The Modest Proposal

Spring 2011

I recognize terror as the finest emotion and so I will try to terrorize the reader. But if I find that I cannot terrify, I will try to horrify, and if I find that I cannot horrify, I'll go for the gross-out. I'm not proud.
—Stephen King

In This Issue...


Art Imitates Life...and Death: A Conversation with Tom McLoughlin

A look back at Stephen King's Sometimes They Come Back


Review of I Kill Giants

A graphic adventure that overly panders to its imagined audience.


Review of The Grand Design

The newest high-profile intervention into the on-going God debate.


A Geologist's Ways of Seeing

How knowledge of the natural world changes your sense of landscape.


Why Steve Bissette's Blur Series is Important

Given publishing's new world order, how can we salvage books of collected film criticism?

The Modest Proposal is an electronic journal specializing in book reviews, emerging thought, and polemical essays of general interest. Direct all inquiries to the editor.