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Re: Recent Reading

My current reading is sort of out there:

Artemidorus - The Interpretation of Dreams - a second century dream dictionary.

Elias Ashmole - Theatrum Chemicum Britannicum - a 17th century collection of British alchemical poems.

Alejandro Jodorowsky and Marianne Costa - The Way of The Tarot

I'm not a believer in divination/depth psychology/New Age etc. but I find the various interpretations of symbols fascinating. The books are also turning out to be an inadvertent supplement to Damian Murphy's Daughters of Apostasy - the only conventional fiction I'm reading at the moment.

On a different tack, I'm skimming the collected poems of Coleridge - I was really disappointed by Christabel (mainly because it cuts off before anything actually happens) and am not sure how I feel about Kubla Khan, but I liked The Nightingale and The Devil's Thoughts quite a bit.
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Re: Recent Reading

Not quite recent reading but soon to be reading:

I have just placed my very first order with Egaeus Press, picking up a copy of 'The Transfiguration of Mister Punch'. I've never bought from any of these 'prestige' presses before, with the possible exception of a couple of paperbacks from Tartarus Press, so I'm very excited to see what I get for my money.
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Re: Recent Reading

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Giving Henry James another go. Started The Portrait of a Lady. I love The Turn of the Screw, but have so far found his novels impenetrable. Hoping this time he clicks for me.
Ironically, William James was a better writer.

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Re: Recent Reading

His verbosity can feel too much at times, but the best of Henry's ghost stories are highly distinguished and queasily uncomfortable

I am enjoying 'Lady'.

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Re: Recent Reading

Currently reading Robert Aickman's Cold Hand in Mine.

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Re: Recent Reading

Finished reading "Written In Darkness" by Mark Samuels, not as great as his other books but he is still a Master. I want more fiction by him.
"In Eternity Two Lines Intersect" is very special.

The book is also a quick, entertaining read
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I want to properly digest Aickmanís stories, so Iíve started reading J.K.Huysmans ņ rebours, so I have something to read in the meantime. Really loving this first taste of decadent fiction!

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Re: Recent Reading

Sixty pages in to 'The Transfiguration of Mister Punch' and I am happy to report that I am thoroughly enjoying it.
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Re: Recent Reading

I'm two stories into Damian Murphy's Daughters of Apostasy and enjoyed it enough to buy other works by Murphy.

I've also been dipping into Gustav Meyrink's The Opal and Others - a strong collection so far with the exception of only one story. I was surprised by the fact that Meyrink's short fiction is satirical - a few of the shorter stories are more or less extended jokes.

I'm still reading Coleridge, but I've concluded I like Byron and Shelley much better...
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Re: Recent Reading

His short fiction can be pretty great indeed, though I can see why those coming to it after reading his novels might be pretty disappointed. E. F. Bleiler all but completely dismissed his satirical short stories in his introduction to my old paperback edition of The Golem, basically describing them as being of no interest to anyone outside of historians specializing in that time period.
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