A Week of Kindness by Max Ernst, 1934, Artwork

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1DC42EA1-941D-41E2-BC2E-FE0C6BBD947FIllustration from the 1934 “collage novel” by Max Ernst. Artist unknown. (Tumblr)

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Tonight I’m Reading “The Horror at Red Hook”, a Story by H. P. Lovecraft!—Wanna join me?

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A8435972-19C7-491C-A3E9-650D4650D6E1Collected in The Transition of H. P. Lovecraft, The Road to Madness, Introduced by Barbara Hambley, Illustrated by John Jude Palencar, Compiled by Arkham House (DelRay 1996).

You can read the story, too, for free, here: http://www.hplovecraft.com/writings/texts/fiction/hrh.aspx

Let me know what you think!

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Michael McDowell, Agujas doradas (Gilded Needles)

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Ya te lo he dicho: las clases bajas nunca se vengan de las clases altas (el juez Stallworth a su yerno, Duncan. Añado: pero ¡ay!, ya veréis cuando lo hagan).

Michael McDowell es el autor del momento, al menos en mi casa y, quiero pensar, también en cierto sector del mundillo editorial independiente. Valancourt Books lleva desde el 2013 recuperando la obra de este autor de Alabama muerto prematuramente (nos dejó en 1999 con 49 años), y, si no me fallan las cuentas, su catálogo suma ya 8 novelas, más la saga Blackwater al completo. La argentina La Bestia Equilátera, por su parte, se ha estrenado con McDowell publicando una maravilla que lleva por nombre Los elementales, de la que hablé sin vergüenza ni pudor y alabé hasta la hartura en el programa número 13 de Todo Tranquilo en Dunwich (nunca podré agradecerle lo suficiente a mi compañero…

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The colonists…“They just disappeared….All three hundred and forty of them. Without a trace….” If you haven’t read this brilliant novel by Stephen King…Why?

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‘I started with the Fricke history and the Michaud history. I followed Carson’s advice and threw them in the wastebasket, but I read them first. They were as bad as he had suggested. I read the Buddinger history, copied out the footnotes, and chased them down. That was more satisfactory, but footnotes are peculiar things, you know—like footpaths twisting through a wild and anarchic country. They split, then they split again; at any point you may take a wrong turn which leads you either to a bramble-choked dead end or into swampy quickmud. “If you find a footnote,” a library-science prof once told a class of which I was a part, “step on its head and kill it before it can breed.

They do breed, and sometimes the breeding is a good thing, but I think that more often it is not. Those in Buddinger’s stiffly written A History of…

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Derry, Maine—The Nightmare Town of Stephen King’s “IT”…in Perfect Miniature!


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925EE36C-25B1-48F8-AED8-461E2074F987Welcome to Derry, Maine! Home of Pennywise the Clown, and Stephen King’s novel, IT. This amazingly intricate diorama of a section of the fictional town was created by artist Kassiopeya Sachenwerkler.

Thank you to thechive.com, for sharing this absolutely epic diorama of Derry, Maine, USA—the haunted fictional town created by Stephen King, in which he set his novel IT, as well as parts of other stories (Dreamcatcher, Insomnia, Bag of Bones, 11/22/63–See: https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Derry_(Stephen_King)

157C106A-CAA4-46D5-951B-F3D2988B78B9The diorama was created within the body of a 1950s radio. The town up top, the sewer—Pennywise’s lair—down below.

The amazing piece of miniature art was created by Austrian literary artist, Kassiopeya Sachenwerkler. Fascinated by Stephen King’s IT, Sachenwerkler spent over 900 hours recreating the nostalgia and feeling of a 1950’s Derry, with clues and different pieces from the novel. Down below the streets of the town, she even recreated the sewer lair of “Pennywise” the clown…

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I’ll Never Forget Silent Scream! My first R-Rated Film (1979)

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039B07E3-9531-4E39-BD4D-FD4D66C12136Although it’s design has always seemed, well, ridiculously understated, this is the original light-box film poster I remember seeing on display as I sneaked in to the theater for my first R-Rated film in a little mountain town in Colorado. It was 1979. I was 12. The rest, is history. 

It was showing at the new theater in the small mountain town I lived in in Colorado. I was 12, going on 13. I was old enough to see an R-Rated horror movie. I could handle it—so I thought. I don’t remember how I was able to sneak in. The building had only two theaters, so maybe I paid for one and walked in. I think a cousin of mine went with me…we both liked horror movies. The rest is history. I can attribute my love and obsession with horror, Ouija boards, the occult—all of it, in books and film—to…

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Ghosts by Gaslight: Stories of Steampunk and Supernatural Suspense, edited by Jack Dann and Nick Gevers, 2011

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Table of Contents

1 • Introduction (Ghosts by Gaslight) • essay by Jack Dann and Nick Gevers
6 • The Iron Shroud • novelette by James Morrow
29 • Music, When Soft Voices Die • novelette by Peter S. Beagle
57 • The Shaddowwes Box • short story by Terry Dowling
70 • The Curious Case of the Moondawn Daffodils Murder • short story by Garth Nix
85 • Why I Was Hanged • short story by Gene Wolfe
103 • The Proving of Smollett Standforth • (2011) • short story by Margo Lanagan
116 • The Jade Woman of the Luminous Star • (2011) • novelette by Sean Williams
141 • Smithers and the Ghosts of the Thar • short story by Robert Silverberg
161 • The Unbearable Proximity of Mr. Dunn’s Balloons • novelette by John Langan
184 • Face to Face • (2011) • short story by…

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Ceann na Caillí—“The Hag’s Head”—County Clare, Ireland

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0C716E25-A4E5-4080-8E55-42AAA70D7025Ceann na Caillí (‘The Hag’s Head’)—the southernmost tip of the Cliffs of Moher in County Clare, Ireland. One of many locations named for the Cailleach—a divine hag, a creator deity, weather deity, and an ancestor deity. She is also commonly known as the Cailleach Bhéara(ch) or Bheur(ach). In Scotland she is also known as Beira, the “Winter Queen.”  The word, Cailleach, literally means “old woman, hag”, and is found with this meaning in modern Irish and Scottish Gaelic;  it has also been applied to numerous mythological figures in Ireland, Scotland and the Isle of Man. (Wikipedia)

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