Tomeron by mscorley
…I could only whisper Tomeron’s name. But as I whispered it, the lips of the cadaver seemed to part, and the tip of its tongue protruded between them. And I thought that the tip trembled, as if Tomeron were about to speak and answer me. But gazing more closely, I saw that the trembling was merely the movement of worms as they twisted up and down and to and fro and sought to crowd each other from Tomeron’s tongue.
~from The Epiphany of Death by Clark Ashton Smith
Tomeron by mscorley
Just finished this Innsmouth inspired piece today. I have stickers, cards, prints and t-shirts here:
What the Moon Sees (color and ink) by liliesformary (Christine Larson)
Shoggoth (top) and monster art by Gax (Guy-Pascal Vallez)
Yig’s tail, you are one thorough fellow.
Thank you for the answer.
To be honest, I think I was expecting it to be one of those shoehorned-in Cycle stories. I’m sure you know the kind of stuff I’m talking about. But it had a character I really liked which, I suppose, is kind of rare with these things.
I’m in no way saying it’s a literary masterpiece, but yes, I was positively surprised; I thought it was effective for what it is. It had a bunch of elements later seen in the brunt of Mythos fiction and while it might not be a mind-blowing experience, I do think fans of Ech-Pi-El would find it an interesting one, at least.
That said, “The Repairer of Reputations” is, in all its wonderful weirdness, my favorite story by Chambers.
Hey, there. “Thorough” is a really nice way of saying “obsessed,” so I appreciate that. haha I am aware of and embrace my utterly irrational immersion in the Weird. I write things down and usually create citations, though, so I refer to it as “research” most days. Hmm.
My favorite by Chambers is The Yellow Sign. It wasn’t until I listened to a podcast discussion that I re-read it; then I had the image below (from a terrible old cult movie called Bad Taste) implanted by those nuts for what the decaying, puffy guard with detaching fingers looks like in the story. It was a great third or fourth reading creep-out that almost never happens and that turned it into my new, old favorite Chambers tale.
As for your note regarding reblogging, I’ve been toying with this Tumblr for a little over a year and a half now, and as far as I can tell there aren’t too many hard-and-fast rules regarding replies other than the etiquette for maintaining the integrity of artistic ownership with sources where possible (wish that were even more “hard-and-fast,” but we can do our best) and then just giving as much credit as possible when possible. I think earnestness and general politeness goes a long damn way all-around, as always. It’s a messy system, in my view, and don’t get me (or most folks) started on the messaging system. That said, it’s been the most fun/most interesting of the social networks I’ve encountered. I try to discourage as many people as possible from joining it, though, so that it stays that way.
Organ Harvesters, Concept by Allen Williams
Q:hey is laird barron's stuff good and if so what do you recommend by him? also to give me a point of reference, what weird fiction authors is he similar to?
He’s an excellent Weird fiction writer—definitely nothing like HPL in terms of style, though. He has a much less ornate approach and tends to follow all of the standard, modern-writer rules: dialogue moves scenes, show don’t tell, subject/object construction, adverbs are the devil, semicolons are hermaphrodites (Vonnegut joke, sorry), etc.—and by that I just mean his work reads like a popular, pick-up-a-copy-in-the-airport writer. That makes him more accessible and capable of hooking more people on the Weird, I think, but it also makes it more difficult for the writer to strike those truly Weird notes without slipping back into the too-easy tropes of mainstream Horror. He manages it really well.
And that’s a great question about similarities, you know. The obvious points of reference for me would be Blackwood and Machen (he has a story called “Blackwood’s Baby” about a giant, monstrous Stag…). And there’s definitely what I’d call a “masculinity” to his writing. I’ve mentioned here that I often get irritated with his female characters—and I wish he’d just relax with that need to beat us over the heads with sexual difference and just write masculine people (example: why do we need a “vamp” character like Nadine in “The Forest?” why?) and get on with the rugged/pioneer outlook since it’s what he’s good at and what fits the context; however, I’m either getting used to him or it’s getting better. I don’t know which.
Occultation is an interesting collection, and a great place to start. I like the titular story a lot—it’s peculiar, and I had a true/rare “Wait…what the hell just happened?” moment at the end. I had to re-read it and was happy to; then, I found myself thinking about it later. I love that. Two of the stories in the collection feature queer couples, by the way. That’s a keen interest of mine with new Weird writers, and he does a decent job with them and deserves some respect, I think, for the move. One is much better than the other with regards to characterization (avoidance of easy stereotypes/balanced with realistic flaws, etc.), the other comes up a bit short but still presents an interesting tale.
Hope some of this makes sense. I’m rambling as usual, but that’s how I get when I someone kindly initiates some book chat. :D
by Sergiy Krykun (on Barron’s site)