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Weird Tales / Sword & Sorcery

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(genre specific thread that might benefit from being separate from the general book thread)

Read all the Lovecraft, Howard, Smith, Machen, Blackwood, James and other weird tales writers as a teenager and went back to them in my 20’s and 30’s.

Recently I read through “Perchance to Dream” by Charles Beaumont that I really enjoyed. I read “Haunted Castles” by Ray Russell and the weird fiction of Thomas Ligotti and I loved those.

Recently got turned onto Schuyler Hernstrom and read his Sword & Sorcery collection “The Eye of Sounnu” that I just inhaled over a weekend. Simple uncomplicated stories that are just fun as anything. I’ve ordered a bunch of others from the same publisher (DMR Books) including a couple volumes of “Renegade Swords” that I’m excited to get into this summer. I ordered a few others based on the covers I’d like to tuck into this summer.

Definitely down to hear suggestions/real talk about fiction or comics in this genre.
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I'm not hugely well-read in the genre. I came into it all very casually from listening to Current 93, Morbid Angel, Rudimentary Peni and such.

I'd still call myself a "casual reader", though I've read all of Lovecraft and the bulk of Ligotti's available writing. If my username were not an obvious giveaway, I'm a great admirer of HPL and Ligotti.

I have only read a handful of stories by Lovecraft's contempraries and later ("post-Derleth") Mythos fiction and cosmic horror writers. Few ever really scratch the same itch that Ligotti does, which is why I guess I haven't read as much from newer authors, though I like to collect the odd old issue of magazines to sample different authors.

I remember enjoying the stories by Jeffrey Osier in Deathrealms, though I read so many bad stories, they were maybe only good by comparisson! A bit like Goosebumps for grownups, but with some of the same blackly absurd humor I associate with Ligotti. I need to re-read them some time.
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Just read a newer collection by Harry Piper called THE GREAT DIE SLOW from DMR Books.

It was fucking great. Sort of eerie Celtic inspired weird tales all set in the same universe and all of them extremely interesting. I would recommend this to anyone who likes odd stories of the disturbing and macabre.

I've read a ton of these books in the past year and I have enjoyed them all, but this one was just fantastic. Well worth $16 if you order from the tyrant retailer named after a river.
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A subject/setting in weird/speculative/cosmic horror that I find very interesting is the very, very distant, primordial past and the far-flung future. Periods before and after any thought of humanity in other words.

The most haunting recollection I have from reading the unabridged version of The Time Machine in school was the description of a far distant future after man had effectively gone extinct, and Earth had become a giant desert inhabited by massive crablike things.

If you've ever watched the two-part Devilman OVA, you will no doubt be familiar with the incredibly freaky opening sequence of the first OVA, "Devilman: The Birth", where primordial creatures duke it out in what at times looks more like a feeding frenzy than any sort of abstract struggle between good and evil (If you haven't seen it, it should be on youtube).

I wonder if you can offer some good recommendations to iritate my sensitivities the way these two examples do. No romance, no high fantasy, no heroes, no magic or metaphysical guiding light. Just the pure, matetrial brutality of nature described in fantastic extremes. Something to remind me of how tenuous my spiritual connection to this world actually is and make me feel sick to my stomach to feel like just another gob if gristle churning in the cosmic meatgrinder!

Thank you. :*
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I recently re-read the Corum series. I've always loved Moorcock's Eternal Champion series', but I feel like this one gets overshadowed by Elric and Hawkmoon, and I've never understood why. They're concise, accessible, and have some really interesting concepts that can get lost in other S&S novels
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Bubble-Congeries wrote: Thu Aug 25, 2022 7:38 pm If you've ever watched the two-part Devilman OVA, you will no doubt be familiar with the incredibly freaky opening sequence of the first OVA, "Devilman: The Birth", where primordial creatures duke it out in what at times looks more like a feeding frenzy than any sort of abstract struggle between good and evil (If you haven't seen it, it should be on youtube).
dang i LOOOVe devilman, in particular "Amon apocalypse" ..devil lady is pretty enjoyable too but nowhere as brutal or nasty. shape shifting and general "the thing" stuff has always fascinated me

lately ive been getting into Charles R Saunders, so far ive just read most of Imaro but Quest for Cush is next in line

what did yall think of the nicholas cage "color out of space" movie? is "magenta" a "real Colour" ??
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Never saw TCOoS.

At the risk of sounding like a clueless dork for responding to a rhetorical question: The color magenta has been used for a long time in association with Lovecraft. I suspect because it's the easiest visible representation we have of ultraviolet light that translates well to print/film media.
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I just finished Robert E Howard’s Solomon Kane collection. Damn that book was super racist even by 1930’s standards.
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Bubble-Congeries wrote: Thu Sep 22, 2022 6:52 am Never saw TCOoS.

At the risk of sounding like a clueless dork for responding to a rhetorical question: The color magenta has been used for a long time in association with Lovecraft. I suspect because it's the easiest visible representation we have of ultraviolet light that translates well to print/film media.
no it was a literal question, some people think magenta is an unreal color or doesnt really exist ~uh maybe im spoilering it.
is it magenta or is it just HOT PINK ?? (imo t.c.o.o.s. is really fun, worth watching. i watched it with my dad and he had no idea what he was in for and was pretty freaked out, especially the last 3rd or so)(not as good as uh. the nic cage movie where he chainsaw fights. Sally? Molly? ITS MANDY)

another great cosmic horror author ive only read a little bit of but it was a real treat, not anywhere near as dour as HPL but a lot more like Vibrant and Fantastic is clarke ashton smith, i think they might've even been friends and exchanged letters and possibly cowrote some stuff but i dont feel like fact checking that right this second so it might be totally false LOL
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lol i self quoted instead of edited. woops
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