In my opinion, writing is the foundation of human culture. As one of the earliest means human beings created to launch their thoughts into the future, there would be no cultures on this planet today without writing. However, writing is no longer the sole means of spreading stories and knowledge. With the 20th century advent of film and television, the idea of telling stories through writing is perhaps even the most archaic form of writing today. However, there’s a magic that still exists, for me at least, in a written story. I remember as a younger man thinking that I wanted to develop a form of writing that couldn’t translate to film, that had to be read to be understood. I wanted to expose what language alone is capable of being. It’s an internal experience rather than an external experience. That’s what I want to capitalize on in the stories I tell: the fact that they exist solely in the space between my mind and the reader’s. And therein, for me, lies the current cultural value of writing—that space between the writer’s mind and the reader’s and how it allows one person to comprehend another’s unmediated, unadulterated thoughts. There’s no actor to interpret. There’s no vision to see. There’s only one mind reaching out to another.
It's time for another giveaway! Strungballs by Mike Russell Editorial Reviews "It is these types of stories, that make us question our own society, that I feel are going to be vital to literature in the coming years." -TheGeekLyfe "Pick up this book if you want to read something strange and mind-boggling." -Snapstter "Thoroughly recommended." … Continue reading Strungballs Giveaway!
The synopsis: Vampire democracy sucks. Literally. When it's one vamp, one vote, the worst monsters can swing elections by turning random people off the streets into new vampires. Dylan is one of those random people. The power players in the city want his vote, but he just wants to be left the hell alone. Most … Continue reading Blood Flow by David A. Hill Jr. – First Chapter Preview!
It's Short Story Saturday! This week it's Clark Ashton Smith's A Vintage from Atlantis. A Vintage from Atlantis written by Clark Ashton Smith 1933 From Weird Tales Volume 22, Issue 3 I thank you, friend, but I am no drinker of wine, not even if it be the rarest Canary or the oldest Amontillado. Wine … Continue reading Short Story Saturday – A Vintage from Atlantis by Clark Ashton Smith
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Spookiness and wit abound in this unhallowed tale of lust, madness and submarines.
I'm not really sure what to say, as I would imagine most people who visit Examining the Odd have read some or all of Gaiman's work! Since this book is a collection of short stories (and wonders!), I decided to randomly choose one of the pieces too. The chosen piece was The Fairy Reel, one of the "wonders", since it is a poem rather than a short story. I've heard people liken this poem to a Keats ballad.
I'm in a Lovecraft mood, currently re-reading the stunning The Dream-Quest of Unknown Kadath, so here's one of his letters to Clark Ashton Smith.
The study of folklore is very often the examination of symbolism and symbolic interpretation changes over time. Many people's knowledge of the subject stretches no further than The Hound of the Baskervilles and where they are more familiar, people often think that the Black Dog is evil or portentous in the manner of the Shuck. - Black Dog … Continue reading Black Dog Folklore by Mark Norman
Genre Fantasy, Horror, Weird fiction Algernon Henry Blackwood, CBE (14 March 1869 – 10 December 1951) was an English short story writer and novelist, one of the most prolific writers of ghost stories in the history of the genre. He was also a journalist and a broadcasting narrator... Blackwood was born in Shooter's Hill (now … Continue reading THE STRANGE ADVENTURES OF A PRIVATE SECRETARY IN NEW YORK by Algernon Blackwood (1869–1951)