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mrwaverly:
Oh, how I envy you! These are all stories that I wish I had never read, so that I could read them for the first time, if you see what I mean. F. Marion Crawford wrote a relatively small number of supernatural tales, including the unpleasant 'The Upper Berth', the sinister 'The Dead Smile', and the beautiful, but disturbing novella 'The Witch Of Prague'. Clark Ashton Smith was a contemporary of, and frequent correspondant to, the great H.P. Lovecraft. Indeed, Smith expanded Lovecraft's 'Cthulhu Mythos' along with writers like Frank Belknap Long, and Robert E. Howard (creator of Conan The Barbarian, and the adventurer Solomon Kane). Sadly, his work seems to have been forgotten, as it is rarely seen nowadays. I read his 'Death Of Ilalotha' when I was about twelve, and it's genuinely weird and oppressive mood fascinated me. Once read, never forgotten. M.R. James. The Don.(literally). Writer of the best, and nastiest supernatural tales ever. EVER. The Cambridge cleric wrote these tales as a Christmas amusement for a University literary club. Tales in which dreadful things happen to ordinary, sometimes boring people. The scholar chased to his death along a beach, by something that left footprints in the sand that showed more bone than foot... The stream of blood that ran under a door to a room that did not exist... Count Magnus, lying in his brass sarcophagus, secured with four huge padlocks, one of which has fallen from the tomb to the floor, still locked... Where did James get these ideas from? By all accounts, he was a nice guy. He always said that the stories just came to him. He also said that he "Hadn't seen a ghost, but I'm willing to accept that they exist." Irish writer John Connolly mainly writes thrillers, terrifying thrillers, featuring Charlie Parker, a private investigator whose cases inevitably have a supernatural twist. They are all superb, and I urge you to try them. Anyway, Connolly wrote an anthology of supernatural stories entitled 'Nocturnes', some of which were read as a 'Late Book' on BBC Radio 4, read by the late Tony Doyle, an Irish actor with a beautiful rich voice. The measured tones in which the tales were read, made them even scarier. 'Miss Froome, Vampire' was not amongst the first tales read on the radio by Mr Doyle, but it was read, a few months later, and with great relish, by Jacqueline Pearce, an actress who had appeared in two great 'Hammer' horror films of the 1960's: 'Plague of the Zombies', and 'The Reptile' (both great fun, and worth watching). This Connolly tale is more darkly humorous than scary, but you will find out how Miss Froome's garden always looks so marvellous... Basil Copper, I have to admit, I don't know a lot about, but I do like his stories. A favourite of mine is his tale 'Camera Obscura', which I believe featured in an episode of the great Rod Serling's 'Night Gallery' show. Copper writes stories dense with small details, sometimes just mentioned in passing, but are usually essential to the plot. 'The Grey House' is the tale of a writer, and his young wife. And the house, in France, that the locals urged them not to buy... This story rolls along beautifully, creating a palpable aura of unease, before ending incredibly, horribly unpleasantly. A lot of these tales are available as Wordsworth Editions - I noticed your copy of Crowley's 'Simon Iff' tales in one of your photos, and that's a Wordsworth. It's in my 'To Read' pile at home. Enjoy!👍😁
np33di:
you seem really scary haha :P :)

This week's @bloghomework revolves around a department I'm gradually doing better in thanks to a patient partner. Romance! The most romantic thing my partner has ever done (and bravely, I might add) is ask me to marry him in the oldest public library in Georgia. Let me set the scene.

I love all things having to do with the library (I wouldn't...
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tulfanbru:
What a sweet story. You two were made for each other. I like the idea of right as you voiced how much history the doors might have had with people passing through them you both added to their history by getting engaged in front of them. I loved it!!
pascipio:
That is a wonderful story, especially considering my girlfriend of fourteen years has said no three times.  Great set.  You are lovely!

Just typical Friday night shenanigans involving a bunch of wine and Scots. xo

Also, singing along to LOA while walking can be errmmm, possibly embarrassing to others. Eg: "Eat my pussy good. I'm horny, I'm horny, help me I'm wet. " Yeah. I'll just start humming along instead.

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trills:
Happy hangover day! Love LOA ;)
mrwaverly:
One of my favourite bits of Belgian Techno (a bit too fast to be proper Nieuw Beat). When, in the distant past, I used to dj in an alternative club, punters used to refer to it as 'The arse-fucking track'. Such happy days!

This week's @bloghomework is something I can really get into! I quote from Holy Grail constantly and have being so since I first saw the movie in grade 6. It's probably one of the most quotable movies of all time besides Office Space. I yell "get on with it!" at the tv constantly, especially when something is just dragging on and on. I...
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maggie_fracture:
Monty Python films are soooooo quotable!! They never get old 
sporkdlogic:
EEEEEEEE!  Yes!  I'm glad I found ya'!

Yay! I'm back from the Highlands! I'm not sure how coherent this blog is going to be considering I've been trapped in a car with my other parents (in-laws) having to censor everything I say for the past week. Tonight, I need a bottle of wine, make that two. Oh yeah, they don't drink either and kind of, ok not kind...
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panto1888:
Great pictures :)
eurojoe:
Thanks for the pictures of home 

Starting tomorrow I'll be off site until next week, because I'm going to be roaming the town and riding hairy coos around the Highlands with my other parents (calling them in-laws makes out relationship sound distant). I'll be back with stories and photos, but for now, I leave you with one my favourite photos. It was taken on the roof top of...
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flapan:
Stunning!
retdepsgt:
Absolutely . . . . . just Absolutely Beautiful . . . . .

While I wait for the post to arrive, and finish this second cuppa tea, I might as well write a wee bit about what's going on today... even though it's still quite early in the day, and I haven't done much of anything yet. Which is why I'm waiting for the post to come on. So I can go out and...
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catdad:
Nature is always looking for opportunities.  One of the managers at our office had a vine from outside growing in through a crack where the floor and wall met.  He set aside space for it to grow up a little decorative trellis until one of the maintenance people told him he couldn't do that and that they needed to repair the crack.  :/
pickyvicky23:
@libris http://wabe.org/post/lois-reitzes-i-was-inspiration-1992-rap-hit .... and also I love nature's tendency to takeover the stagnant!!!

Things I saw. xo


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almost_missed:
Awesome photos! The statue definitly caught my attention, great snap of the postbox, pwedy flowers ^^
libris:
@almost_missed Thank you!  You never know what you might see whilst wandering around.

I have a million and one things to do today so I'll make this brief. My strawberries didn't make it. I think I bought a bad batch of bulbs, because everything else is growing as it should. And supposedly strawberries are foolproof (go me!). Granted, I've never grown them before I could definitely have fucked something up, but there's never been...
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misanthroberto:
Also, forgot to add a few things: 1) Your Nana sounds like she was an awesome woman.  2) Very nice pics. For a while I couldn't place it, but you sorta remind me of Noomi Rapace, just prettier.
libris:
@misanthroberto No, they never did a sealing, and we don't think they ever will thankfully.  I'll take Noomi, she's a cool chic. :)