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Old 12-06-2016   #61
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Re: Hanns Heinz Ewers

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Dear all,

some might be interested to know that I recently gave an illustrated presentation on 'The European Weird and Hanns Heinz Ewers' at a 'Weekend of Weird' which ran 26-27th November 2016 and was organised by Loughborough University.

Other contributors to the event included Rosalie Parker, Ray Russell, Mark Valentine and Dan Watt with topics including Arthur Machen, Sarban, and Robert Aickman; film screenings, performances and artworks.

I have uploaded my own talk on the Sidereal website here:

http://siderealpressxtras.blogspot.c...inz-ewers.html

It includes a few rare book covers and a previously unpublished(?) image of Ilna Ewers.

It also introduces some of the themes that appear in my upcoming essay on 'The Sorcerers Apprentice', which will appear in the Sidereal edition of that book which will be due to appear soon...ish!

In the meantime, please accept this prelude; of sorts.

REGARDS!

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This is a great presentation. Thank you for sharing, John!

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Re: Hanns Heinz Ewers

As a side note, some time ago I posted a small compilation of low opinions some writers of weird fiction had of each other's writings. Among these, there is a short paragraph from "Twórczość Literacka Stefana Grabińskiego" by Artur Hutnikiewicz (this is the most detailed monograph on Grabiński ever published in any language), where the author points out that Grabiński was not very fond of Ewers:

“(..) comparison to Ewers was not very apt, Ewers being a shallow sensationalist, whom Grabiński considered a charlatan and was constantly outraged whenever he was set side by side with the author of Alraune.”

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Just a small tidbit from me - triggered by and yet going off on a tangent from the excellent presentation posted by John. I sincerely wonder what Ewers would think of Grabiński, whom, I am quite positive, he has never had a chance to read.
In any case, to each his own. I am certainly looking forward to reading more Ewers.

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Re: Hanns Heinz Ewers

Not sure if I am attracted to the "Ewers" kind of decadence, which appears "dirty" and "grimy" to me, seeming much connected to the self-absorbed debauchery lifestyle of his person, wallowing in cigarettes, drugs, and undiscriminate sex.

I like the purely imaginary, aesthetic, fantastically, and all intellectual decadent style, of a Machen, a Lovecraft, or a Clark Ashton Smith.

I don't know much of Ewer's work though, have only read his short story "The Spider". Which impressed me, even if I found it overly symbolic.

However, I have had a look on Amazon, at the first few pages of Alraune, and I find it vastly funny and lively. This is what grand literature should be, truly ecstatic. Does the book keep this intensity up all the way through?
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Re: Hanns Heinz Ewers

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Does the book keep this intensity up all the way through?
anyone's guess ;)

http://badbooksbadpeople.com/episode...e-femme-fatale


(I have the sidereal press edition)





actually



has english subtitles... (I like the first one)

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nothing scares me anymore
Watch David Cronenberg's The Brood. ;)
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nothing scares me anymore
Watch David Cronenberg's The Brood. ;)
The ability to mould flesh based on what you think you want, subconsciously or otherwise, is not really fiction anymore (if you have/had the capital and commitment - it really never was), but in “The Brood” or “Black Hole”"Society" or “Threshold” even “Wild Cards” (when game of thrones winds down) - who do you think is in it for the long term? Who is going to turn up?...Gnon doesn’t blink, and she is very selective.


Things grind to the same rules and I find it hard to suspend belief otherwise



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