Nicholas Diak

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Nicholas Diak is a pop culture scholar, specializing in Italian genre cinema (particularly Eurospy films), the sword and sandal genre (esp. neo-peplum), post-industrial music, synthwave music, and H. P. Lovecraft. He has contributed essays and reviews to various academic anthologies, journals and online magazines. He is the editor of The New Peplum: Essays on Sword and Sandal Films and Television Programs Since the 1990s and "Horror Literature from Gothic to Post-Modern: Critical Essays" both from McFarland. He holds an MA from the University of Washington and is a member of the Horror Writers Association. While part of the HWA, he co-created and co-chairs the Ann Radcliffe Academic Conference. His hobbies include watching films, video ...more

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Nicholas Diak Writing was not something I always wanted to do. I was not one of those children or teenagers growing up that has apsirations to write. I was a…moreWriting was not something I always wanted to do. I was not one of those children or teenagers growing up that has apsirations to write. I was a tech-child of the 90s, my aspiration was to do something amazing with computers.

That didn't quite pan out. It wasn't until my later 20s when I went back to school and started to read more film books that perhaps I could do something great there. I was a terrible writer working on my master's, but working on it along with presenting at conferences, I started to enjoy it more. Getting feedback from conference folks saying they enjoyed my film presentations really did bolster some of that.

Post school, I was determined not to let that degree flounder and do something worthwhile with it, turn my love of cinema into something that actually contributed to cinema studies. Finding niches to carve myself into, and writing about something unknown but worthwhile and then realizing it, that's very inspirational to me. (less)
Nicholas Diak I take the Andy Sidaris approach, and submerge myself in hot water - be it a hot tub or a shower or something. Where the guys and gals of a Sidaris…moreI take the Andy Sidaris approach, and submerge myself in hot water - be it a hot tub or a shower or something. Where the guys and gals of a Sidaris film usually do their planning in a hot tub, that's were I can set back and suss out all my ideas, thoughts, internal editing and next steps. It shuts out the rest of the world, makes things quiet and comfortable, and put things into perspective for the next bit of writing I need to do. (less)
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Awen review, journal mentions

Lots of little bits of news here.

First, I've done a review of the new Awen album, The Hollow in the Stone, on my blog. That can be read here:

http://heiligetod.blogspot.com/2020/03/a-savage-world-review-of-awens-hollow.html
I'm looking to somewhat resurrect this blog, but do something more productive and helpful with it. With the collapse of Heathen Harvest, all my old reviews are gone, so perhap... Read more of this blog post »
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“Well, now that we have seen each other,' said the Unicorn, 'if you'll believe in me, I'll believe in you.”
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“And at the bottom of each of those eyes I lived, or rather another me lived, one of the images of me, and it encountered the image of her, the most faithful image of her, in that beyound which opens, past the semiliquid sphere of the irises, in the darkness of the pupils, the mirrored hall of retinas, in our true element which extends without shores, without boundaries.”
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Nicholas Diak Gary wrote: "So Nick! Just who is this Gary Myers author of Brady vs Manning? Should I be jealous?"

He is false! There is only one true Gary Myers! :D :D


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Gary Myers So Nick! Just who is this Gary Myers author of Brady vs Manning? Should I be jealous?


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Eric Guignard Thanks for your note, Nicholas! Trying to make things go better here. ;) Hope to make the next meeting. Cheers,


Nicholas Diak Leigh wrote: "Thank you for the friend request, Nicholas!"

My pleasure! Look forward to your book and being supportive!


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Leigh Lane Thank you for the friend request, Nicholas!


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