Motel Hell (1980) Review

One of my faves that I saw in the theater…

Rare Horror


Some horror movies you watch for the fear factor, some for the gore. And then there are the ones you watch because they’re just so damn fun.

Motel Hell is one of those movies. This is a wildly nutty, unapologetic romp that may make you think twice before wolfing down that sausage patty.

Farmer Vincent (Rory  Calhoun) and his sister Ida (Nancy Parsons) run the Motel Hello located in a quaint little rural town. People come from miles around for the hospitality, but mainly for Vincent’s delicious home-smoked meats, which are the best meats around. But those meats are made with a special ingredient, and it ain’t just love. It comes from Farmer Vincent’s secret garden out back – and it’s what’s in the garden that makes his meat so goshdarn good. Because as Vincent himself says “It takes all kinds of critters to make Farmer Vincent’s fritters”.


Motel Hell…

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Issue 18.1 has Launched!

Lots of wow right here.


Issue 18.1 is now available in print! The newest issue was officially released last week at a gala and presentation by Sherman Alexie at Arizona State University in Tempe. Purchase the issue now and finish reading Alexie’s interview with Critical Essays Editor Travis Franks, alongside:

poetry by Michael Wasson, LeAnne Howe, Tacey M. Atsitty, Anna Osceola, Lois J. Red Elk-Reed, Shauna Osborn, Crisosto Apache, Trevino Brings Plenty,Sara Marie Ortiz, Daniel Becker, Karenne Wood, Velma Kee Craig, KT Omonomonee, Kyle Grant Wilson, Millissa Millie Kingbird, and Truman Peyote

fiction and drama by Jaisey Bates, Jimmy Lee Beason II,  and Natanya Ann Pulley

nonfiction by Diane Glancy, Beverly Singer,  Elizabeth Archuleta

art by Kathy Whitman-Elk Woman, Cannupa Hanska Luger, and Stephanie Allen

We’d like to offer a special thanks to our dedicated staff, and to the crew at JC…

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Quick Note — It’s Official Release Day

Just a quick note–it’s Official Release Day for The Faster Redder Road: The Best UnAmerican Stories of Stephen Graham Jones! 22% off today!

So yeah, that was it. Thanks so much for all your support. Oh. This is what they’re saying:

“This collection showcases the best writings of Stephen Graham Jones, whose career is developing rapidly from the noir underground to the mainstream. The Faster Redder Roadfeatures excerpts from Jones’s novels–including The Last Final GirlThe Fast Red Road: A PlainsongNot for Nothing, and The Gospel of Z–and short stories, some never before published in book form. Examining Jones’s contributions to American literature as well as noir, Theodore C. Van Alst Jr.’s introduction puts Jones on the literary map.”


“Stephen Graham Jones does for the literary world what Andy Warhol did for the visual arts: turns the common into the extraordinary, makes the low high, and absolves the sins of our literary pleasures. Like a madman in a factory, Jones produces one terrifying masterpiece after another–he is a superstar, and his brilliance will burn way longer than anyone’s fifteen minutes of fame.”–Ito Romo, author of The Border Is Burning

Snapshots, a prose poem by Tiffany Midge (Me, as a Child Poetry Series)

Excellent work from #TiffanyMidge

Silver Birch Press

by Tiffany Midge

I. April, 1969 “…they are fighting again.” ~ Walter Cronkite

They are fighting again. My plastic, green soldiers are marching across the dense shag carpet capturing POW Fisher Price animals and GI Joe action figures. They are fighting again. Barbie and Skipper are taken hostage by Ken and drowned in the bathtub. They are fighting again. My Black baby doll Tamu is tortured by the Velveteen Rabbit, her talking string gets stuck on one lonely phrase, sock it to me baby, sock it to me baby, sock it to me baby. They are fighting again. My Etch-a-Sketch draws a picture of military intelligentsia popping war buttons and planning strategic defenses. They are fighting again. The Brothers Grimm are cutting fillets of Hans Christian Andersen’s little mermaid and choking the princess on her pea. They are fighting again. Betty and Veronica turn Jughead’s and Archie’s top…

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Zibaldone – Voices

Very interesting. “It is well-known that the most important innovations in Leopardi’s language affect the signifiers more than the signified: traditional literary language is used to convey contents of compelling modernity, so that it sounds old-fashioned, backward and dull. “



Lessico leopardiano – a new project about Giacomo Leopardi’s thought

by Martina Piperno (University of Warwick)

Lessico leopardiano is an interdisciplinary and inter-faculty project that was started in La Sapienza, Università di Roma and is directed by Prof Novella Bellucci, Franco D’Intino and Stefano Gensini. The research team is composed mainly of PhD students, post-docs and young researchers, and is one of the widest in the academic world, involving around thirty people. The project was launched in 2011: a conference on this topic was organized in Frascati (Rome) in May 2011 and in the same year the first publication was released, Per un lessico leopardiano (Rome: Palombi, 2011).

The project was re-funded in 2012, and the team is now working on a new publication, expected for the end of 2013. The 2011 book was extremely dynamic and various, comparing different methodological approaches; the research group is now working on a…

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