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Old 10-03-2016   #511
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Re: Recent Reading

I just read William Sansom's "A Woman Seldom Found" and "The Long Sheet". I thought they were both fantastic! He seems to be a very underrated author.
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Arthur Machen and Walter de la Mare are among the only writers who touch Aickman's level of quality in the arena of enigmatic, unsettling and strange supernatural fiction. They are joint second along with some others. What pips Aickman above them for me to the top spot is the consistency of his corpus in its exploration of these ideas. Walter de la Mare wrote much fewer ghostly stories in comparison, and Arthur Machen attempted wonder more than anxiety in the best stories of his later career (The Secret Glory, The Great Return, N and Opening the Door).

With Machen and de la Mare, as with Poe and Lovecraft, I tend to be somewhat selective in what I read and return to the same number of classics, whereas I can pick up an Aickman book and am guaranteed to love what I am reading. I even like Growing Boys and Pages from a Young Girl's Journal. I think only Ligotti can be deemed Aickman's equal when it comes to sheer consistency of merit throughout a weirdist's career.
I am more and more enamored with Growing Boys as time wears on. In the late 1990's I remember reading a criticism of the story, the short of it being that it strayed so far from the traditional supernatural tale as to render it ridiculous. I want to say the review was in a major publication, either publishers weekly or kirkus, but for the life of me I cannot pinpoint it now. I have never agreed with this assessment of the tale. I find everything about it appealing and unnerving. That story is just a total firework of absurdity, to the extent that even when borderline slapstick it is knocking at a deeper fear. I'll go against the consensus proudly: top five Aickman for me.
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It isn't in my top ten with The Inner Room, The Stains, The School Friend, The Cicerones, Wood and others, but I do enjoy it, particularly the gauche sequences with the psychic. Aickman never wrote a poor story. Even a highly consistent weirdist like M. R. James had a few that didn't really work later on.

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A lot about this dreadful subject:

What are the best sources on this, would you say?

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What are the best sources on this, would you say?
I got the picture from one of Pat Mills' blogs (Pat Mills | Creator and first editor of 2000AD, champion of girlss War and much more. Digital Requiem Vampire Knight is now on sale: visit millsverse.com for more info, HOME - Welcome to The Millsverse Home of Pat Mills) and then I read a lot about Jimmy Savile and the abuses at Elm Guest House and Kincora Boys' Home. It is truly unbelievable.

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I got the picture from one of Pat Mills' blogs (Pat Mills | Creator and first editor of 2000AD, champion of girlss War and much more. Digital Requiem Vampire Knight is now on sale: visit millsverse.com for more info, HOME - Welcome to The Millsverse Home of Pat Mills) and then I read a lot about Jimmy Savile and the abuses at Elm Guest House and Kincora Boys' Home. It is truly unbelievable.
Seems like the Jimmy Savile thing was known from way back:


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There was a very good Louis Theroux documentary on the subject aired a few days ago.

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There was a very good Louis Theroux documentary on the subject aired a few days ago.
Thanks; I did not know about that. I cannot wait to see Theroux's film about Scientology.

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Finally getting around to reading Lolita. Phenomenal.

A few underlined parcels: I had stolen the honey of a spasm without impairing the morals of a minor.

Later, I heard a great banging of doors and other sounds coming from quaking caverns where the two rivals were having a ripping row.

...it had become quite a habit with me of not being too attentive to women lest they come toppling, bloodripe, into my cold lap.

The corpuscles of Krause were entering the phase of frenzy.
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Finally getting around to reading Lolita. Phenomenal.

A few underlined parcels: I had stolen the honey of a spasm without impairing the morals of a minor.

Later, I heard a great banging of doors and other sounds coming from quaking caverns where the two rivals were having a ripping row.

...it had become quite a habit with me of not being too attentive to women lest they come toppling, bloodripe, into my cold lap.

The corpuscles of Krause were entering the phase of frenzy.
I've been reading it recently and it is really great. I think it's one of the best written things i've read
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