Evening Signals is a monthly column by James Pate, exploring the Baroque, the Gothic, the Weird and the Fantastique in contemporary poetry and fiction.

Evening Signals is a monthly column by James Pate, exploring the Baroque, the Gothic, the Weird and the Fantastique in contemporary poetry and fiction.

James Pate’s Evening Signals: Candice Wuehle’s “Death Industrial Complex”

"We talk about cult movies, even cult books, as having a “cult following” in order to describe the passionate but relatively small fan base of that work; and yet buried in that phrase is the notion of the cult – that group who has torn itself away from consensus reality to form their own counter reality." — James Pate

James Pate’s Evening Signals: Germán Sierra’s “The Artifact”

"Here, fiction is never used to illustrate theory. Rather, the concepts are expressed in language so particular, and in circumstances that create such specific moods and ambiences, that to try to extract the theory from the fiction leads to a reductive misreading of the text. " - James Pate

James Pate’s Evening Signals: Candice Wuehle’s “Death Industrial Complex”

"We talk about cult movies, even cult books, as having a “cult following” in order to describe the passionate but relatively small fan base of that work; and yet buried in that phrase is the notion of the cult – that group who has torn itself away from consensus reality to form their own counter reality." — James Pate

James Pate’s Evening Signals: Germán Sierra’s “The Artifact”

"Here, fiction is never used to illustrate theory. Rather, the concepts are expressed in language so particular, and in circumstances that create such specific moods and ambiences, that to try to extract the theory from the fiction leads to a reductive misreading of the text. " - James Pate

About the Author

James Pate teaches creative writing, literature and philosophy at Shepherd University. His books include The Fassbinder Diaries (CCM, 2013), and Flowers Among the Carrion (Action Book Salvo Series, 2016). His work has appeared in 3:AM Magazine, Black Warrior Review, Burning House Press, Blue Mesa Review, Berkeley Fiction Review, and Occulum, among other places.

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