One of the things I love about the internet is the countless possibilities and variety available at a mouse click. Yet with the billions (trillions?) of web sites, blogs, etc. available out there, most people have a stable of sites they return to again and again. They fill our “Favorites” and “Bookmarks”, clutter up our desktops and can provide entertainment, contemplation, beauty, whimsy, insight, arousal – an endless buffet of experiences.
This is the first in a series of blog entries about my favorite web pages and blogs. I know. I know. Blogging about blogs is cliché, but I think the mix of people who come to my blog is eclectic enough that I may be able to turn some of you on to wonderful things you might not otherwise see. Some of what I highlight may not be your liking, but I bet I’ll eventually hit on something you do like. And, let’s be realistic – reading blogs is like trying a food you’ve never had before. You really don’t know if you’ll like it until you try it! Think of it as internet sushi…
I can’t think of a better place to start than Curt Purcell’s The Groovy Age of Horror, one of the first places I go on the internet when I’m looking for fun. Curt writes insightfully about so many things that it’s hard to pick among them. His obsessions run from paperback novels about swinging London in the 60s to meditations on the meaning of superheroes. His friend Jakko provides regular glimpses of the world of fumetti – Italian horror comics that mix crazy sex and violence into a mash-up that redefines the word outrageous.
Whether he’s discussing supernatural horror or the decline of brick and mortar bookstores, Curt’s prose is sharp and relentlessly intelligent. An added feature of his site is his novel-in-progress Night Falls on a Fairy Tale, which contains elements of folklore, horror, eroticism, and fantasy. Also look for a wide variety of video clips on his blog. From music and video game trailers, to captured commercials, the selections are always entertaining.
After you’ve read Curt’s latest offering, his blog roll is a who’s who of great sites on a stunning array of topics, all selected with the same bizarre but delightful taste he brings to his own writing.
The net is full of sites that reflect the varied interests of their authors, but very few do the job with the wit and intelligence of Groovy Age of Horror. Curt definitely wins a “You Never Know What Wonder You’ll Find” Award, and his blog makes the world groovier and more horrible in the best kind of way.