To know the Nightmare Factory Book Club is to revel in genetic anomaly. Our members are celebrated for their exquisite, phenotypic eccentricity, and our pursuit of absolute, biological perfection has been known to turn heads the full 360°. To this end, we were delighted to indulge in Eutopia: A Novel of Terrible Optimism by David … Continue reading The Nightmare Factory Explores The Darkness That Hides in Eutopia
Statisticians tell us that, in any group of people, roughly one-third of their members are secretly cloth-and-porcelain simulacra assembled from scraps by the Mad Puppeteer. Look to your left. Now, look to your right. If there were no marionette strings ascending to the heavens from the arms and legs of your neighbors, odds are you're … Continue reading The Nightmare Factory Plays In The Dollhouse That Is The House Of Small Shadows
The strangest thing happened this month at the Nightmare Factory clubhouse. Joe was reaching for our copy of House of Leaves to read us all a story before lights out when he accidentally bumped the bedside table and knocked it behind the giant bunk bed we all share. When Jerome crawled back there to get it, … Continue reading The Nightmare Factory Book Club Has Discovered That House Of Leaves Is Bigger on The Inside!
For the month of March, the Nightmare Factory Book Club has been circling the city of Austin like a swarm of sharks hypnotized by a premonition of gore in the water. BookPeople, situated at the nexus of this vicious loop, has already begun to feel an ominous tugging at its periphery as the centrifugal force … Continue reading The Nightmare Factory Book Club Spirals Into Terror With UZUMAKI
There are an exceptional few performers who have elevated the craft of stand-up comedy to an honest to goodness art form. Infusing the formula with absurd honesty, surreal world building, or just a singleminded dedication to absolute, neurotic truth, these champions of the spoken word have devoted their lives and livelihoods to skirting the line … Continue reading The Stand Up Sit Down Book Club Yells “It’s A Wrap!” With Patton Oswalt’s Silver Screen Fiend
Thomas W. Recommends: Suicide Squad by Tom Ostrander & Luke McDonnell I'm sure I'm one of only a few people who have ever asked the question what if the Dirty Dozen had superpowers? Luckily for me one of the people who asked that question was John Ostrander, who also answered that question in 1987 when … Continue reading #2016ComicBookRenaissance Staff Selections (2.17.16)
The skies over Austin are awash with phantasmagoria on the third Tuesday of every month. Like clockwork on some planet where clocks keep track only of the passage of Tuesdays, enigmatic shadows with burning, red eyes are seen floating in a most peculiar way before descending through the treetops to land at the entrance to … Continue reading The Nightmare Factory Book Club Met The Mothman And Lived To Tell About It!
Come one, come all! Step right up into the healing spark of the Nightmare Factory Book Club! No matter the malady, regardless of ailment, if you accept the infernal circuitry of the Nightmare Factory, your problems will be forgotten, and the pure vision that is unspeakable chaos will be granted unto you. The secret electricity … Continue reading The Nightmare Factory Experiences The 5th Great Awakening With Stephen King’s REVIVAL
Don't Suck, Don't Die: Giving Up Vic Chesnutt by Kristin Hersch Don't Suck, Don't Die. Truer words have never been spoken about the art of performance, especially so for Athens, Georgia based Vic Chesnutt. a paraplegic since the age of 18. Every show, every tour, every album he lived by that code. Constantly angry and … Continue reading Joe Johnston Turner’s Favorite Books of 2015 in Alphabetical Order (Part 1)
John Waters - gay pope of trash and vile connoisseur of low culture - attempted something extraordinary, risking life, sanity, and intestinal fortitude for art (or a queasy approximation thereof). Terminally in between films, the notorious, lowbrow director of Pink Flamingos, Cecil B. Demented, Hairspray, and a dozen more celluloid slimeballs walked out of his … Continue reading The Stand Up Sit Down Book Club Gets Carsick With John Waters