“It’s something of a tradition: slime continues to make an appearance in the apparently lesser fields of Gothic fiction, as well as in children’s books, comics, computer games and pop culture of every stripe.”—”From Ghostbusters to H.P. Lovecraft: A Cultural History of Slime. Susanne Wedlich on the Manifestation of Paranoia in Film and Books”
Excerpt from Slime: A Natural History [Amazon, Bookshop] by Susanne Wedlich, trans Ayca Turkoglu
“A groundbreaking, witty, and eloquent exploration of slime that will leave you appreciating the nebulous and neglected sticky stuff that covers our world, inside and out.
Slime. The very word seems to ooze oily menace, conjuring up a variety of unpleasant associations: mucous, toxins, reptiles, pollutants, and other unsavory viscous semi-liquid substances. Yet without slime, the natural world would be completely unrecognizable; in fact, life itself as we know it would be impossible
In this deft and fascinating book, journalist Susanne Wedlich takes us on a tour of all things slimy, from the most unctuous of science fiction monsters to the biochemical compounds that are the very building blocks of life. Along the way she shows us what slime really means, and why slime is not something to fear, but rather something to … embrace.”