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 Anonymous
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14/11/2010 11:07 pm  

Thanks Chris!


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einDoppelganger
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13/06/2011 12:13 pm  

I finally got to my copy of Mr James stories. Read "Oh Whistle and I will come to you, My Lad" first and found it delightfully spooky. Then on to Count Magnus and now Casting the Runes, both of which are fantastic!

"Satan'sAdvocaat" wrote:
'Count Magnus' a tale to conjure with ! As some have truly done and probably to their personal cost

Advocaat, please tell more regarding this if you have more to share. Assuming you mean someone other than Parsons?

I have a particular interest in those who incorporate fictional constructs into their Magick and this story rang that note for me from the start. My first thought reading was the deep, hair raising elation I felt at the brief, enigmatic description of The Black Pilgrimage.
(I was also interested in the Grimoire mentioned among the Count's papers; "The Book of the Toad." )

I can see how Grant might be less drawn to James than Machen. Machen's work is just pure genius and its I find it to be an act of consciousness altering magick to read Hill of Dreams or Great God Pan. Interestingly, James was apparently disdainful of "rational accounts of religious belief" according to ST Joshi's notes on Count Magnus.

Joshi also notes that Michael Cox has stated some doubts that Crowley was famous enough in 1911 to be the inspiration for Karswell. The similarities are pretty astounding though and Crowley was already in "The Magician" by W Somerset Maugham but, W Somerset Maugham did know him personally through mutual friends.

I am really enjoying these stories though. Thanks to you and M Clarke for drawing them to attention!

Speaking of weird fiction connected to AC, have you read The Wendigo by Algernon Blackwood? I have a strong attraction to the Wendigo legend and that tale is a real work of chilling genius!


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13/06/2011 3:31 pm  

Advocaat, please tell more regarding this if you have more to share. Assuming you mean someone other than Parsons?

To this Advocaat should say, in true MR James fashion ''There is more, a lot more, but I have forgotten it....''

Actually, one book I am reading - which is very similar in spirit to the style of some MR James work - is John Fowles 'A Maggot' (especially 'Two Doctors' by MR James). There is an event, unexplained in the narrative, and one builds up a picture of what happened based on the information supplied by others, from different viewpoints.


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13/06/2011 8:09 pm  

Just wish to say that Wordsworth Editions published another H.P. Lovecraft story "The Haunter of the Dark", also they have published recently other books that might be of interest to us, I suggest check out their website, especially their 'Mystery and Supernatural' category!


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 Anonymous
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21/12/2011 3:02 pm  

For anyone interested, Across the Gulf (Liber LIX) is also included in this collection. I didn't see it mentioned elsewhere so I thought I would post the information. As I am staying with my girlfriend over Christmas I managed to get a copy for £2.84 from amazon.co.uk including shipping; anyone who hasn't purchased this book as yet should seriously consider it! Across the Gulf is worth the price of the book alone. I am very pleased and am eagerly anticipating the volume containing the Simon Iff stories.


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21/12/2011 8:24 pm  
"Corey" wrote:
Across the Gulf is worth the price of the book alone.

That's true. Far more in that story than you see on first reading.

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