It can appear as though
much of life
mastering the art of
we wait to be born
and after birth we must wait for everything to be done for us
wait to be fed
wait to be changed
wait to have our cries answered
wait to learn how to do things for ourselves
wait to walk
wait to talk
wait to grow up
once grown up
we wait some more
for that moment when we will
get everything we’ve waited for
and be able to do everything we’ve put on hold
and during all the waiting we learn to pass the time
filling the spaces between the tick and the tock
with our imagination
our dreams of what will come once time has passed
“Vladimir: What do we do now?
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This morning the world around me was frozen
everything was covered in tiny crystal shards
it was so beautiful
such exquisite bliss
that I… didn’t want to let it go.
“Sympathies that lie too deep for words, too deep almost for thoughts, are touched, at such times, by other charms than those which the senses feel and which the resources of expression can realise.”
― Wilkie Collins, The Woman in White
Louise Bourgeois, “Spider,” 1997, steel, tapestry, wood, glass, fabric, rubber, silver, gold, and bone. 14′ 9″ × 21′ 10″× 17′ (The Easton Foundation).
Celebrated sculptor, Louise Bourgeois (1911-2010) had her first real retrospective, at the Museum of Modern Art at the age of seventy-one. Bourgeois worked well into her nineties, leaving behind a body of work spanning over 70 years of her past and present self.
You might best, be familiar with her colossal bronze and steel Spider sculptures (odes to her mother) that loom high above your head on delicate, spindly legs. Or her Cell enclosures, those emotional retreats situated within various structures, housing collections of objects, tapestries and sculptural forms to evoke safe spaces for one’s anxieties and fears.
Bourgeois used art as a release for her feelings, once stating that “art is the guarantee of sanity.” Her creativity and her life merged evocatively, creatively cataloged within a…
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In his almost 200-year-old gothic novel, Melmoth the Wanderer, Irish author Charles Robert Maturin tells the story of John Melmoth, a scholar who sells his soul to the devil in exchange for 150 extra years of life, and then spends the extra time searching for someone who will take over the pact for him. The story takes place in the “present” (1820); but the backstory is revealed through several “nested” story-within-a-story tales. These plot/narrative devices work back and forth through time (usually by means of information found in old books and manuscripts), until we gradually see the story of Melmoth’s life come together. The book also includes interesting religious and socio-political commentary on early-19th-century England.
John Melmoth, student at Trinity College, Dublin, having journeyed to County Wicklow for attendance at the deathbed of his miserly uncle, finds the old man, even in his last moments, tortured by avarice, and by suspicion…
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Alternative film poster for The Shining, a Stanley Kubrick film, 1980. Artist unknown. (Popbuzz.com)
“Before the Play” was originally part of the novel, The Shining, written by Stephen King and published in 1977; but, the Prologue never made it into the novel. It was published a few years later, separately, in August of 1982, in Whispers, Volume 5, Number 1-2.
Scene 1: The Third Floor of a Resort Hotel Fallen Upon Hard Times
It was October 7, 1922, and the Overlook Hotel had closed its doors on the end of another season. When it re-opened in mid-May of 1923, it would be under new management. Two brothers named Clyde and Cecil Brandywine had bought it, good old boys from Texas with more old cattle money and new oil money than they knew what to do with.
Bob T. Watson stood at the huge picture window of the Presidential Suite and…
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Briefly a sensation, fêted for the lush gothic fantasy you hold in your hands, G.S. Marlowe is one of the forgotten men of the Thirties. For some years he was only rescued from total oblivion by a brief, enigmatic account in the recollections of Julian Maclaren-Ross, a Soho and Fitzrovia character who was to become the model for X. Trapnel, the desperate man of letters in Anthony Powell’s Dance to the Music of Time.
Maclaren-Ross gives him a tantalising couple of pages in his Memoirs of the Forties, a decade by which Marlowe had already disappeared, in a more than usually literal sense. Maclaren-Ross wrote to Marlowe in the hope of adapting I Am Your Brother for the wireless, and was invited to call and meet him. He had formed a mental picture of the writer—as well you might, from the highly-strung and nuanced world of the book—as a…
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Dear Book Lovers and Ardent Readers,
RE: A quick note from the writer’s desk…
Working on my novella The Diary of Xander Tully. It is a frightening tale set in the years before America had become a nation, up in the woods of what is now the border between Michigan and Canada, where French-Canadian settlers have started a fledgling colony led by two old families.
Xander Tulley is a stranger here. His origins are not known to the community. But he is a clever man; he shows the world a practical and rational side; a lover of facts and the path they reveal to truth. But Tulley has other sides. He hails from a foreign land, across the sea. His people are tall, fair of hair and pale of skin. He appears as an artisan printer in the colony of River Raisin, where the villagers have a respect for…
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Table of Contents
- Introduction (Gothic! Ten Original Dark Tales) • (2004) • essay by Deborah Noyes
- Endings • (2004) • short story by Garth Nix
- Forbidden Brides of the Faceless Slaves in the Nameless House of the Night of
- Dread Desire • (2004) • novelette by Neil Gaiman
- Have No Fear, Crumpot is Here • (2004) • short fiction by Barry Yourgrau
- Lungewater • (2004) • short fiction by Joan Aiken
- Morgan Roehmar’s Boys • (2004) • novelette by Vivian Vande Velde
- Stone Tower • (2004) • short fiction by Janni Lee Simner
- The Dead and the Moonstruck • (2004) • novelette by Caitlín R. Kiernan
- The Prank • (2004) • short fiction by Gregory Maguire
- Watch and Wake • (2004) • short story by M. T. Anderson
- Writing on the Wall • (2004) • short fiction by Celia Rees
- About the Authors (Gothic! Ten Original Dark Tales) • (2004)…
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