“So eat up your mört, Margaret, and take no notice of all these gloomy thoughts.”
…a quote from INTO THE WOOD (1968) by Robert Aickman
My review of this story in the context of THE MAGIC MOUNTAIN by Thomas Mann: http://weirdmonger.wordpress.com/186-2/#comment-292
I think the story entitled WOOD is Aickman’s masterpiece, but, without teaching any granny reading this to suck dead mörts, I don’t want WOOD muddled up with INTO THE WOOD.
A picture of a mört: http://holsljunga-fvo.holsljunga.com/FISKARTER/mort.htm
Having completed my month-long real-time review of THE MAGIC MOUNTAIN by Thomas Mann (HERE), I am convinced that it must have been an enormous influence, outweighing any other influence, on the fiction of Robert Aickman. This is not only because of the similarity I seem to be the first to observe between The Hospice and The House Berghof, and their residents, and their meals, but also because of many other factors, including tone and beguiling disarming undercurrents and tropes, an absurd-weirdness that borders on nightmare as well as rationality.
I am now revising my thoughts on the AickMANN story ‘Into The Wood’ and I shall report back in due course below in the comments.
“Time cools, time clarifies, no mood can be maintained quite unaltered through the course of hours.”
— Thomas Mann (The Magic Mountain)
My month long real-time review of this book is now complete: