There is another world, but it is in this one.

Paul Eluard. Œuvres complètes, vol. 1, Gallimard, 1968.

Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Real monsters? The Monstrous edited by Ellen Datlow (2015).

The Monstrous edited by Ellen Datlow (2015).

Notes on a few of the stories:

"A Natural History of Autumn" by Jeffrey Ford is a superb tale of supernatural horror set in modern day Japan. It beautifully combines local legend with everyday life.

"Ashputtle" by Peter Straub
There's plenty of fancy creative-writing-class literary sweat on display in this story. The reader is plunged into the funhouse world of first-person mental illness. Is Straub boring? Taking the easy way? Am I too cynical over the works of an artist? Or is Straub a slumming tourist?

"Giants in the Earth" by Dale Bailey
A pretentious and exhausted literary conceit: that man is the real monster.

"Grindstone" Stephen Graham Jones
A powerful, imaginative, macabre story.
At first we think the moral is that man is the real monster. But how wrong we are.

"How I Met the Ghoul" by Sofia Samatar
A droll story worthy of Saki. Funny, modest, unpretentious.


24 April 2019

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