We are so steeped in the tradition of railways as a single line cutting through the wilderness. But [...] there is a tradition you can tap into that completely inverts what has become the cliché, and focuses instead on branching lines, on sidings, on reversibility and on the breaching of timetables—and you end up with a notion of rails that can be an ineffable symbol of potentiality. I liked the idea of trying to honour that alternative tradition.
But that's all post-facto to the basic gag—and it is a gag—of someone shouting "there she blows!" and it's a mole, not a whale.
BoingBoing interviews China Mieville on his new book, Railsea
. [more inside]
posted by rebent
on Aug 9, 2012 -
"Everyone knows there’s a catastrophe unfolding, that few can afford to live in their own city. It was not always so." - China Miéville on Apocalyptic London
posted by timshel
on Mar 1, 2012 -
, "Concept Horror.
" The fourth issue of Urbanomic's "journal of philosophical research and development," Collapse
, focuses on the relationship between modern philosophy and horror fiction and features essays by and about authors such as Thomas Ligotti
, China Miéville
and Michael Houellebecq
and of course H.P. Lovecraft. Having sold out its print edition, Urbanomic has made the issue available for download as a 200 + page PDF.
Some disturbing images (and ideas) within the download.
posted by Bookhouse
on Sep 17, 2009 -
Weird Tales: The Strange Life of HP Lovecraft
is a 45-minute BBC radio documentary: "Geoff Ward examines the strange life and terrifying world of the man hailed as America's greatest horror writer since Poe. During his life, Lovecraft's work was confined to lurid pulp magazines and he died in penury in 1937. Today, however, his writings are considered modern classics and published in prestigious editions. How did such a weird, wild and ungodly writer get canonised? Among the writers considering his legacy are Neil Gaiman, ST Joshi, Kelly Link, Peter Straub and China Mieville." ST Joshi, a biographer of Lovecraft, has an essay
up on The Scriptorium. Wikisource has an extensive collection of his writings
, including not only his most famous novels and short stories, but also essays, letters, poetry and legal documents. He is buried in the city of his birth, Providence, Rhode Island, where he does eternal lie
, even though someone made an unsuccessful attempt to exhume him in 1997.
posted by Kattullus
on Jun 11, 2007 -