Articles from Helen
Check out what Helen has written about the state of genre fiction.
““The Specialist’s Hat” has become a touchstone for a number of overlapping literary movements (magic realism, slipstream, interstitial, metafiction, fabulation, weird fiction), and there is good reason for this. It infuses tropes drawn from Gothic tales such as Horace Walpole’s Castle of Otranto or ghost stories such as M. R. James’s classic “Oh, Whistle and I’ll Come to You, My Lad” with a playfully postmodern sensibility. The story has a peculiar lightness to it, as it weaves together children’s games, fairy tales, oral histories, and snatches of poetry whose deliberate awfulness amuses us even as it unsettles us.” — Sex, Death and the Man-Omelet in “The Specialist’s Hat”, Weird Fiction ReviewRead the Full Article
“A story works in the same way as a joke does, and also in the same way that a magic trick does: through misdirection and sleight of hand, by lulling readers when they are most tense, by changing the rules just when they feel most secure, and by playing scenes against type. . .” — “The H Word: Dissonance and Horror” at Nightmare MagazineRead the Full Article
“Sing Me Your Scars is not always a pleasant read. It’s hard not to squirm as the women in these stories are crucified, stabbed, beaten, bruised, surgically altered, and incised. But Walters gives her blend of body horror and splatterpunk a poetic treatment that elevates it from grindhouse to arthouse. Like the best horror fiction, this collection is at once subversive and invested in the peculiar delights of the genre. The result is a full-body experience, packed with gasps and shivers, pulse-pounding jolts and moments of intense instinctive recoil — shocking, yes, but completely enthralling and oddly uplifting as well.” — review of Sing Me Your Scars by Damien Angelica Walters at the Los Angeles Review of BooksRead the Full Article
“. . . Write your obsession. Write your kink. Write the thing that keeps you up at three AM, the thing that your girlfriend tells you is weird, the thing that deep down is most you at that stage of your life.” — Write Your Kink, CBC Books: Canada WritesRead the Full Article