THE DEEP ONES: Autumn 2020 Discussion Schedule

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THE DEEP ONES: Autumn 2020 Discussion Schedule

Editat: set. 22, 2020, 1:12pm

7-Oct "Some Words with a Mummy" by Edgar Allan Poe (1850)
14-Oct "The Signal-Man" by Charles Dickens (1866)
21-Oct "The King That Was Not" by Lord Dunsany (1906)
28-Oct "The Horror of the Heights" by Arthur Conan Doyle (1913)
4-Nov "Unseen - Unfeared" by Francis Stevens (1919)
11-Nov "In the Penal Colony" by Franz Kafka (1919)
18-Nov "From Beyond" by H.P. Lovecraft (1920)
25-Nov "The Twelve Apostles" by Eleanor Scott (1929)
2-Dec "The Nameless Offspring" by Clark Ashton Smith (1932)
9-Dec "The Adventure of the Death-Fetch" by Darrell Schweitzer (2001)
16-Dec "Stone Cold Fever" by Joseph S. Pulver Sr. (2009)
23-Dec "What Brings the Void" by Will Murray (2010)
30-Dec "An Assignation" by Sean O'Brien (2012)

There were three and a half nominators and at least ten selectors. With only sixteen nominations, only three were excluded. One of these, the Tanith Lee story "Yellow and Red," was in a tie at the cutoff and will be an automatic nominee for the spring winter schedule. Top net vote was a tie between Clark Ashton Smith and Francis Stevens.

We've got a big historical gap in the "tradition" this time, with a leap from 1932 to 2001, compensated by a cluster around 1920.

set. 22, 2020, 12:26pm

The Lee will presumably be an automatic nominee for winter?

The gap is surely attributable to the dearth of freely available works from the 1940s to 1990s. Four new authors for me, I think, Stevens, Scott, Kafka, and O'Brien.

Thanks for keeping the wheels turning!

set. 22, 2020, 1:14pm

Yes, there's a "dark age" between the public-domain old material and the internet-era new releases.

set. 22, 2020, 1:18pm

In general, I'm impressed at the wealth of available material in this field. There's no sense of reaching the dregs. Our selections in this list seem as significant and as relevant to the "tradition" as the ones in our first year of readings.

set. 22, 2020, 9:14pm

>4 paradoxosalpha:

That's a good observation. I like a lot of genre fiction, but I don't know that there are as many, say, Space Opera stories out there worth reading as there are Weird. We are catholic when assigning qualifications, admittedly. Still it strikes me as a characteristic of the Weird that there's so much quality in such diversity.

set. 25, 2020, 8:53am

>1 paradoxosalpha:

That is an interesting breakdown of dates published. I'm ready!