Showing posts with label quotes. Show all posts
Showing posts with label quotes. Show all posts

Thursday, March 18, 2021

John Crowley

I write in expectation that readers want to participate in a kind of two-sided game: They are trying to guess what I am up to - what the story's up to - and I'm giving them clues and matter to keep them interested without giving everything away at the start. Even the rules, if any, of the game are for the reader to discover. 
–John Crowley 

Wednesday, March 17, 2021

Not Spirits in the Ordinary Sense

 "It is neither decent nor safe to take from their resting places the bodies of old kings. The Egyptians knew much more about the occult than we do today. This must have been a peculiar element of an Egyptian curse.

The ancient Egyptians were very anxious to guard the tombs of their Kings, there is reason to believe that they placed elementals on guard, and such may have caused Lord Carnarvon’s death.

An evil elemental may have caused Lord Carnarvon’s fatal illness. One does not know what elementals existed in those days, nor what the form might be. 

These elementals are not spirits in the ordinary sense, in that they have no souls. 

An elemental is a built-up, artificial thing, an imbued force which may be brought into being by spirit means or by nature."

                     –Sir Arthur Conan Doyle on the strange death of Lord Carnarvon

Stephen Millhauser


Stories, like conjuring tricks, are invented because history is inadequate for our dreams.      –Steven Millhauser

Tuesday, March 16, 2021

Tom Stoppard

 “I don't think writers are sacred, but words are. They deserve respect. If you get the right ones in the right order, you might nudge the world a little or make a poem that children will speak for you when you are dead.”

― Tom Stoppard, The Real Thing

Monday, March 15, 2021

M. Vernet/Mr. Holmes


“My ancestors were country squires, who appear to have led much the same life as is natural to their class. But, none the less, my turn that way is in my veins, and may have come with my grandmother, who was the sister of Vernet, the French artist. Art in the blood is liable to take the strangest forms.”
--Sherlock Holmes, The Adventure of the Greek Interpreter

Friday, March 12, 2021

Ray Bradbury

 "I ran up and down the stairs, finding books and quotes to put in my "Fireman" novella. You can imagine how exciting it was to do a book about book burning in the very presence of the hundreds of my beloveds on the shelves. It was the perfect way to be creative; that's what the library does."

Booklist starred review

 Somehow I've managed to forget to post a link to Booklist's starred review.

"Suspense, resonant period ambience, vivid and memorable characters, masterful writing based loosely on Conan Doyle’s style, a multilayered plot with references to the works of George Bernard Shaw and Robert Louis Stevenson, and, most of all, Holmes and Watson in a story perfectly suited for them make for a gripping, hugely entertaining, and very satisfying read."

Wednesday, March 10, 2021

Ursula LeGuin

A favorite quote:

"The shadow is the other side of our psyche, the dark brother of the conscious mind. It is Cain, Caliban. Frankenstein's monster. Mr. Hyde. It is Vergil who guided Dante through hell, Gilgamesh's friend Enkidu, Frodo's enemy Gollum. It is the Doppelganger. It is Mowgli's Grey Brother; the werewolf; the wolf, the bear, the tiger of a thousand folktales; it is the serpent, Lucifer."

-- Ursula LeGuin