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I awoke late, and so this will be a short entry, not the entry I'd hoped to write. It's cold and cloudy today, currently only 48˚F. In Birmingham, it's 79˚F.

Yesterday, Bill Schafer informed me that Beneath an Oil-Dark Sea: The Best of Caitlín R. Kiernan (Volume 2) has revived a starred review in Publisher's Weekly:

The 28 stories and one poem collected in Kiernan’s second “best-of” compilation (after Two Worlds and In Between), selected by the author as her best work written between 2004 and 2013, rise above other works of dark fantasy, distinguished by their creative range and the diversity of their treatments of fantastic themes. “Bradbury Weather,” set on Mars, examines the troubled relationship between a diplomat and her lover, who has been seduced by an ancient mystical cult. “The Ape’s Wife” explores a variety of alternate fates for Ann Darrow, the character played by Fay Wray in the movie King Kong. The short novel “Black Helicopters” evokes T.S. Eliot, and especially H.P. Lovecraft, in its depiction of a postapocalyptic wasteland teeming with cosmic horrors. Although these tales abound with nods to Lovecraft, Lewis Carroll, and other touchstones in literature and popular culture, Kiernan’s innovative approach to fantastic ideas shows a refreshingly original synthesis of her influences. Her best stories are also some of the best fantastic fiction of the past decade.

I certainly can't complain about that. It's comforting knowing that I have at least one book coming out this year of which I can be proud.

I've heard that a local group has been given permission to erect a full-size Lovecraft statue in downtown Providence. That's pretty much all I know. If it happens, I hope to fuck they have the good taste to forego tentacles.

I talked with some twenty-five year old kid yesterday who had never heard of the Police. Seriously. I'm not making that up.

Aunt Beast


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Musically Speaking
Oct. 24th, 2015 05:43 pm (UTC)
As to the twenty-five year old, I hope you stung him. I'd like to see a statue with Lovecraft on one side and you on the reverse. If there must be tentacles, let them bind you both together. Epic and intelligent review. Congratulations on getting the respect you deserve.
Oct. 25th, 2015 12:31 am (UTC)
Congratulations on the review. Thank you, also, for Sirenia Digest 117.
Oct. 25th, 2015 12:42 am (UTC)
t Beneath an Oil-Dark Sea: The Best of Caitlín R. Kiernan (Volume 2) has revived a starred review in Publisher's Weekly

Congratulations, very cool.
Oct. 25th, 2015 03:54 am (UTC)
Her best stories are also some of the best fantastic fiction of the past decade.

Congratulations! I do not disagree.
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Oct. 26th, 2015 12:18 am (UTC)
Congratulations on the review!
Kiki Lang
Oct. 26th, 2015 02:35 pm (UTC)
White out.
Ha you fooled me. I wasn't checking your blog because you said you weren't going to blog until the end of the month. Was listening to the radio the other night (insomnia), and they had this horror author on, and he was talking about how he was rebelling against the Lovecraft standard. Which was strange because some of his favorite authors (Specifically You), were quite fond of him. I was talking about Winston Churchill once, and this person said, "I don't know who that was, because that happened before he was born." Calling an adult a child is what lawyers do to get lowlifes out of prisons. Hang em high, I say.

Edited at 2015-10-26 02:38 pm (UTC)
Oct. 26th, 2015 05:43 pm (UTC)
Happy for you that you received an acclaimed review, and eagerly awaiting my copy! As with the first volume I look forward to reading these stories over and over again, just as I have since first encountering them.
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