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Memento Mori: The Fathomless Shadows

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Underground filmmaker Tina Mori became a legend in the late 1970s with a stolen camera, a series of visionary Super 8 shorts (The Eye, The Stairs, The Imperial Dynasty of America) and a single feature film, heralded as her masterpiece, Dragon’s Teeth. Then she disappeared under mysterious circumstances. Was it foul play, or did Tina Mori go somewhere else? And if so, ...more
Paperback, 258 pages
Published 2019 by Word Horde
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Jordi
Jun 09, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
”She danced in Carcosa. And then she came back.”

A remarkable debut from Brian Hauser, a novel of cosmic horror drinking from Robert W. Chambers’ The King In Yellow, infused with a deep love for cinema and with an unusual structure. Combining the technique of the found paper and the fake memoir, it’s literally a collage of documents (a fanzine, a memoir, a letter), that helps to make the story more vivid (actually, I was wonderfully deceived at some point during the introduction, thinking that
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Bill Hsu
Aug 02, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ebook
I really enjoyed the earlier sections, and would have loved to see this develop differently. This has quite the list of my ongoing obsessions (zines! dark, obscure and abstract films! vintage media! etc). Not having read The King in Yellow, I'm sure I'm missing a lot of references other than the obvious namedropping (Carcosa, Hali, ahem yellow, etc).

The fake "zine" section is quite charming and nicely done, even though it would come across better if we had some graphics. C.C. Waite's (oh darn,
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Celia Reaves
Sep 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is a triply-nested story. Most of the book is a (fictional) published memoir, in which C. C. Waite describes her college roommate Tina Mori, an artist with a cult following for her avant-garde indie horror films. Mori disappeared years ago, leaving behind unanswered questions and films few had seen but many still talked about. At the heart of the mystery is a (real) story, “The King in Yellow,” invoking a distant world of horror. This is followed by a letter Mori wrote to Waite after the ...more
Frank Lehman
Aug 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Creepy and captivating. Couldn't put it down.
Chris Karr
Nov 24, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Like all good entries to the Carcosan corpus, this tale does a wonderful job walking the liminal tightrope between waking and dreaming, and this world and the next.
Sunny
Jun 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: other-literature
This is well written. Not my favorite genre but worthy of 4 stars.
Kendall R.
Jul 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Atmospheric

A novel filled with dark images and a deep sense of dread. Hauser spins a macabre tale of the power of film and the dangers of looking too hard!
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