Watch Peter Capaldi's Surreal Academy Award-Winning Short Film

Before he was the Doctor, before he was even Malcolm Tucker, Peter Capaldi wrote and directed Franz Kafka's It's a Wonderful Life. If you ever wondered what the first drafts of Metamorphosis looked like, here are some options. » 9/04/14 9:00pm 9/04/14 9:00pm

The Double Shows Just How Soul-Draining A Terrible Office Job Could Get

The Double is based on a Dovstoevesky story about a man who meets his doppelganger — but this movie by Richard Ayoade owes a huge debt to Kafka, too. And stylistically, it really is like a fan-film of Terry Gilliam's Brazil. And it does a brilliant job of capturing the horrors of a soul-crushing job and an empty life. » 5/16/14 1:40pm 5/16/14 1:40pm

10 Paranoid Science Fiction Stories That Could Help You Survive

It's not just paranoia. They really are watching you. The world we're living in is getting weirder and more dangerous all the time. So it's a good thing science fiction has been stockpiling dark mind-fraks for decades, full of smart survival strategies. Here are 10 paranoid science fiction tales that could keep you… » 8/01/13 10:18am 8/01/13 10:18am

Google wants to send you searching for answers in a Kafkaesque world

Today's Google Doodle pays tribute to Franz Kafka on his 130th birthday. Specifically, Kafka's famous story in which Gregor Samsa turns into a bug. And if you need more Kafka in your life, consider buying a lovely, strange new book, My First Kafka by Matthue Roth and Rohan Daniel Eason. Yep, it's Kafka for kids. » 7/03/13 8:39am 7/03/13 8:39am

This book is like reading Kafka on Ketamine

We're living in Kafka's world. Everybody from George Saunders to Terry Bisson has been mining a Kafkaesque seam of alarming strangeness. But what happens when you mix some especially odd story ideas with an almost supernatural sense of dissociation? You get something like The Miniature Wife by Manuel Gonzales, a book… » 1/29/13 3:40pm 1/29/13 3:40pm

Pac-Man is a Lovecraft story as written by Franz Kafka

Zach Weiner of the webcomic Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal has stared into the heart of Pac-Man and discovered the horror at its core. In his latest comic, he proposes a chilling backstory for the hungry video game hero, one that's a far cry from the smiling yellow creature you see on the arcade cabinet. » 9/16/12 4:00pm 9/16/12 4:00pm

What if Hunter S. Thompson starred in Franz Kafka's The Metamorphosis?

In this short animation and sound collage by the folks at Antfood and Buck for the literary charity Good Books International, Kafka's heartwarming fable of a man transforming into a giant cockroach monster to win his children's respect replaces Gregor Samsa with Raoul Duke. This should appeal to those of you who… » 3/14/12 10:40am 3/14/12 10:40am

Terry Bisson injects Kafka with bad-dream nanites, then dangles him off…

Terry Bisson's stories have always been off-kilter (surely you've read "They're Made Of Meat"?) but he's gotten weirder and more anarchic lately. Case in point: "The Cockroach Hat," which would be stream of consciousness if streams ran upstream. » 6/25/10 9:30am 6/25/10 9:30am

Reading Surreal Fiction Could Make You Smarter

Could reading Kafka make you smarter? A recent study suggests that reading surrealist stories that don't make immediate logical sense can sharpen your cognitive functions and make you better at recognizing patterns. » 9/17/09 10:30am 9/17/09 10:30am