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About my libraryFiction, poetry, art, 19th and early 20th century gothic, noir, mysteries

Death

Death isn't dressed up for halloween
in a long black cape with a scythe.
He comes in the wee hours,
on a fire truck, it's engine rumbling,
the siren off.

- tros

"It was in a transient hotel, recently, that I saw myself again, shut up in a room, immobilized, not daring to go out at all. Where else would I have hidden myself except in one of these hotels of the basest order, among other anonymous clients of the night? There, passing many nights and days, lying in wait, watching, fully clothed, from behind a door or, at the slightest noise, taking flight over the rooftops, I had been terribly afraid, and I couldn't shake the impression that I stayed there for centuries, perhaps, or that I had successively exhausted several existences which had yielded nothing but poisons to glut a trough already sloshing with disgust, shame, and desolation."

-Streetcorners
Francis Carco
trans. Gilbert Alter-Gilbert

"In a few minutes, my companions began to disappear one after the other, leaving nothing but their shadows on the wall by which they were soon absorbed, much as the brown stains made by the water on the sand disappear as they dry."

- Gautier
The Club of Assassins
trans. Maurice Stang

"It is what Orientals call "kief" - it is the absolute of happiness. The characteristics of vortex and tumultuousness have gone. It is a calm and frozen beatitude. Every philosophical problem has been solved. All the knotty questions with which theologians have battled and which are the despair of thinking humanity have become pellucid, limpid. Every contradiction is now an identity. Man is a god."

- Baudelaire
Wine and Hashish

If, after living an unclouded day-to-day existence together for many years, two spouses looked closely at each other, if they looked deep into each other, they would find - they were bound to find - two strangers separated by a thousand trivialities, a thousand tiny lies, a thousand insignificant disloyalties. Their souls never really knew each other, however sincerely they believed in their friendship and their love.

In normal life, friendship is nothing but a false idea, a convention we gradually grow accustomed to. And love ... that was just sundry fragments taken from cheap literature mixed together with a few clammy pleasures to liven up the cliche' and anoint it with tawdriness.

- Mario de Sa-Carneiro
"Mystery" from "The Great Shadow"
trans. M. J. Costa

The dead die hard, they are tresspassers on the beyond, they must take the place as they find it, the shafts and manholes back into the muck, till such time as the lord of the manor incurs through his long acquiescence a duty of care in respect of them.

Echo's Bones
Samuel Beckett

GroupsErotica, Japanese Literature, Rock 'n' Roll, Records and Record Collections, The Chapel of the Abyss, The Hashish Club, The Weird Tradition, World Music

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