Author Archives: rpfox

About rpfox

Writer of short, strange fiction. Dabbles in graphic design a bit. Enjoys walking. Does not enjoy sea food.

In The Sprawl Of The Outer City The Stench Became Narcotic (China Miéville, ‘Looking For Jake and Other Stories)

In China Miéville’s London there are shadows, and there are shadows. There are the shadows thrown by what we see and what we assume, and what we’re familiar with enough to no longer notice. The long stretch of non-sunlight cast … Continue reading

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Definitely A New Century (Steven Soderbergh’s ‘The Knick’)

The deepest incision made in The Knick, Steven Soderbergh’s debut expedition into television drama, is into the social. The world in which the Knickerbocker hospital exists is consumed by fin-de-siècle desperation; a simultaneous brushing-under-the-carpet of the barbarism of the near-past … Continue reading

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He Knew The Pain Would Come Later (Nathan Ballingrud, ‘North American Lake Monsters’)

There is a moment at the end of the eponymous story in Ballingrud’s collection where our principal character, Grady, returns to the implacable corpse-thing he and his daughter discovered the day before on the lake shore. Previously, the dead thing … Continue reading

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Of Clerking And Of Slaughtering (Alasdair Gray, ‘Lanark’)

Nicola Sturgeon wants Scottish legislation by Scottish MPs. A rightful request, given the political fissure caused by the not-inconsiderably close result in the 2014 independence referendum. Given the iron-clad confidence of the SNP’s political swaggering since, you might be mistaken … Continue reading

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An Even Leafier Land Not On The Map (Dennis Potter, ‘Hide and Seek’)

When people are reminded of Dennis Potter, certain things will always bubble to the surface, archipelagic images insistent on being associated with the man: Michael Gambon’s hospitalised skin. Mary Whitehouse. The Devil raping a disabled girl. Gina Bellman’s eyes. Michael … Continue reading

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The Night Intervened (John Bowen’s ‘Robin Redbreast’)

This singular, occult-themed 1971 Play For Today has experienced a long-overdue reassessment in recent years due in no small part to the BFI’s DVD release and also to growing interest in Folk Horror as a genre. Comments about the play’s … Continue reading

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Some Thing Borrowed: Homage and Repetition in Horror Cinema (Jennifer Kent’s ‘The Babadook’)

(Probaby contains spoilers…) The Babadook is a refreshingly good Horror film. When was the last time there was a child actor part this good? I’m thinking The Orphanage. And for Horror to feel so small-scale, even claustrophobic, in its visual … Continue reading

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