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The Zen of the Strange


The Madness is Illusory

Posted by MiskatonicProf , 25 July 2017 · 903 views

"But it would be dangerous to search too earnestly for the allegorical in Titus Groan . It remains essentially a work of the closed imagination, in which a world parallel to our own is presented in almost paranoiac denseness of detail. But the madness is illusory, and control never falters. It is, if you like, a rich wine of fancy chilled by the intell...


The Wisdom of Vampires

Posted by MiskatonicProf , 10 July 2017 · 447 views

"After all, blood is the life force. It reaches into the deepest recesses of both the heart and the brain. It is the familiar of our complete being. To surrender even one drop of it is to suggest a partial surrender of one's utmost self." 
- Barnabas Collins, Dark Shadows (Episode 245, 1967)


Poe's Detective

Posted by MiskatonicProf , 06 July 2017 · 495 views

"Poe did not want the detective genre to be a realist genre; he wanted it to be an intellectual genre, a fantastic genre, if you wish, but a fantastic genre of the intellect and not only of the imagination.... He could have placed his crimes and his detective in New York, but then the reader would have been wondering whether the events really took place i...


Memory of the Future

Posted by MiskatonicProf , 01 July 2017 · 480 views

"When [Robert] Graves, in The White Goddess , comes to formulate his theory of poetic composition he connects the creative act with what he calls 'proleptic thought' and 'analeptic thought,' both of which involve 'a suspension of time', and adds, 'one can have memory of the future as well as the past'... the creative act, renewal of the visionary gleam, i...


Don't be a Philistine: Just Say "No" to Dagon

Posted by MiskatonicProf , 28 June 2017 · 440 views

"Terrestrial devils are those lares, genii, fauns, satyrs, wood-nymphs, foliots, fairies, Robin Goodfellows, trolli , etc., which as they are most conversant with men, so they do them most harm. Some think it was they alone that keep that the heathen people in awe of old, and had so many idols and temples erected to them. Of this range Dagon amongst the...


Waiting for a Marvel

Posted by MiskatonicProf , 27 June 2017 · 426 views

"King Arthur held court at Camelot in Christmas season. On New Year's Day he kept his vow not to begin the feast on such a high day before he had seen a marvel. As he waited, a horseman came riding into the hall, a Green Knight on a green horse; even the knight's hair and skin were green." 
- From the introduction of Sir Gawain & the Green Knig...


Slandering Egyptologists

Posted by MiskatonicProf , 26 June 2017 · 387 views

"Professional Egyptologists are curiously intolerant people, respecting few opinions but their own, and possessed by a strange reluctance to admit mystery in anything."
- Master of Villainy: A Biography of Sax Rohmer , Cay Van Ash and Elizabeth Sax Rohmer (1972)

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