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The Undead
The Undead | James Dickie
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Eggs 🖤🧟‍♀️🖤 11mo
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MartinaLove Too funny. 😂 2y
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Still working through these stories, not that it's a chore, and finished E. F. Benson's "The Room in the Tower".

I had actual goosebumps and chills reading this story! Prophetic dreams of nightmare shades, prefiguring the final horror! Brrr! ? Edward Gorey could've had a field day illustrating this one! Benson was such a versatile writer. To have created both the light comedy of the Lucia books and his genuinely scary ghost tales is remarkable.

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I'm a little under half way through through this book of vampire short stories, and noticing that books themselves play a prominent part in several of the tales. Clark Ashton Smith's "The End of the Story" has a beautifully described medieval monastic library containing a tantalisingly unfinished book which lures the protagonist into the coils of the undead. "The Tomb of Sarah" by F. G. Loring is drawn from ??

Bookwomble ... the diary of a church architecture restorer of van Helsing-like interests. But it's Carl Jacobi's "Revelations in Black" which has piqued my bibliophilic acquisitiveness. Who could not want this book in their collection? "The volume in my hand was indeed unusual in appearance. Measuring but four inches across and five inches in length and bound in black velvet with each corner protected by a triangle of ivory, it was the most beatiful piece... 4y
Bookwomble ... of bookbinding I had ever seen. In the centre of the cover was mounted a tiny piece of ivory intricately cut in the shape of a skull. But it was the title of the book that excited my interest. Embroidered in gold braid, the title read: 'Five Unicorns and a Pearl.' " ❤?❤ I haven't finished the story yet, but clearly no good can come from the protagonist acquiring this volume! 4y
DivineDiana I recently visited The Cloisters in NYC and there is one room that consists of exquisite tapestries that feature a white unicorn. Love the mention of books within a book, and the description and title of this one immensely! 4y
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Bookwomble @DivineDiana Oh, The Hunt of the Unicorn tapestries are beautiful 💗🦄💗. I've not seen them in the thread (as it were), but know of them through pictures and reproductions. They must be amazing up close! 4y
DivineDiana They really are! 4y
LeahBergen Ohhh, lovely! 4y
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As I'm taking photos of pages, here's a library I'd like to visit! Mind you, Smith's shade-haunted French province of Averoigne may not be the safest place to linger with your nose in a book, unless it's a manual on exorcism! 🧟‍♀️

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Well, here's a word you don't often see out in the wild!

saresmoore Great catch! 🧐 4y
Bookwomble @saresmoore Gotta be on your toes! 🤾‍♂️ 4y
vivastory Litten windows... I'm assuming they're strewn with coffees cups, tea cups, piles of unread books & sleeping cats 😂 4y
Bookwomble @vivastory Inevitably! 😄 4y
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The collection opens with Stoker's much-anthologised "Dracula's Guest", of which little need be said. It's a 'deleted scene', doesn't work in isolation, but that doesn't matter due to the novel being part of the English-speaking cultural psyche. 4?

Next up is Crawford's "For the Blood is the Life", a tale of avarice, murder, ghosts and sensually-charged blood-sucking. I liked the atmosphere of the framing narrative more than the main plot. 4?

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Dead Can Dance's album "Within the Realm of a Dying Sun" seems to be an appropriate accompaniment to a reading of "The Undead". ☠?‍♂️??‍♀️
#booksandmusic

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"You are afraid, Johann - you are afraid. Go home, Johann - Walpugis Nacht doesn't concern Englishmen."
- Bram Stoker, 'Dracula's Guest'

Jonathan "Pub Landlord" Harker ?

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Funny thing - when I entered the ISBN for this book, my phone suggested a couple of words I possibly meant to type instead: precarious; perpituity. It struck me as peculiarly apposite that an existence of precarious perpituity should be associated with the undead, hovering, as they are, between immortality and the danger of a stake-and-garlic induced oblivion. What does it mean that I'm receiving such messages via my phone's software?