various, innit

My review of Sean O’Brien’s first collection of short stories The Silence Room–which I thoroughly enjoyed–will be in the Xmas (print) issue of the TLS, 19th December.

Monsters of Landscape: It turns out that Vivienne Westwood & Hilary Mantel were born & brought up a stone’s throw from one another, in Tintwhistle & Hadfield, 1941 & 1954, respectively. Something about these places that can produce satisfyingly rogue talents–people who aren’t going to be fobbed off; who are going to tip the table over. It’s the stone, maybe. Tintwhistle hangs above the Etherow, indistinguishable from the quarries that gave it birth etc etc, gurning down on Padfield village (described by Mantel as “the hind brain” of Hadfield in this wickedly funny & useful 2005 interview). I loved Longdendale, which features in The Course of the Heart & many of the short stories (“Empty”, for instance) as well as in Climbers.

& from Ambiente Hotel’s nascent “Uses of HPL” division, this: Ballardian noted an interesting piece on Lovecraft by No Useless Leniency. New ways to read the old loony.

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3 responses to “various, innit

  1. Martin

    Interesting Burroughs liked Lovecraft – his tone of voice would be perfect for reading passages like this: “Some day the piecing together of dissociated knowledge will open up such terrifying vistas of reality, and of our frightful position therein, that we shall either go mad from the revelation or flee from the light into the peace and safety of a new Dark Age.” Nor would the effects of “The Colour Out Of Space” surprise any visitor to Interzone. It’s a shame no one coaxed Burroughs into the studio to make an audiobook of other writing he admired: Shakespeare, Fitzgerald, “You Can’t Win” – and some choice bits of HPL.

  2. Meg Sefton

    Is there a way to access your review of Sean O’Brien’s The Silence Room? I see that it was in print in the TLS. You have been quoted in goodreads, a book discussion blog, and I would like to read more of your article.


  3. uzwi

    Hi Meg Sefton. A copy is on its way to you by email.