THE DEEP ONES: Winter 2021 Planning Thread

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THE DEEP ONES: Winter 2021 Planning Thread

des. 6, 2020, 1:50pm

This thread is for nominations and voting on stories for inclusion in the January-March 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.

A useful resource for general bibliography info including OPD and inclusion in collections is ISFDB.

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 Winter Solstice: Monday, December 21.

des. 6, 2020, 2:48pm

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

Xifra actual: 9, No 0
Carried over from the cutoff tie for autumn. AndreasJ writes: The protagonist inherits a creepy old house. Not online that I can find in a hurry, but included in The Weird.

des. 7, 2020, 10:59pm

Voteu: "The Letters of Cold Fire" (1944) by Manly Wade Wellman

Xifra actual: 7, No 1
A John Thunstone story variously collected, including in Price's Acolytes of Cthulhu.
Online in a Google books version of the Price anthology as well as a transcript of the Weird Tales debut.

The WT editor provides this tease in the TOC: "A strange solitary education — once a day a hand shaggy with dark hair thrusts in food to the scholar."

des. 8, 2020, 2:57am

Voteu: Darrell Schweitzer, "The Dead Kid" (2002)

Xifra actual: 9, No 0, Indecís 1
Zombie tale inspired by a real missing-person case. Online here.

des. 8, 2020, 5:44pm

Voteu: "Mr. Justice Harbottle" (1872) by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

Xifra actual: 10, No 0, Indecís 2
Well anthologized Victorian era tale by the author of "Carmilla". Also found online (each of the nine chapters is very short) at

Editat: des. 8, 2020, 5:54pm

Voteu: "My Dear Emily" (1962) by Joanna Russ

Xifra actual: 7, No 2, Indecís 1
Hartwell's The Dark Descent says it is "One of the finest vampire stories since Carmilla".

Editat: des. 10, 2020, 11:15am

Voteu: H. P. Lovecraft, "Polaris" (1920)

Xifra actual: 9, No 0, Indecís 1
Our narrator dreams - recalls? - an ancient city of one precessional cycle ago and a former life there.

Online a Wikisource.

des. 16, 2020, 6:36pm

Voteu: "The Lusitania Waits", by Alfred Noyes (1918)

Xifra actual: 7, No 0
Noyes is best known for his poem "The Highwayman", but he wrote a few ghost stories.

This one was published in 1918's Walking Shadows which is available at Project Gutenberg.

des. 16, 2020, 7:47pm

Voteu: "The Colossus of Ylourgne" (1934) by Clark Ashton Smith

Xifra actual: 7, No 0
A story of Averoigne, often collected and available online.

des. 16, 2020, 7:52pm

Voteu: "The Mine on Yuggoth" (1964) by Ramsey Campbell

Xifra actual: 7, No 1
An early piece of Yog-Sothothery from Campbell, first published by August Derleth at Arkham House in a decade that often escapes our attention.

Editat: des. 16, 2020, 8:18pm

Voteu: "The Warder of Knowledge" (1992) by Richard F. Searight

Xifra actual: 7, No 0
First published posthumously in Price's Tales of the Lovecraft Mythos, this story had been read by HPL in manuscript. It has since been republished in The Yith Cycle and Those Dreadful Eltdown Shards. There is what looks to be a Russian-hosted pirate version online.

des. 16, 2020, 8:27pm

Voteu: "The Sign of the Beast" (2018) by Joyce Carol Oates

Xifra actual: 6, No 2
A tale of a teenage boy named Howard. First published in Night-Gaunts and now also available as a "Kindle Single" e-book.

des. 17, 2020, 10:54pm

Voteu: "The Inmost Light" (1894) by Arthur Machen

Xifra actual: 8, No 0
Early weird Machen, collected like crazy, and available online here among other places.

des. 19, 2020, 7:47pm

Voteu: "The Black Dog" (1892) by Stephen Crane

Xifra actual: 5, No 1
Suggested by elenchus in the brainstorming thread. A parody of ghost stories, and more specifically (in the view of some readers) a spoof of Ambrose Bierce’s tales of horror.

PDF link:

Editat: des. 20, 2020, 2:28pm

"Stone Cold Fever" (2009) by Joseph S. Pulver

>17 Oops!

Editat: des. 19, 2020, 8:52pm

Since we have so few nominees right now, a late nomination isn't hopeless!

I'll be tallying the votes on Monday.

des. 19, 2020, 11:27pm

>15 paradoxosalpha:

That one is actually this week's read! At least, according to the posted schedule...

des. 20, 2020, 2:59am

Let's throw in a couple more stories from The Weird:

Voteu: Angela Carter, "The Snow Pavilion" (1995)

Xifra actual: 9, No 0
Apparently published posthumously (Carter died in 1992), I haven't read this, but the Vandermeers characterize it as "perhaps the most evocative expression of the weird in her short fiction".

des. 20, 2020, 3:02am

Voteu: Georg Heym, "The Dissection" (1913)

Xifra actual: 8, No 0
A very short story named as a personal favorite by Thomas Ligotti.

des. 21, 2020, 12:45pm

>14 paradoxosalpha:

Thanks for carrying that nomination over! The holidays do tend to disrupt ....

des. 21, 2020, 4:22pm

Totting up now.