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The Violent End of Female Childhood: Kathe Koja's Unique Take on the Vampire Tale in "Baby" from *Velocities*

The Violent End of Female Childhood: Kathe Koja's Unique Take on the Vampire Tale in "Baby," from Velocities(Velocities was published by Meerkat Press, 2020)
I'm often impressed by honest-feeling images of femininity, particularly those parts of female life that go unexplored in art: sexuality, sacrifice, deception…. In the case of Kathe Koja's "Baby," Koja's perspective on girlhood and its loss in the love of a boy — maybe even girlhood's untimely destruction for a boy — had me really captivated.
"Baby" tells the story of the life of the narrator's (a teenage girl) "familiar" — a not-alive-not-dead baby doll that the young narrator once found in her grandmother's attic, stuffed in big box of dresses and high heels, chiffon scarves and evening bags. This doll-like creature — which the narrator believes is both alive and yet also artificial — "fastens on" and (presumably — his was first published in a Datlow-Wi…

Unusual Links — July 16, 2020

Poetry Daily featured JJ Peña's sharp and dark "yo te sigo queriendo" on 7/14 at https://poems.com/poem/yo-te-sigo-queriendo/Artist Relief is providing $5000 grants to US artists facing financial emergencies due to COVID-19. https://www.artistrelief.org/Stefan Grabinski "Masters of the Weird Tale" series of dreamy, surreal illustrations for Centipede Press (featured above) https://www.behance.net/gallery/35017445/Stefan-Grabinski-Masters-of-the-Weird-TaleZoetrope, Francis Ford Coppola's lit magazine https://www.all-story.com/Spooky and unsettling Android and iPhone games from Rusty Lake http://www.rustylake.com/ -- Tab Mix; July 16, 2020

Revamping This Site: New Blog Content Coming Soon

I've been working on revamping this site and turning my blog into a place to gather up all the unique literary and art finds I make, reviews of the work I've been reading, and other things like that.
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