Writer: Mike Allen
Weird Tales Story: An Invitation Via Email (Issue #350, May/June)
Writer Bio: Mike Allen lives in Roanoke, Va. with his wife Anita, a comical dog and a demonic cat. He’s the editor of Clockwork Phoenix and Mythic Delirium. His most recent fiction has appeared at Helix and Cabinet des FÃƒÂ©es. His usual blog is here.
Once upon a time my wife and I went out with another couple for the dinner-and-a-movie thang.
Everyone else looked to my guidance to pick the film we would see. I chose Requiem for a Dream, and thrilled at every brain-frying, stomach churning minute of it. Roger Ebert describes Requiem as “a travelogue of hell,”and it is. I became so caught up in the aggressively beautiful way that drug-induced doom overtakes and demolishes each character that it didn’t even occur to me that my companions might not be having the great time that I was.I emerged from the theater agog, and exhilarated … and the couple who came with us came out, well, quiet. Anita finally took me aside and informed me that if our companions had had any idea what they were in for, they would have begged to see something else. The movie left them shellshocked. It did me too, I suppose … but I like being shellshocked by an entertainment.Why is that? From whence grows the root for this love of the disturbing?