October 12th, 2005


allowed to make anything up

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?
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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.

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.

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