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Carol

Carol Borden was editor of and a writer for the Toronto International Film Festival’s official Midnight Madness and Vanguard program blogs. She is currently an editor at and evil overlord for The Cultural Gutter, a website dedicated to thoughtful writing about disreputable art. She has written for Mezzanotte, Teleport City, Die Danger Die Die Kill, Popshifter and she has a bunch of short stories published by Fox Spirit Books including: Godzilla detective fiction, femme fatale mermaids, an adventurous translator/poet, and an x-ray tech having a bad day. Read and listen to her other shenanigans at Monstrous Industry. For her particular take on gutter culture, check out, “In the Sewer with the Alligators.”

Becoming Swamp Thing

Swamp Thing first shambled into my heart with Alan Moore, Stephen Bissette and John Totleben’s The Saga of the Swamp Thing #24-64 (DC, 1984-7). At a time when I was reading mostly alternative comics, Swamp Thing brought me back to DC, Vertigo, and, eventually, superhero comics. It’s appropriate […]

Fantasia 2022: Convenience Story (Japan, 2022)

The Gutter’s own Carol is reporting back from the Fantasia International Film Festival with a review of Satoshi Miki’s Convenience Story (Japan, 2022): Kato (Narita Ryo) is a screenwriter. You might not have heard of his movies, but he’s reasonably successful. He makes a living, but feels professionally […]

Fantasia 2022: Cult Hero (Canada, 2022)

The Gutter’s own Carol is reporting back from the Fantasia International Film Festival with a review of Cult Hero (Canada, 2022). Cult Hero (Canada, 2022) is a new entry into the proud and storied tradition of low budget Canadian exploitation films, from the Canadian tax shelter films of […]