Episode 86: Summer of Plague Pt 3. Nature Is Healing: Mimic (1997) and The Girl with All the Gifts (2016)

 
Our Summer of Plague wraps up with a look at potential cures and a post-human reality. Between Guillermo del Toro’s Frankensteinian bugs and a post-apocalyptic UK, the end of the world may be closer (and more necessary) than we think.
 
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REQUIRED READING

Mimic. Dir. Guillermo del Toro, 1997.
The Girl with All the Gifts. Dir. Colm McCarthy, 2016.

EXTRA CREDIT

Down and Dirty Pictures. Peter Biskind’s examination of the rise of Miramax and Dimension Films.
 
Guillermo del Toro’s Cabinet of Curiosities. An in-depth look at the notebooks and films of del Toro.
 
At Home With Monsters. A look at del Toro’s touring exhibit!
 
“Mimic”. The short story, by David A. Wollheim
 
Powers of Horror: An Essay on Abjection. Julia Kristeva’s treatise on the purpose of abject horror.
 
Queer Revolution, Zombie Uprisings, and the problem with M. R. Carey’s The Boy on the Bridge: an article examining the prequel to The Girl with All the Gifts.
 
The Voluntary Human Extinction Movement: “May we live long and die out”

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2 thoughts on “Episode 86: Summer of Plague Pt 3. Nature Is Healing: Mimic (1997) and The Girl with All the Gifts (2016)

  1. FictionIsntReal says:

    The text in your link to the short story seems to be rearranged and mixed up somehow. This is closer to the text I found in a pdf of Creatures of Beyond (which I won’t link because it’s less specific), although it has some ‘.’s superfluously added within certain words:
    https://novelonlinefull.com/chapter/the_weird/chapter_34

  2. Wow – one of your episodes is worth a semester-long course! My favorite line, “Let’s talk about human extinction.” Loved learning about post-humanism and structural functionalism. Lots of meat on the bones of this podcast!

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