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


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."

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

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ha! now if I only had the time to put the jazz & blues on. I like scoping out the "what should you borrow" lists - but all too often they contain items I have - ah, but when they don't - discovery!

There is a lot to admire in Flint's work

do you know Jim Vadeboncouer's website ? all manner of nice things, including Images (his small but beautiful art books.) I think you can still access a number online at the site
Ah, Blackwood... I read a dozen or so ( or more?) stories in a collection 2 or 3 or 4 years ago, but am just now returning to him and expanding the footprint. Am reading Mike Ashley's Blackwood biography and have bought some reprints of the early editions so I can encounter the stories in their original contexts...
I didn't know you were a fan of the master misanthrope. Hard to believe he wrote Self Condemned blind, in longhand. So what'chu been smokin', er, reading, lately?
What do you find to be the best sites for finding art? I've generally just been using tumblr. Any recomendations?
There's another one further down next to Breugel's Tower of Babel. It's definitely a Boris - I'm a big fan of his and recognise it. Sorry to be a pain but the hidden curator in me won't let it lie.
Ah, that's my long list, an author only needs to have written one very good book or several good ones to get onto it. I've started going through yours and looking up the ones I've not heard of, of which, to my shame, there are a fair few. PS, being captious for a moment, did you know you'd labelled a Boris Vellajo painting sorayama in your gallery?
Thanks for adding me to your 'interesting libraries'. Thanks also for the invite to your group, but it's not really my sort of thing. Your library is amazing, and I also love your gallery as well. I recommend having a look at this lady on Tumblr if you haven't already seen her She 'identifies' with Mossa's 'She', whatever that means, which I noticed you had in your gallery.
I was convinced I had seen something by Masahiro Kobayashi, but in fact I was thinking of Masaki Kobayashi, whose brilliant Harakiri (Seppuku) is one of my favorite films. Checking Masahiro's films, though, it appears I haven't seen any. Soon, I hope.
Delighted to be invited, old chap. Thank you. I hope i shall have something worthy to contribute.
i have things by both of them, but have never heard the record you mentioned. Finally trying to get all my blues lps entered - and buying some new pressings.
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John Collier
How Weed Won the West looks like a fabulosioso documentary, man.
Thanks for the heads up on Heart and Soul by Etta James.. I must get it.
O.K. Being retired, I am automatically excused from accuracy. I found Maurice Procter easily enough both here and at Amazon, but there's not much about him....
Meanwhile, it is Nicholas Christopher, and the book I enjoyed is here. I see that mine is the first review such as it is.
Back again to say that it was 60° here today too. I loathe and despise cold weather, but we're supposed to get some with only a few warm breaks in the winter. Instead, we're getting a few cold breaks. It's great for poor folks and living, but it makes the bugs horrendous in the summer and it's just not right!
Music --- I listen to more that classical stuff, but not Blues nor yet Blue Grass nor anything country nor popular...
I do know Derek Raymond and the factory - those books must be in the attic. I'll check out Maurice Proctor. IN return, do you know Christopher Nichols? I've read only A Journey to the Stars, but it was vastly entertaining.
Retirement is the best!!! Here's to a long one for both of us!
How nice to hear from you again!
As it happens, I am a long-time fan of both McClure and Van de Wetering not to mention Sjowall and Wahloo. I'm just getting into the current Scandi-writers though.
Hope all is well with you. I see that you're a lover of the Blues, a place I've never been able to go for long. Having been a classical pianist, I still have 19th century ears for the most part.

Yes. Sadly, I was captured in battle by a rival city and slowly tortured to death.
Hi tros,

Yeah I noticed you'd given it 4 stars too. I bet there's tons of worthy material. Even the barest of demos of his would be worth buying.
Hi Tros,

Thanks so much for the musician suggestions. The only one I'm familiar with is Greg Brown and I love him and have several of his albums. I will check them all out.

I was watching this week's Treme episode a few hours ago and heard Louisiana slide guitar bluesman Sonny Landreth play "Blue Tar Blues". Maybe you know him. I had never heard him before and loved it so I've been listening to some of his stuff on Rhapsody and youtube and maybe will buy an album--it has to have Blue Tar Blues.

I don't know if you watch Treme. If you do you know Lucia Micarelli (violinist) is a regular on the show and plays Steve Zahn's girlfriend, Annie Tee -- she played duets often with Steve Earle's street musician character until he was murdered at the end of last season. This season her character's career is taking off, and she is asked to add a guest solo to Landreth's "Blue Tar Blues". It was great--not yet on youtube though--although a number of Landreth videos of Blue Tar are on youtube, including the Sonny Landreth/Mark Knopfler one.

Treme has so many great musicians who suddenly appear in an episode as themselves--it is great fun and you never know who is going to show up and surprise you.

Oh wow another Etta Fan..... did you every get the cd you were talking about?
My favorite Emmylou Harris compilation is Anthology; the Warner/Reprise Years, from the Warner archives. I wore disc one out not long after I retired and had to rebuy the entire set. It is a remaster of original recordings from 1975 through the 80s.

"I love Emmy, her voice--and I have loved these records from the first time I heard them. I'll be listening to this collection forever." -- Linda Ronstadt endorsement of "Anthology".

She never made a bad album though, oh no she didn't, hard to go wrong.

Hi tros,

Thanks for the Chris Thomas King suggestions. He's new to me. I saw you recently added American Central Dust and remembered I had thought of getting that too but then forgot. Hmmm. And I agree! Our stuff is best!

Right now I'm getting acquainted with Harry Smith's Anthology of American Folk Music--working on the ballads, disc 1. It goes well with Dylan's The Tempest, which I'm working on too, and also reminds me of the early 60s when I was enraptured by Joan Baez and the songs she chose to do. I need to go back some time and pick up an early Baez or two.

On disc one of the Smith set someone named Buell Kazee does The Wagoner's Lad (1929 or 1930) and Baez did that song too, I'm sure, on one of her early 60s albums. It was great to hear the early version Smith selected. Love the murder ballads too. "I can't fly down and I won't fly down, and light on your right knee. A girl who would murder her own true love, would kill a little bird like me." --from "Henry Lee"

I expect the Anthology with its 6 discs and 84 songs will take me the winter to get to know well, but that will be a winter well spent. We've already had our first snow as of this week. What a relief to see that moisture come down and cover the ground after this dry, dry summer out here in western Nebraska.

Hmm, never heard of her. I'll look her up, thanks.
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A terrible case of pubic lice?
I was trying to compare the other stories in the book to the title story, "Men Without Bones". I went back and made a slight change to my review in an attempt to make this clear. Sorry for the confusion--it was definitely the Men Without Bones collection that I read, downloaded from
I like the young actor from Friday Night Lights (my wife loves him) but I thought Kantos Kan stole the spotlight the short time he was in the movie and I wished they had kept more of that storyline in the film. The movie worked best when they stuck to A Princess of Mars - except for the frame story which was pretty cool. Too bad sequels are not likely.
Watched John Carter last night and enjoyed it. It had some problems, but I don't think it deserved panning. I like the frame story they set up. I did not like the flashbacks. Did not like the costumes insofar as they were reminiscent of Barbarella. Hated the soundtrack which was perfunctory and intrusive (inappropriate even).
I have them scattered throughout anthologies - I'll check them out. Have you see Opium: Diary of a Madwoman by János Szász? It's a film based on the fiction of Geza Csath. I'm hoping it will turn up at my hovel soon.
ooops. I missed your comment about spring in CA. Normally, it's lovely in N.C. too - all 2 weeks of it. This year we've had a real spring, and that has been wonderful. I'm hoping that my scientist-type cousin is correct when he says that a mild winter doesn't necessarily presage a hotter than normal summer.
Back again. I was just looking at what's available of Stevens on Kindle. Thanks for the heads-up.
I would never have spotted you as an older person! Of course, reading tastes don't really seem to reflect age. I often find myself in the scifi section of a bookstore with the adolescent boys - that is, when I get into a bookstore. I do read fewer mysteries than I did when I was working, but when I was working, I didn't have mind for more. Retirement is grand, great, glorious!
Always glad to see you, tros! I suspect that you would like the Tiptree/Sheldon short stories a lot. You can read "Houston, Houston, Do You Read ---?" here or other places online.
I've never even heard Francis Stevens's name. Off to do some research. I hope June is pretty in CA!
I love the Mirra Ginsberg translation too. It was the first one I read and will always be my favorite. I've read the Burgin and Pevear/Volonkonsky translations which are based on the so called complete manuscript. They aren't as lyrical are as fun of the Ginsburg translation in my opinion. M & M was unpublished during Bugakov's lifetime. Nobody really knows which version is closest to what he would have chosen had he edited it himself anyway.

Never talk to strangers
Thanks for the info. I'm sure the stories are well worth it.

P.S. I loved the Russian TV miniseries adaptation of The Master and Margarita.
I saw your rating and my card was burning a hole in my pocket.
Thanks for the info on the movie! I'll have to see if my independent movie store carries it. Sure they do, they have everything!
The preview has me a bit concerned, but they may pull it off!
Love your gallery. I'm particularly fond of the Breugels.
Oops. No to A. Merrit, but now I'm informed.
Hi, Tros! I'm always glad to hear from you, and I see 405 mutualities - that's a bunch!
I'm a great, great *Dance* fan and have read some other A. Powell too. In fact, I intend to reread the 12 - 3rd time through, I think, next year. I have some friends who are reading him for the first time. And I only just now realized that there were videos, so I treated myself to DVDs and hope to watch them over the holidays. It's a great looking series, but it seems to me as if everything is happening in double-time.
I wish you a Merry Christmas or Happy Other Holiday!
I need to read it yet myself. A friend in Charlottesville has run the press since the early 90s; he's turned out quite a few interesting titles. Here's a link the website:

I noticed you gave Five Branded Women a high rating. I have not heard of the book or the writer. Could you give me a few details about the book?

Hi, Tros. Thanks for your note and friend request. I must admit I haven't really listened to the artists you mentioned, as I tend to like my world music a bit more traditional & raw, but if you have specific suggestions (i.e., some albums or tracks to try), I'm definitely open. Looking forward to perusing your library!

I forgot the artist's name.... But of nearer interest: it looks as though you were influenced by the limoncello business. Have you brewed any up yet? Really nice stuff - but serves up quite the brain tumor if done to excess - or so I've heard.

You can also make arancello (oranges). This one's on my winter to-do list (does one goal a list make?). According to a Sicilian contact, there are similar recipes for basil and for pistacchio. I am less curious about these. Ignore all recipes that call for vodka. Grain alcohol is the way to go.
So many books, so little time. No I haven't read anything else yet, tho I have the Red Carnation. I'm reading Volokhonsky and Pevear's War and Peace right now: not a lot of extra time, with this going on too...
Hi back, your library seems pretty eclectic too, and as it happens, we share a lot of relatively obscure writers...More books to follow (I'm about 2/3 done, with luck).
Cool! I think I read Twilight of the Elephant in a Vittorini Omnibus I had in college, but I don't remember it too well (or at all). I re-read Conversations in Sicily last year, and was reminded then of how much I enjoyed it the first time. I need to seek out more Vittorini the next time I go to the library. If you get the chance to read Conversations in Sicily, keep Pedro Páramo in mind...

Thanks for the confirmation, Tros. I don't know when I'll get to it, but the first page assures me that I didn't make a mistake when I bought it.
Have you read/do you recommend Noel Hynd's ghost stories? I just yielded to summer impulse and bought a couple. I think I remember one of his spy novels as being quite O.K.
Meanwhile, reading your mail: "homemade limoncello" - YUM!
I also intend to mend my Rosamond Lehmann ignorance this month.
The Jokers by Cossery was a great recommedation - perverse and very funny. Just what I needed. Thanks!
Does it show? Needless to say, I woke up on the couch at 3AM with a glass at my feet and the book on my lap. Strange times call for extreme measures.
I am reading Chinese Ghosts now (the damned Blackwood is at the abandoned desmene!) in between shots of homemade limoncello.
Thta one's been on my list for months, thank you for the nudge!
By the way - the title of that Fini painting you were curious about is "Cortege".
Ah--I see now. I originally searched for "The Devil From Nanking" which produced no results in LT. When I search for "The Devil In Nanking", however, LT lists the book Tokyp. LT's title search is not very forgiving...
The Devil of Nanking -- at first this sounds familiar, so I look it up in LibraryThing -- what? Noone in LT owns this book?? Seriously? So then I search amazon, read the publisher's description, scan the first review; not at all what I expected. Now I'm thinking I haven't heard of this after all. Mistook it for The Devils of Loudun or The Rape of Nanking or something. I don't know. So...I'm going to go with "I've never heard of it, but it sounds I've ordered a copy from amazon...thanks for the heads up!!"

I have a friend in Japan whose is a big fan of mysteries written by Miyuki Miyabe -- an author who apparently works in many genres. I see that you have All She Was Worth -- my friend told me that this is a good book, although it is in some ways atypical for this author (I wish I could remember why it is atypical...). At any rate, have you read this book yet and, if so, what did you think of it?
This is Leonor Fini, but I can't recall the title of the picture. She is the artist who designed the sets and costumes for the Parisian production of Oskar Panizza's The Council of Love.

Speaking of what else is lurking there, do you like Giuseppe Arcimboldo?
Good to see another Masako Togawa fan!

Well, I hope to become one, at least. I was given Lady Killer as a gift and recently stumbled across a used copy of The Master Key. I must confess to having read neither yet, however...
Good to hear from you again, Tros. Confession time. I own several Rosamund Lehmanns but haven't read any. I have them because they are Virago Modern Classics, the imprint of a feminist press dedicated to bringing back significant or neglected women writers from the past and publishing contemporary women who might otherwise not be heard of. Most of the time their authors possess some literary quality, but they publish some others simply because they are historically important (as, for example, Valley of the Dolls). I'm guessing that Lehmann is intrinsically worth reading, and she likely also is a good representative of women's writing in the 30's. I'd be interested in what you think if you read one. I will get to her eventually since I'm always reading a VMC.
I wonder whether you ever tried Miéville. The City & The City turned out not to be my favorite, but it was plenty good. I haven't gotten to Kraken and by the time I do, he'll no doubt have something else out. I also wonder whether you know K.J. Parker. If you looked at my profile, you saw reference to the first couple of her *Engineer Trilogy*. Again, I think you would enjoy this series. Check out a review or two!
Keep reading and come back and visit sometime!
Juicy title, eh? Most of it is history and essays but he did include translations of some "forbidden" material, e.g. a work of philosophy-porno.
Hi tros,
yes, I did. The book in question falls under the category investigative journalism. I really liked his style of reporting about the situation in Havana. A good mix of facts and human interest, and I learned a couple of new Spanish words as well ;)
Hi Tros,
Sorry for the delay... I searched the internet but cannot find english translations of his work, only titles in spanish. It seems Amir Valle is a topic for spanish reading people only.
Well, maybe a publisher can do something about this?
Enjoy Christmas,
Ah, well, thank you. I may cannibalize your library for my wishlists. Where in California do you live.

Also, no one peels potatoes like that. There was another Akerman link on youtube and it was no better, but the complete opposite. Hyperactive camera, shooting in black and white, following a frantic young lady around...

Thought you might like this short piece on Simenon's Pedigree and Chantal Akerman’s Jeanne Dielman, 23 Quai du Commerce, 1080 Bruxelles (1975). Neither of which I have read or viewed, respectively.

I should be visiting more often for the profile pic updates alone!
I like your favorite authors list. Brings back good memories. And hope you eventually add more of your music albums--it was fun to see the cajun and blues items in your "most recent activity" section. Saw we share a J. J. Cale selection and decided to put him on while I catalog Sharyn McCrumb's Ballad series (looking forward to a Nebraska winter in the Appalachias). Am listening to the Road to Escondido album he did with Eric Clapton. I was in Escondido once 100 years ago thinking of applying for a teaching job. Had no idea it was so close to Cale's hometown in California. A road not taken. Instead I took a job on the Rosebud reservation in South Dakota and discovered Bob Dylan.
AND Mucha, AND the rest of the Pre-Raphaelites. Glad to meet you. May I browse?
Here's a review of the Endore (also published as "Methinks the Lady"):

I have not read it yet (nor the Werewolf of Paris). I still need to get to Carco as well. I have been obsessed lately with Jean Ray. I haven't heard or heard of Joe Louis Walker... until youtube a minute ago (way out of the loop on contemporary/living people ;).

I like James Melville and almost worship Herman, but China Mieville is something else altogether. I think you should hurry to find *PSS* at the very least! It's kind of, sort of steam punk with a good horror component that I think you'll like. I also think a good bit of it is pretty profound. I didn't write a review of it here, and a lot of other people prefer The Scar, but one thing I like about *PSS* is the city, New Crobuzon. Pretty amazing stuff!
I'm off to see what reviews I think are valid.
Hey, Tros!
Interesting pictures in your gallery!
I don't remember The Last Best Friend - need to hunt it out to see when and where I got it. No doubt, it was cheap; that's my price.
Do you read China Mieville? I'm excited about getting to The City and The City. I haven't read anything of his that I prefer to Perdido Street Station though. In fact, I'm going to look for it in your library and tell you that if you don't have it, it's a must-have.
Aloha! Are you familiar with the singer Sugar Pie Desanto? Any idea if any of her stuff is on lp (comps or otherwise)? Incredible:
Sadly none of my regional libraries carry any of Charles Williams's novels (reprinted or original). I'm not at all surprised either given that they are both rare and valuable. I did come across a new copy of 'A Touch of Death' on Amazon, although I much prefer the original or at least a 2nd printing if I can get my mucky hands on one. I've been reading on the internet that some of CW reprints were inferior and that does worry me.

It's the story of my existence. I consistently fancy books that are either out of print or exclusively printed in another country. I reckon that is half the fun is in the search - like seeking buried treasures on a budget.
Terribly sorry for my delayed reply but I've been out of town for a couple of weeks and only returned last night. I seriously wish I had a laptop at times. Anyway, I did enjoy Dead Calm very much (finished reading it about a week ago). I'm going to check out his other books as well, including the few you recommended. I've seen all those vintage covers of Hot Spot, Hill Girl, and River Girl, but I never knew his books were anymore than cheap pulp fiction. I wasn't aware that he was one of the top crime fiction writers of all time. In fact, I didn't know the film Dead Calm (same name) was based on one of his books until recently...duh. O well, I'm glad I know now. I believe many of his books are in reprints - at least I hope so. It took me awhile to find an old copy of Dead Calm that was affordable. I hope I won't have trouble finding copies of his other titles.
Is Moe's still around? I once did a reading there, with a buncha poets. What with independents biting the dust every few months, I wouldn't be surprised if it was gone, as I heard Cody's was, folding up a year or so ago.
I think it's usually translated as "Still Walking." You can find out about it on the IMDB. There is a DVD out with English subtitles. It was released by Bandai. Don't know about availability outside Japan.
Have you seen Aruite mo Aruite mo yet? Kore'eda's masterpiece, and that's saying a lot.

He was, I believe, unable to find an American distributor for it. As Donald Richie put it, it was too good.
So many beautiful covers too. Snooping around a book shop is the only reliable way to see those before you buy 'em.
Whose estate sale did you recently hit? Its been fascinating watching the titles roll by!
Hey, tros! You must be here now....
No, I haven't read *Dead Don't Lie*, but I think that some of my Kaminsky must be in the attic. I thought I had more. And I didn't read Koenig; I have a vague recollection of his name, but didn't take time to pinpoint what he wrote.
As you see, I've been giving most of my time to women writers - not your thing at all, I gather. I'm also swimming along through *Infinite Jest* which I find amazing in lots and lots of ways.
*grin* Oh yeah. THAT dope thief review. I think it was pimped at Le Salon.
Oh man. I missed Kaminsky's death. I know somebody who wore a black armband when Nicholas Freeling died; I guess I won't go that far, but I'll miss him.
That's good news about Blackwater. I feel more secure in my investment now.
(I'm off to read the dope thief review!)
Thank you! I'll give them a try.
Love that dope thief review.
Almost everyone else has music titles - but start with the Library of Congress. Columbia and U. of Chicago are good for blues and jazz; the DC consortium is good for classical. I entered a fair deal in manually as well.
Thanks so much for the link to *Tros*. When I'm in a more alert state, I'll try to download it to my Kindle..... The thing about pbs is that you can build a wishlist, and if you don't mind waiting, books eventually come to you. I've just now received about 10 that I signed up for in August. I'm happy since I don't need anything else to read anytime within the next 10 or 12 years.
Oh NOOOoooooooo
I neglected to say that pbs = PaperbackSwap. I'm a devoted member except that when I don't want a book and offer it, nobody else wants it either.
I didn't know that!
I have Kaminskys lined up unread and maybe one Hill. I don't have *M.Fugue* yet. Looking forward to it now though!
(I also have *Tros* on my wish list at pbs.)
Thanks, Tros!
WHOA!! Looking at your favorites ---- Celine!!!??????!!! Rich for my blood. Ooo. You also list Derek Raymond - a much neglected writer but not by us.
I was enjoying the ghostly stories of W. De La Mare back in the fall; I should return to them. I'm plodding through a history of Venice in my free time. In supernatural fiction, I prefer the implied to the explicit... never could get into Lovecraft with his squishy cosmic devils and adjectives. I did like W. Hope Hodgson's House on the Borderland - genuinely creepy.
That's a desert island combo: Bobby Bland and WH Hodgson! I love Big Mama Thornton... Before I left I picked up some nice vinyl pressings of Dock Boggs, Blind Willie Johnson and Tommy Johnson. Great raw stuff.
Thank you for joining!
You have quite impressive tastes!
Not addicted to books??? Oh. Well, admitting an addiction is the first step toward controlling it, so maybe I'm not addicted to books either.
Don't forget Tim.
I haven't had a lot of luck with earlier, golden age scifi. Maybe I should try some more. At least I see where your name comes from now........
Pigs and crocs, eh? What a world!
Now, I must very seriously counsel you to mend your lack of Tim Powers. I'm not sure that he is exactly a "Horror" writer; in fact, I think that he is counted as a founder of steam punk with James B???---oh shoot. another senior moment that will last several days---, but I find him quite excellent. I have just thought of him because I'm rereading Last Call which involves the Fisher King of the West and his poker game of Assumption on Lake Mead in which he will buy several winning hands to allow himself new bodies as old ones wear out. Lots of Tarot and the tricksiness of cards in general. If that doesn't appeal, try The Stress of her Regard in which the narrator runs into P. B. Shelley and company as they both try to evade psychic vampires - the Nephelim of Genesis in the O.T. - to whom they have accidentally become betrothed. Or Annubis Gates: Victoriana and Egypt. Or Expiration Date, a sort of sequel to Last Call which features the Queen Mary and the ghost of Thomas Edison trapped in a bottle and the next Fisher King, and beyond that, Earthquake Weather. I'd say that I am a real Tim Powers fan, and I suspect that you might be one too. Or is all this in vain because you have read him and burned the books?
At any rate, let culture rule! I need to go read something.
Moderately guilty as charged. I think the rest of the world would be relieved to know that there is a site where bookies can get out of everybody else's way. Whether they are equally happy at our reinforcing each other's addiction is another question. (I'm thinking of my DH who reads but doesn't read. He used to say, having built another set of shelves, "---and when you've filled these, don't buy any more books." Silly man.)
Now you make me want to actually read him.
It probably doesn't speak well for it that several reviews exist for the first volume, and only one ("My favorite series ever!") for all the rest....
Peggy Again
Don't know Sallis; don't know Hodgson, but here is the Flood -
I picked up the first two volumes at a library sale and have never tried either. I'm currently reading more and more women's fiction and hard science fiction, but less and less mystery/thriller/etc.
I don't know House on the Borderland, but I enjoyed reading the reviews here. And now I see you own Michael Innes. He's one that even my dear husband reads and enjoys! Oh! You have A. Upfield too - another of his favorites.......I'll look in a minute for J. Gash and Lovejoy and know whether you and DH are of like mind.
Me - I read almost everything except bodice rippers, cozy mysteries, science, economics, philosophy ---- O.K. I don't read everything.
I want to ask you about a series about a flood in Louisiana (?) but I can't remember the author nor any titles. I'll check the shelves and come back some other night.

tros, I'm flattered that you put me in such good company! (Incidentally, the more accurate figure of books that we both own stands at 181 rather than 154.) I don't know that I've read as many authors as you've listed as favorites - much less have read enough of their work to justify the name. On the other hand, I'm a long-time Crispin fan and *Gormenghast* is sine qua non. I have a Peake biography, scanned not read, which both of us should actually read........And I think that you should make the acquaitance of Larry Riley who is on down your "members with" list. He reads a great deal of new, non-American lit and a lot of very gritty, noir mysteries, and he reads all of them very well.
I love the Blues, and it's burning a hole in my pockets... I have all the rock, etc., stuff I want (I think), but there's always more Blues stuff I need - particularly rural blues (I like the electric blues, jump blues, some Piedmont stuff... but I prefer the haunted, unpolished sound of the Delta and the deep south).

Williw Dixon was all over the place - writing a good many of the better known Blues songs covered by rock and roll bands in the 60s, and playing bass for just about everybody (another bassist I like quite a bit is Floyd Jones, who, like Howlin' Wolf, got some mileage out of the Tommy Johnson yodel). I like Memphis Slim, but my favorite Blues pianist/crooner is "Champion" Jack Dupree (Blues from the Gutter is always close by the turntable).

Wow, I must say I feel honored. Your favorite list is overwhelming although I notice our favorite writers overlap quite a bit. I don't have a favorite list on my profile page. I can't quite bring myself to write one. Different books are dear to me in different ways. What kind of art do you like? I live in the south where bluegrass and blues music are venerated. I'm more for folk music myself, although I tend to go for Celtic, Spanish, and Scandinavian folk. In contemporary "classical," my favorites are Arvo Pårt and Lou Harrison.
I haven't. They sound quite interesting!
You are downright scary. Have I developed a split personality when I wasn't looking?

I speak, read and translate from Czech and Slovak. Other interests include French literature and poetry. My genre passions are noir/hardboiled and thrillers. I have just been reading Sallis.

Do YOU see anything scary here? LOL

Welcome to ClubRead. Let's talk.
The only ones I know by name are Mucha and Alma-Tadema. Pretty much anything Art Nouveau is okay by me, though. My particular interest with Dulac is his fairy tale illustration, and I'm in general a fan of the "children's" illustrators of the period--in quotation marks because their work wasn't necessarily meant for kids at the time. Dulac also did theatrical design. I love his lushness and how he did even European fairy tales in an Arabian Nights style.

A current illustrator/artist I like very much (in part because he is influenced by Art Nouveau) is Yoshitaka Amano. A site with his stuff is below. Check out the Paintings and Illustrations category. (Most of the rest I can take or leave.) His people all have a kind of elegant exhaustion, the very epitome of decadence. I'd love to see his take on Yuki-Onna; he certainly did a beautiful fox demon for Neil Gaiman's "Dream Hunters."
Indeed, I like it very much! It's one of my favorite supernatural stories. I show excerpts from the film to my World Literature students (and have them read the corresponding Hearn stories, along with a few others), and the Yuki-Onna story is usually their favorite, too.

I've always been a big Edmund Dulac fan, but I only recently discovered who his snow woman was that I had adopted as my emblem. He did the illustrations for "The Dreamer of Dreams," a literary fairy tale written by Marie of Romania. The story is a rather rambling and symbol-heavy allegory about the divine sources of the artist's inspiration. On his journeys the artist of the story comes across the Snow Maiden, who picks up the literally bleeding hearts of those who have exiled their broken hearts to the arctic regions, and who cares for them until God releases them. The only sympathetic portrayal of such a figure that I've ever seen!
Thanks - this makes me come close to renewing Netflix membership. I used to hold onto dvds for months....
Excellent. You are the first to get it.
Yes I did read that Chase had to apologize for plagiarizing Chandler; I'm not sure which book.

I still have a few Willefords to go and I haven't read The Machine in Ward 11 yet. I'll put your recommendations high up on my to-read list.
I haven't read the Dead Stay Dumb yet, though I do have a copy. I'm sure I'll get to it soon. Chase's books are always a lot of fun if not exactly great literature. :-)
I liked the Rome series quite a lot. It's right up there with the MT version of I, Claudius (which I loved because of John Hurt's Caligula. Hurt was getting all the choice literary psycho roles in late 70s-early 80s. He was Rodion Raskolnikov in the Crime and Punishment series and looked appropriately septic and gin-soured in 1984).
Well hello there. I like the Karan, but I'd like to hear more. The one I'm listening to seems a little bland so far. Lovely, but bland. I've recently been listening to Anne Briggs and Shirley Collins. What do you think of them? It's an unfair comparison with Karan, I know - like comparing poitín with Baileys Irish Cream.

I'd definitely like to hear more, though.

I've seen bits of "Rome", and it's clearly a bloody (literally) enjoyable romp, but - in the true spirit of snobbery - I prefer "I Claudius" and "Carry On Cleo".

Anyway, all the best to you and yours for the new year.

I also enjoy Dorothy Hughes. Thanks for the tip about Futrelle. I've never read the Thinking Machine stories but they sound great and it's a favorite era of mine for popular fiction.
No relation other than in my grizzled thought patterns. Young Jesse is frenetic electric R&B... Probably best known for "Marylou", later covered by Ronnie Hawkins and The Hawks. There is a nice ACE cd collection called "I'm Gone". Norton Records, out of New York, has dug him out of retirement.
Thank you for the mention - I have been very autodidactic with the Blues... and my knowledge is limited. I appreciate the mention (and any more you might have. I went right out and tracked down that Magic Sam lp after you jogged my memory) - sounds right up my alley. Of the original Blues singers, I only managed to catch Muddy Waters - but that was with Eric Clapton and way over processed. Most of the Son House I have was recorded in the early 60s - and is very good. I also should have mentioned Charley Patton... harrowing gravelly voice. Kind of skipping the gap a bit, but have you ever listened to Young Jesse? - great feral R&B. He fronted for The Coasters briefly, I think.
I don't think I have any Lonnie Johnson - but I will look into getting some (I'm also looking for Magic Sam's early stuff... on vinyl, with the track "21 Days in Jail". WPFW, our local source for jazz, blues and right-minded rant, supplies the bulk of the stock on my shopping list).

I tend to listen to really spare, acoustic country blues: Tommy Johnson, the recently issued early recordings of R. L. Burnside, Robert "Pete" Williams (he's also a great guitarist), Skip James, Son House (and Muddy Waters' "Folksinger" lp). There is something disturbing and hypnotic about the repetitive chords and the desolate vocals.
No I haven't, but I'll have to check it out. Thanks for the tip.
Re: 19th gothic: I recently picked up Demons of the Night - Tales of the Fantastic, Madness, and the Supernatural from Nineteenth-Century France. It should make good reading material this month, especially. Maybe I'll put Kolyma Tales down for a short while.
Wow, someone else who likes Mrabet... nice!
Thanks - I'll have to check him out. I have just received the newly remastered re-issue of Little Richard's first Specialty lp - and it sounds great (as does the 1968 recordings of R. L. Burnside - great haunting country blues). I had high hopes for the Skip James 1931 recordings - but it sounds as though they digitally remastered the snaps crackles and pops in the original bakelite sources.
The Human Condition trilogy has not been released on DVD as yet. I was able to save them in my Netflix cart which I hope is an indication they are going to be released soon. I'll check out some of Kobayashi's other films in the meantime. Thankyou for the recommendation.
I noticed you have a copy of Kwaidan by Lafcadio Hearn. I recently saw the film Kwaidan by Masaki Kobayashi, a recent Criterion collection release. It's based on stories from several of Lafcadio Hearn's collections of japanese folk tales. I was spellbound by both the wonderful tales and the beautiful expressionist style of the film. I highly recommend it, if you haven't already seen it.
NYRB sent me an email about books on sale that included all these Simenon with forewords from various interesting authors (Luc Sante, Wm. Vollmann). I read the first few pages of a couple of the books on google reader and checked out reviews on LT and bought four of them. I'm really looking forward to diggin in! I think I'll hit Dirty Snow first. And I have yet to get to the Carco...
Of Hodgson I've read THE HOUSE BY THE BORDERLAND and THE BOATS OF THE 'GLEN CARRIG,' both of which kept me up late for several nights. I keep approaching NIGHT LAND, but so far haven't taken the plunge (more because of the length than because of the daunting prose style).
I own more H.R. Wakefield than I've read, alas (as with so many other authors), but of course that's because I find Wakefield delightfully wicked. Browsing through your library, I note your "gothic" tagged books are quite choice--I love James Hogg and Arthur Machen, among lots of the others you've got.
I'm nearly finished with Simplicio Simplicissimuss, which has been a fun read. It contains its own share of degradation and perversity. Handled lightly. I was annoyed to find that my copy is abridged to remove "moralizing lectures" and a "fanciful trip to the center of the earth." I enjoy moralizing lectures and I don't appreciate missing that trip. I have a five page copy the The Inferno that was similarly abridged - what a waste!

I think I'll read Apex Hides the Hurt next and finish Riding To Everywhere (which I am enjoying.) Carco is in my immediate pile of reading material and I will get to him soon.
I concur with Lola's appraisal of Leppin (etc., etc.) - as well as with this assessment of depravity. Few other amusements have so well sustained my interest over time.

For greater and less grim stretches of such amusement, you might also check out Samuel Pepys's diaries - in which, under the shadow of fear of being caught by his wife he boldly harvests, or at least braves the attempt there toward, the charms of all ladies within his reach, live and otherwise (there is an incident where he clasps and mashes with a long dead royal - so that he may say - to himself - "I have kissed a queen").
Great book. It's a true shame that no one's released a new edition of the Elizabeth Abbott translation -- preferably under one cover instead of in two volumes -- as it's really a better translation than the new one that's in print now.
Lots of bells ringing; I am just starting to feel my way into the dark little world of russian lit and the some of the names you mentioned have been on the "must read" list for a while! Have just ordered the Dedalus Book of Russian Decadence to get started and am anxiously awating the mailman...
Yes, Moravia, a great love.
If you have any other recommendations they'd be welcome!
They booed Lightnin? Uncharitable hippies - just goes to show sometimes a thing's opposite is its own image - and, by current standards, Mr Hopkins might be right. Nobody's even suggested impeaching the current republican autocrat and Agnew was a virgin to vice compared with He-Who-Cannot-Articulate's bald evil invisible demonic deputy.
Thanks for the tip (Hyperion) I'll check it out. I haven't yet gotten around to reading Perversity. There's a glut of other poison sloshing around in my trough...

Archie and Mehitabel have some great company in your library!
Speaking of Blues, etc. - have you checked out sites like Speaker's Corner and They are issuing a lot of old stuff (and a lot of Lightnin Hopkins' atuff) on heavy audiophile-quality vinyl. I picked a couple things. I'm still waiting for the original mmono recordings of Little Richard's first Specialty lp.... 2 years now.
I love Lightnin' Hopkins - especially before the folkies got to him, when he was still plugged in. I love especially the country blues... mournful/raucous stuff like Tommy Johnson, Robert Pete Williams, Muddy Waters, etc. I have conditioned my 5 year old to know her genres - she knows when Lightnin' is playing the boogie as opposed to "regular blues". No doubt she'll regard me as a big nerd some day. But then she'll hit, oh say 40, and I'll be redeemed. Dead, but redeemed(- as we all are told to aspire to be!).
Yes it is, but I can't remember which one... I suppose I'll need to run through the lps again soon. BB King is not my favorite blues artist - he's too polished for my taste - but I love the lyrics.
nope, haven't read Melmoth yet. I think I should, though. you're the second person here on LT that's recommended it.
Hey - do feel free, if not obliged, to post your thoughts on Gracq and your art nouveau readings on the decadence group. We could use a jump start. I for one would like to know more about Gracq, having just begun my completist project.
You may find this interesting, particularly the dates of death:,,2232042,00.html

Yes - I read King Cophetua recently and enjoyed it very much - he was able to create what I will define, badly, perhaps, as a sense of temporal claustrophobia - a moment suspended in space - that house, the wait. So - I went out and bought all the other books by Gracq I could find. I just received A. Theroux's new novel and am about to sit down with it for a few weeks.
Thanks for the recommendations. I haven't read any of those authors, but I'll check 'em out!
tros--in some respects it's like a filmscript only much larger in scope or a kind of alternative Latin American history as seen through the eyes or activities (described by others) of the two main characters. Some comparsion for this technique could be made to other works such as Faulkner's 'As I lay dying'--which is narrated by multiple members of the family and then also in an almost glancing way by people they run into briefly along the way. I like the in and out glimpses into their lives which may make the characters harder to understand in some respects but leaves the imagination a lot of room to wander. In any case many Latin American refugees from the dictatorial regimes of the 60's, 70's and early 80's wound up roaming around Europe--going from one dead end to another--some involved in clandestine political activity all the while and some not. Bolano himself and it makes me think in terms somewhat of a modern day retelling of the Odyssey (because in a sense many people like Bolano had it seems lost their country--there was going back for them) though with the focus on two characters instead of one. Beyond making them into almost mythic personnages the questioning of literature and what it means is always lurking somewhere close to the surface--and he seems to reach out to the reader not so much say as a professor might but more so as a co-equal sharing his own thoughts and visions. Anyway it is a difficult book in a lot of ways--always very thought provoking--at least for me and I view it as a masterpiece.
Yes, Murr is my favourite cat character!
Although we only have three books on common, I'm guessing this is because you have not catalogued all of your library?
WE do seem to share many favourite writers.
Haven't heard of Carco. Will look him up for sure. Premier amour is my favorite Beckett, but I have also only read a few so what do I know? Your library is pretty excellent!
Thanks for the Charles Williams comment. I haven't read either one of those yet (picked them up from e-bay), but I'm a big Noir/Crime Fiction fan. I saw you have Pop.1280...have you read it? Another favorite of mine.
Hello again,
Thanks for replying. Yes,James Hadley Chase is quite an interesting writer of his type,and I have managed to collect quite a few of his books,including the one that you mention,"The Dead Stay Dumb",which I do like."No Orchids for Miss Blandish" remains his most famous (or infamous)piece of writing,of it's time.Nothing today of course.A couple that he wrote cross over into the 'Supernatural' genre if I remember aright.I really must look at them all again and check.
By the way,can you tell me anything about Goodis,who sounds good,but about whom I know nothing.
Hope to hear from you soon.
I have just been looking through your Library with great enjoyment,it seems that although we share only 19 books at the moment,we have similar interests in both ghost stories and noir fiction (although I haven't yet got around to tagging those) You have certainly given me a few ideas in both section. I see that you have several books by Cornell Woolrich, wasn't he a great writer (and a very twisted man too,it appears)
With best wishes from England.
Thank you for your post. I have enjoyed perusing your library. I love all things supernatural, and your mystery collection is especially interesting.
Thank you: my "wind-swept" look. To our very good taste!

Thank you for bringing up Carco, by the way: he'll be in on my next binge.
We share a lot of the hardboiled classics.
#1 favorite? I'd probably say McCoy. Ever read
James Hadley Chase? "No Orchids for Miss Blandish"
and "The Dead Stay Dumb". Lots of gratuitous violence
with no socially-redeeming value.

I would have to go with Goodis as my #1 of the forgotten old hard boiled authors. Wish I could find more of them. Have not read James Hadley Chase but I will give it a try. I actually have one that I found at a garage sale a while back called "A Lotus for Miss Quon" (also found with Nell Dunn "Poor Cow") I bought them just for the covers alone. Hope it is a good one.
I'll confess that of the Simmons I have, I have read only the Hyperion series and the colllection PRAYERS TO BROKEN STONES - oh, and SONG OF KALI. Most of the others still await my reading pleasure. It's like this with so many authors in my collection. I read great reviews, collect the books, sometimes to get to sample some of their stuff, but never their whole oeuvre - too many good authors all competing for attention at once. Where would you recommend I start with the Joe Kurz thrillers? I do enjoy hardboiled crime and thriller stuff - James Ellroy, and other such writers - but too rarely get a chance to read them. Derek Raymond is good, too.
I have indeed read Dan Simmons. A highly literate writer. In fact, I interviewed him when he came out to Australia twelve or more years ago. If you go to my website at, click on the lefthand link for "Writing", then "Interviews", then scroll down the page, you'll find the interview. Enjoy!
Best Leigh
Goodis was from Philadelphia and if I recall correctly, many of his novels took place in the city, in particular, a neighborhood called "the Swamp" which was either totally fictional or now goes by a different name, since no one here I've talked to has heard of it.

I'll have to check out Homes and Miller too. Thanks.
I have long been a fan of his, especially his stories of Japan and his translations of ghost stories. Kwaidan is a favorite but I have not seen the movie. Maybe I can get it from Netflix.
Of the ones you've named, I've only read Highsmith. Thanks for the suggestions. I just moved to Philadelphia and I will have to revisit Goodis!
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