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M.R. James

M. R. James On Reticence

Reticence may be an elderly doctrine to preach, yet from the artistic point of view I am sure it is a sound one. Reticence conduces to effect, blatancy ruins it.

M.R. James, “Some Remarks on Ghost Stories”

In the Halloween edition of the Friday Link Pack I linked to a fantastic article that explored the influence M. R. James had on the work H. P. Lovecraft. Ever since that article I have been exploring Mr. James’ work, and this quote stuck out to me. I wanted to share.

Okay, back to writing. Good luck with your own creative endeavors!

Friday Link Pack 12/06/13

Syd Mead Blade Runner Concept Art
Syd Mead Blade Runner Concept Art

It’s time to share a few interesting links I have found throughout the week. Some of these I mention on Twitter, if you’re not already following me there, please do! Have any suggestions, let me know.

Writing:

12 Real Life Inventions That Science Fiction is Neglecting at its Peril
One of my favorite bloggers, Charlie Jane Anders, compiles a list of real life inventions that has been neglected by modern science fiction. If you’re looking for some inspiration for your own project look no further. There’s a lot here.

The Stars Were Right trade paperbacks are available!
As of yesterday my book The Stars Were Right is now available as a trade paperback from Amazon! Nab it today! It makes a great gift! To celebrate I also discounted the Kindle edition to $0.99 for the rest of the week. You can’t even buy a decent cup of coffee for a buck these days.

The Stars Were Right Giveaway!
Now through January 5th you can enter to win a copy of The Stars Were Right on Goodreads. It’s as simple as following the link and clicking “Enter to Win!” Tell your friends (or don’t and give yourself a better chance at winning.)

Learning to Write
Hugh Howey offers some frank and simple advice on what it takes to write.

Art:

Syd Mead’s Bladerunner Concept Art
Some of the coolest concept art you’ll see. Ever. Really. I promise.

Wars on Kinkade
One part painter of light, one part dark side. DeviantArt artist Jeff Bennett merges Star Wars and Tomas Kinkade paintings into fantastic (and amusing) pieces.

Random:

The National x Bob’s Burgers – Sailors in Your Mouth
Two of my favorite things combine to create an amazing Thanksgiving song for the 2nd year in a row. If you missed “Thanksgiving Song” from last year make sure you listen to it as well.

Getting Lost on North Brother Island
Situated between the Bronx and Riker’s Island, New York lies a small bird sanctuary that was once the site of a hospital. After 40+ years of abandonment the result are some amazing (and creepy) pictures.

Lovecraft Story of the Week:

The Beast in the Cave
A lost man. A dark cave. A potential threat.

Farewell Gif(s) of the Week:

This is basically what dinosaurs looked like. Too bad.

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Friday Link Pack

The curious world of Walter Potter – in pictures
It’s time to share a few interesting links I have found throughout the week.
Some of these I mention on Twitter, if you’re not already following me there, please do! I’m always looking for new links if you have any suggestions, let me know.

Writing:

“The Stars Were Right” is on sale!
Apparently Google decided to put “The Stars Were Right” on sale, and as they do, Amazon matched them. What does that mean? You can save 23% on Stars! Until when? I have no idea, but have at it!

Damning Orson Scott Card
With his recent anti-gay article and his racists rants there has been a lot of backlash towards sci-fi author Orson Scott Card, his book Ender’s Game, and it’s forthcoming movie. Setsu over at KatanaPen posted a great article asking, can we separate the author from their art? For myself, as a fan of Lovecraft’s work (himself a racist,) I found it applicable and it gave me pause. Worth a read.

Art:

The Dunwich Horror
I posted about this set before, but I figured why not make the art section of this weeks Link Pack “Lovecraft” themed. Artist Sigrid Rødli renders one of Lovecraft’s most well known stories with detailed folk-art. The pieces ooze atmosphere, seriously, so good.

Guillermo Del Toro’s Sketchbook
One of my favorite directors is also a really talented artist. Make sure you check out his work. As with his movies, his sketches are also very much rooted in weird-fiction.

Yog-Blogsoth
Artist Michael Bukowski has taken it upon himself to draw every monster Lovecraft has written about and he started a blog to showcase these drawings. The results are terrifying, creepy, often NSFW, and sometimes quite metal.

Random:

An 1893 map of London overlaid atop a modern map of London
This is way too cool. The level of detail in the 1893 map, including the floor plans of many of the buildings, is astounding. If you’re at all a maps fan this is worth your time.

The curious world of Walter Potter
Walter Potter was an amateur taxidermist who built tableaux that became icons of Victorian whimsy. The Guardian shares some photos of his bizarre and fascinating creations.

Bad Lip Reading and Game of Thrones
In their latest YouTube Video the Bad Lip Reading crew turns HBO’s Game of Thrones into a comedy about a theme park. It’s hilarious.

Lovecraft Story of the Week:

Nyarlathotep
“And it was then that Nyarlathotep came out of Egypt. Who he was, none could tell, but he was of the old native blood and looked like a Pharaoh.”

Farewell Gif(s) of the Week:
Bunnah!

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