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Old 07-11-2017   #21
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Re: Leonid Andreyev: A Tribute Anthology

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Andreyev was one of those writers who produce a few masterpieces and a lot of work that isn't that good.
Many of the greats produced relatively few excellent examples of strange macabre fiction, but make up for it with the sheer quality of their slim output of significant dark work. See also: Arthur Machen, Walter de la Mare, Oliver Onions, Sarban...

Still debating whether to submit anything for this. I feel as if I would just be wasting Samuels' time.
James, you're one of the most knowledgeable people here when it comes to traditional Weird Fiction. The problem, I believe, is that you're painfully aware of what constitutes high quality fiction, because of the knowledge you possess. If you can overcome that, then you're probably golden. I would read something from you because I know you'll be influenced by the great literary masters.

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Re: Leonid Andreyev: A Tribute Anthology

Have you guys thought about getting some Ukrainian and Russian writers on board? It would make sense for this project, and modern Eastern European weird fiction (or genre fiction in general, save for a couple of exceptions) is something that is completely ignored around in the West.I suppose that you know some writers or active readers from that part of the world, so you could make them aware of this so that they could spread the info around, just in case there is someone interested in contributing.
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Re: Leonid Andreyev: A Tribute Anthology

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Have you guys thought about getting some Ukrainian and Russian writers on board? It would make sense for this project, and modern Eastern European weird fiction (or genre fiction in general, save for a couple of exceptions) is something that is completely ignored around in the West.I suppose that you know some writers or active readers from that part of the world, so you could make them aware of this so that they could spread the info around, just in case there is someone interested in contributing.
I wouldn't call the modern Russian weird fiction very developed (which is strange since they have so much more potential for it than for more traditional horror) but maybe some writers would be interested. You may contact Darker horror magazine, its editors have a lot of ties with the Russian horror community and perhaps can find suitable authors.
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Re: Leonid Andreyev: A Tribute Anthology

Language would be a problem. You can't assume the best Russian writers know English or know it well enough to feel comfortable using it as a vehicle for their story. Good translators aren't a dime a dozen either.
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Re: Leonid Andreyev: A Tribute Anthology

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I don't like all of Andreyev's writings, but "The Abyss" and "The Red Laugh" are beyond superb.
Love those stories. And "Lazarus" should be considered essential reading for fans of Ligottian horror.

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Re: Leonid Andreyev: A Tribute Anthology

I just finished The Abyss and it is certainly a good story. It is shocking how purity is so totally destroyed and scattered to the wind.


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At the end, is Zinotchka dead, or is she traumatized into insensibility from the brutality at the hands of the savages? I believe the latter, but since Nemovsetsky is semi-delirious from his head injuries the description of her condition left me confused.

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Re: Leonid Andreyev: A Tribute Anthology

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I just finished The Abyss and it is certainly a good story. It is shocking how purity is so totally destroyed and scattered to the wind.


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At the end, is Zinotchka dead, or is she traumatized into insensibility from the brutality at the hands of the savages? I believe the latter, but since Nemovsetsky is semi-delirious from his head injuries the description of her condition left me confused.
She's probably still alive, but not for much longer, I figure.

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Re: Leonid Andreyev: A Tribute Anthology

Has Mark said when the deadline is? I don't want to bother him by messaging him directly.

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Re: Leonid Andreyev: A Tribute Anthology

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Has Mark said when the deadline is? I don't want to bother him by messaging him directly.
Just contact him. He's very courteous to people who reach out to him. He was gentlemanly when I conversed with him through email.

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Re: Leonid Andreyev: A Tribute Anthology

I get physically sick from social anxiety (the heart palpitations are the worst), especially when communicating with artists I admire.

Or hot girls.

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