Halloween Snapshot

November 4, 2017

That devil in red satin suit
With tail and black mask,
Holding a black plastic pitchfork,
Is eight-year-old me,
Costumed by my mom.

Little did she know then,
When conjuring
My childish deviltry,
I’d grow up practicing
That black art poetry.

George Held

furnace burning inside

November 4, 2017

To be able to sit with you hours on end and talk about anything and everything is fine. But to reach out and touch the furnace burning inside of you, is pure magic…

A topical message

November 4, 2017

sense of wonder

November 4, 2017

alien landscape3

Wells is teaching us to think. Burroughs and his lesser imitators are teaching us not to think. Of course, Burroughs is teaching us to wonder. The sense of wonder is in essence a religious state, blanketing out criticism. Wells was always a critic, even in his most wondrous and romantic tales.

And there, I believe, the two poles of modern fantasy stand defined. At one pole wait Wells and his honorable predecessors such as Swift; at the other, Burroughs and the commercial producers, such as Otis Adelbart Kline, and the weirdies, and horror merchants such as H.P. Lovecraft, and so all the way past Tolkien to today’s non-stop fantasy worlders. Mary Shelley stands somewhere at the equator of this metaphor.

Brian W. Aldiss
Trillion Year Spree: The History of Science Fiction

A brass bra - Cover Art - Robert Gibson

I should explain that in the 1940s and 50s, science fiction and fantasy were rather seedy branches of children’s literature – specifically, literature for boys in early adolescence. It was cheap entertainment, delivered in bulky magazines with lurid covers depicting spacecraft that looked like the automobile hood ornaments of the era, not to mention luscious white girls in brass brassieres.

Crawford Kilian
A Better Force Awakens

looking for dead things

November 4, 2017

How strange the moon seems! She is like a woman rising from a tomb. She is like a dead woman. One might fancy she was looking for dead things.

Oscar Wilde