Franklin J. Stanwood Moonlight Marine, 1881
I’m getting caught up on the new season of Gravity Falls, and this shot from the latest episode (they’re at the library) made me laugh until I wheezed.
The City of Norilsk photos by Elena Chernyshova
Norilsk in Krasnoyarsk Krai, Russia, is the world’s northernmost city, experiencing an average annual temperature of 15F/-9C and covered in snow for approximately 275 days out of each year. 175,000+ residents call this frigid cradle in the Arctic Circle home.
Hey, I'm on the lookout for horror book recommendations. You seem like the most bestest person to ask. Something written in the last few decades, creepy, that kind of thing. I recently read a novel called The Supernatural Enhancements, don't know if you've read it, it's really good with some creepy bits (although not really a horror, it turns out). I loved The Little Stranger and House of Leaves, so if you know those and can recommend something similar, I'd be most grateful! — fuiru
Hmm, I haven’t actually read a lot of horror lately (I loved The Little Stranger, though, and I’ll have to check out The Supernatural Enhancements), but:
-Michel Faber’s Under The Skin is technically sci-fi, but it’s one of the most disturbing books I’ve ever read—I actually felt unwell for a while after finishing it, and in this case, that serves as a glowing review.
-I know I just posted about Tana French, but both In The Woods and Broken Harbor have hints of supernatural elements that are very creepy (and all her books are SO GOOD, even the ones that are more straightforward mysteries—those two are definitely my favorite, though).
-I’ve heard Joe Hill’s stuff is good, but haven’t read any of it yet. Simone St. James’ stuff is great if you don’t mind a bit of a romance novel element. Sorry I’m not being much help! This is actually a genre I’d like more recs for, too, because it’s hard to find stuff that hits the sweet spot between scary and silly.
Anybody else have any good horror recs?
I’ve never been much for the artificial divide between “literary” fiction and “genre” fiction. You still occasionally get the tired old clichés about genre fiction being badly written and full of one-dimensional characters, and literary fiction being plotless and meandering, but that’s more and more obviously silliness. That perceived genre barrier is disintegrating, and I love that. I’ve never seen why audiences should be expected to be satisfied with either gripping plots or good writing. Why shouldn’t they be offered both at once? Whether I actually manage to offer them both (or either) is a whole other question – but that’s what I’m aiming for.
Maurice Sapiro aka Maurice L. Sapiro (b. 1932, NJ, USA) - Moonglow, 2014 Paintings: Oil
Saying goodbye to summer.