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Old 10-11-2016   #541
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Black Hole by Charles Burns. A masterpiece.

Your fall should be like the fall of mountains. But I was before mountains. I was in the beginning, and shall be forever. The first and the last. The world come full circle. I am not the wheel. I am the hand that turns the wheel. I am Time, the Destroyer. I was the wind and the stars before this. Before planets. Before heaven and hell. And when all is done, I will be wind again, to blow this world as dust back into endless space. To me the coming and going of Man is as nothing.
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James- have you seen this Andreyev story? It's the only English version
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I finish Moment of Freedom by Jens Bjorneboe, a book straight from The Literature of Cruelty-which is the first part of History of Bestiality. I expect the worst (of his characters), but instead I get a wandering prose with promise of things to come in another book. This is off-putting and the style isn't precise, lyrical, or explosive enough to help. There are, however, moments of unexpected cruelty. The narrator tells us stories of mass murders, village where beautiful boys have bellies full of gonorrhea and little girls' virgin heads are sold $30, an Estonian SS Nazi wholeheartedly devoted to Hitler's dream, etc...Though I am wary, I will purchase the other volumes.
If anyone has read the whole trilogy, let me know if things will get better (as in-will get they get much worse for the characters).

"So in the end it remains advisable to accept whatever comes, to behave like an inert mass even if one feels oneself being swept away, not to be lured into a single unneccesary step, to regard others with the gaze of an animal, to feel no remorse, in short to crush with one's own hand any ghost of life that subsists, that is, to intensify the final quiet of the grave still further and let nothing beyond that endure." ---Franz Kafka, Resolutions
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James- have you seen this Andreyev story? It's the only English version
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I had not encountered it before. Thanks for this. Richly steeped in the Gothic tradition, but the forced party atmosphere is curiously unsettling.

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I'm in love with this very short story by William Sansom. It's near perfect in its simplicity.

a woman seldom found | the evening redness in the west
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Can you people recommend me some Andreyev and Meyrink short stories? particularly of the dark/weird sort (and occult in the case of Meyrink), I've been reading a bit of Andreyev and read "The Golem"
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I'm in love with this very short story by William Sansom. It's near perfect in its simplicity.

a woman seldom found | the evening redness in the west
The supernatural twist at the end is powerful. It's analogous to unintentionally finding a blemish on a souvenir one likes and being disillusioned with it. Everything is insufficient in life, and our inability to be satiated is unending. We are and will be forever ravenous, and it is, as if, life mocks us by exposing our delusions by revealing these desires as irrational/misplaced in the first place. Then the lights finally go out, leaving us in the 'icy bleakness' as Ligotti adequately puts it.
The ending definitely gave me chills.
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Can you people recommend me some Andreyev and Meyrink short stories? particularly of the dark/weird sort (and occult in the case of Meyrink), I've been reading a bit of Andreyev and read "The Golem"
Have you read Andreyev's short story Lazarus?

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Can you people recommend me some Andreyev and Meyrink short stories? particularly of the dark/weird sort (and occult in the case of Meyrink), I've been reading a bit of Andreyev and read "The Golem"
Have you read Andreyev's short story Lazarus?
I literally just finished reading "Lazarus." I really don't want to sound hyperbolic, but I found it to be one of the most sublime and powerful things I've read in years.

I actually shed a tear near the end during Lazarus' encounter with Augustus.
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All controversy aside, I read Mark Samuel's "The White Hands," which is part of an anthology I own. I thought it was superb! Samuel 's prose is both smooth and elegant; I wish I could write like that.
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