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Old 03-05-2015   #11
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Re: Neglected/Underrated Writers

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Matt Cardin.

In an alternate reality, Matt is enjoying the kind of literary success and attention that Laird Barron currently enjoys. Matt is one of the finest prose writers alive. His critical skills and creative imagination are nothing short of astonishing.
A few days ago I read Matt's "Divinations of the Deep," and wondered "how in the hell did it take me this long to finally read this?" It was so up my alley, it was beyond my alley.
It's a superlative book, and truly great in the history of weird fiction. The opportunity to meet the man who wrote it was one of the prime factors in my making a trip across the Atlantic to the World Horror Convention in 2002.

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Re: Neglected/Underrated Writers

Yasunari Kawabata, author of "Palm-In-the-Hand" stories, is definitely underrated.






And those are some nasty stories.

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Re: Neglected/Underrated Writers

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It's a superlative book, and truly great in the history of weird fiction. The opportunity to meet the man who wrote it was one of the prime factors in my making a trip across the Atlantic to the World Horror Convention in 2002.

Mark S.
Mark, you were the one who persuaded me to go along to WHC 2002 where I met Matt for the first time. After talking to him I snapped up a copy of DotD. Thanks for introducing me to both the man and the book.

The Mask Behind the Face, Pendragon Press 2005
Shards of Dreams, Double Dragon eBooks 2004
Spare Parts, Rainfall Books 2003

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Matt's now thinking, "So it was Mark's fault I got introduced to Stuart!"

The Mask Behind the Face, Pendragon Press 2005
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Re: Neglected/Underrated Writers

Kawabata might be underrated, but he did win the Nobel prize
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Re: Neglected/Underrated Writers

I am going to be a bit spammy, and mention Guido Gozzano. Yes, I translated his book Requiems and Nightmares, but that is because I thought these stories should be in English. In Italy almost every student of literature has read his poetry, but even my Italian professor friends were unfamiliar with his short stories.
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I am going to be a bit spammy, and mention Guido Gozzano. Yes, I translated his book Requiems and Nightmares, but that is because I thought these stories should be in English. In Italy almost every student of literature has read his poetry, but even my Italian professor friends were unfamiliar with his short stories.
Not spammy. That book kicked ass. Loved it.
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Re: Neglected/Underrated Writers

Gabriel Blackwell doesn't seem to be well known, although I'm admittedly out of the loop of who is well known. I recommended his book The Natural Dissolution of Fleeting-Improvised-Men a while ago and have since found his others novels of equal caliber.
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Re: Neglected/Underrated Writers

Rob Hardin, also known as "scrypt" at TLO.

I read his book "Distorture" years ago, and as I recall it was a gem.

And many of you have seen his prose here.

Jim Goad had this to say about Distorture: "There is a brief moment in which the abused shakes off his chrysalis and turns into the abuser. This book freezes that moment and runs it through a series of rigorous forensic tests."

I'm Facebook friends with Rob, and he has a good heart and great mind (I hope that after my miniature meltdown here the other day my recommendation doesn't taint him by association. I should point out he's one of the most eloquent speakers against bigotry I've ever encountered. That and the fact that he's friendly even to a jackass like me attests to the two qualities I mentioned.)




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Re: Neglected/Underrated Writers

Gonna endorse the work of another TLO member as well (been meaning to recommend his work here):

Simon P. Murphy. I read his book "His Master's Wretched Organ" recently, and enjoyed it quite a bit. I'd describe it as something like "phantasmagorical horror/dark fantasy of a philosophical bent."

There are also a number of strange humorous touches that I found quite charming.

He wears his Ligotti influence on his sleeve in some of the stories (though the collection is rather varied in style), but I think we might agree here that's hardly a point against him. His collection is easily up there with some of the more well-known weird fiction/horror I've read recently, in terms of personal enjoyment.

Anyway, there's hardly any info about the book online, (I believe it was self-published), so I think he qualifies as a neglected or underrated author. So, yeah, I'd recommend picking up his book (and maybe writing a review, if one wishes. I'd write one myself, but I have no talent for reviewing.)



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