Extract from my real-time review of THE DREAM-QUEST OF UNKNOWN KADATH by HP LoveCrAfT HERE:
Page 318 “…which he knew must be the fabled Peaks of Throk. Awful and sinister they stand in the haunted disk of sunless and eternal depths; higher than man may reckon, and guarding terrible valleys where the dholes crawl and burrow nastily. But Carter preferred to look at them than at his captors, which were indeed shocking and uncouth black things with smooth, oily, whale-like surfaces, unpleasant horns that curved inward toward each other, bat wings whose beating made no sound, ugly prehensile paws, and barbed tails that lashed needlessly and disquietingly. And worst of all, they never spoke or laughed, and never smiled because they had no faces at all to smile with, but only a suggestive blankness where a face ought to be. All they ever did was clutch and fly and tickle; that was the way of night-gaunts.”
–> Page 320 There are some remarkable passages in this novella that equate with, even exceed, passages in much more commonly accepted great literature – from which so-called literature HPL’s surrounding outlandish pulpishness, as some people may deem it, can be argued by those people to detract. As CArTer now scales a ladder I am not only reminded of my own experience of a nemonymous night toward not necessarily our outer limits as opposed to earth’s core but also reminded of Keith’s scaling of a ladder in my favourite novel of 2013 – the second part of Valiant Razalia
: a duology by Michael Wyndham Thomas – a novel that positively resonates with the feel of HPL’s ‘Kadath’. And readers should read both VR and Kadath if they read one of them.
Giveaway paperback offer of my favourite novel of 2013 — PILGRIMS AT THE WHITE HORIZON by Michael Wyndham Thomas — made by its publisher on Goodreads for UK addresses. Offer expires in about 3 weeks’ time.
Cover painting: Simon Bell
Continuation from HERE of my gestalt real-time review that deals on this page with the end of THE MERCURY ANNUAL (2009), then seamlessly into the beginning of PILGRIMS AT THE WHITE HORIZON (2013) both of which books constitute ‘Valiant Razalia’ by Michael Wyndham Thomas.
Publisher: Theaker’s Paperback Library
This review will take place in the comment stream below as and when I read the books:-
“I suppose it is significant that today, this very day that I am reading this book – the day of BBC News reporting several long-lost episodes of DR WHO from the 1960s having been discovered in Nigeria, or is it Ethiopia? – I learn of finding Razalia again, the unfinished planet, not in the area where it actually does exist for real in space […] but discovered by the chance discovery within the text discovered within Keith’s loft as he sorts comics and remembers discussing with George over the years the conundrum of exactly where they had lost Razalia, and, in turn, directly as a result of that, now, today, discovered by me within the very text of the sustained prose discovered within the book about Keith and George that I am myself reading.”