Links, August 14

SFF

LITERATURE
Mythago Wood: A True Fantasy Masterwork
on considering reading George R.R. Martin
Once Upon a Time review – Marina Warner’s scholarly history of the fairytale
Ombria in Shadow
All of the Books – recommended reading
Winter’s Kitchen
Such Sights To Show You: Women in the Works of Clive Barker
Dagon’s Bargain
Sunshine (novel)
Fred Saberhagen
Edward Plunkett, 18th Baron of Dunsany
Mira Corpora, by Jeff Jackson
‘I’ve spent parts of today re-reading Julie Phillips’ James Tiptree, Jr. The Double Life of Alice B. Sheldon (I’m up to the 1950s so far, pre-Tiptree). It remains an incredibly interesting read, but also a very discomfiting one, because Phillips is very committed to the idea of Sheldon as a “woman writer”.’
10 SF/F Books That Have Stuck With Me by Gail Carriger
Anita Nair, Idris: Keeper of the Light
APPRECIATION: KATHERINE ADDISON’S EMOTIONAL PRECISION IN THE GOBLIN EMPEROR
Mars Evacuees by Sophia McDougall
On Being Undone by a Light Breeze, by Vajra Chandrasekera
Things We Found During the Autopsy by Kuzhali Manickavel
The Madonna and the Starship by James Morrow
Obscure Cities
Frankenstein and the Vampyre: A Dark and Stormy Night
Barriers & Cages: SFF utopia

The Country of Ice Cream Star
In the ruins of a future America, fifteen-year-old Ice Cream Star and her people survive by scavenging in the detritus of an abandoned civilization. Theirs is a world of children – by the time they reach twenty, each of them will die from a disease they call posies.
When her brother sickens, Ice Cream sets out on the trail of a cure, led by a stranger whose intentions remain unclear. It’s a quest that will lead her to love and heartbreak, to captivity and to a nation’s throne, and ultimately into a war that threatens to doom everyone she loves.

“THEN, A HELLBEAST ATE THEM”: NOTES ON HORROR FICTION AND EXPECTATIONS
Bernardine Evaristo, The Emperor’s Babe
Philip Pullman’s Grimm Tales
weird world fiction syllabus
Sleeps With Monsters: The Mystic Marriage by Heather Rose Jones
David Mitchell offers clues to new novel The Bone Clocks – interactive
10 Science Fiction And Fantasy Stories That Editors Are Tired Of Seeing
Strange Horizons Book Club: Tigerman
Call and Response by Paul Kincaid: Reviewed by Liz Bourke
Top Ten Most Common Short Story Names Clarkesworld Sees
Archive of Edwardian-era Writer of Horror, Sci-fi Donated to UCR: ‘Hodgson was one of the most important writers of weird fiction of the early 20th century, acknowledged by H.P. Lovecraft as a seminal influence on his own horror fiction, said Latham, a scholar of science fiction studies. “His novels ‘The House on the Borderland’ and ‘The Night Land’ are masterpieces of macabre atmosphere and dreamy inventiveness, works that once read can never be forgotten,” Latham said.’

Shirley Jackson’s dark powers are back at work from beyond the grave: “Garlic in Fiction, a new collection from the late master of shocking but subtle horror, is due next year. I’ll be watching out for it, and so should you”

WOMEN IN SF PANEL PART 1
SLF DIVERSE WRITERS AND DIVERSE WORLDS GRANTS
The Strange Horizons Book Club: Fire in the Unnameable Country
The Southern Reach Trilogy by Jeff VanderMeer: PASTORAL AS UNCANNY
Nine Worlds Book List
Nine Worlds: The ‘Just Don’t’ list from Writing the Other workshop
FRIDAY FIVE: 5 SCIENCE FICTION STORIES ABOUT EXISTING TECHNOLOGY
The Mermaid’s Wish – recording now online!

AWARDS
Over-sensitive male feminists who can’t take a joke? I’ve blogged about the day the #BaenAwardStories hashtag died.
I have read the Clarke Award shortlist and

Film Review: The Witch Who Came From the Sea (Dir. Matt Cimber, 1976)

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The Witch Who Came From the Sea (1976) is one of 72 titles that featured on the Department of Public Prosecutions’ (DPP) 1983 list of ‘Video Nasties’. Of those 72, 33 were unsuccessfully prosecuted and dropped from the list—The Witch (released uncut in the UK on DVD in 2006) is among them. Interestingly, the VHS cover art that originally attracted the DPP’s attention is ultimately more salacious than the film’s content. While rich in ideas, Matt Climber’s film is frustratingly uneven in its execution.

Full article here

 

Short Fiction Snapshot #10: “Dagon’s Bargain” by Gehayi

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There were ten versions of Hamlet at this year’s Edinburgh Fringe Festival. This figure included traditionalist productions as well as adaptations further afield—Hamlet and Ophelia Go Swimming, Hamlet Private Eye, etc. Hamlet the Musical was missing this year, which is a damn shame. Meanwhile, at Innsmouth Free Press, “She Walks in Shadows, the first all-woman Lovecraft anthology, will hold an open submissions period from November 15, 2014 to December 15, 2014.” Many are, apparently, still taking the calls of Cthulhu!

This serves to illustrate that Gehayi’s “Dagon’s Bargain” is, in many ways, a traditionalist’s pick for discussion. “Dagon’s Bargain” skillfully interweaves the world and questions of Hamlet with the Lovecraft mythos—the ur-canonical text hooking up with the ur-SFnal collaborative mythology.

Read full review here