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Happy Wednesday!

I recommend the "Fantastic Friends" interview with Neil Gaiman and Susanna Clarke at Salon.com. As a fan of Gaiman's work, I'll admit I'm biased. I must confess that I still haven't read Clarke's book, though. The critical reaction has been so positive - any thoughts from those of you who have read it?

My favorite quote, from Gaiman:

They had some reviews in the back, and I said, "Oh look, here's a review of Kelly Link's new book. I wonder what they say." And what they said was that the book was really horrible because it was filled with things that were made up, zombies and things and a handbag with a world in it, and how could this possible relate to anybody's life? It was basically a review written by someone who could cope with neither similes nor metaphors.

Are either of us fantasy writers? I don't think so; we're both writers. But we make things up, and I like the privilege of being allowed to make anything up.



Now, in the Halloween spirit, a Lovecraft-related quiz:

A quiz:
Paranormal Investigator
You're not a monster at all, but an Investigator of
the supernatural. One of the brave few who
delve into the darkness for the sake of
humanity. Even if it means picking up a few
mental disorders on the way.


What H.P. Lovecraft Entity/Character Archetype Are You?
brought to you by Quizilla


My Halloween quote for the day is "The Carol of the Old Ones," a song from A Very Scary Solstice, one of the wonderful albums by The H.P. Lovecraft Historical Society. You can listen to and download the song here.

Teaser:
They will return: mankind will learn
New kinds of fear when they are here.
They will reclaim all in their name;
Hopes turn to black when they come back.




(to the tune of "The Carol of the Bells")

Look to the sky, way up on high
There in the night stars are now right.
Eons have passed: now then at last
Prison walls break, Old Ones awake!
They will return: mankind will learn
New kinds of fear when they are here.
They will reclaim all in their name;
Hopes turn to black when they come back.
Ignorant fools, mankind now rules
Where they ruled then: it's theirs again

Stars brightly burning, boiling and churning
Bode a returning season of doom

Scary scary scary scary solstice
Very very very scary solstice

Up from the sea, from underground
Down from the sky, they're all around
They will return: mankind will learn
New kinds of fear when they are here

Look to the sky, way up on high
There in the night stars are now right.
Eons have passed: now then at last
Prison walls break, Old Ones awake!
Madness will reign, terror and pain
Woes without end where they extend.
Ignorant fools, mankind now rules
Where they ruled then: it's theirs again

Stars brightly burning, boiling and churning
Bode a returning season of doom

Scary scary scary scary solstice
Very very very scary solstice

Up from the sea, from underground
Down from the sky, they're all around.

Fear.

(Look to the sky, way up on high
There in the night stars now are right)

They will return.

"The Carol of the Old Ones"
by the H.P. Lovecraft Historical Society

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altariel
Oct. 12th, 2005 11:40 am (UTC)
I thought Strange & Norrell started slow, and then I couldn't put it down (despite its weight in h/back!). I read it over four or five days last Xmas. Definitely a winter book.
eldritchhobbit
Oct. 13th, 2005 01:32 pm (UTC)
Very good to know! I've heard from a couple of others that it's slow to get into but well worth the trouble. Your experience seems to confirm this. I'll have to check it out this winter. Thanks!
thrihyrne
Oct. 12th, 2005 07:34 pm (UTC)
I'm sorry I haven't been commenting much to your fun Halloween posts, but I really do enjoy them! I love Halloween. :D Didn't enjoy the Lovecraft my first attempt, but maybe one of these days I'll try it again…
eldritchhobbit
Oct. 13th, 2005 01:33 pm (UTC)
::hugs:: I'm so glad you're liking my posts! I know you're a Halloween gal, too - we'll have to celebrate together virtually this year, but we do need to do it! :) And I'll include more than Lovecraft, I promise. I even have more Tolkien lined up! ;)
thehornedgod
Oct. 13th, 2005 12:44 am (UTC)
Heh. Ta for the Gaiman/Clarke. I've not read Strange & Norrell yet either; my mum's lent me back the gigantic hardback grimoire copy I bought her but as usual there are ten thousand other tomes jostling it off the shelf. Oh and I've been enjoying the Halloween quotes tremendously, so cheers.
eldritchhobbit
Oct. 13th, 2005 01:36 pm (UTC)
I'm so glad you've been enjoying the posts! Thanks so much for telling me. I know what you mean about Strange & Norrell - it seems to lose out to my other reading plans. But I may have to cave and give it a try after all. I adore your icon, by the way. Perfect!
(Anonymous)
Oct. 13th, 2005 03:58 am (UTC)
Ah-ha!
I see how you are -- trying to lure me into your Halloween happiness by using the magic name of Neil Gaiman. :-)

thanks and love,
grace
(Anonymous)
Oct. 13th, 2005 04:06 am (UTC)
Re: Ah-ha!
And, oh my gosh, I'm Cthulu. How did that happen??
grace
(and that quiz had me laughing so hard I thought my lungs were going to blow)
eldritchhobbit
Oct. 14th, 2005 08:06 pm (UTC)
Re: Ah-ha!
Nah, you wouldn't work as Cthulhu. You don't have nearly enough tentacles. *wink*
eldritchhobbit
Oct. 14th, 2005 08:06 pm (UTC)
Re: Ah-ha!
Ha! :) Did you see October 9's post?
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