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Ich may exist beyond psychology and the forbidden places which will never be located in any orthodox glo Caitlin R Kiernan’s new collection To Charles Fort With Love Subterranean Press 2005 is a collection of 13 brooding tales about the darker mysteries of life told with a lyrical intensity and a love of all things fortean This collection is indebted to Lovecraft and Charles Fort in ways that made me very happy to be reading them An excellent collection that makes me want to go and find her novels and give them a try I wouldn't call it horror its in the stream of fabulists like Powers or Crowley Lost Innocence psychology and the forbidden Woman of Iron places which will never be located in any orthodox glo Caitlin R Kiernan’s new collection To Charles Fort With Love Subterranean Press 2005 is a collection of 13 brooding tales about the darker mysteries of life told with a lyrical intensity and a love of all things fortean This collection is indebted to Lovecraft and Charles Fort in ways that made me very happy to be reading them An excellent collection that makes me want to go and find her novels and give them a try I wouldn't call it horror its in the stream of fabulists like Powers or Crowley

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To Charles Fort with Love

To Charles Fort with Love is award winning fantasist Caitlín R Kiernan's third collection of short fict WOW Caitlin Kiernan is amazing and brilliant every time I read another book of hers I'm just and impressed I think one aspect I love most is the amazing worldbuilding It's different than the usual way I think of worldbuilding in fantasy hers is slower and intricate threads of ideas winding through all of her work The connections built between characters throughout all of her short stories and novels give a really deep sense of history that just gets deeper the you read It's exhilaratingMy favorite stories here were La Peau Verte and Andromeda Among The Stones Both of these are among the longer in the collection and I think I loved them so much because their length just let me feel lost in reading them Both of these stories really exemplify something of what Kiernan's so great at too leading you right to the edge between worlds building up an amazingly creepy tension and then just leaving you there It's incredibly satisfying and unsatisfying at the same time and I mean that in a good way Plus she's so freaking smart and it shows Fantastic book from an author I just keep loving and

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Ion a haunting parade of the terrible things which may lie beyond the boundaries of science the minds wh 35 Excluding La Mer des Rêves and The Road of Pins I highly enjoyed all the stories in this collection Standing Water with it's subtle creeping dreed and Onion with it's dark and clever take on a familiar story trope were among my favorites but I could imagine most of this stories would adapt well to film Seasons in the Sun parade of the terrible things which may lie beyond the boundaries of science the minds wh 35 Excluding La Mer des Rêves and The Road of Pins I highly enjoyed all the stories in this collection Standing Water with it's subtle creeping dreed and Onion with it's dark and clever take on a familiar story trope were among my favorites but I could imagine most of this stories would adapt well to film


10 thoughts on “To Charles Fort with Love

  1. says:

    Very interesting and creepy set of stories Some connect to one another some to her novels and some are stand alone or connect to something I haven't read yet Also entertaining are the author's notes about the contexts of writing and publication which are sometimes erudite and other times bitchy Eg So and so rejected this story I got a prize for it the following yearBe aware going into that this really is horror most stories will not end happily and the collection ends on a strongly sad note


  2. says:

    WOW Caitlin Kiernan is amazing and brilliant every time I read another book of hers I'm just and impressed I think one aspect I love most is the amazing worldbuilding It's different than the usual way I think of worldbuilding in fantasy hers is slower and intricate threads of ideas winding through all of her work The connections built between characters throughout all of her short stories and novels give a really deep sense of history that just gets deeper the you read It's exhilaratingMy favorite stories here were La Peau Verte and Andromeda Among The Stones Both of these are among the longer in the collection and I think I loved them so much because their length just let me feel lost in reading them Both of these stories really exemplify something of what Kiernan's so great at too leading you right to the edge between worlds building up an amazingly creepy tension and then just leaving you there It's incredibly satisfying and unsatisfying at the same time and I mean that in a good way Plus she's so freaking smart and it shows Fantastic book from an author I just keep loving and


  3. says:

    It's probably not fair to only give this three stars when my only real issue with it is that I don't particularly care for horror There's some really fantastic imagery and tight little portraits of characters that make these short stories very neatly done and if you're into Lovecraft or a creeping sense of unease then I'd definitely pass these alongI found them a little light on actual plot to my taste several of them came across like paintings than stories which is not what I'm generally looking for There are definitely some seeds of neat ideas though and on most of those the end notes indicate that one of her novels ended up based around the storyUltimately I'm glad I picked it up but I think I'm going to stick with her novels in general


  4. says:

    Kiernan nicely characterizes the spirit of this collection in the afterword to “Nor the Demons Down Under the Sea” where she writesThis is one of those stories which takes very seriously my belief that dark fiction dealing with inexplicable should itself present to the reader a certain inexplicability It’s not about resolution nor understanding but that brief disturbing contact which usually characterizes actual paranormal encounters p 232Recommended


  5. says:

    35 Excluding La Mer des Rêves and The Road of Pins I highly enjoyed all the stories in this collection Standing Water with it's subtle creeping dreed and Onion with it's dark and clever take on a familiar story trope were among my favorites but I could imagine most of this stories would adapt well to film


  6. says:

    One of the most darkly beautiful and spellbinding collections I have ever read Absolutely fantastic


  7. says:

    Caitlín Kiernan does something a little unusual with her short story collections in that she organizes them intentionally around a common theme rather than just chronologically ie these are the stories I wrote in the past 5 years here you go This is a great way to skip right over the main problem people cite with short collections the hit or miss factor Even the most omnivorous egalitarian readers have their personal taste and not all the short stories in a given collection will be for everyone Dedicated as it is to Charles Fort this collection is a celebration of his I take it not yet having read his stuff obsession with the inexplicable things that hover on the edge of our awareness and defy explanation One of my favorite things about Kiernan's writing is that she adroitly avoids explanations of any kind rational or supernatural alike she glories in the truly unknown That's what these stories have in common This is an approach that is most definitely not for everyone It's an approach readers of weird fiction are undoubtedly familiar with yet for me Kiernan's style is a bit different from a lot of other weird fiction in that she uses details sparingly but to great effect She mines character deeply and sensitively but minimalistically She uses atmosphere well and wisely never losing you in it for the sake of a pretty turn of phrase though there are many in these pages An excellent example is the middle entry in the Dandridge cycle Nor the Demons Down Under the Sea It's truly effective horror in which very little actually happens It operates on suggestion and unease the building horror springing organically from the tension between two characters The horror comes from their disconnect their lack of understanding not only of each other but of the situation they stumble into There is also a great device that foreshadows one of my favorite passages in The Red Tree the funhouse stretching of space and time that seemingly traps you in a given geography unable to get any closer to your destination Nearly half of these stories are also collected in the first comprehensive volume of her short fiction and are some of my all time favorites Onion The Road of Pins and La Peau Verte are stories I rave about to people who don't read horror or fantasy or whatever genre you'd call this at all because I think these stories could convert them Or because I just want them to have that experience of reading something in daylight laughing because it's so ephemeral who could ever find that scary? and then being up all night nervously checking your hallway for spectral dogs


  8. says:

    CRK is simply the best in her genre and one of the best humans writing in any genre The value of a collection of previously published short stories gathered around a theme and devoted to one of her primary inspirations is that I the obsessive fan don't have to hunt all over to find these great short works I'm not that obsessive that i would hunt down all the periodicals and anthologies in which they originally appeared but who knows I may do that anyway The joyful plus of this volume is that the author comments on each story after you have read it and this gives sometimes fascinating insight into Ms Kiernan's thought processes both currently and at the time she wrote it Don't ask me to pick a favorite but many of these stories and cycles are worth the price of admission in and of themselves A wonderful addition for collector's like me


  9. says:

    Caitlin R Kiernan’s new collection To Charles Fort With Love Subterranean Press 2005 is a collection of 13 brooding tales about the darker mysteries of life told with a lyrical intensity and a love of all things fortean This collection is indebted to Lovecraft and Charles Fort in ways that made me very happy to be reading them An excellent collection that makes me want to go and find her novels and give them a try I wouldn't call it horror its in the stream of fabulists like Powers or Crowley


  10. says:

    What to say besides that Caitlin R Kiernan is a fantastic author I first became aware of her work after reading the short story Onion published in an anthology edited by Ellen Datlow and Terri Windling Onion instantly cemented her reputation as a top notch writer This collection is on the same par and each page of it is a treasure