Sunday, August 8, 2021

Re-wilding by Lord Dunsany

The current Lord Dunsany, Randal Plunkett the 21st Baron Dunsany, is re-wilding a part of the land of the Dunsany estate. The Irish Independent gave it a somewhat reasonable write up here, but it takes The Guardian to snark it up into a caricature. (If you must compare, the link is here.)

Sunday, May 30, 2021

Hodgson in an Unusual Place

 A 1921 reprint edition
William Hope Hodgson's 1908 novel The House on the Borderland is acclaimed in an unlikely place, The Paris Review.  Read the article here


Sunday, May 23, 2021

New Issues with Following Blogs by email

The short version:  Most blogs I'm involved with have a "Follow by email" option. The "Follow by email" function worked (fine) via Google's Feedburner since I started using it.  Google is eliminating Feedburner in July, which means I have had to find an alternate source. I have transferred this following-by-email function to follow.it. I already have seen anomalies, and hope they won't be numerous. This blog has a new "Follow by email" widget that goes directly to follow.it. I have migrated the subscription list there too, but I suspect there will be issues. I'll try to fix errors if they are reported to me.

Tuesday, May 18, 2021

H.P. Lovecraft Goes to the Movies

On Dracula (1931):  Lovecraft was bored by the "dreariness" and walked out. 

On Frankenstein (1931): "It made him both drowse and seethe at the insult to Shelley’s original. “Ugh!” he wrote."

See the full article, "HPL at the movies," by David Haden at his Tentaclii: H.P. Lovecraft blog here.

Friday, October 9, 2020

Dunsany in a Strange Place

 A friend recently pointed out the following poem in Christopher Morley's volume The Middle Kingdom: Poems 1929-1944 (1944).  Dunsany is rarely the subject of a poem, and here is one that plays on his names (his surname is pronounced dun-SAY'-nee, and does indeed rhyme with "zany"):

“A Night at an Inn”
(Edward John Moreton Drax Plunkett, 18th Baron Dunsany - Who’s Who)

To BEDWARD, says EDWARD.
I’m on, cries JOHN.
It helps to shorten the night, quoth MORETON.
Just a glass of port, to relax, says DRAX.
And now we’ve drunk it, mumbles PLUNKETT,
Come on, old zany.
And so all five, with yawns and snorts,
Having partaken their Cinque Ports,
Are merged in bed as LORD DUNSANY.

Saturday, January 25, 2020

Richard Stanley's movie "Color Out of Space"

I had been looking forward to this. Boy was I wrong. It is a melange of trite horror tropes and twenty-first-century family issues grafted onto a few plot-elements lifted from H.P. Lovecraft's story, to which is added over-the-top bad acting (Nicolas Cage, especially), to produce a decidedly B-grade horror film. A few directorial hand-waves pass over a large number of unexplained and irrational aspects of the plot. The script is appallingly bad, and the whole is dull and pointless. Save nearly two hours of your life and avoid this movie.