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Old 12-20-2016   #111
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Re: Walter de la Mare Strangers and Pilgrims

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James--If you regard Borges and Kafka as highly as I do, you may regard Durrenmatt even higher. Novels like "The Pledge" and "Traps" are unique and haunting.
I recently saw yet again "The Innocents," a fine film with Deborah Kerr. Screenplay in part by Capote. I suspect Jack Clayton encouraged Kerr's performance to reflect "the Governess is deluded" interpretation. That's my only criticism; it must have been quite a challenge to film such a subtle work and to film it so well.
You can find "The Innocents" on Youtube.
The Innocents may just beat The Haunting and The Shining for the title of best English language ghost film. It's better paced than the original novella, even if it lacks some of its ambiguity.

I'm partial to the BBC M. R. James adaptations also. Wish they'd make more of those. The Tractate Middoth was quite pleasant.

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Re: Walter de la Mare Strangers and Pilgrims

Started 'The Green Room' after it was mentioned here. Wish I had more time, in general, to read and discuss what I read with interested parties. Oh well, I suppose I might get a minute at some point over Christmas.

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Re: Walter de la Mare Strangers and Pilgrims

Did you ever finish it?

I stumbled on this on Amazon:



Finally a paperback I can easily point people toward. I'm looking for a full table of contents, but from the descriptions of selected stories I can glean that it contains at least Winter, Seaton's Aunt, A:B:O and Out of the Deep.

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Did you ever finish it?

I stumbled on this on Amazon: Out of the Deep: And Other Supernatural Tales: Amazon.co.uk: Walter de la Mare: 9780712356756: Books

Finally a paperback I can easily point people toward. I'm looking for a full table of contents, but from the descriptions of selected stories I can glean that it contains at least Winter, Seaton's Aunt, A:B:O and Out of the Deep.
Yes, I did. Early on there was a sentence that struck me as typical of De la Mare's language, and extremely atypical on the unlayered prose fashionable today, and I meant to make a note of it, but didn't in the end. Anyway, suffice it to say, he very much writes in a style that demands you slow down to its pace. I appreciate this as much as the imagery and atmosphere.

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Re: Walter de la Mare Strangers and Pilgrims

It's a tale of still and eerie tragedy. Possibly the most Aickman-esque of his work.

Today I read the excellent de la Mare story Alice's Godmother, and I ordered the anthology They Walk Again just to read Walter's introduction.

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Wow. I wasn't expecting much, but the introduction is a long one in which de la Mare expounds his detailed thoughts on the ghost story. An invaluable resource. Will add some of these details to his Wikipedia page later.

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Re: Walter de la Mare Strangers and Pilgrims

I should be getting a few books by both Aickman and de la Mare for my birthday.

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Re: Walter de la Mare Strangers and Pilgrims

How much of de la Mare's writing have you read so far? Be prepared that relatively few of his stories fit into the outright horror category, although of these such stories as Seaton's Aunt, All Hallows, Crewe, A Recluse, A:B:O and Mr. Kempe and The Tree are masterful works of terror.

Many of his ghostly stories instead go for a sense of strange melancholy, see: Winter, Strangers & Pilgrims, The Riddle, The Creatures (has anybody mentiond that one yet?), Alice's Godmother (found in the collection of children's stories, but I thought it was mature as his other fiction), The Vats, An Anniversary, The House, The Green Room and Missing.

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I've read nothing by Walter de la Mare. Everything I know about him is through the members here.

I should probably read at least two or three stories via Gutenberg first. As for Aickman, I've read seven of his stories - enough to convince me that I'll devour whatever he's written.

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Ugh. We really need a report button so I don't have to derail the discussion in pointing out this person is almost definitely Strength shilling his work again.

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