THE DEEP ONES: "What Brings the Void" by Will Murray

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THE DEEP ONES: "What Brings the Void" by Will Murray

Editat: des. 20, 2020, 2:36pm

Wow! I didn't make the connection between the Will Murray in Cthulhu's Reign and the Will Murray of King Kong vs. Tarzan, a bunch of 90's numbers of The Destroyer, and so much more!

des. 21, 2020, 12:46pm

With no online option, I'll be lurking.

des. 21, 2020, 1:29pm

Just dug my copy of Cthulhu's Reign out of the back-shelving.

Editat: des. 21, 2020, 5:09pm

From that article on Murray linked in the OP:

He also trains people to become "super psychics", including "How to become a Tarot Tiger." Murray has been described as "A professional psychic and medium with over 10 years experience." His own training includes six years at a Spiritualist Church, and four years with former Star Gate Remote Viewer and author of Psychic Warrior, David Morehouse.

Goodness me.

des. 22, 2020, 4:29pm

I did what I rarely do and bought Cthulhu's Reign for this story. The e-book was cheap and I figure it may come in handy in the future.

(Assuming there is one. It would seem par for the course for 2020 if the Great Old Ones actually did return this week.)

des. 22, 2020, 6:01pm

I'm thinking about finally springing for a copy of The Weird for next quarter. I used to circulate it from my local library, and then I moved to a place where they didn't have a copy on the shelves.

Cthulhu's Reign is a really good collection, inadequately dignified by the mmpb format.

des. 22, 2020, 7:35pm

>6 AndreasJ:
>7 paradoxosalpha:
It's my fave Lovecraftian anthology. I like the post-return of the Old Ones theme and some of the stories are really bleak. As they should be! Digging it out now.

Editat: des. 22, 2020, 11:59pm

>7 paradoxosalpha:

I'm pleased I finally did it. It's an oversized paperback, so also not terribly dignified but it's reader-friendly and wasn't too dear after online purchase.

des. 23, 2020, 10:14am

By coincidence, I'm reading Neal Stephenson's Seveneves, which basically begins with the moon exploding and the earth dying. No mention of The Black Goat of the Woods with a Thousand Young in his book so far, though. I was also a bit surprised at how much the Remote Seeing protagonist and the bureaucratic hierarchy over his division was kind of like a humorless mirror image of a Laundry Files tale. I like what Murray does here, though. The sense of dread and hopelessness/helplessness is oppressive. Scenes like the one with the girl jumping into the black hole because it seems like a better alternative are pretty horrifying. HPL would have liked the trick ending.

Editat: des. 23, 2020, 10:49am

I enjoyed this story more on this re-read because I happened to watch The Men Who Stare at Goats last month. When I first read it, the idea of souls being devoured was pretty un-horrifying, like, "Will they also devour my auto insurance?" (I don't own a car.) But with the scaffolding of the movie I was better able to understand the narrator's mentality and how important his soul was to him.

The general outlines of the CASE NIGHTMARE GREEN X-Day here were pretty vanilla, and the Yog-Sothothery was almost discouragingly orthodox. The "food line" going to be eaten was Damon Knight's "To Serve Man" gag (famously cum Twilight Zone #89), and as soon as I read it, I started picturing the scene as though it were animated on The Simpsons!

des. 23, 2020, 11:41am

This is in many ways very different from the one other Murray story I've, read, "The Arcade" (which we discussed back in 2018), but there's also a strong similarity in the concern with souls. I don't believe in a soul separable from the body, but I'm close enough to my Christian upbringing to understand the horror.

I didn't quite understand the shrub-Shub confusion in a conversation supposedly conducted conceptually rather than linguistically.

Overall I thought it was decent, not great, but I don't feel the time spent reading it was wasted either.

gen. 2, 4:22pm

>5 paradoxosalpha: I would have thought he was too busy writing to be a psychic too. I certainly didn't know that about his bio.

Yes, it does have some memorable incidents like the food line, and I liked this even better on a second reading. I liked the astronomical aspects, the bleak description of the world, and some elements of the government were still bothering to carry on.

The story, incidentally, is sort of a sequel to Murray's "The Sothis Radiant" in Miskatonic University. Both have characters working for the NRO and, of course, we get more on the Sothis Radiant and its discovery in 1890s. It's the best story in that anthology and probably a work for a future Deep Ones discussion.

gen. 15, 8:16am

>12 AndreasJ:

Actually, I've read at least one further Murray story - "Evacuation Day", in Worlds of Cthulhu. I was somewhat underwhelmed, penning "okay I guess" in the review.