THE DEEP ONES: Summer 2020 Planning Thread

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THE DEEP ONES: Summer 2020 Planning Thread

Editat: juny 5, 2020, 11:45pm

This thread is for nominations and voting on stories for inclusion in the July-September reads in this group. Please feel free to draw on the ongoing brainstorming thread for nominations, but don't limit yourself to items discussed there.

As in past rounds, any story that gets more "No" than "Yes" votes won't make the cut; otherwise they'll be prioritized according to net-yes-minus-no, and the final list will be in OPD sequence. Ties will be broken in favor of author and period variety.

To propose a story for voting, place the title and author between HTML-style angle-bracket tags. The open tag says vote (in brackets); the close tag says /vote (ditto). Multiple polls seem to need multiple posts. If you put the name of the author in double square brackets, it will make it a linked "touchstone" for the LT database, and first publication dates of nominated stories are appreciated. Also welcome are remarks about the story, the author, and your nomination motives, and/or a link to an online version.

You can see a sortable list of all previous discussions here. A persistent brainstorming thread is here. Nominations repeating old discussions will be disqualified, but revival of dormant discussion threads is always welcome. "That is not dead which can eternal lie," etc.

VOTING is scheduled to END on the Summer Solstice: Saturday, June 20.

Editat: juny 5, 2020, 11:49pm

Voteu: "The Sect of the Idiot" by Thomas Ligotti (1988)

Xifra actual: 9, No 2
Held over from the cutoff tie in last quarter's voting.
Widely anthologized. More explicitly engaged with yog-sothothery than the usual run of Ligotti's work, this story has accordingly been much reprinted under the Cthulhvian aegis.

juny 6, 2020, 2:26am

Voteu: H. P. Lovecraft, "The White Ship" (1919)

Xifra actual: 9, No 2
One of HPL's Dreamlands tales, whose setting was worked into "The Dream-Quest of Unknown Kadath". Available e.g. at Wikisource.

juny 6, 2020, 5:54pm

Voteu: "The Beautiful Gelreesh" by Jeffrey Ford (2003)

Xifra actual: 8, No 0, Indecís 1
The second tale by Ford to be found in The Weird: A Compendium of Strange and Dark Stories.

juny 6, 2020, 5:59pm

Voteu: "The Button Molder" by Fritz Leiber (1979)

Xifra actual: 7, No 1, Indecís 2
A masterful and deeply autobiographical weird tale from late in the author's career.

juny 6, 2020, 6:07pm

Voteu: "What Brings the Void" by Will Murray (2010)

Xifra actual: 6, No 0, Indecís 1
Lovecraftian tale found in the Cthulhu's Reign anthology.

Editat: juny 6, 2020, 6:12pm

Voteu: "Vastation" by Laird Barron (2010)

Xifra actual: 8, No 0, Indecís 1
Cosmic horror by Barron. Found in Cthulhu's Reign and The Beautiful Thing That Awaits Us All

juny 6, 2020, 6:20pm

Voteu: "The History of the Young Man With Spectacles" by Arthur Machen (1895)

Xifra actual: 9, No 0
Found in The Three Imposters.

Editat: juny 7, 2020, 12:51am

Voteu: "Violence, the Child of Trust" by Michael Cisco (2010)

Xifra actual: 1, No 5, Indecís 2
Published in Black Wings of Cthulhu, where editor S.T. Joshi characterizes it as a "tale of psychological terror" (9).

Editat: juny 7, 2020, 1:00am

Voteu: "The Demoniac Goat" by M.P. Dare (1947)

Xifra actual: 9, No 0
Characterized by Robert M. Price as an "antiquarian ghost story" in the Jamesian mode.
Variously anthologized and available online.

juny 7, 2020, 3:45am

>8 KentonSem:

The entirety of The Three Impostors is online at Wikisource.

juny 7, 2020, 11:36am

Voteu: "The Wandering Train" by Stefan Grabinski (1919)

Xifra actual: 9, No 0
Available online at Diabolique magazine or in various editions of the collection The Motion Demon.

Editat: juny 7, 2020, 11:44am

Voteu: "An Assignation" by Sean O'Brien (2012)

Xifra actual: 7, No 1
Available online here and in his collection The Silence Room.

Sean O'Brien is professor of creative writing at Newcastle University. Among his publications are a book of short stories, The Silence Room, a novel, Afterlife, and seven collections of poetry, including The Drowned Book, which won both the Forward and TS Eliot Prizes.

Editat: juny 7, 2020, 1:37pm

Voteu: "The Trains" by Robert Aickman (1951)

Xifra actual: 7, No 2, Indecís 1
An unsettling tale of gothic menace found in several Aickman collections and in The Fontana Book of Great Ghost Stories

Editat: juny 12, 2020, 2:39pm

Voteu: "The Seeds from the Mountains of Madness" by Brian Stableford (2012)

Xifra actual: 3, No 3, Indecís 2
In my judgement, this is a weirder tale than "The Truth About Pickman" which we just read. The downside is that it was only published in The Legacy of Erich Zann and Other Tales of the Cthulhu Mythos.

For those who are interested in polar exploration, Captain Oates is a major character.

Editat: juny 13, 2020, 10:52pm


juny 13, 2020, 3:12pm

>16 KentonSem:

I could have sworn we'd done "The Horla", but apparently not.

Seems like a long time since we did anything by Dunsany, so let's nominate something:

Voteu: Lord Dunsany, "Poltarnees, Beholder of Ocean" (1910)

Xifra actual: 7, No 0
A story of the lure of the sea. Put me in mind of the sea-yearning apt to befall Tolkien's elves when I first read it years ago. Online e.g. here.

juny 13, 2020, 3:30pm

And for something a little more out of the usual run of things:

Voteu: Théophile Gautier, "Le Pied de momie" (1840)

Xifra actual: 8, No 0, Indecís 1
The title means "The foot of the mummy". A story that might be considered horror in form but not content. Definitely strange, though. English translation by Lefcadio Hearn here.

Editat: juny 13, 2020, 4:07pm

Voteu: "The Dead Remember", Robert E. Howard (1936)

Xifra actual: 6, No 3
I've been trying to find a weird western that's widely available. This may fit the bill since it's been widely anthologized.

There's is an online version at

Editat: juny 13, 2020, 8:44pm

>17 AndreasJ:

I really thought we had read "The Horla" as well, perhaps it was alluded to in one of our discussions of another story.

Wait, here's our dormant thread:

There appear to be three variants of this story, one called "Letter from a Madman".

Editat: juny 14, 2020, 11:19am

>17 AndreasJ:, >20 elenchus:

Huh. Good memories/detective work! Doesn't show up on the discussions list, which is what I checked before nominating. Adding it now. Nomination withdrawn!

juny 14, 2020, 11:18am

Voteu: "The Hand" by Guy de Maupassant (1883)

Xifra actual: 8, No 0, Indecís 1
Well-anthologized and available online:

Editat: juny 16, 2020, 9:49am

Voteu: Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu, "Green Tea" (1869)

Xifra actual: 10, No 0
Dr Hesselius, the occult detective mentioned in the frame to "Carmilla" which we read back in '17, investigates a clergyman who is being tormented by a pithecine demon. Widely anthologized and online e.g. here.

juny 16, 2020, 4:18pm

Voteu: "Erbach's Emporium of Automata" by D. P. Watt (2014)

Xifra actual: 7, No 0, Indecís 1
A regular in British small-press publications for some years now, D. P. Watt had this story reprinted in (at?) Weird Fiction Review in 2014.

juny 16, 2020, 4:24pm

>24 housefulofpaper:

I'm vaguely recalling a mention of this name in the group, perhaps associated with a Dr Who story?

In any case, I scrolled through the LT author page and decided I like the titles of works listed there. Pieces for Puppets and Other Cadavers, Almost Insentient, Almost Divine, and so on.

juny 16, 2020, 5:13pm

>25 elenchus:

It's not ringing any bells...apart from Dr Watt (Kenneth Williams) claiming to be a relative in Carry on Screaming :)

juny 16, 2020, 5:27pm

Voteu: "The White Hands" by Mark Samuels

Xifra actual: 8, No 0, Indecís 2
Another British author, this story is anthologised in The Weird.

juny 19, 2020, 7:55pm

Time for last-minute voting! I'll tally tomorrow morning.

juny 20, 2020, 3:27pm

Sorry I'm late! I've got the votes and I'll post results momentarily in a schedule thread.