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Twice I scream out in the supreme agony of my fear!

I'm enjoying the House on the Borderland. I'm not sure it makes any kind of sense but it has a strange compulsion. And the last part of the found manuscript is particularly good and chilling.

And what's this? "Preternatural" gets an outing, a 100 years before Anne Rice did it to death.

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timgray
Feb. 5th, 2009 09:40 pm (UTC)
I think I used to have a copy as a teenager, picked up cheap somewhere. I opened it a few times but found the writing utterly impenetrable.

Whereas Carnacki I quite liked.
gbsteve
Feb. 6th, 2009 09:40 am (UTC)
It's much easier listening to it than reading it. I didn't manage to read it either.

Wikipedia has a synopsis and it doesn't make a lot of sense. You never understand why the house is under attack. However in a Cosmic Horror way, it makes perfect sense. Why should the universe have to surrender to our explanation?

Carnacki has the benefit of coming in short doses and it does have the electric pentacle.
timgray
Feb. 6th, 2009 11:37 am (UTC)
Oops, I suspect I was actually thinking of The Night Land. IIRC it has a barbarian warrior escorting someone to a pyramid city.
davidt3001
Feb. 6th, 2009 05:28 pm (UTC)
More or less; our hero goes and rescues his true love and takes her back to his own pyramid (they're telepathically linked). On the way back he beats her rebellious nature out of her, for her own good.

Aside from that and the dreadful faux olde Englishe style, the Night Land is OK -- the concept and descriptions are weird. It also includes an early example of an arcology.
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