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GrandpaPants
Feb 13, 2006


Free to roam the heavens in man's noble quest to investigate the weirdness of the universe!



Is Raw Shark Texts supposed to be a play on words of Rorschach tests?

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GrandpaPants
Feb 13, 2006


Free to roam the heavens in man's noble quest to investigate the weirdness of the universe!



Has anyone heard of the judges before? I'm not as well read as my Tinder profile says I am.

https://www.npr.org/2018/06/21/621953925/summer-horror-poll-meet-our-expert-panelists

Edit: What the gently caress how does having World War Z not instantly invalidate this list?

GrandpaPants
Feb 13, 2006


Free to roam the heavens in man's noble quest to investigate the weirdness of the universe!



Len posted:

Cthulhu sells right now. Slap him on a boardgame and you can get drat near all the money from nerds on Kickstarter

You don't even need the game, to be honest. I imagine most people bought that one game with the baby-sized Cthulhu (to clarify: I mean a Cthulhu that is the size of an actual human baby) for the "mini."

Pththya-lyi posted:

Caitlin R. Kiernan is another that comes to my mind.

What Caitlin Kiernan would you/the thread recommend? I know, don't judge a book by its cover, but goddamn a lot of the covers for her books are terrible and look like supernatural romance.

GrandpaPants
Feb 13, 2006


Free to roam the heavens in man's noble quest to investigate the weirdness of the universe!



I'm reading North American Lake Monsters, and drat it does a good job of setting up these haunted people with their haunted lives, even if the stories themselves aren't necessarily horror in the traditional sense. The fact that most/all the stories tend to end on a hanging thread just sorta makes it a bit more real, since, well, these lives aren't gonna be wrapped up all nice like.

I was seeing what Amazon recommended, and does anyone have thoughts on Langan's The Wide, Carnivorous Sky? I remember a mixed reaction to his The Fisherman, but maybe he's better with short stories?

GrandpaPants
Feb 13, 2006


Free to roam the heavens in man's noble quest to investigate the weirdness of the universe!



I'll put her complete collection on the ole wishlist! I honestly only read NALM because of this thread (or maybe the cosmic horror thread), so thanks goon recommendations!

GrandpaPants
Feb 13, 2006


Free to roam the heavens in man's noble quest to investigate the weirdness of the universe!



Hell just read Conspiracy Against the Human Race. Ligotti is basically a Ligotti character.

GrandpaPants
Feb 13, 2006


Free to roam the heavens in man's noble quest to investigate the weirdness of the universe!



Thanks for saving me the time and money, thread!

GrandpaPants
Feb 13, 2006


Free to roam the heavens in man's noble quest to investigate the weirdness of the universe!



I had to stop reading and take a walk after Wild Acre. gently caress that's a good story.

GrandpaPants
Feb 13, 2006


Free to roam the heavens in man's noble quest to investigate the weirdness of the universe!



I think the monster is important, given its symbolism as a primal force of nature, which ties into how the main character becomes emasculated throughout the course of the story and basically becomes a victim of their own toxic masculinity. . I don't think you would get that if the inciting incident were just an accident.

GrandpaPants
Feb 13, 2006


Free to roam the heavens in man's noble quest to investigate the weirdness of the universe!



I hear there are gang tags here. Gotta get the 'gotti.

GrandpaPants
Feb 13, 2006


Free to roam the heavens in man's noble quest to investigate the weirdness of the universe!



It bothered me how much True Dicks was plagiarized and praised for its plagiarism. Like the closing line is literally just Alan Moore and goddamn that was a beautiful moment in Top Ten.

GrandpaPants
Feb 13, 2006


Free to roam the heavens in man's noble quest to investigate the weirdness of the universe!



Does anyone have any recommendations for (good) stories where a phenomenon is slowly being discovered or studied? It can also just be weird, rather than actually horrific. Probably the weirder the better, honestly, as opposed to like, I dunno, zombies.

I'm primarily thinking of Biogenesis as my prime example here, but styles similar to Lovecraft's Mountains of Madness, the priest's story in Hyperion, the good parts of House of Leaves, or Unto Leviathan.

GrandpaPants
Feb 13, 2006


Free to roam the heavens in man's noble quest to investigate the weirdness of the universe!



Thanks all for the recommendations! Looks like I have some new stories to read.

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GrandpaPants
Feb 13, 2006


Free to roam the heavens in man's noble quest to investigate the weirdness of the universe!



I finished reading The Cipher. I liked the first parts of it where they were investigating the Funhole and something resembling a mystery and horror stuff was happening. But then the next two thirds of the book was about a tedious toxic relationship and the Funhole seemed secondary to it. The main character seemed adamantly opposed to doing anything, which kills a lot of motivation for me, the reader, to care about the story. The book eventually felt like I was reading the same plot beat over and over again and then the book ends.

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