Back Porch: The Uncanny Keep On Talkin’

Dollbaby standing in the orchard at midday, by Allison Janae Hamilton, 2015. Archival pigment print, 40 × 60 in. © Allison Janae Hamilton, courtesy of the artist and Marianne Boesky Gallery.

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Back Porch: The Uncanny Keep On Talkin’

by Regina N. Bradley
Southern Cultures, Gothic South (Vol. 29, No. 4)

“Unsolved Mysteries was the portal to my imagination running wild, and fear was the pilot.”

Wednesday nights were reserved for Unsolved Mysteries. A man’s disembodied voice warned viewers that we were about to watch something that “was not a news broadcast,” followed by a crescendo of synthesizers and Robert Stack’s gravelly voice and direct stare into the camera.