For a journal named Red Ogre Review, it seems fitting to post at least one piece featuring an ogre! I wrote Three Seasons a number of years ago. As one might gather from it, I was a law student at the time.
I wrote Interesting Landscapes using OpenAI’s GPT-3 natural language processing software platform to generate text snippets that I then assembled into a completed piece. The header image was generated by Midjourney’s image-focused machine learning platform using similar prompts.
Lastly, It’s No Worse is an example of the type of prose poetry that we like to see in submissions.
We like experimental writing! We welcome submissions that challenge the technical boundaries of how verse and text can be composed.
I wanted to write a novel about dragons, she said, but I thought that three hundred or more pages of subverting tropes about surly lizards and the heroes who whack at them with swords was too predictable, if not exhausting.
The idea of a thing is more perniciously infectious than the thing itself, under the microscope, the contagions of the psyche too stubborn to stay dead for long; in any event, since most people rarely see wild animals of any significant maliciousness – racoons in the trash don’t count, nor the occasional opossum, nor the average territorial jay – let alone see mythological creatures, the theme devolves to a projection of the unknown into a reification of moral panic.
Dragons, of course, designed to destroy and devour, take any shape they please.
Owner of Liquid Raven Media and a graduate of Lancaster University’s Creative Writing Masters program, Matthew Bullen founded Red Ogre Review. Aside from writing, he occasionally produces visual art. A sample portfolio is available on ArtPal. NFTs are available on OpenSea.