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Old 08-07-2015   #131
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unquestionably justified.
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"suckers for posterity" aren't we all
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I completed reading Stapledon's Last and First Men, certainly a tremendous feat in cosmic imagination. Unlike Lovecraft, Hodgson, Sterling, and Smith, Stapledon is not a poet transcribing the faery and ethereal wonders and demoniac horrors of an unknowable cosmos; he is not concerned with ''the terrors that underlie many things''; rather, he is an historian of sorts charting down the rises and falls of eighteen different species of men in the far future, and eventually all life in this universe. For unity of philosophy and imaginative vision, Stapledon is now another idol of mine.

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I reread a lot of Hellboy: Seed of Destruction, Darkness Calls, The Wild Hunt, The Storm, The Fury, Hellboy in Hell and The Midnight Circus, some short stories, like The Mole and An Unmarked Grave, plus Baltimore, Frankenstein Underground and The Amazing Screw-On Head, also by Mike Mignola. Hellboy is slowly becoming my favorite comic book.

Your fall should be like the fall of mountains. But I was before mountains. I was in the beginning, and shall be forever. The first and the last. The world come full circle. I am not the wheel. I am the hand that turns the wheel. I am Time, the Destroyer. I was the wind and the stars before this. Before planets. Before heaven and hell. And when all is done, I will be wind again, to blow this world as dust back into endless space. To me the coming and going of Man is as nothing.

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I reread a lot of Hellboy: Seed of Destruction, Darkness Calls, The Wild Hunt, The Storm, The Fury and Hellboy in Hell, plus Baltimore, Frankenstein Underground and The Amazing Screw-On Head, also by Mike Mignola. Hellboy is slowly becoming my favorite comic book.
I enjoy Mignola's work a lot. I am also a fan of Richard Corben. They teamed up for some Hellboy stories some years back. I tracked more than a few of them down. A couple of favorites are "The Crooked Man" mini series and the one shot "Hellboy in Mexico".
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"KL A History of the Nazi Concentration Camps."
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Yester-day I finally finished reading William Hope Hodgson's The Night Land. It was a very tough book to read, with the unsuccessful attempt at archaic language, the parasitic, clinging sentimentality and romance, and the general repetition and tedium (quite literally every paragraph begins with ''and''); but in spite of this, it remains one of the most powerful and daring books ever written: the imagery of a black, sunless Earth with the majority of mankind ensconced in a mighty pyramid whilst outside, in the vast, rock-accursed dead world, monstrous and evil entities and forces -- from bestial Horrors perhaps developed from terrestrial life and Silent Ones and stupendous Watchers, living mountains of pure evil, of wholly alien dimensions -- prowl the starless, primeval landscape, awaiting to invade the pyramid, remains unrivalled in all art.
Hodgson, of course, is no prose stylist or poet in the league of Machen, Lovecraft, Clark Ashton Smith, Dunsany, Bruno Schulz, or Poe; but, rather like Algernon Blackwood, Olaf Stapledon, and David Lindsay, his strength rests on his imagination, ideas, and vision as opposed to his writing style. Though he did not discover him until 1934, I feel that Hodgson was Lovecraft's true predecessor. Machen and Blackwood's weird work was often diluted by their mysticism, and Poe often concentrated on horrors of a terrestrial nature; Hodgson, on the other hand, had a remarkably similar vision to Lovecraft: both were fascinated by the latent supernatural evil in things, often from the stars or from the sea; both supposed that anything ab-human or supernatural must essentially be antagonistic towards man; both conceived of a quasi-mythology that fused the trappings of occultism with science; and both were atheists (so I have read elsewhere). Other than The Great God Pan and The Willows, there is nothing more proto-Lovecraftian than The House on the Borderland, with its haunted, desolate region as a focal point for ultramundane horrors, its indifferent, ancient gods ''that underlie many things'', and its cosmic, epic visions of time, space, and the universe collapsing into infinite nothingness. I also feel that Hodgson's entities -- from monstrous fungi to sea monsters to vast terrors from the stars and beyond -- are the most menacing and chilling in weird literature, for Hodgson manages to preserve their awful mystery and cold nature whilst still having them engage in human conflict. Of course, these are mere opinions. And as I have said before, though his prose leaves a lot to be desired, one can see that through his fascinating, striking, and original ideas, Hodgson was a poet indeed.

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I actually really like the romance (although some of the attitudes about relationships can get annoying) but the repetition is indeed punishing.

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Re: I Just Finished Reading...

I recently dug this book out of storage and ended up reading it. The Silence of the Body by Guido Ceronetti.

I don't remember Ligotti mentioning him, but I read somewhere that Cioran liked him and cited him in his book Anathemas and Admirations. There have also been a few mentions of him here at TLO.

The book contains darker musings on the body. It is aphoristic like Cioran's work. It also contains thoughts from others that resonated with the author, not unlike some of CATHR. Some of TL's work touches upon the intersection of physical pain and illness with thought. I found this book worthwhile.

Here are a few passages:

"Do faces belong to the body? Sometimes I have my doubts. They seem to lead independent lives, meeting each other unburdened by the rest of the body. Faces come from the demonic and from the angelic, from the depths and from the heights; there rest is merely terrestrial."

"We throw into these vessels-all of the soul's excretions, all the minds diseases, all of the blackness of life-and we call it love. And if this poison of ours does not turn into a being that resembles us, we feel imperfect, mortal, helpless."

"To keep us from seeing in the active forces of destruction the God whom we seek and love, a fiction like Satan is extremely convenient, for it screens the unbearable truth."

"We are hovels and ratholes, inhabited by an occult face that bears no resemblance to us."

From a description of Parkinson's disease: "The face is often fixed and rigid, and when the patient hints at a smile, he or she does in a persistent manner." Nothing should last longer than the second required by its need to exist: a smile that persists instantly becomes a lugubrious grimace. All pointless perdurance, even without rigidity or trembling, is Parkinson's."

Searching around the net for more work by Cernotti I found this interesting photo.

Guido Ceronetti

Biographical shard: Ceronetti (1927- ) is co-founder of the Teatro dei sensibili, a traveling marionette theater. Here he is with his actors.



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Re: I Just Finished Reading...

Le Horla et autres contes d'angoisse by Maupassant, first volume of his horror short stories. Maupassant's tales are brutal, hallucinatory and profoundly pessimist. I find his works comparable to Bierce or Aickman and just as good.

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