THE DEEP ONES: Autumn 2019 Planning Thread
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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 Autumn Equinox: Monday, September 23.
Vote: "The New You," Kit Reed, 1962
elenchus sez: Available from LOA in both the collection The Future is Female! and online as a Story of the Week.
A doppelgaenger tale, in the style of Serling's Twlight Zone or perhaps Alfred Hitchcock Presents.
LOA editors wrote about her novel, seemingly related in theme if not strictly the same material:
Fifteen years ago Kit Reed published her twenty-second novel, the darkly satirical Thinner than Thou, which imagined a near future when a new religion has formed around weight loss and body consciousness. The advance notices, most of them filled with praise, prepared readers for a disturbing read. “Unsettling, sometimes appalling: satire edging remorselessly toward reality,” concluded the notice in Kirkus Reviews. The starred review in Booklist agreed that “Reed’s visionary tale is brilliant, though at times painful to read.”
Vote: Daniel Mills, "MS Found in a Chicago Hotel Room" (2012)
AndreasJ sez: Jauniste story. Unfortunately not available online, but included in A Season in Carcosa and The Lord Came at Twilight, the former of which is available in both as an e-book and in paper.
Vote: "No. 252 Rue M. le Prince" by Ralph Adams Cram (1895)
Vote: "Jerusalem's Lot" by Stephen King (1978)
Vote: "Same Time, Same Place" by Mervyn Peake (1963)
Vote: Mariana Enríquez, "Spiderweb" (2015)
I had thought of nominating that myself, after seeing it in The Weird.
Somehow I missed it being in The Weird until I was looking at the table of contents last night. Best part is that I've never read it. New Peake, as far as I'm concerned!
Vote: "The Great Lover", Dan Simmons (1993).
This story set in Red Hook was later developed further in Moore's Neonomicon and ultimately connects with the Providence comics.
Bibliographic references for the comics versions of The Courtyard seem most complete in the Wikipedia article: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alan_Moore%27s_The_Courtyard
Vote: "The Guardian of the Book" by Henry Hasse (1937)
Although we haven't read him, Hasse was a fairly prolific author of short weird fiction over the years. This story had enough merit to be repeatedly anthologized and translated into both Italian and German.
Vote: "The Glass Eye", John Keir Cross (1944)
Valancourt Books just republished this collection in 2017. Most of the stories haven't been reprinted elsewhere, but this one seems to have been widely anthologized. A warning: the Encyclopedia of Fantasy says it isn't a truly supernatural tale.
Vote: "The Monkey's Paw" by W.W. Jacobs (1902)
Vote: "The Murders in the Rue Morgue" by Edgar Allan Poe (1841)
I suppose it also says something about our approach: classics are always welcome, but we haven't constrained ourselves to the tried-and-true, much to the improvement of our discussions, I think.