Pembrokeshire, March 2017
March 15, 2017
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A short piece on a recent visit to Pembrokeshire earlier this year.
Terror by Nightlight
Library of the Vulgar
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Slab City Library
The Last Bookstore
I dropped the last ever* copy of SILURES issue zero at Secret Headquarters (@theshq) today! *if you are waiting on a copy from me, don't worry, I have yours at home ready to be sent out to you!
Artists and Their Books exhibition at Getty Center yesterday.
had a great evening reading my horror fiction and hearing other strange tales at the Late Night Stories event at the Swansea Fringe on Friday. Thanks again, @theghastling, for the invitation!
been in a bit of a reading slump lately, which always seems to happen around August and September. getting back into the habit by resuming my readthrough of the entire Berserk saga by Kentarou Miura. it remains one of the best stories I’ve ever read! #Book #books #bookworm #bookstagram #booknerd #bookaddict #bibliophile #instabook #bookblogger #igreads #berserk #kentaroumiura #kentaromiura #griffith #bandofthehawk
As with much of Aickman's fiction, Compulsory Games contains a strong mixture of the mundanity of every day life and the strange, unspoken thoughts and unfathomable deeds of the story’s characters. As a result, we have a tale that reads somewhat like a fever dream, where nothing is guaranteed but everything is possible. Misdirection, concealment and the ideas of loss, companionship and loneliness permeate the pages and we readers get a fine story that has the ability to remain with you whilst you try to unpack it. Some of the images within this tale are perfectly Aickmanesque - especially throughout the second part of the story. A perfect start to this new collection. A few questions to start: 1. What do you make of the title of the story - "Compulsory Games" ? 2. What is the meaning or purpose of Eileen McGrath within the story? 3. What are your thoughts on Mrs McGrath's apparent lack of tenants in her home? Is there more here to be considered, especially regarding McGrath's supposed loneliness? 4. What did take from the suggestions of the divide between the social classes of McGrath and the Trenwiths? 5. How did you feel about the appearance and effects of Grace and Mrs McGrath's Moth? And what of the setting of the story? Is there anything to be read into the location of the Trenwiths’ house? 6. What is your interpretation of the story's end? 7. What are your thoughts on Aickman's writing style here? Was it clear, obfuscated or deliberately obtuse? #book #books #bookworm #bookstagram #booknerd #bookaddict #bibliophile #instabook #bookblogger #igreads #aickmancollective #aickman #robertaickman
The #aickmancollective / #jacksoncollective will be reading the new Robert Aickman NYRB edition of Compulsory Games this month! Fans of strange stories, weird fiction and unsettling, dreadful literature may find what they’re looking for here. I’ll be posting about the first story in the collection later today, so if you want to discuss Aickman’s unique style of unnerving, disconcerting prose, then feel free to get involved! #Book #books #bookworm #bookstagram #booknerd #bookaddict #bibliophile #instabook #bookblogger #igreads #aickman #robertaickman #compulsorygames
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