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Old 06-24-2017   #161
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Rolling links to the Book Reviews by Des Lewis during 2017




Human Maps – by Andrew Hook
After Me Comes The Flood – Sarah Perry
A Different City – Tanith Lee
Omensetter’s Luck by William H. Gass
Dead Letters edited by Conrad Williams
The Tunnel – William H. Gass
ootHaNgbart – Rebecca Lloyd
Dark Gods – T.E.D. Klein
The Essex Serpent – Sarah Perry
Black Static #56
Interzone #268
A Pilgrim Stranger – Mark Samuels
The Secret of Ventriloquism by Jon Padgett
Holidays From Hell by Reggie Oliver
The Seashell Contract by Rhys Hughes
Cartesian Sonata by William H. Gass
Gestalt Real-Time Reviews Vol. 36
UBO by Steve Rasnic Tem
Green and Pleasant Land – Great British Horror 1
Mirrors in the Deluge by Rhys Hughes
A Vampire of the Soul by Anne-Sylvie Salzman and William Charlton
The Memoirist by Neil Williamson
CLARK by Brendan Connell
MIST & other ghost stories by Richmal Crompton
Singularity and Other Stories by Melanie Tem
Hieroglyphs of Blood & Bone by Michael Griffin
Orthogonal: Criminal Variations
An Ideal Retreat by Michael Griffin
Black Static 57 / Interzone 269
Absent Company by Steve Rasnic Tem
Among the Living by Steve Rasnic Tem
Black Feathers – edited by Ellen Datlow
as blank as the days yet to be by Mark Valentine
Theaker’s Quarterly Fiction #59
FROM ANCIENT RAVENS
Visit of a Ghost by John Howard
Selected Poems of Fiona Pitt-Kethley
NUMBER 11 or Tales that Witness Madness by Jonathan Coe
You Will Grow Into Them by Malcolm Devlin
Shadows and Tall Trees #7
The Clocks In This House All Tell Different Times by Xan Brooks
Terror Tales of Cornwall
The House of Silence by Avalon Brantley.
ORNITHOLOGY by Nicholas Royle.
Blood Kin by Steve Rasnic Tem
Interzone 270 / Black Static 58
An English Guide to Birdwatching by Nicholas Royle
Seven Strange Stories by Rebecca Lloyd
Laudanum Nights by Stephen Bacon
Paupers’ Graves by James Everington
ALL IS FULL OF HELL
The Quarantined City by James Everington
The Wanderer by Timothy J Jarvis
Daughters of Apostasy by Damian Murphy
The Paris Notebooks by Quentin S. Crisp
Cloud Farming in Wales by Rhys Hughes
BORNE by Jeff VanderMeer
ELASTICITY edited by Andrew Hook
Buried Shadows by John Howard
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Official:
I am now a Preternaturalist and no longer an Atheist.
Comes with age?

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I'm not sure it comes with age, Des. I'm more of a stone cold materialist now than I've ever been.

But who knows?
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The day I become an atheist is the day people learn fear.

(Sorry, have been wanting an opportunity to say that for weeks)
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I'm not sure it comes with age, Des. I'm more of a stone cold materialist now than I've ever been.
Me too.


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The day I become an atheist is the day people learn fear.

(Sorry, have been wanting an opportunity to say that for weeks)

LOL. You're a scary guy, Evans.
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The thing is, the older you get, the more you see. The horrors--read any issue of the Post--and the cruel absurdities, the hypocrisy, all make it impossible to believe in some benevolent spirituality.
At least for me...

A merciful God out there?

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Preternaturalism is not necessarily a belief in any God but in the Inexplicable.

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My blog today -
Lovecrafts last lav | The Des Lewis Gestalt Real-Time Review

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Re: D.F. Lewis

I was rummaging through book boxes and came across some interesting bio material on Des. This was an introductory piece written by Karl Edward Wagner for the story "Salustrade" that he selected for inclusion in his book The Year's Best Horror Stories XXII published in 1994 by DAW Books.

("Salustrade" was also reprinted in the important volume Weirdmonger by D.F. Lewis.)

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Born in 1948 in Walton-on-Naze, D.F. Lewis currently lives in Surrey. In 1968 August Derleth rejected two of his early stories as being "pretty much pure grue." Derleth at that time was publishing through Arkham House stories by unknown beginners such as Ramsey Campbell, Brian Lumley, and David Drake. Crestfallen, Lewis waited twenty years to reattempt his writing career. He did so with a vengeance: he has published over 550 stories since January 1987. True, most of these stories aren't much longer than Joey Froehlich's poems. True, most of these small press publications not even your editor has ever heard of. But over 550 stories....
Jessica Amanda Salmonson has described Lewis as "a cross between Lovecraft and a large demented rat observing humanity from the vantage point of a dumpster or sewer drain." Lewis writes that he will soon be featured in a special D.F. Lewis issue of Corset Digest, and I'm not at all certain he's joking. I do know that TAL has published The Best of D.F. Lewis and that a second volume is forthcoming. Pity it wasn't Arkham House twenty years ago, but then how many stories could Lewis have written during those missing two decades?

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Perhaps Des can shed some light as to the veracity of the above preface.

Correct me if I'm wrong, but I don't believe KEW ever selected a Ligotti story for his series The Year's Best Horror. And I have never read an opinion by Wagner as to his impression of Ligotti's work. I don't know how much I would read into his not selecting a story from Tom, because Ligotti's work was frequently chosen for a "competing" series, Best New Horror initially edited by Stephen Jones and Ramsey Campbell. I doubt that it would have benefited either series if there was much overlap.

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Wagner's taste in horror was idiosyncratic. But his collections were always a pleasure.
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