oneirophrenia: (Psychedelic Head)
"I am so beastly tired of mankind and the world that nothing can interest me unless it contains a couple of murders on each page or deals with horrors unnameable and unaccountable that leer down from the external universes."

I've felt like that since I was thirteen, if you can believe it--which is when I first began reading great deals of sci-fi, horror, and other forms of "weird literature." Even today, the "realistic" novels (those dealing with "real-world" events) that I tend to enjoy, most notably Cormac McCarthy's work (except for All the Pretty Horses and the other two volumes of the "Border Trilogy," all of which are limpwristed and puerile) and a lot of Dickens, are so steeped in strangeness and linguistic tricks that they transcend their own mundane subject matter and, through the power of language and imagination, transform even the most everyday phenomena into pure Awesomeness(tm). Ohyeah, and they're usually full of a lotta killin'. Killin' always makes for a good read.

Glory be to weird atmospherics!

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