“Be always drunken. Nothing else matters: that is the only question. If you would not feel the horrible burden of Time weighing on your shoulders and crushing you to the earth, be drunken continually.
Drunken with what? With wine, with poetry, or with virtue, as you will. But be drunken.
And if sometimes, on the stairs of a palace, or on the green side of a ditch, or in the dreary solitude of your own room, you should awaken and the drunkenness be half or wholly slipped away from you, ask of the wind, or of the wave, or of the star, or of the bird, or of the clock, of whatever flies, or sighs, or rocks, or sings, or speaks, ask what hour it is; and the wind, wave, star, bird, clock will answer you: "It is the hour to be drunken!”
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This group is dedicated to an appreciation of important works of literature, both classic and contemporary... that happen to fall into the category ofThis group is dedicated to an appreciation of important works of literature, both classic and contemporary... that happen to fall into the category of Dark Fiction.
We tend to avoid the big, banal blockbusters (and the more lurid fare) in favor of beautifully written explorations of the unknown, many of them obscure, all of them extraordinary.
[Note from the Moderator: A couple of years ago, we changed our group name from "Literary Horror" in order to expand our sphere of interests. Our enthusiasms embrace Gothic, Weird Fiction, and Noir, as well as much that might be classified as Horror, but we also appreciate literary fiction that cannot be easily fitted into a marketing niche. In fact, this latter group has evolved into our primary focus. Most serious fiction deals (to some extent) with darker themes, and many works of distinction have employed supernatural, surreal or existentialist elements. These books have power. They endure, because they appeal to serious readers and provide thoughtful entertainment. Come. Explore them with us.]...more
Graphic Novel Reading Group
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This is a place where lovers of the Sequential Art form of Literature (graphic novels, comic books, manga, etc.) can get together and talk about theirThis is a place where lovers of the Sequential Art form of Literature (graphic novels, comic books, manga, etc.) can get together and talk about their particular favorite books.
Members can suggest reading ideas, interests, and other various things regarding the world of the graphic novel. There will be various folders about particular graphic novels the members will suggest to add to the reading list. ...more
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Hard Boiled detective novels, noir, and great crime novels (old and new)
The Flowers of Decadence
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— last activity Mar 15, 2014 01:17AM
Here lies the lost souls who cling to the decaying beauty of Decadent literature and poetry. A group for appreciators of pessimistic literature that cHere lies the lost souls who cling to the decaying beauty of Decadent literature and poetry. A group for appreciators of pessimistic literature that celibates despair, perversity and death. I am no connoisseur of Decadence having being slowly lead here by a trail of that has taken me through the entropic wastelands of the new wave into the cosmic void of horror and back into the forgotten places of the ghost story tradition... So pull up a seat in this decrepit café with other poets and lost souls and discuss decadent literature and poetry and history with the unlike-minded...more
The New Weird
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— last activity Nov 16, 2015 12:01PM
I am not starting this group because I feel I know a lot about the New Weird. Quite the contrary. I'm starting the group because I don't know much, buI am not starting this group because I feel I know a lot about the New Weird. Quite the contrary. I'm starting the group because I don't know much, but I'm interested.
Let's start with defining the New Weird. Luckily Jeff and Ann VanderMeer have done a very good job of this within their introduction to the New Weird anthology.
New Weird is a type of urban, secondary-world fiction that subverts the romanticized ideas about place found in traditional fantasy, largely by choosing realistic, complex real-world models as the jumping off point for creation of settings that may combine elements of both science fiction and fantasy. New Weird has a visceral, in-the-moment quality that often uses elements of surreal or transgressive horror for its tone, style, and effects — in combination with the stimulus of influence from New Wave writers or their proxies (including also such forebears as Mervyn Peake and the French/English Decadents). New Weird fictions are acutely aware of the modern world, even if in disguise, but not always overtly political. As part of this awareness of the modern world, New Weird relies for its visionary power on a "surrender to the weird" that isn't, for example, hermetically sealed in a haunted house on the moors or in a cave in Antarctica. The "surrender" (or "belief") of the writer can take many forms, some of them even involving the use of postmodern techniques that do not undermine the surface reality of the text.
That's a good starting point. Now, with the help of others, I can compile a list of required New Weird reading and began to discuss the alleged movement....more