The blog of an easily distracted reader.
Monday, October 23, 2017
Unending Night: With the Old Breed: At Peleliu and Okinawa By E.B. Sledge
....we rarely ventured out of our foxholes at night unless to care for wounded or to get ammunition. When a flare or star shell lighted the ...
Saturday, October 21, 2017
Who can tell the difference? The Missing Girl by Shirley Jackson
Shirley Jackson's 1957 story "The Missing Girl" is a perfectly modulated horror comedy of manners. Martha Alexander walks of...
Friday, October 13, 2017
"Whatever cries there...."
A Neighbor’s Landmark by M.R. James ....‘I asked her if she never thought she saw anything to account for the sounds she heard. She told me...
Thursday, October 12, 2017
Late magic: The Children of the Pool and Other Stories by Arthur Machen
.... There was one circumstance which I failed to mention, when I consulted the friend who wrote me the letter of advice. I am not sure why ...
Tuesday, October 10, 2017
A Mountain Adventure: The curious epilogue to The Green Round by Arthur Machen
The Green Round by Arthur Machen 1933 The Green Round is an unconventional novel. But that is night to dismiss it. I finished it for th...
Monday, October 9, 2017
The Bridegroom and the Bride: Change by Arthur Machen
There was one thing called “The Lesson”—heaven pity me, that I ever saw it! Listen—can you fancy a squatting circle of nameless dog-like thi...
Friday, October 6, 2017
The net of language: Notes on Holy Terrors by Arthur Machen
Holy Terrors by Arthur Machen 1946 The Bright Boy (1936) "The Bright Boy" is a strange crime/mystery story, though the protag...
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