Archive for Edgar Allan Poe

Richard Gavin

Posted in Recommendation with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on November 25, 2009 by scottsplatter

I recently finished Omens (published by  Mythos Books )  by Richard Gavin, and wanted to sound the horn for him.  The 12 stories here showcase a diverse and peculiar dread. Gavin has some great ideas  and his command of language and tone made this a quite enjoyable.

His work has been compared to such shambling giants of the macabre as H.P. Lovecraft,  and Edgar Allan Poe and Thomas Ligotti and Omens deserves such comparisons. It’s not as nihilistic as Ligotti, or as cosmic as Lovecraft. Of the three, I’d place it closest to Poe. The pervasive creep factor that each of those writers possess is present in Richard Gavin.  His imagination is impressive and unique, and he does a really nice job of overlaying that strange darkness into a modern setting.

I’m always looking for more writers that capture this side of horror. The current crop of writers that are making waves seem more straight forward. That is not to say they are unskilled or not to be enjoyed.  I have just always favored more obscure tales of secrets, nightmares, and oddities and Gavin impressed me.

He has a brand new collection entitled The Darkly Splendid Realm (published by Dark Regions) that I’m anxious to get my hands on. The introduction was written by Laird Barron (who I swear I will do a post on one of these days). It was Barron’s involvement that brought Richard Gavin’s name to my attention and I’m grateful for it.

http://www.richardgavin.net/

Nevermore

Posted in Recommendation with tags , , , , , , on August 18, 2009 by scottsplatter

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Jeffrey Combs is finishing up a theatre run as Edgar Allan Poe in LA this month. From what I understand the show was extended through the end of August despite what the poster says.  You can read more about it here.

Combs also played Poe in Stuart Gordon’s adaptation of “The Black Cat” for the Master’s of Horror series. As you can see from the poster (which I would love to find a copy of) the resemblance is spooky.

I really hope they take this show on some sort of tour, it would be magnificent to see.

And while we are here, how about an excerpt of “The Black Cat”? It is curiously animated to give the impression Poe is talking.

also while we are here, we happen to have a black cat named Nevermore. He looks like this sometimes…

If you are interested, Jeffrey Combs also played H.P. Lovecraft in “Necronomicon.”  I should  also mention his bit part in the adaptation of Poe’s “The Pit And The Pendulum” starring Lance Henriksen, also directed by Stuart Gordon.

I was trying to babble long enough to get the text to the bottom of this picture and I think I have done it. Huzah!