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Old 08-18-2008   #21
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Re: Cones in Art & Literature

Look to the left! A cone on my avatar's HEAD!

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Re: Cones in Art & Literature

Not only your avatar, B&I.



I knew TL is also a Cone Zero fan. ;)

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Yes, that is the avatar of YellowJester into whom TL morphs when visiting TLO. :-)

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Re: Cones in Art & Literature

YellowJester's avatar looks bleaker and icier than my forlorn and dreamy clown-dunce.

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Re: Cones in Art & Literature

Thanks to remembering by Albie on the Ramsey Campbell Forum:

From:
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COLD PRINT by Ramsey Campbell

"The Insects of Shaggai
After a drunken boast, a man finds he has no choice but to go into the woods to find a supposedly powerful cone which had previously sent the last person to see it raving mad. He finds it, and one of its occupants invades his brain, and his is given a view of the creatures history, on a variety of far-off planets."

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Re: Cones in Art & Literature

Elizabeth Bowen's Cones:

Enormous stalactites, shaped like cocoanut cones, hung from the roof of the cave, now and then a drop fell from the tip of a stalctite on to a torch, which would fizz horribly.
- from ‘Brigands’ 1932

The others looked through the hinge crack. There Mr Beaker sat, looking pachydermatous. The armchair from which he protruded was of leather. The cigar from here being out of view, he appeared himself to be fuming, like a slow incense-cone, though of different odour. Comatose, reconciled to the absence of his spouse, he duly sickened with love at the sight of his little daughter: he would as soon not have. Dote, however, he always had, so he did.
- From Part II (5) of ‘The Little Girls’ 1964

Jalousies were pulled to over the far window, so that no light fell across the head of the bed. A cone of sick-room incense on the bureau sent spirals up the daylight near the door; daylight fell cold white on the honeycomb quilt rolled back. Round the curtained bedhead, Pompeian red walls drank objects into their shadow; picture-frames, armies of bottles, boxes, an ornate clock showed without glinting, as though not quite painted out by some dark transparent wash. Henrietta had never been in a room so full and still. She stood by the door Miss Fisher had shut behind her, with her heart in her mouth. Her eyes turned despairingly to a bracket on which stood white spiked shells with cameos on their lips. The airlessness had a strange dry pure physical smell.
- From Part I (4) of ‘The House in Paris’ 1935



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Re: Cones in Art & Literature

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Look to the left! A cone on my avatar's HEAD!
And on mine, too!

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I wonder if the word 'cone' appears anywhere in the Ligotti canon?
"I am afraid, however, that a peculiar feature of the house prevented full indulgence in the usual anticipations. This feature was a turret built into one side of the house and rising to an unusual height beyond its roof, so that it looked out upon the world as a lighthouse, diminishing the aspect of introspection that is vital to such structures. And near the cone-roofed peak of this turret, a row of large windows appeared to have been placed, as a later modification, around its entire circumference. But if the house was truly employing its windows to gaze outward more than within, what it saw was nothing. For all the windows of the three ample stories of the house, as well as those of the turret and that small octagonal aperture in the attic, were shuttered closed."
Thomas Ligotti - "In the Shadow of Another World"

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Re: Cones in Art & Literature

Marvelous girl in a dunce cap, c. 1981, gracing the cover of one of her 7" singles:

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Re: Cones in Art & Literature

An architectural example just came to mind! These conical homes, called trulli, can be found throughout Puglia:




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