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THE DEEP ONES: Spring 2019 Planning Thread

The Weird Tradition

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Edited: Mar 7, 11:49am Top

This thread is for nominations and voting on stories for inclusion in the April-June weekly discussion reads in this group. Please feel free to draw on the ongoing brainstorming thread for nominations.

As in past rounds, any story that gets more "No" than "Yes" votes won't make the cut; otherwise they'll be prioritized according to net-yes-minus-no, and the final list will be in OPD sequence. Ties will be broken in favor of author and period variety.

To propose a story for voting, place the title and author between HTML-style angle-bracket tags. The open tag says vote (in brackets); the close tag says /vote (ditto). Multiple polls seem to need multiple posts. If you put the name of the author in double square brackets, it will make it a linked "touchstone" for the LT database, and first publication dates of nominated stories are appreciated. Also welcome are remarks about the story, the author, and your nomination motives, and/or a link to an online version.

You can see a sortable list of all previous discussions here. A persistent brainstorming thread is here. Nominations repeating old discussions will be disqualified, but revival of dormant discussion threads is always welcome. "That is not dead which can eternal lie," etc.

VOTING is scheduled to END on the Spring Equinox: Wednesday, March 20.

Mar 1, 11:57am Top

Vote: H. P. Lovecraft, "The Case of Charles Dexter Ward" (written 1927, first published 1943)

Current tally: Yes 11, No 2
Due warning: this is HPL's longest work of fiction roughly a quarter longer than AtMoM or TDQoUK. But since those seemed to cause no particular problems, I thought maybe we should try this one too.

A tale of obsession, heredity, and unspeakable resurrection.

Edited: Mar 1, 12:03pm Top

Vote: "Herbert West in Love" by Molly Tanzer (2013)

Current tally: Yes 9, No 1, Undecided 1
Our recent discussion of Tanzer's "Mysterium Tremendum" turned up a few surprise notes. Here's her take on one of HPL's most well-known characters. Available online.


Mar 1, 12:07pm Top

Vote: "The Intoxicated Years" by Mariana Enriquez (2105)

Current tally: Yes 8, No 1, Undecided 1
Evoking Cortazar and Shirley Jackson, perhaps, but with her own powerful vision. Available online.


Mar 1, 12:12pm Top

Vote: "The River Styx Runs Upstream" by Dan Simmons (1982)

Current tally: Yes 10, No 1, Undecided 2
A very dark story that Harlan Ellison went nuts over at a Clarion writing workshop and which subsequently launched Simmons's career.

Mar 1, 12:29pm Top

Vote: "The Shadowy Street" by Jean Ray (1965)

Current tally: Yes 11, No 0, Undecided 2
A Belgian writer of weird and uncanny fiction. This story can be found in The Weird: A Compendium of Strange and Dark Stories.

Mar 1, 1:06pm Top

Perhaps needless to say, but "The Case of Charles Dexter Ward" is of course available online, e.g. at Wikisource.

Edited: Mar 1, 1:26pm Top

Vote: "Neithernor" by Richard Gavin (2015)

Current tally: Yes 9, No 1, Undecided 1
"Neithernor" is free online at The Dark, originally published in Aickman’s Heirs, edited by Simon Stranzas

"Neithernor" uses a modern urban setting, but Gavin uses "Gothic Horror and Esotericism" as a tagline on his blog, and a recent collection focuses on "Sinister Pastoral".


Edited: Mar 1, 7:33pm Top

Vote: "In Amundsen's Tent" by John Martin Leahy (1928)

Current tally: Yes 10, No 0
Included in Douglas A. Anderson's H.P. Lovecraft's Favorite Weird Tales as well as other anthologies.

Also available online (with some nice illustrations) at http://famous-and-forgotten-fiction.com/writings/leahy-in-amundsens-tent.html.

Antarctic horror predating Lovecraft's At the Mountains of Madness

Mar 1, 7:27pm Top

Vote: "The Floor Above" by M. L. Humphreys (1923)

Current tally: Yes 5, No 1, Undecided 3
Included in Douglas Anderson's H.P. Lovecraft's Favorite Weird Tales. Editor Douglas A. Anderson suspects Humphreys is a pen name since no other stories exist under that name.

Besides the Anderson book, it's available in two other anthologies. I cannot find an online version.

Mar 1, 7:32pm Top

Vote: "The Night Wire" by H. F. Arnold (1926)

Current tally: Yes 9, No 0
Included in The Weird and several other anthologies and another of Lovecraft's favorite "popular" weird fiction pieces.

Also available online at http://www.doyleandmacdonald.com/l_nightw.htm

Edited: Mar 1, 7:34pm Top

Tickler file: there were 2 nominations from Winter 2019 which should be brought over automatically, as per paradoxosalpha's note.

Edited: Mar 1, 8:19pm Top

Vote: "#Dreaming" by William Meikle (2011)

Current tally: Yes 6, No 3
RandyStafford wrote: Light-hearted bringing of the Cthulhu Mythos into the modern age. Available in Home From the Sea (free on kindle right now) and free at Lovecraft ezine #5 (https://lovecraftzine.com/magazine/issues/2011-2/issue-8-november-2011/dreaming-...)

Edited: Mar 1, 8:19pm Top

Vote: "A Redress for Andromeda" by Caitlín R. Kiernan (2000)

Current tally: Yes 7, No 2, Undecided 1
AndreasJ wrote: More aquatic weirdness by Kiernan, heavier on atmosphere than plot. Doesn't seem to be available online, but is collected in our ever-dependable The Weird (of which all good deep ones keep a copy handy).

Mar 2, 8:17pm Top

Thanks for the update. I'll check it out.

Mar 5, 11:37am Top

Just a bump. It's not too late to nominate a story.

Mar 5, 11:48am Top

Vote: "The Snail Watcher" by Patricia Highsmith (1964)

Current tally: Yes 9, No 2
One of the stories contained in The Lucifer Society, as mentioned by elenchus in the Advance Nomination Brainstorming thread. Also available online. Highsmith was, of course, the creator of the Tom Ripley thrillers.


Edited: Mar 5, 8:42pm Top

Vote: "The Coffin House" by Robert Aickman (2015)

Current tally: Yes 11, No 1
First publication in 2015 by Tartarus Press. Surprisingly, available online.


Edited: Mar 7, 11:15am Top

Vote: Edgar Allan Poe, "The Tell-Tale Heart" (1843)

Current tally: Yes 8, No 2
A major Poe story we haven't done. Online e.g. here.

Mar 7, 11:12am Top

The link to the list of previous discussions in the OP appears to point in the wrong direction.

Mar 7, 11:49am Top

>21 AndreasJ:

Odd. I've fixed it.

Mar 12, 3:03pm Top

>19 KentonSem:

I'm not so sure now that "The Coffin House" is complete at the posted online link. Does anyone have a copy of the Tartarus edition to check?

Mar 12, 3:47pm Top

>23 KentonSem:

Checked against the Tartarus Press edition, and I can confirm that the online text is complete.

Mar 12, 4:04pm Top

>24 housefulofpaper:

Thanks! That's a relief - it's a fairly short one, at any rate.

Mar 14, 5:04pm Top

Vote: Robert Chambers, "The Mask" (1895)

Current tally: Yes 9, No 0
The one of the four original King-in-Yellow stories we haven't done yet.

Available various places online, e.g. this Gutenberg edition of The King in Yellow:

Mar 14, 7:26pm Top

>26 AndreasJ:

I've just ordered a copy of the Pushkin Press hardcover edition of The King in Yellow, so for me a timely nomination.

Mar 15, 1:30am Top

>27 elenchus:

In a nice coincidence, it's indirectly because of you I'm nominating it: your recent query about "In the Court of the Dragon" prompted frehealee to read it and post in the discussion thread about it, causing me to re-read that thread and see an old post of my own where I listed the quartet, which sent me to check if we'd done the lot already. Turns out we hadn't.

Mar 18, 1:33pm Top

Two more days to vote. The first day of spring is coming, when I'll shave my beard and count these votes.

Mar 20, 10:22am Top

I'll be counting the votes at lunchtime, so you still have this morning to fine-tune your selections.

Mar 20, 2:25pm Top

Votes captured, results in upcoming thread.

Mar 20, 2:49pm Top

>13 paradoxosalpha:

Since it didn't make the cut by voters, I read Meikle's "#Dreaming" on my own (from the link above). It's quick, and as advertised. Still want to find my way to longer stories by Meikle, but the eBook format may prove an obstacle I won't muster the energy to surmount, at least in the short term.

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