Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Books to check out for Halloween Prt 1:

Before I continue I have to share this: http://www.npr.org/2013/10/20/236325245/first-listen-juana-molina-wed-21
What an unworldly and hypnotic album.

It's amazing how Molina layers her sounds and how the sounds themselves sound like they're coming from bizarre, alien creatures that Molina found or came to her just for this album.
Now the books:
  • Nightingale Songs by Simon Strantzas
  • North American Lake Monsters by Nathan Ballingrud
  • The Janus Tree and Other Stories by Glen Hirshberg
  • The Dark-Wine Sea by Robert Aickman
 I tie these books together because they all have something in common and that's the effects of supernatural. l LOVE the idea of ghost, the unknown, the paranormal and what they mean and how they interact with our lives. 
I come at this from a psychological point and I love to see how something that unknown invades us, our beliefs, emotions and lives. Think about a ghost interacting with us, that's just amazing to think about; there's something erotic, undefinable, grotesque about it, and the atmosphere it creates and the thrill of unreality which surrounds it. There's also something infinitely sad about a ghost existing and the power it holds on people and those who interact with one.

These books in one way or another deal with what I just said. As you read on, you start to realize you don't even know why these brushes with the supernatural are happening, the characters themselves don't know why, but that's how it is and we see what happens when we brush with such things.
Thinking about it more, there's a lot of sadness, loneliness and at times anger within these characters. Sometimes we see those powerful emotions bursting from them and sometimes they're underneath the skin getting ready to burst. And maybe that's why they're interacting with the supernatural; an entity that embodies all those emotions--sometimes singularly or all-together--needs something else to interact with and why not these people who are feeling the exact same thing they are.

These books aren't for those who want a visceral scare, these are
stories (most of them are) of subtle, disquieting and mysterious brushes with the supernatural. They linger in your mind and force you to digest and think about what has occurred. These are powerful books with powerful tales that us a lot about ourselves and what they tell us may not make us happy, they might even startle us but such emotions are needed to make us view our world and ourselves in a different light.

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