Sarah Stewart – ‘Migraine’ (work-in-progress)

Migraine Daggers at my eyes. Not daggers, not sharp stabs. Rather skewers, the kind that pierce cooked lamb – skewers of pain, interrupting a deeper, more consistent vice-like grip. Not a grip, not like a claw. A containment. A clutch. A soupy embrace, overfamiliar, leeching over eye       ear        jaw      neck     shoulder This is not the worst part. This is … Continue reading Sarah Stewart – ‘Migraine’ (work-in-progress)

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Jane Alexander – On writing uncanny short fiction

For the past few years I’ve been deeply immersed in all things uncanny; in March of this year I completed a doctoral research project into a contemporary, technological uncanny, a creative writing PhD that explored how uncanny short fiction can illuminate and interrogate contemporary experiences of science and technology. My research took the form of … Continue reading Jane Alexander – On writing uncanny short fiction

Sara Wasson – The Uncanny as Secret Script, and the Uncanny and the Social

[My discussion below is partially excerpted from Chapter 5 of my book Urban Gothic of the Second World War]  Many people have observed that Freud’s essay on the uncanny is itself a kind of uncanny short story, as well as itself a form of literary criticism on E. T. A. Hoffman’s short story “The Sandman” … Continue reading Sara Wasson – The Uncanny as Secret Script, and the Uncanny and the Social