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What books are you reading right now that don't have a narrative driven by images as well as words?

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Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson

I decided to take a little break from Piers Anthony and just finished reading The Little Sister by Raymond Chandler. Its been a while since I've read any Chandler, and it was a fun little diversion. Marlowe is hired by a Midwestern girl to find her brother, and gets involved with gangsters and Hollywood. A recipe for disaster to be sure.

I'm almost finished with the Executed by R R Haywood, which is the second book of the "Extracted" trilogy. This is a really good time travel story. Although it does make your head hurt sometimes. This book had a surprising death (to me), and something so obvious to me happens, I thought the character who didn't see it coming must be really dumb. I already bought the third book, and can't wait to finish it. I bought it digitally on Amazon.

I am also now back to Piers Anthony's "Incarnations of Immortality" series, and just begun Wielding a Red Sword which deals with the incarnation of War

It's October, so I'm back to my annual Halloween-oriented reading.  Currently working on:

  • The Vampire in Lore and Legend by Montague Summers.  Summers may (or may not) have been a Catholic priest.  He was definitely either a well-read and eccentric crank, or a very committed hoaxster.
  • Dracula's Guest, a collection of Victorian era vampire stories.  The collection includes the first chapter of Rymer's Varney the Vampyre, which is now on my "must read" list.  It's so over the top -- grandly putting the dreadful in penny dreadful -- that it's an absolute hoot (although I'm guessing best in small doses).
  • H.P. Lovecraft's Book of Horror, a collection of short stories referenced by Lovecraft in his essay "Supernatural Horror in Literature" (which is also included).

Re. 19th c. vampire fiction, Black Coat Press has published translations of some French examples: French Lord Ruthven plays and novels by Paul Féval.

Robert Southey's poem Thalaba the Destroyer has a vampire sequence.

Heinrich Marschner composed a vampire opera, Der Vampyr.

Wordsworth Editions published an edition of Varney, the Vampyre a few years ago. The text can be found online, of course. Librivox.org has a sound version, and I've listened to a large part of it. I think two writers were likely involved as some chapters seek to explain away the supernatural element while others embrace it.

Paul Barber's Vampires, Burial and Death: Folklore and Reality traces vampire folklore to the facts of bodily decay. It's a striking interpretation.

Cool! Thanks for the recommendations, Luke.

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