Charles Moss

Freelance Writer

Chattanooga, Tennessee

Charles Moss

I'm a freelance writer specializing in pop culture. I've written for The Atlantic, Slate, Washington Post, VICE, Paste Magazine and Tablet Magazine.

This lovely background photo is courtesy, by the way, of Amy Fletcher Photography.



The Bizarre Story Behind Those Amazingly Terrible, String Halloween Masks

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Inside the Brilliant Minds Behind the New Season of 'Stranger Things'

Matt and Ross Duffer talk nostalgia, 'Ghostbusters,' and preview the second season of the Netflix smash. It's only three weeks until Stranger Things 2 premieres when I get on a call with Matt and Ross Duffer, the show's creators. They're scrambling to get the last of the visual effects done for the second season of their hit Netflix show, but they seem relatively relaxed despite the short time frame and stupendously high expectations from fans.

'The Defenders' Showrunner Talks Shocking Deaths and the Show's Future

Get Your Real-Life 'Mario Kart' Kicks on This Go-Kart Tour of Tokyo. You Can Start Watching the Eclipse Right Now With This Livestream. Game of Thrones Recap: A Secret Targaryen Accepts the Ultimate Mission. By now, you’ve surely finished watching the eight episodes of The Defenders -- the superhero team based on the comic book series and set in the Marvel Cinematic Universe -- that dropped August 18 on Netflix.
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GoT, Westworld DP Robert McLachlan on Filming Androids, the Red Wedding and a "Major" New Action Scene

When I get on the phone with veteran cinematographer Robert McLachlan, he’s standing on Stage 15 at Sony, taking a break from shooting the fifth season of Showtime’s Ray Donovan, set to premiere in August. An amateur photographer and home movie-maker, as well as a commercial artist and painter—McLachlan’s father encouraged him to do what he loved.
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My grandfather inspires me to be a better father, years after his death

During my junior year in high school, my English teacher, Mrs. Self, had us write an essay to practice for the multitude of college admission essays we would be writing. From the list of topics, I chose “Who is your biggest role model in life and why?”. When I was a child, there was nobody I looked up to more.
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I'm Only Here for This Moment

On May 29, it will be 20 years since Jeff Buckley waded ionnto the Mississippi River and music lost a shooting star of extraordinary vision and emotional intensity. Via poignant interviews with the singer's friends and bandmates, Charlie Moss discovers how Buckley's relocation to Memphis promised renewal, but ended in disaster.
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Patrick Johnson, Star Wars and the Rise of Nerd Culture

When I reach filmmaker Patrick Johnson, it’s around 11:30 at night. He has literally just finished getting his new film, 5-25-77 ready to to be turned into a DCP, as it’s called in the industry, or a Digital Cinema Package, which will then be distributed to theaters across the country in preparation for the premiere on May 25.
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Neal Pollack takes his son to school in a new audio documentary series

Neal Pollack is known for many things. He’s a certified yoga instructor, a three-time Jeopardy! champion and most notably, the author of the humorous, sarcastic “Greatest Living, American Writer” column and author of 10 bestselling books, including The Neal Pollack Anthology of American Literature and Keep Mars Weird.
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Bringing the 'Unfilmable' and Sensational 'American Gods' to TV


Nice Chops If You Can Get It

How one of the last segregation-era businesses in Chattanooga, Tennessee struggles to survive urban development. Along the eastern block of Chattanooga’s M. King Boulevard, an array of large, colorful murals distracts the eye from a smattering of old, crumbling, graffiti-infested, two-story buildings that desperately cling to a former, much grander life.
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Why Composer Jeff Russo Looked to Pink Floyd for 'Legion'


Thinking of my friend who died young, looking at my children differently

One of my fondest memories of childhood was watching the stop-motion animated special, “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” every December. My mom would take my sister Meri and me to our friend Steven Votava’s house to celebrate Hanukkah. Once we lit the candles, we’d all gather around the television to watch “Rudolph” and “Frosty the Snowman.”.
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Charles Moss

Charles prefers to go by Charlie and sometimes Chuck, but not often.

He has experience writing about all facets of pop culture, from comic books and music to literature and movies. Charlie started off in the pop culture journalism field in 2007 as a writer for the Chattanooga-based alternative newsweekly The Pulse, writing album reviews and pieces on local music history. He then became a regular contributor to the pop culture site Popmatters, writing features on music and movies, eventually moving into a staff position as a comic book reviewer until 2011. He went on to become the weekly pop culture columnist for Chattanooga-based news site, and has since spread his pop culture wings, writing for The Atlantic, Paste, Tablet and Slate.



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