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]
posted by filthy light thief
on Feb 10, 2014 -
Once upon a database query, while I pondered weak security,
And many avenues of access via backdoor,
While I nodded, nearly napping, suddenly there came a wiretapping,
As of some one gently sniffing, sniffing at our server's door.
“‘Tis some hacker,” I muttered, “tapping at our server door
Or just a virus, nothing more.” -- The NSA Raven
posted by Chocolate Pickle
on Dec 11, 2013 -
Lately, I've had some doubts about the level of discourse here on Metafilter. To remedy the situation, here is that great American essayist and thinker, Mr. Edgar Allan Poe, on diddling
. [more inside]
posted by Nomyte
on Jun 18, 2013 -
In the first years of the Fifteenth Century Henry III of Castile sent Ruy Gonzalez de Clavijo as his ambassador to Samarkand
. His journey introduced him to giraffes and many other sights unknown to Europeans of the time
. Samarkand was then the center of the largest empire in the world, that of Tamerlane the Great (a.k.a Timur), the last of the nomad conquerors
. His capital began as a city of the Sogdians
, which became an important center of culture and trade, as is recorded in these 7th Century wall paintings
. Samarkand was refashioned by Timur and his descendants
, the most famous being the astronomer Ulugh Beg
, and the Timurid legacy is still visible in Samarkand
. After Timur's death, his empire disintegrated, and soon fell into decline, but left enough of a mark to inspire both Christopher Marlowe
and Edgar Allan Poe
. The Russian Empire conquered Samarkand in 1868, and the city was documented in the early 20th Century in color photograhs by Sergei Prokudin-Gorskii
(this one's a favorite
) and remained an out of the way place in the Soviet era
posted by Kattullus
on Oct 27, 2012 -
In 1919, everyone wanted a copy of the deluxe edition of Edgar Allan Poe's Tales of Mystery and Imagination, but not because it was bound in vellum with real gold lettering. It was because of these grim and gorgeous illustrations by Harry Clarke
, which added an extra dose of horror to Poe's already terrifying tales.
Tales of Mystery and Imagination, which collects many of Poe's most enduring horror stories, including "The Masque Of The Red Death," "The Pit And The Pendulum," "The Telltale Heart,"
and "The Fall Of The House Of Usher,"
was actually first collected and published in 1908, nearly 60 years after Poe's death. This edition was published by George Harrap & Co., and included 24-full page illustrations by Clarke
. Even though the volume cost five guineas (somewhere in the neighborhood of $300 US), it was much in demand and made Clarke's reputation as an illustrator. It's easy to see why, with these gorgeous renditions of often gruesome subjects.
See all 24 illustrations here
posted by Lou Stuells
on May 10, 2012 -
The HP Lovecraft Literary Podcast talks to director Stuart Gordon about Herbert West - Reanimator (part 1
, part 2
). A prolific director, Gordon is responsible for some of the better adaptations
of Lovecraft's work (and From Beyond
). Currently he is directing Reanimator star Jeffrey Combs as Edgar Allan Poe
in the one-man shoe Nevermore, which just finished a hugely successful run in LA and is now heading for Poe's hometown of Baltimore
posted by Artw
on Dec 25, 2009 -
"On the clock striking twelve he appeared slightly agitated, but he soon recovered, walked twice or thrice along the coach house, stopped to bark, staggered, exclaimed 'Halloa old girl!' (his favorite expression) and died... The children seem rather glad of it. He bit their ankles, but that was play..."
So wrote Charles Dickens, describing the death of his pet raven "Grip," in a letter to a friend. Grip has an interesting legacy
. Having served as an eponymous character in Dickens' Barnaby Rudge [full text]
and subsequently inspiring Edgar Allan Poe's The Raven [full text]
, Grip has the distinction of being named a literary landmark
. His taxidermied body
is on display in the Rare Book Department at the Philadelphia Free Library.
posted by amyms
on Aug 13, 2008 -
I just finished up reading The Turk
by Tom Standage (briefly mentioned in passing here
) a biography of the chess-playing automaton that toured Europe and later the Americas during the pivotal transition from the 18th to the 19th century. The Automaton was invented as an exercise in national pride by Wolfgang von Kempelen,
who considered it a trifle compared to his experiments with mechanical speech synthesis.
As a celebrity, the automaton had historic encounters with Benjamin Franklin, Napoleon, Beethoven, Philidor
and Charles Babbage, and fictional encounters with the monarchs Catherine the Great, George III and Frederick II. Standage credits it with influencing the development of the Difference Engine
, the power loom, Poe's mystery stories
, and Barnum's manipulation of the press.
The myths surrounding have even caught James Randi
, who seems to have been unaware of a colleague's reconstruction
based on notes from the last owner.
posted by KirkJobSluder
on Sep 21, 2005 -