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Happy Halloween, Day 12

First, a few Halloween-related announcements and recommendations:

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* The blog for the Endicott Studio for Mythic Arts had a wonderful post yesterday about artistic depictions of the "Dance of Death," complete with excellent links. Read and see more here.

* For more pumpkin art, with a twist of science fiction, check out the Cylon Jack-O-Lantern and the Robotic Dalek Pumpkin.

* What specialist publishers produce the best "spooky" literature?
I have some recommendations:
- Apex Publications published both Apex Science Fiction and Horror Digest and several excellent horror and dark science fiction books.
- Arkham House began by publishing the works of H.P. Lovecraft, who remains on at the center of the press's success; Arkam House also introduces fans to new authors in the world of the macabre, fantasy, and horror.
- Bison Frontiers of the Imagination, the classic science fiction series from the University of Nebraska Press, includes a number of wonderful classic works of apocalyptic literature.
- Broadview Press publishes a wide variety of literary texts, including excellent editions of Gothic staples like The Castle of Otranto, The Monk, Vathek, and Frankenstein.
- Night Shade Books is an impressive up-and-coming publisher of weird fiction, including horror, science fiction, and fantasy.
- Valancourt Books is an independent press based in Kansas City, specializing in quality new editions of rare literature from the 18th and 19th centuries. This is the best press around for beautiful and affordable Gothic novels.
- Zittaw Press specializes in reprints of Gothic literature, particularly hand-sewn chapbooks, as well as some novels.

And now, on with the show:

Link of the Day: The Classic Tales: If you're not already listening to this free podcast, now is the best time to start. It's "Classic Monster's Month"! Professional actor B.J. Harrison reads classic short stories such as John Polidori's "The Vampyre" and W.W. Jacobs' "The Monkey's Paw." Don't miss it!

Literature of the Day: Believe me, this is one spooky poem!

"The Wood Water" (1905)
by Madison J. Cawein

An evil, stealthy water, dark as hate,
Sunk from the light of day,
'Thwart which is hung a ruined water-gate,
Creeps on its stagnant way.

Moss and the spawny duckweed, dim as air,
And green as copperas,
Choke its dull current; and, like hideous hair,
Tangles of twisted grass.

Above it sinister trees,--as crouched and gaunt
As huddled Terror,--lean;
Guarding some secret in that nightmare haunt,
Some horror they have seen.

Something the sunset points at from afar,
Spearing the sullen wood
And hag-gray water with a single bar
Of flame as red as blood.

Something the stars, conspiring with the moon,
Shall look on, and remain
Frozen with fear; staring as in a swoon,
Striving to flee in vain.

Something the wisp that, wandering in the night,
Above the ghastly stream,
Haply shall find; and, filled with frantic fright,
Light with its ghostly gleam.

Something that lies there, under weed and ooze,
With wide and awful eyes
And matted hair, and limbs the waters bruise,
That strives, yet can not rise.



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Oct. 12th, 2007 07:49 pm (UTC)
Aw, you're most welcome! I'm so glad to hear that you're enjoying them. :)
Oct. 13th, 2007 07:10 am (UTC)
I've been enjoying (if that is the word) them too, but today's has a particularly chilling and delightful conclusion.
Oct. 13th, 2007 07:11 am (UTC)
Except it's not today's as I'm a wanderer in the fourth dimension of lj, but never mind.
Oct. 13th, 2007 03:08 pm (UTC)
LOL! We'll I'm glad you wandered into my LJ (regardless of which dimension you accessed it through), and I'm very glad you're finding the posts of interest. :)
Oct. 12th, 2007 11:35 pm (UTC)
What specialist publishers produce the best "spooky" literature?
I have some recommendations:

No mention of Ash Tree Press (named after the M.R. James story, of course!)
They're a bit pricey, true. Some of their reprints go for $300, like E.G. Swain's The Stoneground Ghost Tales.


Oct. 13th, 2007 12:12 am (UTC)
Their "Annual Macabre" collections were what first got me into collecting old short horror fiction collections in a big way, although I've been a fan of the genre since childhood.

The Annual Macabre is kind of hit or miss; almost every volume has a few great stories: Jesse Douglas Kerruish's The Swaying Vision in the 1997 edition; Maugham's Told in the Inn at Algeciras and Hillaire Belloc's The Unpleasant Room (1998); E. Nesbit's An Anniversary at the Hare and Billet (2000); Hilton Brown's Fladda Light and F.H. Dorset's A Jester of the King (2002) all come to mind.

But there are also a lot of unmemorable stories and a few that I thought were unmitigated crap. But all of them date from the 1930s or before and are unpublished or nearly so since thir first publication. Almost all of them are by British authors. No one writes ghost stories like the British.
Oct. 13th, 2007 03:10 pm (UTC)
Oh, excellent! I hadn't heard of this press before, but now I must go explore the website. The publications sound wonderful. I really appreciate the recommendation!
Oct. 13th, 2007 03:11 pm (UTC)
No one writes ghost stories like the British.

I agree!
Oct. 17th, 2007 03:17 am (UTC)
Oh,my,I'd never heard of Nox Arcana and now I think I really like them a lot. I wish I wasn't on a tight budget or I would be buying up a lot of those cd's. But at least I've gotten them saved for the future. You find the most interesting things out there.

Nice to have a smart friend with good tastes! :-)

Ooooh,very perfect for this time of year poem too.

Thanks for sharing.
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