Just seconding how great Delaney's short fiction is. A very battered edition of DRIFTGLASS is one of my two default comfort books that I read and reread and look forward to reading again.
@ Bronxbee: You're right. I got the inventor confused with the architect.
This sounds very interesting. Thanks for the review.
Hey Sean, I hope you're enjoying the book. Feel free to use the quote for a twitter bio.
@ mabfan: Yes, the book does an amazing job depicting that world of publishing -- especially in such minor characters as JG Bennett. The Penny Press in my reading sounded as contentious and prone to indignant outrage as any blog.
Echoing what others have said, this is an amazing movie and hopefully your write up gets more people curious enough to see it.
I love this movie. It is such crazy eye-candy. One second you're watching old ladies curse a house with nightsoil, the next you're watching cats dancing with pigs. What I find really amazing is how "modern" it looks. They accomplish a lot with very little in the way of special effects technology. And yeah, the director must have been an interesting character.
This is another great movie, and I think you're spot on to say Lang and Harbou might have been working at cross purposes (though maybe that's giving Lang too much credit). Did she work on the Mabuse films? Those seemed to be more critical of Hitler and Germany in the 30s.
everyone's favorite turn-of-the-century serial killer and master of disguise. Holy Crap! For once I'm ahead of the curve.
I can't wait to see this! The Peter Lorre/Karl freund remake Mad Love is a lot of fun too. Kage are you taking requests? I'd love to see your write ups of Warning Shadows, The Adventures of Prince Achmed, and/or Haxan. But whatever... I'll take what I can get.
Thanks for a great interview, Matt. Erol Otus, along with the rest of the early stable of TSR illustrators, defined the game for me. I loved his black and white character sketches.
@ Clovis and Ben O'C: Thanks for the recommendations. I am looking forward to reading the work you both mention. Now it's just a matter of finding the books... @ Jason Henninger & Jedikalos: Enjoy! The stories are great fun. @ Patrickg: Yes! Great point. Hodgson goes to great lengths to describe the fear and preparations to counter it well before the "monster" shows up. "The Thing Invisible" is a classic for this, when Carnacki spends the night in a haunted chapel. @ Katenepveu: Interesting. I picked up The Somnambulist in a store and read the first few pages. It was a bit too earnest in its attempt to grab my attention, and I set it down. I'm still curious to read it (and yes, that's after reading your review) but maybe not in so much of a rush.
@1 Actually reading this on April 3rd, this is the only one of the April Fool's stories that's still pretty funny. Nice.
@ 1, 2, 5: I'm pretty sure this is available direct from Truman's website. Or you can scour ebay for first printings. @ 4: Enjoy!
@1. I don't know if anyone is planning on doing a reprint of it, but someone should. From Gutenberg you might want to check out The Great God Pan (decadance and mad science in Victorian England) or The Hill of Dreams (adolescent boy in the English countryside more in touch with the past than the present encounters the supernatural). Good luck. @2. Hell yeah!
The Fall has caught my interest, and it does look like it's pulling from the same aesthetic of early 19th century exoticism. Also make sure to check out Robert Irwin's The Arabian Nights: A Companion. It's about the world that inspired the Nights and is fascinating (as long as you skip the boring chapters).
I'm glad you all enjoyed it. Definitely track down the movie if you can. It's worth it. (And that's not to say you shouldn't read the book...) @ jasonhenninger: In a way the book is nothing but increasingly elaborate frame stories. Definitely track it down. @ jramboz/Hentosz: Carcosa? Sargasso? Yeah, Saragossa is so close to other made-up names that I kept having to make sure I was talking about the right place. @ Tim W: Yes!! The soundtrack is amazing.