10 Short Stories challenge – day 2

Today I read Room 3327 by Teri Skultety. Again, I struggled at first (perhaps it just takes me a while to get into a story!), but I was rewarded for keeping with it.

The story is mostly comprised of a fictional letter written by Nikola Tesla before his death in a hotel room. I have recently seen a wonderful Dream, Think, Speak production in London which was set in a hotel and I think this enhanced my experience of reading Room 3327. The story is romantic and dreamy and manages to let you in to the workings of a troubled mind in very few words.

Teri Skultety

Teri Skultety

I read Room 3327 over on Solarcide.com – go and have a read and come back to tell me your thoughts in the comments…

10 Short Stories challenge – day 1

I’ve set myself a challenge – to read ten short stories over the next ten days and blog about them here.

 

All of the stories will be strange or odd (of course!) and all will be free to read online. I’ll post a link with each post so that you can read the story too (comments would be lovely so that I don’t get lonely on the challenge).

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So, the first story! Today I read Thomas Ligotti‘s The Night School.

To be honest, I nearly gave up after the first two paragraphs. I found it a bit clunky and it wasn’t holding my interest. Then (and I’m not sure when or how), I was sucked in. The school in the story is such a wonderfully scary building and I don’t know how the narrator managed to continue on his journey. One of my favourite things for a story to do is smell. That may sound weird if you don’t have the same opinion, but I find that with some books (Gormenghast springs to mind), I can smell the room, the person, the feeling. The Night School reeks!

Ligotti is easily one of the most respected horror/supernatural authors alive today, often compared to Edgar Allan Poe and H.P. Lovecraft. I must admit, this is the first Ligotti story that I’ve read and I’m looking forward to more (suggestions and links very welcome). How I’ve not stumbled across him before (although I’ve heard his name dozens of times since the release of True Detective), I really don’t know.

If you prefer to be scared via audio, have a listen to this:

David Tibet of Current 93 is a friend of Ligotti and they have collaborated on numerous tracks. The one above features Tibet reading Ligotti‘s poem I Have A Special Plan For This World, set to eerie music and startling sound effects.

I read The Night School over on Weird Fiction Review. Go and have a read and come back to tell me your thoughts in the comments 🙂

5 Quotes from Werner Herzog

“Do you not then hear this horrible scream all around you that people usually call silence.”

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“Look into the eyes of a chicken and you will see real stupidity. It is a kind of bottomless stupidity, a fiendish stupidity. They are the most horrifying, cannibalistic and nightmarish creatures in the world.”

“If you truly love film, I think the healthiest thing to do is not read books on the subject. I prefer the glossy film magazines with their big color photos and gossip columns, or the National Enquirer. Such vulgarity is healthy and safe.”

“Facts do not convey truth. That’s a mistake. Facts create norms, but truth creates illumination.”

“Read, read, read, read, read, read, read, read, read, read, read, read, read…if you don’t read, you will never be a filmmaker.”
Werner Herzog

Deep heritage: SW Colorado in late September

Some of the photos in this post are so very strange. All are beautiful.

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For five years now, Anne and I have traveled to the Southwestern US to spend our annual week’s vacation. These trips have centered on the canyonlands country around Moab, Utah – but for the past several years I’ve made a point of choosing a different starting point, where we’ll have a day or two to see something we’ve never seen before and (potentially) find new places to love before driving on to our favorite hangouts in and around Moab.

This year, as usual, we started by flying into Grand Junction and renting a car. Then, instead of heading straight west into Utah, we took backroads (141 and 491) leading south toward Cortez, CO – HQ for Mesa Verde and, more recently, gateway to the recently established Canyons of the Ancients National Monument.

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Our chosen resting place for the first two…

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Look at those doodles with their funny little stories

From time to time I create a doodle and write a funny little story to go with it. Some of them are silly, some are sad and some make no sense at all.

The ghost is happy, not worrying about anything - it tries to help the living but does not worry about the outcome - it is only a soul and a spirit. A person screams at the sight of the ghost and self-medicates. 2014

The ghost is happy, not worrying about anything – it tries to help the living but does not worry about the outcome – it is only a soul and a spirit. A person screams at the sight of the ghost and self-medicates. 2014

Two women sit on the roof of a house. One has wings and a postage stamp on her mouth. The other has a telephone wire for hair.

Two women sit on the roof of a house. One has wings and a postage stamp on her mouth. The other has a telephone wire for hair.

Happy. Inner power. Spiritual calm. 2013

Happy. Inner power. Spiritual calm. 2013

A prisoner is called to the prison by the flute bars, he explodes into a luke-warm flesh liquid, allowing others to escape and take a boat to a sea full of life - this happy place is only in someone's imagination and even there, bones lie at the bottom of the sea. 2014

A prisoner is called to the prison by the flute bars, he explodes into a luke-warm flesh liquid, allowing others to escape and take a boat to a sea full of life – this happy place is only in someone’s imagination and even there, bones lie at the bottom of the sea. 2014

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