Carol Borden is a child of the Rust Belt. Maker of weird artsy things. Writer and purveyor of crazy talk. Bringer of the wrong. Evil Overlord and Comics Editor for The Cultural Gutter. Member of Fox Spirit Books’ skulk.
Right now, I’m consolidating all my disparate business here, in particular essays from The Cultural Gutter and posts from film festival blogs. The blog posts were intended to be ephemeral, but I’ve grown sort of attached to them. Ideally, though, Monstrous Industry will become a wrongness all its own.
The Cultural Gutter is a website dedicated to thoughtful writing about disreputable art. I’ve written for The Gutter since 2006 with my first Guest Star article, “Catwoman: Silicon-Injected” and ascended to the Evil Overlordship in something like fall, 2007. In 2011, Carnegie-Mellon University’s ETC Press published The Cultural Gutter, a collection of articles from our website.
My book, The Secret Diagrams of Mantis Fist! (2016) was recently published by The Cultural Gutter Press. The book features illustrations by author and illustrator, Evan Munday, and design by Andrew Nahem.
I’m proud to be a member of the British Fantasy Award-nominated Fox Spirit Books‘ skulk of writers. My work appears in their anthologies: Weird Noir (Fox Spirit, 2012), Noir Carnival (2013), Drag Noir (2014), The Girl At The End Of The World (2014), Things in the Dark (2015), Piercing The Vale (2016), You Left Your Biscuit Behind (2016) and Respectable Horror (2017). And Pornokitsch published, “The Lost City Of Osiris; A Tale Of Western Adventure” as part of their weekly fiction series.
I’ve written for the Toronto International Film Festival’s Midnight Madness Programme Blog (older site, here) from 2007-2015 and have been the blog’s editor since 2011. I have been editor of (and contributor to) TIFF’s Vanguard Programme Blog since 2012. In 2016, TIFF programmer retired the blogs and replaced them with a Facebook presence, which I edited. I contributed to the ActionFest Film Festival Blog in 2011 and 2012. I have republished many of the pieces I wrote for those film festivals here.
I have appeared on a bunch of podcasts: The Projection Booth, Beth Loves Bollywood, Infernal Brains and The Cinementals. I have also appeared on CBC Radio’s “Day 6 with Brent Bambury” to discuss women in horror.
I am an Agent of The Mysterious Order of the Skeleton Suit. Hail, M.O.S.S.! I’m honored to have been a contributor to Turner Classic Movies’ Movie Morlocks Blog (on the invitation of Kimberly Lindbergs), Teleport City, Die, Danger, Die, Die, Kill!, Popshifter, and soon at Jet Set Cinema. I’m one of Capos for the Drive-In Mob movie tweetalong. and I recently joined the CineJanes for their tweetalongs of “feminist, feminine or just fabulous films.”
And I have an entry in the Grand Comic Book Database for editing Jim Munroe’s Time Management for Anarchists and Sword of My Mouth.
I also love monsters and printmaking and need to get back to selling some of my zines, prints and drawings at my etsy shop, Monstrous Industry: http://www.monstrousindustry.etsy.com/