriously colorful sexy witch movie you’ll see this year. Writer-producer-editor-director-production designer-costume designer Anna Biller’s film centers around Elaine (Samantha Robinson), a young witch who casts love spells with increasingly intense and troubling results. Biller’s vision is one of wild confidence: every detail, from a painting on the wall down to a pair of stockings, embodies an uncanny, 1960s-flavored aesthetic. The eloquent multi-hyphenate auteur...
In a room hung with blue and purple crushed velvet curtains, an actor, Matthew Korahais, plays an electric organ with one hand and gestures to a half-open coffin shaped like a Hostess Ho Ho. It's a coffin for kids who die young from tasty, nasty things—he sings this in rhymes, his face semi-sad. He's hilarious. Korahais' little scene is a comic interlude in Doomocracy, a house of real-life horrors created by artist Pedro Reyes, directed by Meghan Finn, and written...

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