Weird Words – A Lovecraftian Lexicon (Hippocampus Press 2009)
by Dan Clore
I have just purchased this book. It’s a vast tomely lexicon of weird words. Very aesthetic. I may pass further comments in due course after exploring it. It seems already to fill a gap in the realm of dictionaries for the benefit of brainwrights and weirdmongers alike.
Here below is a specimen page (with quotes from Shakespeare, Jack Vance, James Joyce, Weirdmonger et al!):- http://www.ligotti.net/picture.php?albumid=188&pictureid=1908
‘fescenninely’ (as defined in the book) for example has this quote:- “Laying an affectionate hand on Valzain’s shoulder, he hoisted aloft with the other that fescenninely graven quart goblet from which he was wont to drink only wine, eschewing the drugged and violent liquors often preferred by the sybarites of Umbri.” Clark Ashton Smith, ‘Morthylla’ (1952)
3. Weirdmonger left…
Someone, elsewhere, has observed that the above ‘fescenninely’ quote from CAS is pretentious, with this obscure reference to Latin verses to convey the sense of ‘obscenely’. I agree. So it was probably a bad random example that I happened to make. Interesting, though.
And the rich brew that is Clark Ashton Smith…
Actually, the more I look into this book, the more I think it is indispensable for any horror writer (Clark Ashton Smith’s style or Cormac McCarthy’s!) It’s brimful with a cornucopia of words and quotes from literature and fiction (weird or otherwise).
And at link immediately above there is my ‘take’ on PRETENTIOUSNESS itself.
6. LP left…
I couldn’t stop exploring this beautiful book today. A linguistic weirdness haunted by a Trojan Chameleon creature that opens its wings from time to time and releases living words, some of them susceptible to all my bodily senses in one fell swoop. The authors are there as guides to this creature’s lair…
I am now deeming this blog-post as one of my real-time book reviews (see link immediately above for other reviews) – and hopefully I shall issue new impressions as and when I am impelled to do so.