• Remembering Charlee Jacob: Monsters of the Psyche

    Remembering Charlee Jacob: Monsters of the Psyche0

    Charlee Jacob’s 1998 story “The Border in Zen” is set after a nuclear war and takes place in a village named Persephone’s Pity. Here, the people lead a peaceful, ecological, egalitarian existence, eager to avoid the atrocities of the past. But this post-apocalyptic culture has a darker side: a preoccupation with the sullying of innocence.

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  • Remembering Charlee Jacob: Cities and Guises

    Remembering Charlee Jacob: Cities and Guises0

    Charlee Jacob’s novella “Up, Out of Cities that Blow Hot and Cold” – which debuted in the 2000 collection of the same name before being reissued as a standalone book – is a story that takes the concept of urban decay literally. All around the world, cities are being hit by disasters: the Eiffel Tower

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  • Remembering Charlee Jacob: Dread in the Beast

    Remembering Charlee Jacob: Dread in the Beast0

    Bodily fluids flow freely through horror fiction. Whether the substance in question is sucked out by vampires or splattered across walls by serial killers, there is a good chance that a novel of the genre will contain its share of blood, brains and viscera. In the more erotic corners of horror literature, readers are apt

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  • Remembering Charlee Jacob: Haunter or Soma

    Remembering Charlee Jacob: Haunter or Soma0

    Charlee Jacob invoked atrocities from across human history in the same way that a Romantic poet might invoke the Arabian Nights. Sometimes she delved into the past and found inspiration in such familiar horror reference points as Jack the Ripper, Elizabeth Bathory and the witch-hunts; other times she ripped tales of murders and warfare from

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  • Remembering Charlee Jacob: This Symbiotic Fascination

    Remembering Charlee Jacob: This Symbiotic Fascination0

    Having spent years charting a landscape of atrocity, degradation and twisted ecstasy across her short fiction, as discussed in the previous post in this series, Charlee Jacob made her debut as a novelist in 1997 with This Symbiotic Fascination. This novel tells the story of two employees at an electronics shop, Tawne Delaney and Arcan Tyler;

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  • Remembering Charlee Jacob: Dark as Ever

    Remembering Charlee Jacob: Dark as Ever0

    “I want to be the woman in red,” says Grace to her tattooist. It is the latest step in her journey of transformation. Grace has tried dressing in red, adorning herself with an array of sanguine garments: “Rustling scarlet taffeta. Crimson velvet as thick and soft as bat flesh. Wine colored underthings clinging like guilt.”

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