Darkest Hour didn’t go anywhere, I walked away. The DC band performs and records melodic death metal, with varying degrees of musician moments since Darkest Hour’s inception twenty odd years ago. Sometimes, they go a bit prog or power metal. But Darkest Hour’s through line remains Swedish melodic death metal.
They’re blue chip American longhairs who play the genre with frankly bankable ferocity. A Darkest Hour record is fast, precise and heavy isn’t news, that’s a fair description of their entire catalog. (Incidentally, try their 2005 record, Undoing Ruin.)
“In recognition of the legacy of Shirley Jackson’s writing … the Shirley Jackson Awards have been established for outstanding achievement in the literature of psychological suspense, horror, and the dark fantastic.”
In the course of reading too much, I came across J.K. Rowling's pseudonymous detective novels. The genesis is cool: After The Casual Vacancy, Ms. Rowling wrote The Cuckoo's Calling under the name Robert Galbraith, presumably to get out from her shadow.
As our first year of operations comes to a close, The Matador Review is taking steps to further our investment in the world of art and literature. Come 2017, we will begin offering an internship program targeted to college students. Those not in college may apply, but students will take precedence as we want to ensure they get academic credit.
Joseph Spece (TMR: Summer 2016) may be most well-known for his poetry, having won a Ruth Lilly fellowship in 2009 and a MacDowell Colony Fellowship. In addition to his own creative endeavors, Joseph promotes those of others; in 2011 he founded the SHARKPACK Poetry Review “as a ‘space for pithy, incisive reviews of contemporary poems and poetry of the living past—poems as stand-alone art objects, extant outside the context of books and anthologies.’” In 2014, The SPR Annual arrived.
When Stephanie Scott (TMR: Summer 2016) was published in our first publication, she was working with Chicha Radical, coordinating and delivering aid to families affected by the 7.8 earthquake that hit Ecuador in April of this year. Lately, the “On Shelter, Home and Beauty” writer has been spending her time working as an elementary and middle school teacher in the rural Amazonía of Ecuador. Her work is possible through the Arajuno Road Project, an organization devoted to supporting “healthy communities and a healthy natural environment in the Ecuadorian Amazon.”
Philadelphia’s Moonstone Arts Center describes poet Susan Charkes (TMR: Summer 2016) as “poet laureate of that tiny multiverse off to your left.” Charkes has worked on several books (two can be found here) centered around the Philadelphian and Pennsylvanian wilderness, and regularly contributes to her local literary scene.
Charkes will be a featured poet in the 2016 Featured Writer’s Anthology published by Moonstone Arts Center. On December 11th, there will be a launch party for the anthology, with featured readings from Charkes and other contributing poets.
Chicago-based artist Aaron Wooten (TMR: Summer 2016) will have his work featured throughout New Year’s at the Jackson Junge Gallery in Chicago, Illinois.
Aaron has contributed to the Chicago art scene for nine years, after picking up painting as a hobby ten years ago. “He paints cityscapes, political cartoons, portraits, pretty girls and nudes. He's been mentioned in The New York Times, Chicago Reader, Red Eye, Art & Beyond and a number of other national and international arts magazines and journals.”
The Pushcart Prize-nominated short story “Spring” (TMR: Summer 2016) by Illinois writer K.V. Peck was awarded an Honorable Mention in the Mainstream/Literary Short Story category of the 85th Annual Writer’s Digest Writing Competition. Out of the 6,000+ contest entries, “Spring” was listed amongst 501 winners.
In March of this year, Chris Campanioni’s (TMR: Summer 2016) memoir Death of Art was released by C&R Press. Within its pages, “Death of Art dissects post-capitalist, post-Internet, post-death culture; our ability and affinity to be both disembodied and tethered to technology, allowing us to be in several places at once and nowhere at all.”
I thought this would be a fun way to break in the new "Blog" section of our website. The following works have been nominated by the editorial board of The Matador Review for the 2018 Pushcart Prize anthology.