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A willing inmate of his own prison: “Papa.”

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Truman Capote’s “Shut a Final Door”

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The Leaky Telephone: Asian Water Horror

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He served the Beatles’ music with unfaltering skill and imagination.

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David Lynch’s Phone Horrifics

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Telephones in British supernatural lit.

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A Brief History of a Crypto-Science

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David Thomson’s “A Child’s Voice”

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Robert Altman’s “Images”

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“When Michael Calls”

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“Night Call”

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Music as volatile as bare wires, as raw as a flayed body.

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He gave an embryonic rock‘n’roll its supernatural cred.

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John Holowach’s “Phone Call”

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Pugnacious literary critic and civil rights activist.

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He painted bizarre bone structure and fetal eyeballs.

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Bounteous, macabre, and inexhaustibly mysterious stories.

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Vlad the Impaler was happy to play the role of an absent God.

Glen Campbell

A reach for beauty to the exclusion of the world itself.

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He gave himself to Tiny Tim, and Tiny gave himself to us.

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He made it his business to be provocatively uncongenial.

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An outlaw hero who found mainstream fame.

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He gave Surrealism its smell.

Edgar Allan Poe

The tubercular cousin in our family of vigorous visionaries.