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Re: A good weird/horror/sci-fi book to recommend
Posted by: Minicthulhu (IP Logged)
Date: 15 December, 2019 01:33AM
Yes, "The Picture In The Hoiuse" is another example of humour in an horror story, so is "The book" or "The Moonlit-bog".

"Despite their distance below me I at once knew they were the servants brought from the North, for I recognized the ugly and unwieldy form of the cook, whose very absurdness had now become unutterably tragic."

I do not know what impression sentenses like this one make on the reader but I find them very absurd and unatterably hilarious. :-)

Re: A good weird/horror/sci-fi book to recommend
Posted by: Minicthulhu (IP Logged)
Date: 15 December, 2019 05:05AM
AN horror story? Of no ...

Re: A good weird/horror/sci-fi book to recommend
Posted by: Dale Nelson (IP Logged)
Date: 15 December, 2019 12:40PM
"An horror story" did sound a bit awkward, but I admit I'm one who prefers to write "an historian," "an historical event," rather than using a.

Re: A good weird/horror/sci-fi book to recommend
Posted by: GreenFedora (IP Logged)
Date: 9 January, 2020 02:05PM
Dale Nelson Wrote:
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> I'm fond of Tim Powers's Declare, which can remind
> one of John le Carre in its treatment of an
> espionage theme, but is a supernatural thriller.
> I haven't had all that good luck with Powers's
> writing elsewhere, but this is something of a
> favorite.
>
Haven't read "Declare," but I found two of Powers' other novels to be very good: "The Stress Of Her Regard" (any book that takes its title from a Clark Ashton Smith poem scores automatic points with me; and the novel attached to it is one of my favorites), and "On Stranger Tides" (the basis for a very loose adaptation of one of the "Pirates of the Caribbean" movies; the book was much better). Powers has a knack for describing impossible-to-describe things.

Also recommended: The Ring Trilogy ("Ring," "Spiral," "Loop") and "Dark Water," by Koji Suzuki, the latter a story collection.

Re: A good weird/horror/sci-fi book to recommend
Posted by: Knygatin (IP Logged)
Date: 10 March, 2020 06:00PM
The Lost Valley and Other Stories by Algernon Blackwood.

Here is an online version of "The Man Who Played Upon the Leaf" from that collection, an effervescent pagan story far from the world of organized religion. I hope you like it. [web.archive.org]

Re: A good weird/horror/sci-fi book to recommend
Posted by: kojootti (IP Logged)
Date: 10 March, 2020 08:56PM
Knygatin Wrote:
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> The Lost Valley and Other Stories by Algernon
> Blackwood.
>
> Here is an online version of "The Man Who Played
> Upon the Leaf" from that collection, an
> effervescent pagan story far from the world of
> organized religion. I hope you like it.
> [web.archive.org]
> www.horrormasters.com/Text/a1352.pdf


I was hoping to share that specific story with somebody! Great find! As much as I enjoy his more famous "Wendigo" and "Willows", and appreciate his novelettes comprising Incredible Adventures, "The Man Who Played Upon the Leaf" will always be my personal favorite of all his stories. It's convincingly mystical on its own terms, neither Christian nor artificially pagan, just lyrical and beautiful.

Re: A good weird/horror/sci-fi book to recommend
Posted by: Dale Nelson (IP Logged)
Date: 19 March, 2020 11:47AM
Knygatin Wrote:
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> I am planning a trip to Transylvania this autumn


I take it that trip didn't come off...?

Re: A good weird/horror/sci-fi book to recommend
Posted by: Knygatin (IP Logged)
Date: 19 March, 2020 06:40PM
Dale Nelson Wrote:
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> Knygatin Wrote:
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> > I am planning a trip to Transylvania this
> autumn
>
>
> I take it that trip didn't come off...?


It was such a long time ago I said that, ... much water has flowed under the bridge since then, ... I really can't remember clearly. I know that I somehow have visited Dracula's castle, ... have a distinct impression of it, its towering walls, and halls ... either only in Bram Stoker's book, or in reality too. I harbour dreamy images of Romania, ... deep forests, and beautifully undulating hills, with distant shepherds lazily herding sheep, ... gipsies in grotesque trappings, ... and horse carriages with hay, called forth from long forgotten distant ages.

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