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Old 04-06-2017   #11
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Ligotti's The Nightmare Network.

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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"The Red Brain" by Donald Wandrei.
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"The Barnum Museum" and "Cathay" by Steven Millhauser. Both stories are much more about the titular places than any characters that may be mentioned incidentally. I'm sure he has written others I can't recall because he is rather good at this sort of writing.
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The Cathedral of Mist - Paul Willems
The Doom That Came to Sarnath - H.P. Lovecraft
A Perfect Vacuum & Imaginary Magnitude by Stanislaw Lem; the first is a collection of book reviews of non-existent books and the second is collection of forwards to non-existent (and occasionally impossible) books.

A little more offbeat, but there's quite a bit of non-fiction that can be read as fiction without characters. I enjoy a lot of Utopian works such as Plato's Timaeus and Critias in this respect; Tommaso Campanella's City of the Sun is my recent favorite because the city envisioned is so bizarre and impractical. And then there's pseudoscientific books that are entertaining when read with a suspension of disbelief: von Daniken's Chariot of the Gods, Velikovsky's Worlds in Collision, Julian Jaynes Bicameral Mind, Ouspenky's The Fourth Dimension etc.
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Heaven forbid we forget our own Dr. Locrian, with such soon-to-be classics as "The Mindfulness of Horror Practice," "20 Simple Steps to Ventriloquism," and a new favorite of mine "The Indoor Swamp." This last one really does a great job capturing the sense of absurdity and emptiness that characterizes the world in which we moderns live. This, I find to be truly horrifying. Great job, Jon!

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Heaven forbid we forget our own Dr. Locrian, with such soon-to-be classics as "The Mindfulness of Horror Practice," "20 Simple Steps to Ventriloquism," and a new favorite of mine "The Indoor Swamp." This last one really does a great job capturing the sense of absurdity and emptiness that characterizes the world in which we moderns live. This, I find to be truly horrifying. Great job, Jon!
You beat me to it, Arthur.

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