THE DEEP ONES: Autumn 2020 Planning Thread

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THE DEEP ONES: Autumn 2020 Planning Thread

set. 3, 2020, 10:42am

This thread is for nominations and voting on stories for inclusion in the October-December 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 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 Autumn Equinox: Tuesday, September 22.

set. 3, 2020, 11:05am

Voteu: "Some Words With a Mummy" by Edgar Allan Poe (1850)

Xifra actual: 8, No 0
A reply of sorts to the Gautier mummy story we read not long ago. Available online at

Editat: set. 3, 2020, 11:22am

Voteu: "Unseen - Unfeared" by Francis Stevens (1919)

Xifra actual: 9, No 0, Indecís 1
Weird tale included in the excellent new collection Women's Weird: Strange Stories by Women. Also in The Weird: A Compendium of Strange and Dark Stories and found online at

set. 3, 2020, 11:14am

Voteu: "The Accursed Inhabitants of the House of Bly" by Joyce Carol Oates (1992)

Xifra actual: 5, No 3
JCO's intriguing prequel to The Turn of the Screw. Available online at:

Editat: set. 3, 2020, 11:22am

Voteu: "The Twelve Apostles by Eleanor Scott (1929)

Xifra actual: 5, No 2, Indecís 2
Found in Women's Weird: Strange Stories by Women. Scott confidently utilizes themes that will be familiar to readers of M.R. James.

set. 3, 2020, 11:33am

Voteu: "From Beyond" by H.P. Lovecraft (1920)

Xifra actual: 8, No 0
Well-anthologized and found online at:

set. 3, 2020, 11:36am

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

Xifra actual: 5, No 1, Indecís 1
Held over from the summer cutoff tie.
KentonSem says: Lovecraftian tale found in the Cthulhu's Reign anthology.

Editat: set. 3, 2020, 11:43am

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

Xifra actual: 7, No 1
Held over from the summer cutoff tie.
elenchus says: 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.

set. 4, 2020, 12:32am

Voteu: Arthur Conan Doyle, "The Horror of the Heights" (1913)

Xifra actual: 8, No 1
Cryptozoological horror, I guess you could call it. Online here.

Editat: set. 4, 2020, 12:41am

Voteu: Joseph S. Pulver Sr, "Stone Cold Fever" (2009)

Xifra actual: 7, No 1
As I noted in the brainstorming thread, Pulver died earlier this year, so I thought we should do one of his stories. The past returns to haunt our narrator. Online here.

set. 4, 2020, 2:51am

Voteu: Darrell Schweitzer, "The Adventure of the Death-Fetch" (2001)

Xifra actual: 9, No 1
Weird Holmesiana, online here.

set. 11, 2020, 1:32am

Voteu: Charles Dickens, "The Signal-Man" (1866)

Xifra actual: 8, No 1
This was mentioned by housefulofpaper in the brainstorming thread; since he hasn't gotten around to nominating it here yet, I thought I'd take the liberty of doing so lest it's forgotten. A ghost story set on the railways, one might consider it a thematic follow-up to Summer's "The Wandering Train".

set. 12, 2020, 10:24am

>12 AndreasJ:
Thank you for doing that. Real life got in the way of the important stuff :)

set. 16, 2020, 3:25pm

Voteu: "The Nameless Offspring" by Clark Ashton Smith (1932)

Xifra actual: 9, No 0
A tale with an epigram from The Necronomicon, which CAS told HPL had been inspired by Machen's Great God Pan. Often collected, and available online.

Editat: set. 16, 2020, 5:51pm

>14 paradoxosalpha:

good choice, a real gem from smith nobody seems to talk about

set. 16, 2020, 8:58pm

Voteu: "The Recurring Doom" by S. T. Joshi (1980)

Xifra actual: 5, No 3
An early story by Joshi, variously collected and available online in a digital facsimile of its first publication.

set. 21, 2020, 12:57am

We seem to have a bit of a dearth of nominations, so I thought I'd throw in a couple late ones.

Voteu: Lord Dunsany, "The King That Was Not" (1906)

Xifra actual: 8, No 0
Referenced in Lovecraft's The Case of Charles Dexter War which we did last spring. Online e.g. here.

(I note incidentally that Dunsany's "The Men of Yarnith" seems to be misisng from the list of previous discussions: we did it in Winter '14.)

Editat: set. 21, 2020, 2:01am

Voteu: Tanith Lee, "Yellow and Red" (1998)

Xifra actual: 6, No 1, Indecís 1
The protagonist inherits a creepy old house. Not online that I can find in a hurry, but included in The Weird.

Editat: set. 21, 2020, 2:01am

Voteu: Franz Kafka, "In the Penal Colony" (1919)

Xifra actual: 9, No 0
I've never read Kafka, which should perhaps be rectified. This one is in The Weird and available online.

set. 22, 2020, 12:13am

I'll add up the votes in the morning, so please make sure you've voted for all the ones that you want to.

set. 22, 2020, 12:46am

In case it changes anyones vote, I was remiss in not pointing out that "The Signal-Man" is available online.

set. 22, 2020, 11:35am

I've captured the vote totals, and I'll post results soon.

set. 25, 2020, 9:03am

>17 AndreasJ:

Added Yarnith to the file. Which reminds me...

set. 25, 2020, 9:16am

S'ha suprimit aquest usuari en ser considerat brossa.

set. 26, 2020, 1:19pm

>23 KentonSem:

As I was saying...