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Old 01-08-2018   #1011
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Re: Recent Reading

Over the last 24 hours I have read and then thrice reread Count Stenbock's True Story of a Vampire and The Other Side, which I believe are the only two stories of his that are even in print. I thought both were beautiful, particularly The Other Side, and I am now eagerly awaiting David Tibet's Stenbock collection.

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Re: Recent Reading

Lately I've been swapping between William S. Burroughs' "Exterminator!", David Keenan's "England's Hidden Reverse", and now Thomas Bernhard's "Three Novellas". All great stuff.

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Re: Recent Reading

Started Adam Nevill's Some Will Not Sleep.
One story in particular, "Yellow Teeth," about the house guest who would not leave, infuriated me.
I know homeowners in this situation.
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Re: Recent Reading

While the Prozess book arrived at the same time, I chose to read Phillips' In The Glass House first.
The construction of the book itself is highly unusual, pages darkening from white to black as the story progresses.
And yes, the story of a stain that corrupts and taints grows bleak.
Parts of this seem eerily prescient, even though nations across the globe have been electing / installing "strong men" to solve their problems.
I suspect other TLO members ordered this in tandem with Prozess.
Should provide unsettled thoughts.
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Re: Recent Reading

Penguin Modern Short stories 1936





- I could elaborate, but truly - highly recommended one of my favourite recent reads -the second (with the rain) and last (somewhat racy) if you want to skim but all are recommended.

Dead Romance ( JI suggested it) enjoyable, particularly liked the spiral addendum discourse (in the mad norweigan copy) on Universal evolution although it showed a few blind spots - I was thinking along similar lines with a few divergences - plenitude in itself can be a predator

More recently I have started reading

https://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/b...9781681371450/

I am uncertain about it -I like dichotomies and it defines contra Celine (I can read the clear haters of things I love with ease - they are a source of inspiration - more so when they have talent - but mergure?)
not sure if I can stay the course - so far, so good

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Re: Recent Reading

I'm reading Robert Louis Stevenson's Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde for the first time.

Also, Ramsey Campbell's The Overnight.

"The Outsider must find a direction and commit himself to it, not lie moping about the meaninglessness of the world."
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Re: Recent Reading

I am currently halfway through Arthur Machenís The Hill of Dreams, and I am at a loss for words to describe how much I am enjoying this book.

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Re: Recent Reading

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I am currently halfway through Arthur Machenís The Hill of Dreams, and I am at a loss for words to describe how much I am enjoying this book.
That was one of the best books I have ever read. The death of the puppy bothered me (I hate reading about animals being killed), but it was a proper element of the story and not, in my opinion, gratuitous. Being halfway through, you have quite descent ahead of you.

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I am currently halfway through Arthur Machenís The Hill of Dreams, and I am at a loss for words to describe how much I am enjoying this book.
That was one of the best books I have ever read. The death of the puppy bothered me (I hate reading about animals being killed), but it was a proper element of the story and not, in my opinion, gratuitous. Being halfway through, you have quite descent ahead of you.
I'm currently rereading The Hill of Dreams, in a special edition given to me some years ago by a dear friend: the limited Martin Secker volume printed on blue paper, bearing Machen's mighty signature on the front page. The perfection of his prose is unmatched in English literature.

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Re: Recent Reading

It often was during that period from The Great God Pan to The Secret Glory.

The Hill of Dreams, Ornaments in Jade and The House of Souls are essential.

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