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Clear and chilly this morning. It was 58˚F when I woke. It's now 65˚F. We're supposed to reach 70˚F today. It's autumn here, full on, but the tree outside my window is still green, and that helps.

Yesterday, I spent a couple of hours getting together information for the John Hay Library, mostly relating the the Joey LaFaye dolls that Spooky created and to the Dancy box. Both will be featured in the "second half" of the "Caitlín R. Kiernan Papers @ Brown University" exhibit. Thanks to the continued generosity of Steven Lubold, the box will be added to the archives permanently. I'm delivering it tomorrow evening. After work, we still were able to make the late matinée of Blade Runner 2049. A second viewing only increased my awe of this beautiful film. I think this time I was more taken with the performances of a uniformly wonderful cast. Sylvia Hoeks is truly, truly marvelous, and her scene with Robin Wright is one of the best moments in a film comprised of best moments. This time, I was also more aware of Hans Zimmer and Benjamin Wallfisch's score, a thing of beauty and sorrow unto itself, but also a perfect homage to Vangelis' score for the original film. There are layers upon layers upon layers to this film, and I can't wait for the DVD to be out. Oh, and Halloween started in GW2, and that was yesterday.

“Prose is only as good as its approximation of the condition of poetry.” ~ Francine du Plessix Gray

Being as how Halloween is growing near, I thought I'd post a list of favorite "scary" books. It's not a very long list, but I'll post it in two parts and behind cuts. Part Two tomorrow, Part One today:



1. Twice-Told Tales by Nathaniel Hawthorne (1842)
2. Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte (1847)
3. "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow" by Washington Irving (1849)
4. Carmilla by Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu (1871-1872)
5. Can Such Things Be? by Ambrose Bierce (1893)
6. The Great God Pan by Arthur Machen (1894)
7.. The King in Yellow by Robert W. Chambers (1895)
8. Dracula by Bram Stoker (1897)
9. The Turn of the Screw by Henry James (1898)
10. The War of the Worlds by H.G. Wells (1898)
11."The White People" by Arthur Machen (1904)
12. The House on the Borderland by William Hope Hodgson (1908)
13. Tales of Mystery and Imagination by Edgar Allan Poe (1908)†*
14. The Dunwich Horror and Others by H.P. Lovecraft (1963)†
15. At the Mountains of Madness by H.P. Lovecraft (1964)†
16. Best Ghost Stories of Algernon Blackwood by Algernon Blackwood (1973)†

† Posthumous collections
* The history of this collection is actually rather complicated. See Wikipedia.



Oh, and I have another sunset. It was waiting for us, appropriately, when we got out of Blade Runner 2049 yesterday evening.

TTFN,
Aunt Beast




6:24 p.m.

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setsuled
Oct. 18th, 2017 05:16 pm (UTC)
and her scene with Robin Wright is one of the best moments in a film comprised of best moments.

I loved that scene. Robin Wright has become really wonderfully tough as nails. I liked how implicitly the sympathy is with her as K's ally even though she's acting on something we know is a lie--about him destroying the evidence.

I have a very old edition of Twice Told Tales my aunt found at an estate sale some years ago. I don't know exactly how old but it was reprinted by A.L. Burt who were sold off in 1937. Someone on Amazon is selling the same edition as an 1895 edition. I haven't read all the stories in it but I love "The Minister's Black Veil".

I read "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow" again a few nights ago, I never get tired of it.
eluneth
Oct. 18th, 2017 08:22 pm (UTC)
Thank you for the lovely writing about Blade Runner. I hadn't been sure if I would be able to make time to see it in theatres, but now it's sounding like I have to.

And thank you for the list - looking forward to seeing the second installment, and intrigued by the Bierce and Hodgson recommendations, since they're the only ones I haven't yet read here!
sovay
Oct. 18th, 2017 09:15 pm (UTC)
Oh, and I have another sunset. It was waiting for us, appropriately, when we got out of Blade Runner 2049 yesterday evening.

That is a very Blade Runner sunset.
Eric Cantwell
Oct. 21st, 2017 06:33 am (UTC)
My friend and I were discussing whether the original Blade Runner would be the same movie without Vangelis's score from Vangelis. Personally, I don't think it would be. It carries a significant amount of presence in the film that goes above and beyond merely accenting events.

I haven't been able to see Blade Runner 2049 yet, but I am glad to hear that the score is notable.
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