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Eros is the energy that makes the world go round. These sensuous stories trace its flow: two girls and a mother pursue the same man…an aunt seduces her nephew…a labor dispute catches fire in a motel room… a son loans his porn star fiancée to his father… students and faculty long for the school nurse…a great writer can’t let go of a greater one…and a fish in the sea summons a man to his wife.

With more than 100 stories in print and online literary journals, Robert Earle is one of the most widely published contemporary writers of short fiction. His collection of stories, “Imagining Women” will be published by Vine Leaves Press in 2017. He also is the author of several novels, including “Suffer the Children” and “In the Blood of Herod and Rome,” and a nonfiction account of his experiences in Iraq, “Nights in the Pink Motel.” He has degrees from Princeton and Johns Hopkins, served as a diplomat for twenty-five years, and now lives in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. www.robertearle.me

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The Testimony of Randolph Carter

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Carter and Warren on the Gainesville pike

By Kathryn L Ramage

“I will not deny, though my memory is uncertain and indistinct, that this witness of yours may have seen us together as he says, on the Gainesville pike, walking toward Big Cypress Swamp, at half past eleven on that awful night. That we bore electric lanterns, spades, and a curious coil of wire with attached instruments, I will even affirm; for these things all played a part in the single hideous scene which remains burned into my shaken recollection. But of what followed, and of the reason I was found alone and dazed on the edge of the swamp next morning, I must insist that I know nothing save what I have told you over and over again.”

From The Statement of Randolph Carter

This is one of H. P. Lovecraft’s early macabre works, written in 1919. It’s a simple, very short story about two men who visit an abandoned cemetery to open up a crypt in the middle of the night. One goes down inside the crypt for reasons he has not made entirely clear to his companion, who remains above ground. The two continue to communicate via telephone equipment they’ve brought with them, and the man on the surface hears …read more

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Storylandia 24, “Chassy” Now on Sale!

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Chassy

“‘My Lord, they’re too close!’ A lady stood by herself at the stern of the SS Normandie looking at the ocean liner’s wake. The breeze coming off the Hudson River ruffled her long dark skirt and carried her anxious admonition across the promenade deck. A strand of blonde hair escaped her scarlet beret and waved against her cheek.

“Bridge Appleton, twelve years old, looked up from his book and stared at the lady’s silhouette, framed by the receding New York skyline as the Normandie made its way down the river toward Rockaway Point.”

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Storylandia 24, “Chassy” Now on Sale!

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By Ginger Mayerson

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Chassy

“‘My Lord, they’re too close!’ A lady stood by herself at the stern of the SS Normandie looking at the ocean liner’s wake. The breeze coming off the Hudson River ruffled her long dark skirt and carried her anxious admonition across the promenade deck. A strand of blonde hair escaped her scarlet beret and waved against her cheek.

“Bridge Appleton, twelve years old, looked up from his book and stared at the lady’s silhouette, framed by the receding New York skyline as the Normandie made its way down the river toward Rockaway Point.”

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Film Review: The Shuttered Room

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The Shuttered Room

By Kathryn L Ramage

August Derleth is a somewhat ambiguous figure in the personal history of HP Lovecraft and his work. On the one hand, Derleth is the reason most people today are at all familiar with Lovecraft. If it weren’t for his Arkham House press keeping Lovecraft’s stories in print, they might otherwise have been lost to pulp horror obscurity. On the other hand, Derleth not only kept Lovecraft’s finished work alive, but contributed posthumous “collaborations” to what he called the Cthulhu Mythos, built on notes or fragments of story ideas Lovecraft left behind… and Derleth wasn’t the writer that Lovecraft was.

He’s not actually a bad writer–he could do some nicely creepy things with the lonely woods and lakes of Wisconsin–but he also had the nerdish need to categorize and rank his monsters. Even in his best stories, someone will pull out a checklist to try and identify the particular Elder God that’s causing all the trouble so it can be dealt with correctly. If nothing else, Derleth’s scope of vision is more narrowly focused than Lovecraft’s and his cosmic horrors aren’t indescribable beings barely comprehensible to the humans who encounter them, but tend to be a tad more localized.

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Blu-ray Review: The Mummy

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Boris Karloff as The Mummy

By Kathryn L Ramage

Ancient Egypt has been on my mind for some time. It was the Dark Adventure Radio Theatre audioplay of Imprisoned with the Pharaohs that I reviewed last spring that made me think about going someday. Curse of the Pharaoh followed, as well as two different versions of Death on the Nile, and various Mummy movies from Hammer and Universal. Eventually, I worked my way back to original film–Universal’s The Mummy from 1932, starring Boris Karloff.

This movie was filmed in California with stock footage of the Valley of the Kings and back-screen projections of contemporary Cairo, but very few movies from the early sound era ever filmed on location. Its sets and settings are steeped with imagery and lore from ancient Egypt, though a lot of it is historically confused or fiction created specifically for this story–but one also expects a certain amount of mystical fabrication from a movie about a mummy that’s come back to life. What’s most interesting to me, however, is how little of this movie’s manufactured lore and story template are reused in the numerous sequels and remakes over the 85 years since it was made.

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Dark Shadows: The Christmas Presence

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Christmas Presence

By Kathryn L Ramage

“Quentin Collins cordially invites you to spend Christmas in his company. On behalf of all those present here at Collinwood… I bid you welcome.”

It’s not the listeners of this audioplay Quentin extends this invitation to in his opening monologue–although, of course, we can feel free to drop in at Collinwood for the holidays too. The people he’s reaching out to, through means both commonplace and esoteric, are “those loyal to the Collins family” in Collinsport as well as “the missing members of our family” in hopes that they might be “reunited in the coming days.”

Quentin’s feeling sentimental as he plans an old-fashioned Christmas celebration, and the other inhabitants of Collinwood try to get into the holiday spirit to go along with him. Maggie Evans has come to cook the dinner and tries to get Barnabas (now voiced by Andrew Collins) to kiss her under the mistletoe. But even though he’s in a new body, Barnabas is still a vampire, and vampires don’t kiss; they just give hickeys. Angelique decorates a Christmas tree, and amuses herself with taunting Willie Loomis about how the townsfolk will come to blame him for the disappearance of their children.

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CD Review: Rats in the Walls

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Exham Priory: 1261 -1923

By Kathryn L Ramage

“Our host spun quite a ghost story. M.R. James couldn’t do better.”

The Rats in the Walls is my favorite HP Lovecraft story. It’s a wonderful, deeply disturbing tale of a wealthy American named Delapore who restores his ancestral home in England. The sound of spectral rats (which only he and his pet cats can hear) lead him to an ancient stone altar in the sub-cellar of the old priory and a tunnel hidden beneath it; there, he discovers not only the secret that led his ancestor to flee Exham Priory in the early 1600s, but remnants of unspeakable horrors perpetrated by a cult that went on for millennia on that same site, a cult in which his family were only the most recent members.

What I like most about this story isn’t the trappings of old-fashioned gothic horror implicit in the ruins of the priory, nor the eons-old cannibal cult–though both certainly have their charms. It’s that it plays upon the same theme as the Nigel Kneale stories I most enjoy, Quatermass and the Pit, and The Stone Tape: the history of the Bad Place goes back and back through centuries to the earliest days of humanity… and perhaps …read more

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Please remember the Wapshott Press on Giving Tuesday 2017

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By Ginger Mayerson

Hello Friends of Wapshott Press,

Please help support us in 2018 with your tax deductible donation to the Washott Press (http://wapshottpress.org) while PayPal adds 1% to your donation during the holiday season. 1% percent helps us, especially because PayPal doesn’t take any fees from the donation to us. Click here https://www.paypal.com/us/fundraiser/charity/2716533 or here http://bit.ly/2zrNcx6 to donate to the Wapshott Press. Read on for some ways to for us to thank you for your support. And please feel free to forward this post to anyone you think might be interested, thanks.

Your donation to the Wapshott Press is always very welcome and will be put to excellent use. This year is the first time we’re asking for donations through the PayPal Giving Fund because from Giving Tuesday, November 28 to December 31, 2017, PayPal will add 1% to your donation in support of the Wapshott Press. And we need your support in 2018, so any donation will be very important to our success. So with that in mind, we have some special sponsorships and premiums to go with your donation:

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Please remember the Wapshott Press on Giving Tuesday (especially because PayPal is giving us an additional 1% on all donations)

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Hello Friends of Wapshott Press,

Please help support us in 2018 with your tax deductible donation to the Washott Press (http://wapshottpress.org) while PayPal adds 1% to your donation during the holiday season. 1% percent helps us, especially because PayPal doesn’t take any fees from the donation to us. Click here https://www.paypal.com/us/fundraiser/charity/2716533 or here http://bit.ly/2zrNcx6 to donate to the Wapshott Press. Read on for some ways to for us to thank you for your support. And please feel free to forward this post to anyone you think might be interested, thanks.

Your donation to the Wapshott Press is always very welcome and will be put to excellent use. This year is the first time we’re asking for donations through the PayPal Giving Fund because from Giving Tuesday, November 28 to December 31, 2017, PayPal will add 1% to your donation in support of the Wapshott Press. And we need your support in 2018, so any donation will be very important to our success. So with that in mind, we have some special sponsorships and premiums to go with your donation:

For $750 we will thank you profusely on the back cover of the book of your choice, and send you a signed and an unsigned copy of the book you choose to sponsor. Titles and descriptions are below. This offer is only good for Storylandia and J Bloglandia. Click here https://www.paypal.com/us/fundraiser/charity/2716533 or here http://bit.ly/2zrNcx6 to donate. We’ll be in touch about which book you’d like to be thanked on.

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Audio Review: The Facts in the Case of M. Valdemar

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The Facts in the Case of M. Valdemar

By Kathryn L Ramage

The H.P. Lovecraft Historical Society’s Dark Adventure Radio Theatre does a story by Edgar Allan Poe for a change. This audio drama is not on CD, but offered as a free downloadable MP3 file along with the “cover” art and a PDF of the liner notes.

From these liner notes, I learned that when this story was published in 1845, it was viewed as a real medical case:

“… perhaps because it has the word “Facts” in its title — it was taken as a piece of non-fiction. Many people believed “The Facts in the Case of M. Valdemar” was a true account of the disturbing power of mesmerism. Poe enjoyed the confusion for a while, but eventually confessed in various letters that it was pure fiction.”*

The Facts in the Case of M. Valdemar is a story in which mesmerism is used to “stave off” death and “the boundaries of science and medicine journey to an unthinkable extreme.”

You can read Poe’s original story online at https://poestories.com/read/facts.

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