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« Reply #900 on: September 06, 2020, 07:30:50 PM »

I just finished "With Charity Towards None: A Fond Look At Misanthropy" by Florence King. Once I got past the initial chapter that contained a pretty dated diatribe against nonsmokers (pretty sure the book is from 95-96) it was an incredible read. Overall a pretty fun analysis of what it means to be a misanthrope, why most literary figures that people consider misanthropic were not truly misanthropes, and a good solid look at the varying ways that distaste for mankind has been practiced by others in history, for better or for worse. It was an interesting coincidence that I read the book during a week in an isolated cabin in Virginia, only an hour or two from where the author lived. She was a pretty staunch traditionally conservative Virginian, and I wish even half of everyone else who could be described that way shared her level of intellect and awareness. Extremely similar in spirit to Boyd Rice's NO, so if you like that it's a fun time.
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« Reply #901 on: September 09, 2020, 01:01:32 AM »

Burned through “Invisibility: A Manifesto by Audrey Szasz in a day or so, was an interesting fun little read.

On to The Magician from the same Amphetamine Sulphate order, I read about 80 pages yesterday and was pretty into it from the get go.

Also just read Black Flags: The Rise of ISIS by Joby Warrick, interesting backstory of how ISIS evolved almost in tandem with Al-Quada and evolved into what they are now. Probably a little too “American heavy” in terms of sources but I think that’s the sort of thing to be expected.

About to order Kent State by Derf Backderf, I really loved Trashed and My Friend Dahmer and I’m really interested in this one.
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« Reply #902 on: September 18, 2020, 07:27:20 PM »

The Magician on Amphetamine Sulphate. Very odd. Not 100% sure I really loved the last half of the book. I really enjoyed the first half. I didn’t dislike it, but it was very anti-climactic and just sort of.... ended?

Reading Mutations by Sam McPheeters now. I read a couple chapters last night and really enjoyed it so far. He’s a very funny writer and I’d be keen to read his fiction work.

Also about to start Kent State. Loved Backderf’s other comics and I’m really looking forward to this one.
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« Reply #903 on: September 19, 2020, 01:37:55 PM »

Just reading Mars by Fritz Zorn

Short, but not so good description here:
https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mars_(Zorn_book)
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« Reply #904 on: September 19, 2020, 11:59:41 PM »

The Magician was strange. It went from brutal snuff film noir to like, suburban coming of age. End felt like something from Sabrina the Teenage Witch.
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« Reply #905 on: September 20, 2020, 11:37:23 AM »

Reading Mutations by Sam McPheeters now. I read a couple chapters last night and really enjoyed it so far. He’s a very funny writer and I’d be keen to read his fiction work.


Got a spare, new and unread copy of this if anyone's interested. UK based. Open to offers. Message me here, cheers.
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« Reply #906 on: September 20, 2020, 05:13:09 PM »

The Magician was strange. It went from brutal snuff film noir to like, suburban coming of age. End felt like something from Sabrina the Teenage Witch.

Sabrina The Teenage Witch was a little more satanic and evil than the “climactic scene” of The Magician.

I didn’t dislike it, it was a fast read and didn’t involve too much of my time but it really changed gears about halfway through. I’d read more of his work, but yeah, it went from sort of a hallucinatory Ballardian story to..... not even sure what tbqh.
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« Reply #907 on: September 21, 2020, 01:27:04 AM »

Read Harper: A Collection of Horrors, by Gunnar Njalsson. Came highly recommended, but was heavily let down. Not terrible, but rushed and amateurish. A passable Ligotti ripoff, but nothing more than that.  
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« Reply #908 on: September 22, 2020, 08:56:28 PM »

Mutations was good, even when I find myself totally disagreeing with him a lot.

Reading the short story compilation "There is a Graveyard that Dwells in Man" put together by David Tibet. Pretty fun English horror. Most of it dances around either decadent purple prose or the hyper-wordiness of Manchen. Setting the mood for autumn. Also working through "Black Abbot, White Magic" by Frater Acher-a thorough history of Johannes Trismethius.
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« Reply #909 on: September 23, 2020, 07:15:03 PM »

The Magician was strange. It went from brutal snuff film noir to like, suburban coming of age. End felt like something from Sabrina the Teenage Witch.

Sabrina The Teenage Witch was a little more satanic and evil than the “climactic scene” of The Magician.

I didn’t dislike it, it was a fast read and didn’t involve too much of my time but it really changed gears about halfway through. I’d read more of his work, but yeah, it went from sort of a hallucinatory Ballardian story to..... not even sure what tbqh.

I was very meh on The Magician, but the short film and an essay he wrote about it put it into a better context for me.
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« Reply #910 on: September 24, 2020, 09:17:56 PM »

currently trudging through a combination of the Nag Hammadi Library and a couple supplementary theological texts on the self-imposed curriculum level, and finally reading Lovecraft for the first time on the more pleasurable end. tis the season.
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« Reply #911 on: September 25, 2020, 02:02:37 AM »

currently trudging through a combination of the Nag Hammadi Library and a couple supplementary theological texts on the self-imposed curriculum level, and finally reading Lovecraft for the first time on the more pleasurable end. tis the season.

Which Lovecraft are you reading?  He has a lot of great stories.
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« Reply #912 on: September 25, 2020, 07:17:12 AM »

currently trudging through a combination of the Nag Hammadi Library and a couple supplementary theological texts on the self-imposed curriculum level, and finally reading Lovecraft for the first time on the more pleasurable end. tis the season.

Which Lovecraft are you reading?  He has a lot of great stories.

it's an anthology, just wrapped up "The Outsider" then onto the very short "The Music of Erich Zann" and "Reanimator". i'm not much of a fiction person, but his writing style is ace. luxurious horror.
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« Reply #913 on: September 25, 2020, 05:43:00 PM »

currently trudging through a combination of the Nag Hammadi Library and a couple supplementary theological texts on the self-imposed curriculum level, and finally reading Lovecraft for the first time on the more pleasurable end. tis the season.

Which Lovecraft are you reading?  He has a lot of great stories.

it's an anthology, just wrapped up "The Outsider" then onto the very short "The Music of Erich Zann" and "Reanimator". i'm not much of a fiction person, but his writing style is ace. luxurious horror.

Cool.  I think I read "The Music of Erich Zann" some years ago, but am not sure about the others.  I really should get back into his writing, as it has been a while.
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« Reply #914 on: September 25, 2020, 06:06:08 PM »

currently trudging through a combination of the Nag Hammadi Library and a couple supplementary theological texts on the self-imposed curriculum level, and finally reading Lovecraft for the first time on the more pleasurable end. tis the season.

Which Lovecraft are you reading?  He has a lot of great stories.

it's an anthology, just wrapped up "The Outsider" then onto the very short "The Music of Erich Zann" and "Reanimator". i'm not much of a fiction person, but his writing style is ace. luxurious horror.

Cool.  I think I read "The Music of Erich Zann" some years ago

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