All God's Angels, Beware!

All God's Angels, Beware! There is no single category into which the stories contained within this volume can easily fit, which may explain, in part, why their author has not received the recognition he deserves Crisp works within a wide array of literary traditions such as Modernism, Surrealism and the Gothic, melding them into something simultaneously strange and beautiful The story Ynys y Plag is certainly a classic, although a classic of what, I m not sure In it, a professional photographer tries to capture the spirit of a remote Welsh village The spirit, however, turns out to be much literal than he anticipated In this particular story, Crisp s dense, crepuscular prose has the ability to transport readers to the most rarified states the uncanny, the numinous, the sublime I cannot recommend this author s fiction enough, and therefore, I ll end this review here. One of my favorite modern day weird fiction collections Recommended Like Ligotti, though not quite as pessimistic. I don t think anything I can say can convey how wonderful and singular the stories of Quentin S Crisp are, so I shall repost the origin of the title below, as it perfectly encapsulates the general themes and atmosphere of this collection Guess your dreams always end.They don t rise up just descend,But I don t care any,I ve lost the will to want ,I m not afraid not at all,I watch them all as they fall,But I remember when we were young.Those with habits of waste,Their sense of style and good taste,Of making sure you were right,Hey don t you know you were right I m not afraid any,I keep my eyes on the door,But I rememberTears of sadness for you,More upheaval for you,Reflects a moment in time,A special moment in time,Yeah we wasted our time,We didn t really have time,But we remember when we were young.And all God s angels beware,And all you judges beware,Sons of chance, take good care,For all the people not there,I m not afraid any,I m not afraid any,I m not afraid any,Oh, I m not afraid any Joy Division, Insight This book took me months to read, no joke The concentration required for several of the stories meant that I just could not find the time to read, which was a real shame Now, almost quarter of a year down the line, can I say I enjoyed this collection Yes, yes I can. Sewn Hardcover, Limited To Copies, Pp With EndpapersThe House Of Literary Romanticism Has Fallen Into Sad Disrepair Through Its Dusty Passages Are To Be Heard Only The Muffled, Shivering Voices Of Its Ghosts, Like The Last Lingering Echoes Of Some Forgotten Passion In A Lunatic Asylum It Has Been Said That, In The Grounds Of This Ruin, Was A Hothouse Where Romanticism Showed Its Last, Grotesque Bloom In The Form Of H P Lovecraft, Since When The Grey Desolation Of Realism Has Swept Over All In A Fungoid Blight And Yet, There Remains A Kind Of Life Here, Perhaps Stranger Still Than Previous Blooms, In A Weedy And Overgrown Flowerbed, Under The Name Of Quentin S Crisp All God S Angels, Beware , The Fourth Collection Of Fiction From The Contemporary British Master Of Dementia, Gathers Together For The First Time Ten Examples Of Crisp S Own Unique Species Of Decayed Romanticism Karakasa Is An Orientalist Masquerade Of Decayed Futurity The Were Sheep Of Abercrave Offers A Shaggy Dog Tale Of Such Shagginess That Its Coat Has Been Shaped Into A Bizarre Topiary Maze Asking For It Sketches A Picture Of Sad Singledom Amongst The Rootless Of Tokyo The Fox Wedding Brings Far Eastern Folklore To A Modern Setting, With Some Unpleasant Surprises Italiannetto Is A Sunny, Nostalgic Love Story With Neapolitan Style In Troubled Joe , A Ghost Tethered To This World By Chains Of Resentment Searches For Someone To Hear His Story Mise En Abyme Presents An Escheresque Trompe L Aeil In Prose, While In The Stunning Novella Ynys Y Plag You Will Discover A Weird Tale In The Tradition Of Blackwood And MachenIn These And Other Stories, Crisp Draws Equally From East And West To Create A Vision Of The Macabre Like Nothing Else In Literature Discover Here Fleurs Du Mal Of Hybrid Decadence, Whimsy, Exoticism, Gothickry, Horror And BeautyContentsTroubled JoeThe Were Sheep Of AbercraveYnys Y PlagKarakasaA Cup Of TeaAsking For ItThe Fox WeddingMise En AbymeItaliannettoSuicide Watch

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  • Hardcover
  • 333 pages
  • All God's Angels, Beware!
  • Quentin S. Crisp
  • English
  • 06 April 2017
  • 9789737764249

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