October 2017: Gorey

"A is for Amy who fell down the stairs"
Edward Gorey, The Gashlycrumb Tinies - 1963

"Mr C(lavius) F(rederick) Earbrass is, of course, the well-known novelist. Of his books, 'A Moral Dustbin,' 'More Chains than Clank,' 'Was it Likely?,' and the Hipdeep trilogy are, perhaps, the most admired. Mr Earbrass is seen on the croquet lawn of his home, Hobbies Odd, near Collapsed Pudding in Mortshire. He is studying a game left unfinished at the end of summer."
Edward Gorey, The Unstrung Harp; or, Mr Earbrass Writes a Novel (in: Amphigorey) - 1972

A Gorey double-header to make up for missing yesterday due to space plague.

Speaking of which, I'm on day (counts fingers) 4 of space plague. Not hallucinating much anymore, which is to the good, and ibuprofen means it doesn't hurt to swallow. The glowing green toenails are worrying but ultimately easy to put out of mind. 

October 2017: it means 'loud wind'

“1801—I have just returned from a visit to my landlord—the solitary neighbour that I shall be troubled with. This is certainly a beautiful country! In all England, I do not believe that I could have fixed on a situation so completely removed from the stir of society. A perfect misanthropist's heaven: and Mr. Heathcliff and I are such a suitable pair to divide the desolation between us. A capital fellow! He little imagined how my heart warmed towards him when I beheld his black eyes withdraw so suspiciously under their brows, as I rode up, and when his fingers sheltered themselves, with a jealous resolution, still further in his waistcoat, as I announced my name.”

Emily Brontë, Wuthering Heights - 1847

This book is far better if you read it as a horror novel.

Meanwhile, I've caught some kind of rat plague, so, hope you're all alive and decaying minimally.

October 2017: Machen

"I am glad you came, Clarke; very glad indeed. I was not sure you could spare the time."

"I was able to make arrangements for a few days; things are not very lively just now. But have you no misgivings, Raymond? Is it absolutely safe?"

Arthur Machen, The Great God Pan - 1890

A perfectly unnerving to a book that is, full confession, a bit of a slog.

October 2017: Lovecraft Again

“I am forced into speech because men of science have refused to follow my advice without knowing why. It is altogether against my will that I tell my reasons for opposing this contemplated invasion of the antarctic—with its vast fossil hunt and its wholesale boring and melting of the ancient ice caps. And I am the more reluctant because my warning may be in vain.”

H.P. Lovecraft, At The Mountains of Madness - 1936

Witness the return of Lovecraft's killer opening statements. 

October 2017: Mac

And Duncan's horses--a thing most strange and certain--
Beauteous and swift, the minions of their race,
Turn'd wild in nature, broke their stalls, flung out,
Contending 'gainst obedience, as they would make
War with mankind.

'Tis said they eat each other.

They did so, to the amazement of mine eyes
That look'd upon't. Here comes the good Macduff.”

William Shakespeare, Macbeth - ~1606

This is the only one this month that isn't the opening paragraph...this is from a few scenes in, but I'm using it because I don't think people talk enough about this scene from Macbeth...this is pretty big, though. Duncan, a good and just king, was murdered, and his death was such a crime that his horses ate each other.