The better to see you, my dear
Reading progress update: I've read 122 out of 239 pages.
Dandelion Wine - Ray Bradbury

Since the Crucible, it seems like everything I read has some tangential mention of witches.

 

Just After Sunset's mention was raving mad and scary. THIS episode is hilarious. The odd part is that all the elements are the same as in the Crucible, but one: the community takes the sane path, and everything turns ridiculous.

 

 

Review
5 Stars
Excellent theme collection
El santuario y otros cuentos - H.P. Lovecraft

Two encompassing themes to this collection: primarily, the evil of solitude, or how solitude equates with or drives one to madness; then boundaries, blurring and pushing them (of reality, knowledge, perception, life and death, even geography)

Celephaïs: Gorgeous in spite of the cold reality. From Kuranes dreams to mine... yeah, that's not disturbing at all.

From Beyond: The type of story one expects when one hears "Lovecraft". And it's freaking good.

Hypnos: *blink* Erh... OK. Like this wasn't disturbing, a final twist. I would have said it bore serious homo-erotic tones, but then... Begs for a second read. Or a tenth.

The Temple: That's what I call a bit of Karma for a stubborn nationalist.
Note: for some reason (and what I mean is lazy translation), it's titled as Santuario (sanctuary) in my Spanish copy instead of the closer Templo.

The Tree: Did not take the expected turn. And sent me on a wiki-walk that ended landing me on the seven wonders. Pretty imagery.

 

Actually, the whole collection, for all the horror elements, is powerful on beautiful and vivid imagery. The kind that plays as a magic-movie on your mind, fills you with wonder as you read and stays with you.

 

 

Reading progress update: I've read 39 out of 95 pages.
El santuario y otros cuentos - H.P. Lovecraft

That Crawford Tillinghast should ever have studied science and philosophy was a mistake. These things should be left to the frigid and impersonal investigator, for they offer two equally tragic alternatives to the man of feeling and action; despair if he fail in his quest, and terrors unutterable and unimaginable if he succeed. Tillinghast had once been the prey of failure, solitary and melancholy; but now I knew, with nauseating fears of my own, that he was the prey of success.

 

Disturbing spook of a story. Now here I have the horror Lovecraft *grin*

 

 

Reading progress update: I've read 80 out of 239 pages.
Dandelion Wine - Ray Bradbury

Lovely nostalgia fuel so far.

 

I had this one docked for Chilling Children, but the is not much horror to speak of. More suited for Magical Realism I'd say. We'll see.

 

 

Halloween Bingo Card Progress

I'm having issues with picmonkey, so I decided to dust of my photoshop skills (gimp, actually, since I changed to Linux years ago), and changed the marking somewhat.

 

Called: paw

Read: kitties

 

 

I'm also adding and rearranging some of my choices, now that several are done.

 

Read, reading and possibilities:

 

Romantic Suspense: The Ugly Duckling by Iris Johansen or Unearthly by Cynthia Hand
Murder Most Foul: The Thin Man by Dashiell Hammett (9/17)
Ghost: The Woman in Black by Susan Hill (9/5)
Country House Mystery: The Mysterious Affair at Styles by Agatha Christie or Brat Farrar by Josephine Tey
In the Dark, Dark Woods: In the Woods by Tana French (9/7)

 

American Horror Story:  The Legend of Sleepy Hollow by Washington Irving or The Halloween Tree by Ray Bradbury
Amateur Sleuth: The Name of the Rose by Umberto Eco or The Curious Incident of Dog in the Night Time by Mark Haddon or The Circular Staircase by Mary Roberts Rinehart
Vampires: Nice Girls Don Bite their Neighbors by Molly Harper or Blood Games by Chelsea Quinn Yarbro
Supernatural: Just After Sunset by Stephen King (9/20)
Demons: Legacy of the Demon by Diana Rowland or The Devil You Know by KJ Parker or Doctor Faust by Christopher Marlowe or Paradise Lost by John Milton

 

Haunted Houses: The Haunting of Hill House, by Shirley Jackson (9/4)

Alien: The Left Hand of Darkness by Ursula K Le Guin (9/14)
Free: Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie or In Cold Blood by Truman Capote or Brat Farrar by Josephine Tey

Classic Horror: The Invisible Man, by HG Wells (9/2)
Diverse Voices: The Ghost Bride by Yangsze Chee or something by Octavia Butler

 

Monsters: The Island of Dr. Moreau by HG Wells (9/13)

Werewolves: Reading: Wolfshead by Robert E. Howard
Magical Realism: The Peach Keeper by Sarah Addison Allen or The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Gaiman or Rayuela by Julio Cortázar or Nights at the Circus by Angela Carter or Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbit

80's Horror: The Drawing of the Three, by Stephen King (9/3)

Masters of Modern Horror: Joyland, by Stephen King (9/1)

 

Chilling Children: Reading: Dandelion Wine by Ray Bradbury
Horror: Reading: Santuario by HP Lovecraft
Witches: The Crucible by Arthur Miller (9/18)
Darkest London: The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins or The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night by Mark Haddon or Anansi Boys by Gaiman
Terrifying Women: Chalsea Quinn Yarbro or Shirley Jackson or Agatha Christie or Patricia Highsmith's Strangers on a Train

Review
3.5 Stars
Weaker than predecessors
Just After Sunset: Stories - Stephen King

A weaker read for me than his other short-story collections on the whole. N. is spectacular, though.

 

Willa: OK sentimental ghost story

The Gingerbread Girl: Good thriller

Harvey's Dream: Now we are talking. For extra kick, which one was?

Rest Stop: Awesomesauce!

Stationary Bike: If not writing, then images. And addictions. I love how he has his "go to" obsessive mind-itches that he always comes back to write about.

The things they left behind: I liked bits and pieces *shrug* I tend to avoid lit on the topic

Graduation Afternoon: Vignette building for that last snapshot. Meh

N. : This one was freaky scary. Likely because we all are little OCD. Best one in the book.

The Cat from Hell: Liked this one, and that gruesome end!

The New York Times at special bargain rates: Liked the idea. Sweet and sad.

Mute: I found this one funny in a bewildering way.

Ayana: People passing it on. A lovely concept. 

A very tight place: It was good. And gross (so very gross). And good.

 

 

Reading progress update: I've read 310 out of 576 pages.
Just After Sunset: Stories - Stephen King

“Have you ever read ‘The Great God Pan,’ by Arthur Machen?”
I shake my head.
“It’s the most terrifying story ever written,”

 

Damn it, King! Stop adding to my tbr!

 

 

Review
5 Stars
The devil asks you to sign
The Crucible - Arthur Miller, Christopher Bigsby

When ruling is based, and made stringent, on fear of an outside opponent, and someone has the brilliant idea of escalating yet to marking a personal opponent as an outsider, and it catches.

 

Might be easier to stomach going in without knowing how the episode goes and likely part of the reason that one was picked: no way really. Because no sucker-punch surprise horror can surpass the terror of inevitability, of seeing the evil the pettiness, the hysterical fanaticism and envy wreaths, knowing all the while the devastation it lead to.

 

I'm a bit discomfited by the part women play on this, saints or demons with little true humanity, but as a whole, a masterful depiction that ages all too well for my ease of mind.

 

Giles Corey, the contentious, canny old man, takes the badass-crown with his memetic "More weight". He knew what it was all about, and everyone could keep their saintliness debate to themselves. With Proctor the sinner and Hale the naive believer, they make a nice triad.

 

 

Reading progress update: I've read 80 out of 143 pages.
The Crucible - Arthur Miller, Christopher Bigsby

I'm very engaged, and it's a speedy read.

 

And I'm having trouble because it's so inevitable and daunting.

 

 

Reading progress update: I've read 141 out of 576 pages.
Just After Sunset: Stories - Stephen King

I had this one slotted for my supernatural square, and it'll likely fit, but I might shuffle things a bit.

 

I'm starting the third story, but so far it would fit

 

Reading progress update: I've read 41 out of 143 pages.
The Crucible - Arthur Miller, Christopher Bigsby

Our difficulty in believing the—for want of a better word—political inspiration of the Devil is due in great part to the fact that he is called up and damned not only by our social antagonists but by our own side, whatever it may be. The Catholic Church, through its Inquisition, is famous for cultivating Lucifer as the arch-fiend, but the Church’s enemies relied no less upon the Old Boy to keep the human mind enthralled. Luther was himself accused of alliance with Hell, and he in turn accused his enemies. To complicate matters further, he believed that he had had contact with the Devil and had argued theology with him.

 

That last bit was funny if cynical. What is building to, what follows


In the countries of the Communist ideology, all resistance of any import is linked to the totally malign capitalist succubi, and in America any man who is not reactionary in his views is open to the charge of alliance with the Red hell. Political opposition, thereby, is given an inhumane overlay which then justifies the abrogation of all normally applied customs of civilized intercourse. A political policy is equated with moral right, and opposition to it with diabolical malevolence. Once such an equation is effectively made, society becomes a congerie of plots and counterplots, and the main role of government changes from that of the arbiter to that of the scourge of God.

 

is to be taken dead serious.

Reading progress update: I've read 30 out of 143 pages.
The Crucible - Arthur Miller, Christopher Bigsby

This is just starting, and the ugly is already showing loud and clear.

 

 

Review
3 Stars
More banter, and I'd have been set
The Thin Man - Dashiell Hammett

In a stark time-marches-on fashion, this one is very much a politically incorrect book all around. Since I don't mind that, I was enjoying it, but at some point around a third in, Nora stopped participating in dialogues and got relegated to audience surrogate, and I wasn't having as much fun.

 

I don't know that I was invested much in the mystery

I figured Wynant had to be dead, and someone was impersonating him for money. His not showing up anywhere was obvious pretty early.

(show spoiler)

but I have to confess I stayed for the train-wreck the characters are. As a rule, I avoid noir because it relies too much on drudgery, dialogue error and backtrack, and it bores me. Here, everyone is so messed up or downright insane I could get my jollies from their hijinks (sometimes horror inducing ones), and I coasted the whole book on this amused sense that I was reading a cast of grotesques caricatures.

 

Call me morbid, I had fun.

 

 

Reading progress update: I've read 140 out of 208 pages.
The Thin Man - Dashiell Hammett

You can have her, just don't be sentimental about it???

 

O.O

 

 

Reading progress update: I've read 120 out of 208 pages.
The Thin Man - Dashiell Hammett

I passed that conversation about hidden evidence and the honey's identity thing between Mimi and Nick some pages ago. That whole family. Everyone. Wow

 

 

Reading progress update: I've read 70 out of 208 pages.
The Thin Man - Dashiell Hammett

I'm at the cannibal anecdote detour. When Moonlight said "digression", she was being scrupulously accurate

 

Stopping for a while.

 

 

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