Alan Moore and Jacen Burrows, Providence

Providence Act 1 by Alan Moore My rating: 4 of 5 stars It is with hesitation that I write anything about Providence. This recent three-volume graphic novel—a prequel/sequel to the earlier works, The Courtyard and Neonomicon—represents Alan Moore's meticulously-researched and carefully-arranged synthesis of H. P. Lovecraft's mythos, whereas I am only the most casual reader… Continue reading Alan Moore and Jacen Burrows, Providence

Horace Walpole, The Castle of Otranto

The Castle of Otranto by Horace Walpole My rating: 3 of 5 stars Published pseudonymously in 1764 by an English politician, The Castle of Otranto is usually praised as the first Gothic novel. It not only set off a craze for novels about haunted castles and abbeys, about predatory dukes and scheming monks and fainting… Continue reading Horace Walpole, The Castle of Otranto

Kazuo Ishiguro, Nobel Laureate: Notes Toward an Introduction

Last night I dreamed I woke up this morning to find that the Nobel Prize in Literature had been awarded to a little-known English poet named Thomas Plum. I'd never heard of Plum, neither had most of the world, and the general consensus was that he'd been garlanded for his anti-nuclear activism as much as… Continue reading Kazuo Ishiguro, Nobel Laureate: Notes Toward an Introduction

N. J. Campbell, Found Audio

Found Audio by N.J. Campbell My rating: 4 of 5 stars "Who is the Biblioteca Nacional de Investigación de Buenos Aires?" I can tell you without in any way spoiling N. J. Campbell's Found Audio that this is the novel's final sentence. It is an odd question on two grounds. First, there is no such… Continue reading N. J. Campbell, Found Audio

Mark Z. Danielewski, House of Leaves

House of Leaves by Mark Z. Danielewski My rating: 3 of 5 stars "The good parts are good; he just keeps not having the good parts." Such was the verdict rendered upon House of Leaves and its author by someone I know who left the novel unfinished—a "confirmed ghost story and horror film addict" (quoth Jack… Continue reading Mark Z. Danielewski, House of Leaves