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The Dark Domain | Stefan Grabinski
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"Szamota's Mistress" is a variation on the "spectral bride' theme. I'm not sure if Szamota is intended as a love-lorne romantic, or the creepy, stalkerish narcissist he appears as to me, but intended or not, the infusion of the one with the other makes the story the more effective. Another of Grabinski's stories in which he doesn't leave the sexual element as an undercurrent, making it an overt and central part of the horror.

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The Dark Domain | Stefan Grabinski
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"A Tale of the Gravedigger" is a slightly more conventional 'chiller' than the three stories before it, but no less interesting on that account. While I'm comparing Grabinski to other authors, this one has a bit of a feel of Chambers' "King in Yellow" stories about it: I have a sense of there being more behind the narrative than is spoken of. Anyway, it starts off with a contagion of restless corpses and proceeds with macabre humour from there.

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The Dark Domain | Stefan Grabinski
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Grabinski is compared to H.P. Lovecraft, and the story "The Area" does somewhat put me in mind of "Pickman's Model" or "The Music of Erich Zahn" in that it's protagonist, a disregarded writer in this case, is consumed by his artistic creation, figuratively and literally. The incursion of other dimensions through the intense mental and emotional focus of wayward genius also chimes with stories by Lovecraft's penpal, Clark Ashton Smith. Good stuff.

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The Dark Domain | Stefan Grabinski
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"The Motion Demon" is a dreamlike story embracing the Futurist aesthetic movement and Henri Bergson's philosophy of life energy, contrasting the infinitesimal scale of the one with the cosmic grandeur of the other. So there's that, and then there's a shapeshifting demon, madness and murder!
I like a story that sends me to the dictionary or encyclopædia ?

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Leftcoastzen
Blow-Up: And Other Stories | Julio Cortázar
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#wanderingjune #dontcryformeArgentina Both on my mountain TBR!

Cinfhen Two books I‘m unfamiliar with 2d
BarbaraBB Borges... one I‘ve been wanting to read. 2d
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The Dark Domain | Stefan Grabinski
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If the first story in this collection, "Fumes", is anything to go by, it's no wonder Grabinski was little known and poorly regarded in his own time, writing at the end of WWI. It's a sexually explicit (not excessively graphic) febrile Freudian nightmare of the Old Dark House variety. It is striking in a disturbing way and I'm giving it a tentative thumbs up, as I move on to the second story.

Leftcoastzen What a cover! 3d
Bookwomble @Leftcoastzen The credit is given as "Self Portrait with Skulls" by Luigi Russolo. It's a striking portrait, for sure. 3d
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The Dark Domain | Stefan Grabinski
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Today's purchases from Broadhurst's Booksellers 📖 and Quicksilver Music🎼
The Dark Domain sounds interesting: tales of supernatural horror written in Poland early last century, published by Dedalus (of course).
Music is Sonny Rollins's The Bridge (inspiration for a Bleeding Gums Murphy Simpsons episode), yet another Dave Brubeck Quartet live album, and a Linton Kwesi Johnson compilation.

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LibrarianRyan
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This story starts 6 weeks before Illuminae. Private Olivia has joined the ship to work with AIDEN and teach him moral imperatives. This story is super short, but it packs a wallop. It‘s all about AIDEN learning “I”. It‘s the first step to “creating” the supercomputer that can give Hal a run for his money. A great read. It works well as a side piece after you have finished everything else.

tjwill How can I read this? Do you know if they will be publishing it officially? 5d
LibrarianRyan @tjwill According to Jay Kristoff, it will not be published anywhere else, or released as an ebook. (That could change, but I have no idea). I am willing to share, if you would send it back when you are done. I might even open it up and do a mail chain because I know there are a few people who want to read it. (edited) 5d
BooknerdsLife Oh Lucky you!!! 😍 We don‘t even get Memento here in Australia and have to preorder through American stores but the shipping was way too expensive for me 😭 3d
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swynn
Second Book of Fritz Leiber | Brenda Jackson, Unknown, Ronald L McDonald
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This is DAW's second anthology of Fritz Leiber's work, fiction and non-, selected by the author. (Why does Litsy give "Brenda Jackson" credit?) It's a mix of hits, misses, and things that have aged poorly. As the cover art implies there's a Fafhrd/Gray Mouser story "Trapped in the Sea of Stars," but it's not one of the better ones. For me the highlight was"Belsen Express," a creepy Twilight-Zonish story about a xenophobe's dreams of the Holocaust.

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Books of Blood | Clive Barker
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Today I watched one of my favorite horror movies, Lord of Illusions based on the short story The Last Illusion by Clive Barker. It is a story that really sticks with you.

TK421 I always liked this short story. 1w
TrishB Good one 👍🏻 1w
BookwormAHN I love that movie and Barker's short stories are the best. 1w
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