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Old 09-12-2017   #111
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Re: Aickman's Philosophy

Personally I was quite taken aback by Scott Nicolay seeming very open to the idea of werewolves existing.

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Why? I'm tired of almost everybody being the same. Interview answers can't all be about noir, 'the Weird', True Detective and Lovecraft's racism. Occasionally something true and interesting may slip through the factory line.

Occasionally.

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I've had enough unbelievable coincidences to make even a skeptic believe in the supernatural. Fortunately, I'm not that gullible; and these things ended when I was thirty. I've always been tempted to start a thread about such things.

One last thing about Aickman: he seemed to be unusually in touch with his Anima. I'm not a Jung fan, and it's just an observation.
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Why? I'm tired of almost everybody being the same. Interview answers can't all be about noir, 'the Weird', True Detective and Lovecraft's racism. Occasionally something true and interesting may slip through the factory line.

Occasionally.
But the Weird is the NEW noir, James. And H.P. Lovecraft was a racist. His influence was important, but...the field has moved beyond him BRO.
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Why?
I'm far more open to the idea that there's outlandish things happening everywhere and all the time than I was a few years ago.

But like I was saying about ghost mediums a while ago, I worry about people being wronged and manipulated by those who exploit these beliefs for their own gain. Some legends seem invented to cover up crimes, like Orang Minyak, apparently some rapists even dress up like him to do their crime.

I imagine some people laugh at republicans who worry about witches and rednecks who talk about alien experiences but take other legends seriously. But based on what?

I'm interested in hearing about inexplicable experiences and unusual theories but if it sounds like a shot in the dark then it should just stay an inexplicable experience or a cautious theory.

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Re: Aickman's Philosophy

Most people believe in some bollocks or another. I'd rather they had the aesthetic decency to choose interesting bollocks.

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It's one thing to be fascinated by interesting bollocks and study it but believing in it is something else. Goodness knows what I'd believe in if I just went for what was the most fascinating bollocks.

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Re: Aickman's Philosophy

From the non-fiction of his I've read, I gather Aickman was something of a "classical" conservative, a believer in the rights of the individual--I suspect current political fads like "intersectionalism" would've appalled him--and cultural preservation, with a healthy skepticism for the alleged benefits of progress in all its forms. He reveals something of an unfortunate prudish streak at times, voicing disdain for more explicit or "sadistic" forms of horror writing, but also expresses support for artistic freedom and opposition to censorship in his reviews.

I'm not much interested in lit-crit analysis and breakdown of fiction at the best of times, and especially not of the sort of "deconstruction" that uses a piece of writing as a cudgel to batter its author's reputation and worldview (while simultaneously elevating the critic's). But when it comes down to it, I agree with Des's view that "the text is all we have" if, as in Aickman's case, the writer happens to be dead. I just don't believe there is any objective truth that we can divine from it.

More importantly, I agree with the assertion that Aickman was not a didactic writer. I probably wouldn't have tolerated more than a couple of his stories otherwise, and those would be long forgotten by now. He does appear to have inserted personal views into his narratives from time to time, usually with satiric intent, but without intruding on the events of the story itself, or forcing a particular perspective.

What I get from his fiction has never been the promotion of a particular set of values over others. If anything, I get the sense of an artist who treated his material, and his audience, with a certain unusual level of respect. I suspect that, for the most part, the great subtlety of his tales arose from a desire to treat the idea of "supernatural" forces and the higher mysteries of existence with respect and intelligence.

If there is a consistent theme to be found throughout Aickman's work, it is not the subversion of any particular worldview. It is the subversion of ALL worldviews by forces that exist forever outside of them.

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Re: Aickman's Philosophy

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He reveals something of an unfortunate prudish streak at times, voicing disdain for more explicit or "sadistic" forms of horror writing, but also expresses support for artistic freedom and opposition to censorship in his reviews.
His views on film were sometime surprising. Ramsey Campbell said he preferred Night of the Living Dead to the more subtle The Leopard Man, and he hated Don't Look Now.
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