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About meI work in an academic library. I'm fascinated by the history of the horror genre in all media, psychotronic film, comic books, giant monsters of the deep and the ability of my cats to teleport. Please drop by and visit my LT group The Weird Tradition!

Currently watching: The Swimmer (1968)

About my libraryBooks are kept dry and on shelves.

GroupsThe Horror Film: History, Reference, and Beyond, The Red Circle, The Weird Tradition

Favorite authorsCharles Addams, Robert Aickman, Antonin Artaud, J. G. Ballard, Laird Barron, Algernon Blackwood, Ray Bradbury, Alan Bradley, James Lee Burke, William S. Burroughs, Ramsey Campbell, Jonathan Carroll, Philip K. Dick, Lord Dunsany, Will Eisner, James Ellroy, Guy Endore, Dennis Etchison, Ian Fleming, Barry Gifford, Charles L. Grant, Günter Grass, Joe Hill, William Hope Hodgson, Robert E. Howard, Shirley Jackson, S. T. Joshi, Stephen King, T. E. D. Klein, Kathe Koja, Joe R. Lansdale, Comte de Lautréamont, Fritz Leiber, Herbert Lieberman, H. P. Lovecraft, Arthur Machen, George R. R. Martin, Richard Matheson, Daphne du Maurier, Ed McBain, Robert McCammon, Michael Cisco, Michael Moorcock, Flannery O'Connor, Mervyn Peake, Edgar Allan Poe, Steven Puchalski, Maurice Sendak, Michael Shea, Dan Simmons, David J. Skal, Clark Ashton Smith, Peter Straub, Jim Thompson, Thomas Tryon, Mark Twain, Voltaire, Karl Edward Wagner, John Waters, Michael Weldon, Manly Wade Wellman (Shared favorites)

Real nameKenton Sem

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Member sinceMar 11, 2006

Currently readingThe Spirit Archives, Volume 24 by Will Eisner
The Climate of Hell by Herbert Lieberman
Tobe Hooper's Salem's Lot: Studies in the Horror Film by Tony Earnshaw

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So is "Inagehi."

*hit send too fast*
Wait until you get to his novels, then! "The Hauntings of Hood Canal" is a wonder. I've got to decide which ones to order next.
Did you ever get to read any of Jack Cady's novels? I've finished first readings on Rules of 48, Inagehi and am in the middle of The Hauntings of Hood Canal.

Masterpieces, and Cady has a magic touch with voice, as you probably know from his short stories.
I noticed the entry for "The Basilisk" is missing from the comprehensive list of all Deep Ones discussions. Didn't want to attempt to add it, though it appears to be a public document. Figured you'd know what to do!
Howdy! I look forward to ye discussion of "An Eidolon of Filth," and will participate if I ain't busy and can remember. The story has appear'd in ye eZine only, although I have included it in my forthcoming book, SPECTRES OF LOVECRAFTIAN HORROR, which is being consider'd for Spring publication in hardcover by Dark Renaissance Books.
I've not yet read the book, but others have highly recommended it and so I'll be ordering it from Amazon next month. It sounds fantastic.
Looks good!
Hi Kenton! It's gotten to the point where Deep Ones threads account for something like half of the content of the Weird Tradition group. Do you think you could maybe add a paragraph to the group description, to let newcomers know what the game is? At a bare minimum, it could say something like: "The Weird Tradition also hosts the DEEP ONES reading group, which discusses a short story each week, commencing its conversations in LT Talk on Wednesdays. You can see this quarter's reading schedule here."
April 4, 2012 Wednesday 12:25 P.M.
Dear Kenton Sem,
Thank you for the information on William Hope Hodgson's story, THE GHOST PIRATES. I will check that one out next after I finish reading THE NIGHT LAND. You said you haven't read THE NIGHT LAND yet. It is very good too, but I like THE HOUSE ON THE BORDERLAND better, but did not know that THE HOUSE ON THE BORDERLAND is his masterpiece. I probably have a link to THE GHOST PIRATES. When I started looking for THE HOUSE ON THE BORDERLAND, I webbed up a bunch of sites with his stories and also biographical information and information about his books. I haven't read any of the biographical information yet, and will wait to read the information on each book after I read the book. Many reviewers are giving away the end of the book, and I don't like that! I didn't think they were supposed to do that!
I webbed up a bunch of stuff about Shirley Jackson and her writing, and bookmarked that too, for future reading, and was shocked when I saw that most of the reviewers had given away the ending of THE HAUNTING OF HILL HOUSE (which I've already read). So now I'm careful which book reviews I read!
I did find out that all of William Hope Hodgson's work is in the public domain and on the Internet now. Unfortunately, Shirley Jackson's isn't. My brother tells me they keep extending the copyright. I don't think that is right. I am a writer, and don't believe in copyright, so I only post my stories on free sites, available to everyone with Internet access, and will only release simultaneous, nonexclusive rights to any of the publishers. I wrote for money back in the old hardcopy writing days, and made very little money--the publishers used to make all the money, not the writers. Someday I hope to have my own website to publish on, and will make money from ads if I can, but never again by selling my writing. Right now, I only have time to post my writing to my Facebook and a site called Writer's Network.
I am new to LibraryThing, and think it is great except for one thing. They let writers give e-copies of their books away in exchange for reviews, but won't let you do that if your work is freely available elsewhere. So I guess I won't be able to share my books here! I still may join the writer's community when I get time, though.
You got a real find on the vintage J.G. Ballard books! His books are very hard to find. I never could find HIGH RISE in any used book stores, when I looked for it, although I guess about everything can be bought over the Internet now. Unfortuately, his work is all still in copyright too, even though he is now dead. Do you have THE DROWNED WORLD? That is my favorite of his books. I have a hardback copy of THE CRYSTAL WORLD, Mama gave me, and she may have a paperback copy of VERMILLION SANDS in her library that I gave her years ago. It is very good too. I would like to live in VERMILLION SANDS!
Talk to you later.
Mary Hazel
March 21, 2012 Wednesday 9:51 P.M.
Dear Kenton Sem,
Thank you for your welcome letter to me when I joined your group "The Weird Tradition". I am sorry to take so long to reply, but I just joined LibraryThing, and when they sent me an e-mail with your letter in it, I tried to answer, and could not send you a reply. I just now figured out how to, hopefully, send a reply directly on their website.
Will write more later, but just wanted to let you know I'd gotten your message, and to thank you for taking the trouble to write to me. I am still reading William Hope Hodgson's book online, THE NIGHT LAND. I finished THE HOUSE ON THE BORDERLAND. THE NIGHT LAND is very good too, but, so far, I think I like THE HOUSE ON THE BORDERLAND best. I bookmarked a bunch more of his stories, and also biographies of him on my computer, and plan to eventually read everything he wrote.
I see you also like Stephen King, and J.G. Ballard, my 2 favorite writers.
It must be lots of fun to work in an academic library. I love libraries of all kinds, and can spend all day there just enjoying the books, when I have time. How wonderful to get paid for spending time in a library!
Mary Hazel Upton
Hey Ken,

Thanks for the heads' up on American Grindhouse. I'd actually seen the doc before, but forgot enough of it that it was sort of like watching it again for the first time. I'm surprised at the way they just brushed past The Texas Chainsaw Massacre and Romero's Living Dead movies, but I guess there's only so much roon...

It convinced me to add Lord Love a Duck and Ilsa to my queue. I really wanted to add Truck Turner, The Tormentors and The Big Dollhouse, but they are sadly unavailable.

I'll be getting Blue Sunshine later this week. Have you ever seen it? I haven't, but it sure sounds promising.
Hello again. I finished the book this weekend and will get it mailed out to you tomorrow. I wrote a review for it if you're interested. I will say that it got me to reactivate Netflix streaming so that I could watch more of those lurid films.

It's part of the Early Reviews program, so if you feel comfortable, please write a review for it (no pressure though).
Thanks for inviting me. I think I will :)

Hey...ya never know.
The ISBN or something is messed up for the Kolchak Papers.
Some stuff I stumbled across I thought you'd find of interest.

Granted they're not as good as the older generation but at least keeping the tradition alive.
Thank you.
I went and Voted NO not to combine this group like you said. I love your picture of Godzilla creating havoc destroyinh Tokyo. I have an awful lot of Godzilla movies on VHS tapes and DVD's. I loved to watch Godzila movis since I was a child growing up in the 60s & 70s. Go Godzilla!! You Rock!! Godzilla4ever!!!!

Yes, I used to have a much larger collection of horror magazines including the ones you mention, and things like the old Twilight Zone magazine that TED Klein edited. But most of my magazines were sold long ago. I still have runs of 'Eldritch Tal;es, 'Etchings and Odysseys', 'Whispers', and some Australian horror and sf mags like 'Bloodsongs', 'Aurealis', 'Eidolon'. Also a big collection of the Us 'Magazine of Horror' and 'Weird Tales'. gradually cataloguing all the magazines - will take ma while.
Yes, my old Wired Cue:Cat USB scanner works a charm with most barcodes.

Having a day off as it's Easter Monday (Bank Holiday in the UK) and decided to watch "Soft for Digging" following your recommendation. It's amazing what you can do with a minimal budget if you know what you're doing - this is a very disturbing macabre film and I'm more than surprised that this hasn't picked up a reputation as something of a cult classic.

Cheers for the recommendation. Going to do something to cheer up my day now!


Have you seen "Uzumaki" yet? I've just watched and it is staggering, mind-blowing. Straight into my top films of all time, easily. It is both very Japanese and Lovecraftian in character.

Truly truly awesome.


I wholeheartedly agree with you about "House of Leaves"; I just know that it's got to be worth reading through to the end. I shall have to barricade myself in at home and take a week's holiday before I dare encroach upon its pages again!


Thanks for the recommendation; I had not hitherto heard of "Soft for Digging" and was rather lucky in that there was a sole remaining copy available through Amazon (UK) at a ridiculously low price. So I've ordered it.

Further recommendations always appreciated.

And now a differemt enquiry; have you attempted to wade through "House of Leaves" (Danielewski, Mark Z)? I'm not after a review; I simply want an opinion upon whether to persist in trying to read it as I've failed miserably to complete it twice now. In my mind, it has moved beyond being a chilling novel and has acquired the status of a research project!



Given your predeliction for psychotronic film and the horror genre, can I recommend to you a film that I've just watched me this evening? It's appears to be relatively unknown and (based on IMDb rating), in my opinion, seriously under-rated. The film is "Crazy as Hell" (2002) starring Eriq La Salle, a psychological thriller/horror and it's about.....not telling! Don't read the reviews on IMDb because they contain spoilers that you really don't want to know prior to watching the film.

I was impressed.


Was wondering if you'd be interested in reviewing my new novel and posting your comments here as well as a few other book-related sites. Saw you liked The Wasp Factory, and I thought you might like my novel since it's also about a disturbed adolescent and a bit dark. I could e-mail you the novel in an e-book format if you'd like. Let me know if you're interested. Here's a link to a summary in case you're interested:



When I watch a movie, it's more often than not, "Psychotronic". When I read, I gravitate to what I call the pre-WW II fantasists. Just joined your groups and will post when I have more time.

Be seein' you
Thanks very much! If you end up checking out my novel, or any of my other work, I'd love to hear what you think.

Here's wishing you the best in all aspects of your life.

-Jeremy :)
Thought I'd make contact since you share 13 favourite authors with me. That's only one less than Mayorwhitebelly. I sent you a friends invitation a few days ago.
Leigh Blackmore
Thanks for the invite. Perfect timing since I just finished reading Lovecraft's "Call of Cthulhu" for the first time in years. Part of a horror collection I've been working through, "The Dark Descent." Good stuff.

Happy cataloging to you.
I was a member of that group as of last year. ;-) Here are "my" groups...

1001 Books to read before you die, 9/11 Truth, Ace Doubles, Altered States, Alternative Fiction, American Civil War, American Postmodernism, Antiquarian Books, Awful Lit., Baker Street and Beyond — show all groups , Ballantine Adult Fantasy, BBC Radio 3 Listeners, Book Arts, Bookcases: If You Build/Buy Them, They Will Fill, Books in Books, Books on Books, Booksellers, Booksellers who LibraryThing, Booze!, Canon, Cartoons, Cheeseheads of Wisconsin (COW), Comics, Covers, Cthulhu Mythos, DAW Books, Dostoevsky, Duniverse, Edward Gorey, Eureka! finds, Experimental Film and Video, Football Season Is Over, Getting Published, Hardboiled / Noir Crime Fiction, Lost Generation, Made into a Book, Made into a Movie, Mark Twain, Moby Dick, Modern Collector, Modern Library Collectors, mugwumps, MySpace, Nabokov!, New authors first editions, One Hit Wonders, Penguin Classics, Presidential Literature, Pulp Fiction, Pynchon Pandæmonium, Reading Great Books, Real Ale (& Other Beers), Reprint Please!, Science Fiction Fans, Sex Between the Covers, SF, horror and Fantasy Romance, SlashThing, Steampunk, T.S. Eliot, Tesla, The Oz books, Thing(amabrarian)s That Go Bump in the Night, Tragic Hero, Wallace Stevens, Weird Fiction, Westerns
Ken -

It's a pleasure to read your posts, man. Nice to meet you, and keep posting!

LMK if you want/need to upgrade your THE LOST AND THE LURKING from PB to HC SFBC edition. It's the alternate grey cover shown with the listing. I have two at the moment. It's a tough call because PB 1st to book club is sort of a lateral. There's no "extra" material but there is a picture of the author.

- Barney
Ok, you seem to be the "horror guy" around here, so maybe you could answer a question. What exactly do you consider Wierd Fiction, is it primarily the stuff by Lovecraft and his ilk, or does other stuff along the same wavelenght like Dunsany and Blackwood count? Oh, and long live Godzilla, true king of the monsters!!!
Love your profile pick. Widescreen, uncut, subtitled edition getting released on DVD in September, in case you didn't already know. Here's the ASIN: B000FA4TLQ.

Interested in what you thought of "Johnny Got His Gun" which is a book I read years ago but have been thinking a lot about recently for no particular reason. Have you seen the film version (I haven't since it's hard to come by and I've heard it's not worth the effort, but I've never communicated directly with anyone who has actually seen it). Happy cataloging.
Running MS-DOS: Version 6.22 is a book you CHOSE to list? I hope you were wearing a freakin' bow tie while you typed that one. What does the Mojo wire say about Deadwood this weekend? And are there DEADWOOD novels? There *#@^*! oughta be!

- Barney

Swidgin, PA.
Arigato, Dannelke-san!
May your tag cloud be radiactive and spawn many Toho Monsters. - Barney
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