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Old 12-24-2014   #31
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In the interest of synchronous comparative literary criticism, there is some mileage in ricocheting the work of Mark Samuels against that of Damian Murphy, and vice versa...
I don't want to make a big thing of this, as their work is quite diverse from each other, and any comparisons are Jungian rather than deliberate. But it is an interesting comparison, nevertheless.

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I Am The Man Who Collected Samuels...

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THE COURT OF MIDNIGHT by Mark Samuels

“new quests for nothing”

The writer Melchior -- having lost “a position of great respect and status in society” and beset, along with other artists and writers, by lunar fever -- comes to the Court of Midnight with his English gin so as to follow up the promise of a doctor called Dr Prozess. Including a striking scene with Melchior’s friend Santon finally falling by the wayside, and we realise the dreadful diminuendo involved, as, one by one, the residue of us thinkers and artists and poets wanes…

My extrapolation of this provoking work –
We sense that our own preciously mannered masque alongside these gifted words is one of realising that the process is of a tontine not of a deadly attrition. And the writing here is writer Melchior’s pitch for such a prize. While the rest of us wait in great suspense for our own telegrams of a hopeful process of procession or a doomful moon’s precession (sic).

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THE COURT OF MIDNIGHT by Mark Samuels
My favourite Mark Samuels story since the White Hands tales.... And in the same Uncertainties volume that has my favourite Mark Valentine story since, well, the last one I really, really liked :-)
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THE COURT OF MIDNIGHT by Mark Samuels
My favourite Mark Samuels story since the White Hands tales.... And in the same Uncertainties volume that has my favourite Mark Valentine story since, well, the last one I really, really liked :-)
The Valentine story is in Volume 1. Samuels in Volume 2.
Agree that both are unmissable stories.

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https://marksamuels.wordpress.com/20...inconvenience/
Some of you will no doubt take umbrage with the first paragraph, but I reckon that most will something worth looking forward to in the second one.
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Mark's remarks are spot on. I'm not sure I'd call it a conspiracy. I see it as pieces of human gullibility, political correctness and utter folly falling into place. So be it.

In another post his remarks about agnostics are priceless.
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I have socialist and agnostic leanings, but I am sympathetic to Mark's position. I have always felt out of place in this time myself. He would probably be declared scum by many online 'liberals' for his traditionalism, which is unfair.

I disagree the conspiracy of mediocrity is Ligottian or socialist in philosophy. I think it is more akin to atheist humanism in the vein of Carl Sagan and neoliberalism. Antinatalism is still a fringe belief system – even on this forum – and capitalism is getting worse every day.

I suspect Mark wouldn't or doesn't really like me, but I will be sure to purchase the reprinted Glyphotech out of principle if I'm not broke when it comes out.

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I disagree the conspiracy of mediocrity is Ligottian or socialist in philosophy. I think it is more akin to atheist humanism in the vein of Carl Sagan and neoliberalism.
I don't think being an atheist humanist is so much of a problem with these folks writing ####ty Mythos fiction as their inability to grasp and/or portray Cosmicism, and the supreme lack of intellectual rigor in their writing. (Michael Cisco being a notable exception... he's probably the most intelligent of the NecronomiCON crowd.) There is an anthropocentric undercurrent in these pastiches, which effectively emasculates any serious attempt to steal Lovecraft's ideas.

I don't mind humanists. They do philanthropic and activist work that I get behind. I just wish more of them seriously critiqued capitalism.

I'm sure Mark would dislike me personally as well, but pumped for the resurrection of Glyphotech.

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