October 30th, 2006

SlpH - Horseman Rawr

Sorry, trick-or-treaters

I’m going to be on the night shift this week, which means I’ll be working on Halloween night. We’d better be getting some damn good take-out.

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For the past couple years, the approach of Halloween has prompted me to re-read my Lovecraft anthologies. This year, although I’ll probably watch my DVD of The Eldritch Influence: The Life, Vision and Phenomenon of H.P. Lovecraft sometime in the next two days, I’m holding off on the books; the stories are too fresh in my mind, and I think that if I read them now they’d seem flat. Instead, inspired in part by cleolinda’s forays into Gothic literature, I’ve excavated some other tales of the uncanny from my Wall o’ Media.

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Today I’ve been wavering between Tales of Terror and the Supernatural, also by Collins, and a volume from the Library of the World’s Best Mystery and Detective Stories with two sections titled Oriental Mystery Stories and True Stories of Modern Magic. Though ultimately I might set both aside in favor of Best Ghost Stories of J.S. LeFanu, which I’d completely forgotten about until I ran across it as I took down my copy of Dark Ladies so I could verify the title of the Leiber story I mention in the third paragraph.

ETA: Links to the stories under the LJ cuts!