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I think it would be quite rewarding if TLO members would post links to some of their favorite weird tales, obscure or now neglected ones that can be easily found online. Why not? I enjoy threads dealing with everything from politics to video games but weird literature is one of the primary reasons for this forum and it should take priority. Online resources are staggering and we shouldn't ignore them. Of course there's no need to provide links to the more famous tales of the genre; but the number of obscure classic works available is great. Comments on the stories are welcome!

So here's my first offering, a grim little gem by W. C. Morrow that I read in my youth and never forgot.

https://americanliterature.com/autho...querable-enemy

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Re: Classics Online

For Durrenmatt, the underworld of crime was a place where Absurdity and horror often met. "Smithy" is a good example.

Smithy by Friedrich Durrenmatt -- a story
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Re: Classics Online

One of my favorite collections: 'Can Such Things Be?' by Ambrose Bierce

http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/4366

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Re: Classics Online

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One of my favorite collections: 'Can Such Things Be?' by Ambrose Bierce

http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/4366
Nice to see another Bierce enthusiast here. I reread his stories pretty regularly (as much as I do with Ligotti's work). I was going to post his "Beyond the Wall," but I suppose that's unnecessary now.

I definitely recommend reading his heartbreaking Civil War stories as well. Beautiful stories by a beautiful author.


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Re: Classics Online

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I think it would be quite rewarding if TLO members would post links to some of their favorite weird tales, obscure or now neglected ones that can be easily found online. Why not? I enjoy threads dealing with everything from politics to video games but weird literature is one of the primary reasons for this forum and it should take priority. Online resources are staggering and we shouldn't ignore them. Of course there's no need to provide links to the more famous tales of the genre; but the number of obscure classic works available is great. Comments on the stories are welcome!

So here's my first offering, a grim little gem by W. C. Morrow that I read in my youth and never forgot.

https://americanliterature.com/autho...querable-enemy
Great idea for a thread, Druidic. Many classic stories have also been narrated and posted on Youtube. This may be a separate thread though.

I read the Morrow story years ago and thought it was indeed memorable. I have a collection of his stories in some book box somewhere.

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Hey, Ben! Glad you're familiar with Morrow's dark gem of a tale. It's unforgettable. Hope you check out "Smithy" if you're not already familiar with it. Like Borges, Durrenmatt had an interest in the world of gangsters.

And you're more than qualified to do an audio thread of classic horror--far more so than myself!

All good selections so far.

I'll keep this going with a short and gruesome tale of psycho-sexual horror by a master of the macabre--

Weird Tales/Volume 30/Issue 4/Tiger Cat - Wikisource, the free online library

And an audio discussion of "Tiger Cat":

Pulp Crazy Tiger Cat by David H. Keller | Pulp Crazy

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http://doyleandmacdonald.com/l_hornet.htm
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Re: Classics Online

Good thread, Druidic.

Hmm. Obscure classic supernatural authors. Will John Metcalfe suffice? Here is one of his best (and shortest):


'I believe in what the Germans term Ehrfurcht: reverence for things one cannot understand.'
― Robert Aickman, An Essay
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I read my first Metcalf story as a kid when August Derleth sent me a copy of "The Feasting Dead" as a gift. Metcalf reminded me of Henry James--at least in that novella-- but the aura of Arkham House made the slim book even more haunting than "The Turn of the Screw."
I still remember the great Utpatel cover.

Good choice, James.
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Before At the Mountains of Madness, before Who Goes There? there was "In Amundsen's Tent" by John Martin Leahy.
A Pulp Classic of ghastly horror in The Great White Space.
For enhanced effect, read while listening to Al Stewart's "Antarctica."



Famous (and forgotten) Fiction-Writings-In Amundsen's Tent by John Martin Leahy


Notice the similarity of the quote in Leahy's story to the line in Al Stewart's song.

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