• Ameer Malik

    Horror during Wartime

    Thoughts on Babak Anvari’s film Under the Shadow

    March 16, 2017
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    I am fascinated by the horror genre. I read scary stories, watch horror films, and listen to creepy podcasts. My favorite works in this genre don’t just thrill me. They also rattle my mind and push me to grapple with heavy questions about human nature: about how humans react to threat or danger, or about […]


    A story of the near future

    February 23, 2017
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    Do you know that feeling, like a faint buzzing in the air, beneath the silence? A gentle vibration hidden under the surface of everything, below the stillness? It’s the trembling from our frightened souls, in the face of the belief many of us hold, but are not always aware of: Our lives do not belong […]

    portrait of a monster as a young man

    thoughts on the novel “loner” by teddy wayne

    February 23, 2017
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    [Trigger Warning: This article discusses sexual violence.]   Teddy Wayne’s Loner is not only one of the most disturbing and distressing novels I’ve ever read, it’s also one of the most important.   Wayne writes the story through the first-person point of view of David Federman, a first-year student at Harvard who is determined to […]

    bump in the night

    thoughts on an enlightening and frightening podcast

    December 1, 2016
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    Imagine sitting by a campfire in the woods on a dark, cloudy night. You feel the warmth of the fire, but you still wrap yourself in a blanket to protect yourself from the chilly breeze. Sitting next to you is a friendly and gifted storyteller. This storyteller reminds you of your favorite lecturers at university, […]

    page and screen

    thoughts on books, movies, and stories that travel across mediums

    October 27, 2016
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    I’m trying to overcome the idea that I’ve missed out on something when I only watch a film adaptation of a book without reading the source material. I’m sure I’m not the only one who wants to stop thinking this. We often hear the phrase “The book was better,” or we learn that a film […]