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Aditya Mani Jha @aditya_mani_jha
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<A tweet of appreciation for Kelly Link @haszombiesinit who was awarded a well-deserved MacArthur "Genius Grant" yesterday. KL's one of the finest writers of what Lovecraft called 'weird fiction', an extremely rock-and-roll blend of F, SF and Horror. The key is TRANSGRESSION>
<Just like Carmen Maria Machado employs --- and frequently upends ---- the genre conventions of Horror to make larger socio-political points, Kelly Link roots her horrors in the seemingly mundane. Until the point you realise that the mundane is horrific all by itself>
<Recommended: her collection MAGIC FOR BEGINNERS. The story STONE RABBITS still gives me goosebumps. So naturally, after I read about her MacArthur last night, I had to re-read on the cab ride to office today. And now I have demonic bunnies in my head. Thanks for nothing, Kelly>
<But seriously, it's so amazing to see these prestigious, BLUE-CHIP awards going to writers who engage with genre conventions instead of looking down upon 'em. More power to KL and her tribe!>
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