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Ion a haunting parade of the terrible things which may lie beyond the boundaries of science the minds wh 35 Excluding La Mer des R ves and The Road of Pins I highly enjoyed all the stories in this collection Standing Water with it s subtle creeping dreed and Onion with it s dark and clever take on a familiar story trope were among my favorites but I could imagine most of this stories would adapt well to film

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To Charles Fort with Love

To Charles Fort with Love is award winning fantasist Caitlín R Kiernan's third collection of short fict It s probably not fair to only give this three stars when my only real issue with it is that I don t particularly care for horror There s some really fantastic imagery and tight little portraits of characters that make these short stories very neatly done and if you re into Lovecraft or a creeping sense of unease then I d definitely pass these alongI found them a little light on actual plot to my taste several of them came across like paintings than stories which is not what I m generally looking for There are definitely some seeds of neat ideas though and on most of those the end notes indicate that one of her novels ended up based around the storyUltimately I m glad I picked it up but I think I m going to stick with her novels in general

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Ich may exist beyond psychology and the forbidden places which will never be located in any orthodox glo Caitl n Kiernan does something a little unusual with her short story collections in that she organizes them intentionally around a common theme rather than just chronologically ie these are the stories I wrote in the past 5 years here you go This is a great way to skip right over the main problem people cite with short collections the hit or miss factor Even the most omnivorous egalitarian readers have their personal taste and not all the short stories in a given collection will be for everyone Dedicated as it is to Charles Fort this collection is a celebration of his I take it not yet having read his stuff obsession with the inexplicable things that hover on the edge of our awareness and defy explanation One of my favorite things about Kiernan s writing is that she adroitly avoids explanations of any kind rational or supernatural alike she glories in the truly unknown That s what these stories have in common This is an approach that is most definitely not for everyone It s an approach readers of weird fiction are undoubtedly familiar with yet for me Kiernan s style is a bit different from a lot of other weird fiction in that she uses details sparingly but to great effect She mines character deeply and sensitively but minimalistically She uses atmosphere well and wisely never losing you in it for the sake of a pretty turn of phrase though there are many in these pages An excellent example is the middle entry in the Dandridge cycle Nor the Demons Down Under the Sea It s truly effective horror in which very little actually happens It operates on suggestion and unease the building horror springing organically from the tension between two characters The horror comes from their disconnect their lack of understanding not only of each other but of the situation they stumble into There is also a great device that foreshadows one of my favorite passages in The Red Tree the funhouse stretching of space and time that seemingly traps you in a given geography unable to get any closer to your destination Nearly half of these stories are also collected in the first comprehensive volume of her short fiction and are some of my all time favorites Onion The Road of Pins and La Peau Verte are stories I rave about to people who don t read horror or fantasy or whatever genre you d call this at all because I think these stories could convert them Or because I just want them to have that experience of reading something in daylight laughing because it s so ephemeral who could ever find that scary and then being up all night nervously checking your hallway for spectral dogs Her Husbands Christmas Bargain years here The Geography of Witchcraft you go This is a great way to skip right over the main problem people cite with short collections the hit or miss factor Even the most omnivorous egalitarian readers have their personal taste and not all the short stories in a given collection will be for everyone Dedicated as it is to Charles Fort this collection is a celebration of his I take it not Hold On To Me yet having read his stuff obsession with the inexplicable things that hover on the edge of our awareness and defy explanation One of my favorite things about Kiernan s writing is that she adroitly avoids explanations of any kind rational or supernatural alike she glories in the truly unknown That s what these stories have in common This is an approach that is most definitely not for everyone It s an approach readers of weird fiction are undoubtedly familiar with Copping It Sweet (Murphys Law yet for me Kiernan s style is a bit different from a lot of other weird fiction in that she uses details sparingly but to great effect She mines character deeply and sensitively but minimalistically She uses atmosphere well and wisely never losing Ill Be Yours for Christmas (Harlequin Blaze, you in it for the sake of a pretty turn of phrase though there are many in these pages An excellent example is the middle entry in the Dandridge cycle Nor the Demons Down Under the Sea It s truly effective horror in which very little actually happens It operates on suggestion and unease the building horror springing organically from the tension between two characters The horror comes from their disconnect their lack of understanding not only of each other but of the situation they stumble into There is also a great device that foreshadows one of my favorite passages in The Red Tree the funhouse stretching of space and time that seemingly traps Her Babys Bodyguard (Eagle Squadron you in a given geography unable to get any closer to If Wishes Were...Daddies your destination Nearly half of these stories are also collected in the first comprehensive volume of her short fiction and are some of my all time favorites Onion The Road of Pins and La Peau Verte are stories I rave about to people who don t read horror or fantasy or whatever genre West of Heaven you d call this at all because I think these stories could convert them Or because I just want them to have that experience of reading something in daylight laughing because it s so ephemeral who could ever find that scary and then being up all night nervously checking Putting Out of Your Mind your hallway for spectral dogs


10 thoughts on “To Charles Fort with Love

  1. says:

    Very interesting and creepy set of stories Some connect to one another some to her novels and some are stand alone or connect to something I

  2. says:

    WOW Caitlin Kiernan is amazing and brilliant every time I read another book of hers I'm just and impressed I think one aspect I love most is the amazing worldbuilding It's different than the usual way I think of worldbuilding in fant

  3. says:

    It's probably not fair to only give this three stars when my only real issue with it is that I don't particularly care for horror There's some really fantastic imagery and tight little portraits of characters that make these short stories very neatly done and if you're into Lovecraft or a creeping sense of uneas

  4. says:

    Kiernan nicely characterizes the spirit of this collection in the afterword to “Nor the Demons Down Under the Sea” where she writesThis is

  5. says:

    35 Excluding La Mer des Rêves and The Road of Pins I highly enjoyed all the stories in this collection Standing Water with it's subtle creeping dreed and Onion with it's dark and clever take on a familiar story trope were among my favorites b

  6. says:

    One of the most darkly beautiful and spellbinding collections I have ever read Absolutely fantastic

  7. says:

    Caitlín Kiernan does something a little unusual with her short story collections in that she organizes them intentionally around a common theme rather than just chronologically ie these are the stories I wrote in the past 5 years here you go This is a great way to skip right over the main problem people cite

  8. says:

    CRK is simply the best in her genre and one of the best humans writing in any genre The value of a collection of previously

  9. says:

    Caitlin R Kiernan’s new collection To Charles Fort With Love Subterranean Press 2005 is a collection of 13 brooding tal

  10. says:

    What to say besides that Caitlin R Kiernan is a fantastic author I first became aware of her work after reading the short story Onion published in an anthology edited by Ellen Datlow and Terri Windling Onion instantly cemented her rep

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