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yellowish haze
11-01-2005, 06:05 AM
Another weird anecdote of mine...

Haven't you ever had the impression that the whole universe starts pointing at you when you try to discover its true nature?

I am especially interested in exploring the dark side of existence and each step I make towards full discovery makes me realize that this obscure curiosity of mine might have been embedded in my soul even before I was born.

This morning's discovery was really stunning. I was reading some reviews of Matt Cardin's Divinations of the Deep at
"]Amazon.com: Customer Reviews: Divinations of the Deep , when I stumbled upon this sentence written by J. Allen:
Cardin carries St. John's "dark night of the soul" to a new level. Any of us who have at one time gone mad with ideas or had deep, intuitive doubts about the reality (or 'goodness') of human existence will immediately recognize Cardin as a fortunate survivor of this indescribably painful and hopeless experience. He has come out the other side to deliver dark juicies in the tradition of Grabinski, Andreyev, etc.I have heard of Grabinski of course (one of my favorite writers), but never of Daniil Andreyev. As usually, I had to inspect his bio more deeply so I decided to google his name. Looks like, Anderyev's writing might appeal to fans of Ligotti.
His main book, Roza Mira (Russian: Роза Мира, literally "The Rose of the World") contains a detailed description of numerous layers of spiritual reality that surround Earth, of the forthcoming religion called Roza Mira that will emerge and unite all people and states, and of the events of the future advent of Antichrist and his fall.His father, Leonid, is as intriguing as his son, to quote one of the reviewers: "Andreiev's writing is about strange characters, sad and depressing situations, and mad fantasies of doom and despair."
Now, what struck me was the information I found about Leonid Andreyev at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leonid_Andreyev. :

He was married to Countess Wielhorska, a niece of Taras Shevchenko. Their son is Daniil Andreev... Now, no matter what arguments one may use to contradict my presumption, one won't dissuade me from claiming that Countess Wielhorska is a member of my family and taking into account the scarcity of the family members she might be a very close ancestor. As far as Iíve managed to establish with the help of my family tree, she appears to be my Great-Great-Great Aunt (I still have to confirm it).

No matter how trivial this fact may seem to be, there is certain weird aspect of this whole coincidence. Itís as if no matter where you seek the origin of darkness, you always discover that it is closer than you ever thought, because, as a matter of fact, it may even be hidden deep inside you yourself. To put it more simply: it's a strong sensation of predestination!
(I know I like to fantasize, but still...:))

barrywood
11-06-2005, 09:33 AM
Intersting, Slawek. Nothing wrong with fantasizing, but your claim might actually be truth.

eldritch00
11-06-2005, 12:27 PM
I've always found patterns like these fascinating. Often, we think of it as chance, but if chance can create such patterns...

I've recently read Leonid Andreyev's "Lazarus," and overt Biblical allusions aside, it's quite a brilliant little piece of proto-Ligottian fiction!

yellowish haze
11-07-2005, 04:38 AM
Oh, I have to find some time to read "Lazarus". My problem is that I print every interesting story I stumble upon, and then I can't even find a single moment to delve into it.

I've tried to find some Andreyev's supernatural short stories which are listed at Tartarus Press Supernatural Fiction Database (http://homepages.pavilion.co.uk/users/tartarus/a12.html) and looks like on-line we can only read these:
- Lazarus (http://www.harvestfields.ca/horror/007/247.htm)
- THE RED LAUGH (http://www.amalgamatedspooks.com/red.htm)
- Silence (http://www.bibliomania.com/0/5/193/559/5812/1/frameset.html)

ElHI
11-08-2005, 03:18 AM
Slawek,

Thanks for the links. But I have the same problem as you: I don't print them though, but I collect them on my hard drive together with a lot of things that I never find time to read, or watch, or listen to... So you have added 3 stories to my collection of "surely-interesting-things-to-read-one-day-maybe-when-I-retire-which-is-not-all-that-soon";)