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The Nightside Codex Kindle Edition
There’s something fascinating about a book that was never written. It resists, for one, all the imperfections that inherently arise in language, all those insufficiently rendered thoughts and images that famously leave writers exasperated with their own work. Exasperated enough to inspire some, like Kafka, to advocate the wholesale burning of their oeuvre. Sometimes it’s worse. Imagine how many books out there never made it to print thanks to the gap between direct experience and these tiny scratches of ink we’re expected to render it by. A damned shame. One of the benefits of avoiding this insufficiency is that an unwritten book achieves exactly what it’s supposed to. Robert W. Chambers’ two-act play, “The King in Yellow,” drives its reader to madness. There’s no question of its power to do so. What horror writer wouldn’t want a taste of that? Luckily, the actual text is never allowed to interfere with Chambers’ unwritten masterpiece. That’s what makes it so fascinating—the burden of creation is thrown back into our own imaginations, letting us fill in the gaps with our own hidden madness. Barring the invention of some kind of live neuron mapping tech in the world of entertainment (you laugh, but just wait), nothing comes closer to a truly individualized media experience. No wonder writers as diverse and inventive as H.P. Lovecraft, Stanislaw Lem, and Jorge Luis Borges, to name a few better-known examples, are drawn to the unwritten manuscript. But that’s not entirely what this book is about. You’ll find more here than just the (un)written word in the classic sense—there’s musical scores, ancient glyphs, an autograph, and even an eBook. Worse, each extracts a terrible price from its reader. With the exception of Richard Thomas’ “In His House,” these stories aren’t additions to the lore of unwritten staples of horror and weird fiction. They are wholly fabricated media artifacts of each writer’s imagination, horrific in their nonexistence, dark heirs to the great and unreal Sutter Cane. We hope your imagination is a secure place since it’s there where the conjurations are soon to begin. We bid you luck on your descent into The Nightside Codex
- ASIN : B08DDJN9CG
- Publisher : Silent Motorist Media (August 24, 2020)
- Publication date : August 24, 2020
- Language : English
- File size : 552 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 316 pages
- Page numbers source ISBN : B08GFX5KTL
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #854,576 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Not that it’s limited to books and texts; just as this anthology includes poems and letters and journal entries as well as stories, their subjects expand to embrace haunting music of uncertain origin, ancient symbols, life-changing streetcorner leaflets, the wonderful world of the internet, and more. To be sure, though, there’s no shortage of hushed libraries, musty archives, academics, and rare manuscripts also represented.
Have to give special shout-out to Scott J. Couturier for “Monster of the Mind,” to which every writer who’s had a hatchet job review and every reviewer who’s had an angry author strike back can readily relate (being both, I certainly could!). Remember, folks, nothing good ever comes of being drawn into that revenge-fueled kind of drama!
With a TOC lineup featuring names like Nadia Bulkin, Stephen Graham Jones, Devora Gray, and K.A. Opperman, with settings ranging from familiar modern-day places to ancient caves to uncanny twists of time and reality themselves, as well as glimpses of past lives and possible futures, it just all goes to show that while, yeah, truth may be stranger than fiction, fiction can still get pretty darn strange!