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Reading: THE NOONDAY CEMETERY and OTHER STORIES by Gustaw Herling

Lucian pigeon-holed the letter solemnly in the receptacle lettered 'Barbarians.' ~ The Hill of Dreams by Arthur Machen
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Dark Awakenings by Matt Cardin...What a ride...

They were watching, out there past men's knowing, where stars are drowning and whales ferry their vast souls through the black and seamless sea.”
― Cormac McCarthy, Blood Meridian, or the Evening Redness in the West
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Current reading: Roberto Bolaño's Monsieur Pain.
I occasionally forget how great an author Bolaño is/was. Is everyone here reading enough Bolaño? He knows horror & laces it with humour & compassion.

Also dipping into "Lucifer Circus" by Pilar Pedreza. Don't know what to expect, picked it up because spanish publisher Valdemar's books ( Ligotti's spanish publisher, incidentally ) always look great. Always book a judge by his cover.

Finally started Dan Simmon's Hyperion ( while trying not to think about his recent open-minded and warm remarks about islam ). The first part is straight-up horror dressed up as SF, very effective - i was impressed. Not with the writing itself though.

Did i mention how good Bolaño is?
I love Bolaño. Reading 2666 was definitely a trying experience, as any experience should be with such a massive novel. The dream-like and terrifying scenes in his work I still think of vividly.
I usually forget him as well, and find myself reading him again and being reminded how great of a writer he was.

I have not read the others you mentioned, so I'll add them to my list.

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As much happiness as death in this miserable world
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Tonight I started The Soft Machine by Burroughs. I haven't laughed so hard in a long time.

This is my life. This is my damnation. This is my only regret--that I ever was born.

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Noir City Annual 9


#9 collects essays from 2016.
Generally a good mix of overviews of directors, writers and stars.
Many overlooked Neo-Noirs, as well as criminally ignored international Noirs.
A limited number of printed annuals are published and tend to sell out in a year or two.
The e-magazines, from which they are compiled, go back to #1.
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Still reading: THE NOONDAY CEMETERY and OTHER STORIES by Gustaw Herling

This is an excellent collection. Some very somber stories written in a reflective, and not necessarily depressing manner.

I'm guessing that the translator did a great job, as well.

Lucian pigeon-holed the letter solemnly in the receptacle lettered 'Barbarians.' ~ The Hill of Dreams by Arthur Machen

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Working my way through the Weird Fiction Megapack on my kindle, lots of really excellent stories in here. Already Steve Rasnic Tem's Boy Blue and To Become a Sorcerer by Darrell Schweitzer have been well worth the read, really amazing and memorable stories.

"For he who passes the gateways always wins a shadow, and never again can he be alone."
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Conversion via Twitter | The New Yorker

Really incredible article, I knew some Westboro Baptist Church members were leaving but I didn't know all this.

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I perused The Tales of Edgar Allan Poe recently. My old favorites--The Mask of the Red Death, The Pit and the Pendulum, Cask of Amontillado--remain potent. Out of my new favorites, William Wilson stands out for its ending and wonderful tension. The three landscape pieces The Island of the Fay, The Domain of Arnheim and Landor's Cottage convince me that if Poe is alive today he might be the Attenborough of landscape gardening. Maybe I'll check out some landscape garden books in the future in search of his visions...

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Honestly, 'The Sound of his Horn', 'Ringstones', and 'The Dollmaker', all sounded really interesting. I plumped for 'The Sound of his Horn' just now, but if I enjoy it then I fully expect to check out the others as well.
It took an age for the book to arrive, but tonight I shall, at last, begin reading 'The Sound of His Horn'.
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