is often called "the Polish Poe" or "the Polish Lovecraft," which are both useful for short-hand, but don't quite capture Grabiński's style. As suggested by China Miéville in the Guardian
, "where Poe's horror is agonised, a kind of extended shriek, Grabinski's is cerebral, investigative. His protagonists are tortured and aghast, but not because they suffer at the caprice of Lovecraftian blind idiot gods: Grabinski's universe is strange and its principles are perhaps not those we expect, but they are principles - rules - and it is in their exploration that the mystery lies.
" If you haven't heard of Grabiński, it is probably because only a few of his works
have recently been translated to English. The primary translator is Miroslaw Lipinski
, who runs a site dedicated to Grabiński
. You can read Lipinksi's translation of Strabismus
(PDF linked inside), and The Wandering Train
online. [more inside]
Brattleboro Days, Yuggoth Nights:
an interview with H. P. Lovecraft on a single postcard.
is a catalog of invented books, pictures and antiquities written by 17th Century Englishman Sir Thomas Browne. It is a fantastical and witty meditation on the ravages of time on literature and other works of man
. The Musæum Clausum is perhaps the finest example of the invented, or invisible, library, a genre which seems to have originated with Rabelais
. The genre has been of special interest to Beachcombing's Bizarre History Blog
), where he has written about the invisible libraries of writers such as Charles Dickens
, Neil Gaiman
, H. P. Lovecraft
and invisible libraries in video games
. The natural medium for invisible libraries might be pictures, and Musæum Clausum inspired a suite of etchings
by Erik Desmazieres.
After the, aheh, weirdness surrounding Ann Vandermeer's departure from Weird Tales (Previously
), Jeff and Ann Vandermeer have now released the succinctly titled compendium of weird fiction, "The Weird
," covering 100 years and 750,000 words of weird fiction.
The hitherto-silent "companion site," Weird Fiction Review
, launches today, revealing itself to be a bit of an all-purpose blog about fiction as well as general strangeness and affiliated oddities. [more inside]
Inspired by Charles Stross' A Colder War
and Atrocity Archives
stories, noder The Custodian
has written a series of fictional, Lovecraftian intelligence briefings entitled "The Benthic Wars": SPECWEAPS
, DEEP BLACK
, PRIOR TENANT
, BENTHIC OUTREACH
, VIOLET CAIN
, SAKNUSSEM THUNDER
and INDRA NEPTUNE
Meanwhile, others ponder the question: What if HP Lovecraft had co-invented C?
"It is here, however -- perhaps 50 pages into this 800-plus page anthology --
that something begins to shift, and what was supposed to be sublime (but is actually ridiculous) becomes something that was supposed to be ridiculous, but is actually sublime." Why H.P. Lovecraft is scary after all.