Looking Into the Abyss examines the ways in which the visual theatre affects our understanding of the dramatic event. Arnold Aronson opens with an overview of scenographic concepts, including postmodern design and the use of new media in the theatre, and continues with analyses of the work of specific designers (including Richard Foreman and David Rockwell) and scenographic responses to playwrights like Chekhov and Tony Kushner.
In this collection of short stories Richard Thomas shows us in dark, layered prose the human condition in all of its beauty and dysfunction. A man sits in a high tower making tiny, mechanical birds, longing for the day when he might see the sky again. A couple spends an evening in an underground sex club where jealousy and possession are the means of barter. A woman is victimized as a child, and turns that rage and vengeance into a lifelong mission, only to self-destruct, and become exactly what she battled against. These 20 stories will take you into the darkness, and sometimes bring you back. But now and then there is no getting out, the lights have faded, the pitch black wrapping around you like a festering blanket of lies. What will you do now? It's eat or be eaten-so bring a strong stomach and a hearty appetite. Praise for ''Staring into the Abyss'' "The stories in STARING INTO THE ABYSS are little literary predators that are smart, savage, and stealthy, with a lethal pounce at the end. Readers who enjoy finely-crafted and genuinely disturbing dark fiction will love Richard Thomas's outstanding collection." -Lisa Morton, Bram Stoker Award-winning author of Monsters in L.A. "STARING INTO THE ABYSS by Richard Thomas is an outstanding book, a grim tapestry of broken lives and shattered dreams, of dark fantasies and dark reflections. It's one of the better single-author collections I've had the pleasure to read in recent years, and as such, gets my highest recommendation. It's also a fine testament to a talent I suspect we are going to be hearing a lot more from, and soon." -Kealan Patrick Burke, Bram Stoker Award-winning author of The Turtle Boy, and Kin. "With STARING INTO THE ABYSS, Richard Thomas takes you on a ride into a world of darkness and despair, punches you in the gut, and leaves you breathless. You'll hug your psyche a little tighter after reading." -Damien Walters Grintalis, author of Ink "STARING INTO THE ABYSS is gritty and ugly, seductive and sexy. Inside these filthy walls you will find everything you've ever feared you'd become; thugs, drunks, cons, prostitutes, murderers. Think of these pages as a mirror of what anyone--even you--can become, after just a few critical mistakes in life. Richard Thomas has proven time and again that he is one of the rising stars in the neo-noir culture. With Staring into the Abyss, he proves he has mastered it." -Max Booth III, author of True Stories Told By a Liar and Black Cadillacs "NO ONE DOES IT like Richard Thomas. Dark and disturbing, his unique blend of horror and noir digs its way into your psyche and leaves you begging for more." -C. W. LaSart, author of Ad Nauseam Reviews: "Richard Thomas may well be the best author that you haven't heard of yet...The longest story in the collection ['Victimized'] is...one of the best short stories that I've ever read. This kind of transgressive fiction is absolutely my favorite style of writing, leaning close enough towards horror to satisfy all of my darker urges." -P.M. Buchan, Starburst Magazine "Richard Thomas is a workhorse who is no stranger to dark fiction. But with his newest anthology of short fiction...[he] cranks the intensity up a notch while simultaneously turning the dimmer switch all the way down...Richard Thomas presents his gritty vision of despair at an unflinching, rapid-fire pace." -Sean Leonard, Horror News "This collection examines darker elements of the human condition with a mixture of wit and unflinching brutality...There are some great stories here, ranging from subtle humor to rushes of adrenaline. 'Underground Wonder Bound' had me practically euphoric with its pitch-perfect ending. 'Victimized' had me on the edge of my seat, completely wrapped up in the story and oblivious to the world around me." -The Indiscriminate Critic
In these provocative essays, one of our most distinguished historians looks into the abyss of the present. Himmelfarb exposes the intellectual and spiritual impoverishment of some of our most fashionable current ideas--and shows how the vogue for historical structuralism has made it possible to trivialize the tragedy of the Holocaust.
Manuel Gomez is a new breed of detective in the high tech world of cyber crime. A deaf mute from birth, he is able to communicate with the world around him with the help of his special glasses. Manual is called in to consult on the case of a young woman who was connected to a virtual reality site at the time of her death, an apparent suicide. He finds out that several other young women have committed suicide while connected to this same site. The research leads Manuel to a VR landscape designer who is being treated for a variety of psychiatric illnesses...
Since the Bible was first written, the book of Revelation has provided readers with a glimpse of what is to come. But even as the world rapidly fulfills the ancient Scripture, many still avoid its obscure, symbolic language, which often lends itself to fanatical interpretation. In Looking into the Revelation, a seasoned pastor uses various version of the Bible to provide a clear explanation of biblical texts relating to the end of the world as we know it. Dr. Boyd Gray, a minister with more than thirty years of experience, offers a comprehensive study from the premillennial view based on his opinion that the masses are either not ready for the return of Christ or have dismissed it as myth altogether. As Dr. Gray works his way through Scripture detailing the truths of John the Apostle and the predicted tribulations of the Antichrist, he demonstrates through his interpretations that God’s Word is the truth—a message he hopes will motivate sinners to heed the Lord’s gracious call to salvation. Looking into the Revelation shares a careful examination of biblical text that seeks to encourage people of all faiths to reexamine their lives and their beliefs and to fall in love with the Lord Jesus Christ.
Capitalism, the Environment, and Crossing from Crisis to Sustainability
Author: James Gustave Speth
Publisher: Yale University Press
How serious are the threats to our environment? Here is one measure of the problem: if we continue to do exactly what we are doing, with no growth in the human population or the world economy, the world in the latter part of this century will be unfit to live in. Of course human activities are not holding at current levels—they are accelerating, dramatically—and so, too, is the pace of climate disruption, biotic impoverishment, and toxification. In this book Gus Speth, author of Red Sky at Morning and a widely respected environmentalist, begins with the observation that the environmental community has grown in strength and sophistication, but the environment has continued to decline, to the point that we are now at the edge of catastrophe. Speth contends that this situation is a severe indictment of the economic and political system we call modern capitalism. Our vital task is now to change the operating instructions for today's destructive world economy before it is too late. The book is about how to do that.
Serial Killer William Zamastil, the Victims, and Other Killers
Author: Steve Daniels
Category: Criminal profilers
Veteran criminal profiler Steve Daniels takes a detailed look into the behavioral intricacies that separate contract killers from sexual deviants, highly organized planners from low-functioning opportunists.
Covers authors who are currently active or who died after December 31, 1959. Profiles novelists, poets, playwrights and other creative and nonfiction writers by providing criticism taken from books, magazines, literary reviews, newspapers and scholarly journals.
Simon D. Podmore claims that becoming a self before God is both a divine gift and an anxious obligation. Before we can know God, or ourselves, we must come to a moment of recognition. How this comes to be, as well as the terms of such acknowledgment, are worked out in Podmore's powerful new reading of Kierkegaard. As he gives full consideration to Kierkegaard's writings, Podmore explores themes such as despair, anxiety, melancholy, and spiritual trial, and how they are broken by the triumph of faith, forgiveness, and the love of God. He confronts the abyss between the self and the divine in order to understand how we can come to know ourselves in relation to a God who is apparently so wholly Other.