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Old 05-29-2016   #71
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Re: Neglected/Underrated Writers

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I am sure this will seem to be a weird choice, but I think Patrick Süskind is underrated because only Perfume is discussed and his other work is barely talked about, even though there is not much published. Oh, and add Hubert Selby Jr. and David Peace to the list.
Hubert Selby, hell yes. Not obscure in my mind because 'Last Exit to Brooklyn' and 'Requiem for a Dream' have been made into excellent films. I imagine that many on this site have see them. Try his 'Demon,' which is almost unbearably intense and depressing.

Let's hear more about David Peace.

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Re: Neglected/Underrated Writers

Manuel Puig - not really underrated but kinda neglected, at least in English-speaking world. Read him.

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Let's hear more about David Peace.
I discovered Peace (the author, not the feeling) 4 years ago after watching the excellent Red Riding miniseries, based on his quartet of books: 1974, 1977, 1980 and 1983. I read those afterwards and fell head over heels for his writing style. The sense of place (Yorkshire) I got from the books is astounding.

I have not read anything else by him, but I plan to read GB84, about the 1980s miners' strike. I did watch the movie The Damned United, based on another of his books.

David Peace on The Red Riding Quartet

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Is anyone here familiar with the Polish author and poet, Antoni Lange? His writings and poetry are haunted by a deep obsession with the occult, ancient legends, and recondite Eastern philosophies, as well as the metaphysical and spiritual plight of the visionary poet. An embodiment of the archetypal lonely visionary, he seems more like a phantasm conjured from the pages of a reclusive occultist whose soul is intoxicated with the Romantic perfume of Lilith. I have been eager to read Lange's work since 2014, and some of his work, such as the occultic novel, Miranda, have been translated into English.


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Re: Neglected/Underrated Writers

The Alchemist wrote, "Is anyone here familiar with the Polish author and poet, Antoni Lange? "


Dear Alchemist, thanks for this posting and reminder. I've tried to locate some of Lange's work in English without success. All that I have been able to find are those lovely "Where are you goddess?" lines from the Wikipedia entry.

I would still love to explore his work. Can you possibly recommend some specific editions or publishers that might help us track down some of his work in English?

Edit: A new edition of his work would be a great candidate for publication by Hieroglyphic Press, if they are still around!

http://hieroglyphicpress.co.uk/
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Scots author John Herdman is an author who has been on my radar for the past two years; his grotesque and surreal work has been compared to Kafka, Beckett, Gogol, Stevenson, and others, and his novel, The Sinister Cabaret, sounds highly intriguing and David Lynchian with its protagonist on ''a surrealistic pilgrimage across the Scottish highlands as he seeks to unravel the meaning of the bizarre and mysterious forces which seem stacked against him. The story turns into a picaresque tale of travel, derangement and obsession. It presents an hallucinatory journey into a heart of darkness, but the darkness is Humbie's own, and demands confrontations with his personal demons''.
Alas, he is woefully underrated even here in Scotland. This needs to be rectified. His website is below.


https://www.google.co.uk/url?sa=t&rc...42059868,d.ZGg

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Re: Neglected/Underrated Writers

Two writers I haven't read but the articles were good.

Wendy Walker's bizarre sounding book
THE SECRET SERVICE | The Bedlam Files

Strange Horizons - Matrilines: Clemence Housman: The Woman Who Fought By Kari Sperring

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I definitely recommend The Secret Service; it is a fabulist masterpiece, singularly unique, intensely lyrical, and the metaphysical adventure the heroine undergoes after being 'broken' is stunning - one of the most genuinely visionary episodes in contemporary fiction.

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Been reading through Kari Sperring's Matrilines series of articles and they're very interesting.

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Re: Neglected/Underrated Writers

For the last few years I have been dipping into the many works of James Purdy. There's a lot to digest between the short story collections and novels, but the "weird" element carries through a good seventy percent of his books. Not weird as in Lovecraft or Aickman, not really even having a thing to do with the supernatural, just truly, deeply bizarre and unique writing. For those uninitiated, think of Peyton Place domestic drama crossed with Flannery O'Connor and Faulkner at their most brutal. But then there is something else with Purdy, an almost cosmic outlook or a hard to peg mysticism. This is most evident in the novel In a Shallow Grave, which I think is an absolute masterpiece. Eustace Chisholm and The Works, another of his novels, has the same quality, a sort of relentless poetic brutality. I would recommend these as well as the short story collection The Candles of Your Eyes to anyone who wants to get started. His books can be found cheaply almost anywhere.
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