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grobbo
May 29, 2014


Mel Mudkiper posted:

So I just got done reading Kwaidan which is a book of ancient buddhist ghost stories and it owned

I downloaded this onto my Kindle and was won over by the mention of crabs with human faces on their shells on the very first page.

Awesome recommendation, thank you so much! The focus on 'lonely traveller's strange encounter' fiction makes me think of The Dark Domain, which is a very good thing.

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Ornamented Death
Jan 25, 2006

Pew pew!



Oh a new page! Responding to MQ:

Its cyclical. Most major publishers have had horror lines or imprints that last several years, then the market tanks and they are all discontinued.

The behind the scenes scuttlebutt is that Tor is just the first to announce their horror imprint; at least two more such announcements are expected by the end of the year.

Mel Mudkiper
Jan 19, 2012

It's not a sexual thing. Please don't think this is a sexual thing I just like mudkip and babies need diapers, that's how it works.

I am still smiling at the fact that halfway through the book the author is like "And now, the story of the monk who kicked all sorts of rear end"

Bonaventure
Jun 23, 2005



Lafcadio Hearn (writer of Kwaidan) was an absolute badass and his life is fascinating.

Pththya-lyi
Nov 8, 2009

THUNDERDOME LOSER 2020

grobbo posted:

I downloaded this onto my Kindle and was won over by the mention of crabs with human faces on their shells on the very first page.

The Heikegani, or "Samurai crab:"



And an article busting some myths surrounding the Heikegani:

https://research.nhm.org/pdfs/3729/3729.pdf

anilEhilated
Feb 17, 2014

But I say fuck the rain.



Grimey Drawer

Pththya-lyi posted:

The Heikegani, or "Samurai crab:"



And an article busting some myths surrounding the Heikegani:

https://research.nhm.org/pdfs/3729/3729.pdf
That is actually really cool.

Lil Mama Im Sorry
Oct 14, 2012

I'M BACK AND I'M SCARIN' WHITE FOLKS

Kwaidan the movie loving rules and I still need to read the book. But definitely watch it asap.

Anomalous Blowout
Feb 13, 2006

rock
ice
storm
abyss



It makes no attempt to sound human. It is atoms and stars.

*


I decided on a whim to reread The Willows by Algernon Blackwood, which I hadn’t read since middle school, and god drat I like it so much more now that I’m an adult. It’s so lushly atmospheric and so foreboding and the prose doesn’t come across as… I dunno, too “old timey” despite being written in the early 1900s. The epub on Project Gutenberg is nicely made and not-janky, too.

If you’re looking for a quick spooky monster read that’s all about tension and not revealing too much, I give it a hearty recommend.

http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/11438

Ornamented Death
Jan 25, 2006

Pew pew!



I finished Wounds, Nathan Ballingrud's latest, last night. It's real good.

MockingQuantum
Jan 20, 2012





Ornamented Death posted:

I finished Wounds, Nathan Ballingrud's latest, last night. It's real good.

I'm near the end of the last story and I'm really liking it. No real duds for me, and I like the connections that pop up between the stories. It's on par with Lake Monsters for me, and I might actually prefer it. I'd love to see him write a longer work in this "setting", Butcher's Table makes me think he'd make the jump to a novel-length work pretty successfully.

fake edit: I'm phoneposting so I don't have a link handy, but if I remember right John Langan's new collection, Sefira, is out now too.

a foolish pianist
May 6, 2007

(bi)cyclic mutation



I read it this weekend as well, and yeah, the interconnectedness of the stories makes it seem like he'd handle a novel just fine. I was a touch disappointed to find out that it included The Visible Filth, since I'd already bought and read that on its own, but the other stories were new to me and made up for it. I could definitely stand more rollicking pirate adventures in near-hell earth.

MockingQuantum
Jan 20, 2012





a foolish pianist posted:

I read it this weekend as well, and yeah, the interconnectedness of the stories makes it seem like he'd handle a novel just fine. I was a touch disappointed to find out that it included The Visible Filth, since I'd already bought and read that on its own, but the other stories were new to me and made up for it. I could definitely stand more rollicking pirate adventures in near-hell earth.

Yes! That story was a ton of fun and definitely the highlight of the book for me. I would read as much of that poo poo as he's willing to write. It's like the weirder, more horror-y On Stranger Tides that I've wished existed for a couple of years now.

All of the stories were pretty unique though, and each stands out in its own way. Honestly if anything, I kind of feel like The Visible Filth stood out the least, though I still liked it a lot.

Bilirubin
Feb 16, 2014

The sanctioned action is to CHUG!!!




Bleak Gremlin

Cool. I just got my hands on Lake Monsters and am going to start it tonight. Glad folks seem to like it

Ornamented Death
Jan 25, 2006

Pew pew!



a foolish pianist posted:

I read it this weekend as well, and yeah, the interconnectedness of the stories makes it seem like he'd handle a novel just fine. I was a touch disappointed to find out that it included The Visible Filth, since I'd already bought and read that on its own, but the other stories were new to me and made up for it. I could definitely stand more rollicking pirate adventures in near-hell earth.

Yeah, having already read "The Visible Filth" made the collection a lot shorter than it otherwise would have been, but at the same time, the novella is out of print and it's being made into a movie, so from a purely business perspective, it would have been insane to not include it. But hell, "The Butcher's Table" by itself was worth the price of admission, so I'm happy.

Bilirubin
Feb 16, 2014

The sanctioned action is to CHUG!!!




Bleak Gremlin

Bilirubin posted:

Cool. I just got my hands on Lake Monsters and am going to start it tonight. Glad folks seem to like it

Dear god what have I gotten myself into? Two stories in and the theme seems to be "how a minor brush with unreality can completely drive people completely mad". Really entertaining so far!

anilEhilated
Feb 17, 2014

But I say fuck the rain.



Grimey Drawer

Bilirubin posted:

Dear god what have I gotten myself into? Two stories in and the theme seems to be "how a minor brush with unreality can completely drive people completely mad". Really entertaining so far!
It's really good.

Bilirubin
Feb 16, 2014

The sanctioned action is to CHUG!!!




Bleak Gremlin

anilEhilated posted:

It's really good.

It really is.

Just finished the Antarctic expedition story. Amazing

sephiRoth IRA
Jun 13, 2007

"Science is not only compatible with spirituality; it is a profound source of spirituality."

-Carl Sagan


Sefira by Langan is good, I got my copy today. I liked the Fisherman better, but Sefira is solid so far.

Drunken Baker
Feb 3, 2015

VODKA STYLE DRINK


Bilirubin posted:

Dear god what have I gotten myself into? Two stories in and the theme seems to be "how a minor brush with unreality can completely drive people completely mad". Really entertaining so far!

loving sold.

Stupid_Sexy_Flander
Mar 14, 2007

Is a man not entitled to the haw of his maw?


Grimey Drawer

Terminal by Michaelbrent Collings is out today, and it's fairly good. Currently a whole dollar to purchase on kindle.

It's a weird sort of dread filled mystery where a strange fog surrounds a bus terminal and tells people that they gotta pick one person to live and the rest to die. Has a decent amount of creepy to it. Nothing overtly like rape or torture porn kinda stuff, though. (I'm not a fan of those)

Oxxidation
Jul 22, 2007


Bilirubin posted:

Dear god what have I gotten myself into? Two stories in and the theme seems to be "how a minor brush with unreality can completely drive people completely mad". Really entertaining so far!

"Wild Acre" is the sort of horror story that should be written more often imo

Bilirubin
Feb 16, 2014

The sanctioned action is to CHUG!!!




Bleak Gremlin

Oxxidation posted:

"Wild Acre" is the sort of horror story that should be written more often imo

Yes.

Also loved The Crevasse and Monsters from Heaven. Sunbleached was super sad tho :(

nankeen
Mar 20, 2019

by Cyrano4747


i'm doing it, i'm buying the lake monsters. $25 is a massive leisure expenditure for me nowadays, that's like my whole monthly budget gone, it's why i get so unreasonably irate when i buy a book and it doesn't transform my life into a bubbling pit of emotion (i'm so sorry mister langan). but yeah i remembered i read sunbleached on nightmare magazine back in the day and thought it was the best vampire story in a very long time

nankeen
Mar 20, 2019

by Cyrano4747


horror is the only genre that bears any resemblance to reality anymore

chernobyl kinsman
Mar 18, 2007

a friend of the friendly atom



Soiled Meat

nankeen posted:

i'm doing it, i'm buying the lake monsters

yes. good. welcome. next you must read Aickman

chernobyl kinsman fucked around with this message at 04:49 on Apr 28, 2019

chernobyl kinsman
Mar 18, 2007

a friend of the friendly atom



Soiled Meat

wounds is good but not as good as lake monsters, which absolutely owns. the stories in wounds lack the emotional wallop of monsters. it's also much more dark fantasy than horror, and they're all (or almost all?) set in the same universe, so there's a fair bit of what feels like just world-building with no other end - the last story, for example, suffers hugely at its conclusion because it's forced into being a prequel to the first story.

chernobyl kinsman
Mar 18, 2007

a friend of the friendly atom



Soiled Meat

Mel Mudkiper posted:

So I just got done reading Kwaidan which is a book of ancient buddhist ghost stories and it owned

now watch the 1965 film adaption which wildly whips

Bilirubin
Feb 16, 2014

The sanctioned action is to CHUG!!!




Bleak Gremlin

chernobyl kinsman posted:

wounds is good but not as good as lake monsters, which absolutely owns. the stories in wounds lack the emotional wallop of monsters. it's also much more dark fantasy than horror, and they're all (or almost all?) set in the same universe, so there's a fair bit of what feels like just world-building with no other end - the last story, for example, suffers hugely at its conclusion because it's forced into being a prequel to the first story.

Boo I'm down to the last story and I don't want for it to end.

Lots of feels in this, poor old haunted man :(

nankeen
Mar 20, 2019

by Cyrano4747


chernobyl kinsman posted:

yes. good. welcome. next you must read Aickman
that's next month's outgoings

Bilirubin
Feb 16, 2014

The sanctioned action is to CHUG!!!




Bleak Gremlin

Holy poo poo. A Good Husband. What a note to end on.

Top to bottom one of the best collections of horror short stories I've yet read.

R.L. Stine
Oct 19, 2007

Stay Out of the Basement


Is there anything out there like Lake Monsters? I started Wounds and I'm not crazy about it. Too much like Ligotti's weirder cosmic puppet stuff. If there are other short collections in line with Lake Monsters or, for example, Ligotti's short The Bungalow House I'd be eager to check them out.

nankeen
Mar 20, 2019

by Cyrano4747


p u p p e t s

nankeen
Mar 20, 2019

by Cyrano4747


i'm always really disappointed when horror writers turn out to be normal functional people irl, in fact it clouds my enjoyment of their work to know that when they're not dreaming up nightmares they're out working 9-5 jobs and getting married and being valuable members of society

i don't have that problem with ligotti

Bilirubin
Feb 16, 2014

The sanctioned action is to CHUG!!!




Bleak Gremlin

R.L. Stine posted:

Is there anything out there like Lake Monsters? I started Wounds and I'm not crazy about it. Too much like Ligotti's weirder cosmic puppet stuff. If there are other short collections in line with Lake Monsters or, for example, Ligotti's short The Bungalow House I'd be eager to check them out.

The Imago Sequence is probably the closest I have read to Lake Monsters but it is very different in tone and story structure (and a little one note on the central characters) so not really?

I also really loved Gemma Files' We Will All Go Down Together but its more supernatural/fairy thriller a la Hellblazer than like Lake Monsters.

Bilirubin
Feb 16, 2014

The sanctioned action is to CHUG!!!




Bleak Gremlin

Actually, read Arthur Machen's The White People
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/11226926-the-white-people-and-other-weird-stories?from_search=true

ravenkult
Feb 3, 2011




Some Laird Barron maybe?

a foolish pianist
May 6, 2007

(bi)cyclic mutation



Speaking of Barron, anyone read Blood Standard, his hardbitten noire detective novel? I finished it a week or so ago, and I thought it worked surprisingly well. He cranked his typical tough-guy protagonist thing well past 11, but despite lines like "I probably would've fallen in love with the dame then and there if she hadn't been a hundred and fifty years old", it doesn't read like a parody. It's occasional goofiness is pretty fun.

Zwabu
Aug 7, 2006



https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/769902.Sandkings

Have you guys read Sandkings, the horror-scifi short story/novella by George RR Martin? I first read it as a kid over thirty years ago when it was published in Omni magazine and it blew me away.

Please disregard any opinions re Game of Thrones good or bad, very different material here.

PM me if interested in it.

Lil Mama Im Sorry
Oct 14, 2012

I'M BACK AND I'M SCARIN' WHITE FOLKS

I'm almost done with Lake Monsters and the closest similarities I can think of are Laird Barron and David Vann. Also, yeah put me in the Lake Monsters is really good camp.

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filmcynic
Oct 30, 2012


Just finished reading Michael Shea's much-ballyhooed The Autopsy, and it deserves every accolade that's ever been thrown in its direction.

*stumbles towards fainting couch*

Any recommendations for further reading from the author? It sounds like his Polyphemus collection is definitely worth hunting down.

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