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Stefan Grabiński
Posted by: Minicthulhu (IP Logged)
Date: 30 December, 2017 10:54AM

Does anybody know the Polish writer Stefan Grabiński? He wrote in 1910´s, 20´s and 30´s and they call him "Polish Poe" or "Polish Lovecraft". Never heard of him before. Has anybody read something by him? From what I read some books have been translated injto English.

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Re: Stefan Grabiński
Posted by: jimrockhill2001 (IP Logged)
Date: 30 December, 2017 01:51PM
He writes very dream-like horror, the sort of thing that insinuates indelible images into your memory, somewhat in anticipation of Ligotti's work. The best place to start is the fine collection THE DARK DOMAIN published in the Dedalus European Classics series, which offers stories from several of the the author's collections. Miroslaw Lipinski has been translating his work for decades (initially through his self-published GRABINSKI READER), though a few others have started offering translations as well.

Re: Stefan Grabiński
Posted by: Minicthulhu (IP Logged)
Date: 31 December, 2017 07:12AM
Thank you very much for your answer. I´ll give him a try.

Re: Stefan Grabiński
Posted by: jimrockhill2001 (IP Logged)
Date: 31 December, 2017 12:44PM
You are welcome. Here is the contents list from THE DARK DOMAIN:

Introduction by Miroslaw Lipinski (The Dark Domain)
The Motion Demon
The Area
A Tale of the Gravedigger
Szamota's Mistress
The Wandering Train
Vengeance of the Elementals
In the Compartment
Saturnin Sektor
The Glance
Afterword by Madeleine Johnson: The Area - A Contemporary Horror Story?

"The Motion Demon", "The Wandering Train" and "In the Compartment" are all from Grabinski's collection of stories focused on railways, THE MOTION DEMON (Demon ruchu, 1919)

You may find, as I did that it takes a few stories in a row for the author's style and themes to "click", but his stories tend to be fairly brief, and this is a well-chosen introductory volume. If you like Poe, Jean Ray, or Ligotti, I think you will find a kindred (though individual) spirit in Grabinski.

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