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Old 09-08-2017   #901
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Re: Recent Reading

Aside from finishing up 'The Golden' tonight, I just read an interesting little novelette-in-verse by the title of 'My Travels to the Isle of Carcosa' by Steven A. Williams. It appears to have been self-published and is (surprise-surprise) set within the KIY Mythos, taking place in equal parts between Carcosa and New Orleans. In spite of the reputation self-published works can sometimes carry with them, I actually found this to be a solidly entertaining read. Certainly well worth the low price which is being asked for a print copy (less than £5 here in the UK). If you're a KIY fan then I recommend giving it a go.

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Just started Hostage to the Devil by Malachi Martin. A fascinating book by a brilliant writer.

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

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Just started Hostage to the Devil by Malachi Martin. A fascinating book by a brilliant writer.
Yes, I read this a few years ago and found it creepy and engaging.
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Revisiting Schopenhauer's (The Philosopher) The Wisdom of Life. So much of contemporary "philosophy" is trash compared to anything written by one of the greatest individuals to have had to tolerate this bargain bin universe.

"In a less scientific age, he would have been a devil-worshipper, a partaker in the abominations of the Black Mass; or would have given himself to the study and practice of sorcery. His was a religious soul that had failed to find good in the scheme of things; and lacking it, was impelled to make of evil itself an object of secret reverence."

~ Clark Ashton Smith, "The Devotee of Evil"
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Re: Recent Reading

Poe stories in comics rendering:
Professor H's Wayback Machine: Poe 1968, Pt. 27

This one, "King Pest."

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Re: Recent Reading

Confessions of a Mask by Yukio Mishima.
Naomi by Jun'ichiro Tanizaki.

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

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Re: Recent Reading

Right now I'm re-reading Stephen R. Donaldson's sci-fi series The Gap Cycle, which was a series of 5 books that were published in the early-to-mid 1990's. I first read this series way back in the year 2000. My initial plan was to maybe re-read the first 3 books this year and the last 2 next year. Anyway, I started them about a week and a half ago and already I'm halfway through book 3, ha ha.

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Re: Recent Reading

Just started on Joe Hill's Heart Shaped Box.

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- H.P. Lovecraft

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Just started on Joe Hill's Heart Shaped Box.
I find Joe Hill to be a skilled story-teller, but overall not exceptionally distinctive in style. Where he shines—really, really, shines*—is his ability to come up with powerful, haunting images. I loved Heat-Shaped Box. And, basically, I loved it on the strength of just two such images. Enjoy!

*No... not a coy The Shining reference.
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After literally having it on my 'to-read' list for years, I am finally, finally, about to start 'The House on the Borderland' for the very first time.
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