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Book Reviews: Such Things May Be, part 5 + The Devil And The Deep, part 1

Such Things May Be: Collected Writings by James Wade, part 5

A Shipboard Reading List
From 1977, this is a racist and sexist account of various books Wade read on a cruise. Wade finds it his moral duty to offend.

Best Line:
“Sideswipes at democracy and intellectuals.”

Book Review: The Beyonders
From 1977, Wade damns with faith praise.

Book Review: The Great White Space
From 1978, Wade sneers at a book.

Book Review: The Princess Of All Lands
From 1979, Wade lauds an interesting sounding book.

Best Lines:
“Espouse the belief that the old days were best.”

“Trapped in a house of shadows of his own summoning.”

Fritz Leiber Revisited: From Hyde Park To Geary Street
From 1979, Wade writes about stalking Leiber and then writes dismissive intentionally damaging things about the man’s wife and son. Violence against women and alcoholism is dismissed. Wade thinks he is an actual competent advice giver.

Best Lines:
“The horrifically of Chicago.”

“Conferees.” 

Book Review: An Index To The Selected Letters Of H.P. Lovecraft
From 1980, in Wade’s view he is the hyperlogical, ultra-rational, moral absolutist who could edit books so much better. This is a then contemporary account of a moment in a culture but reading it several decades after the fact makes Wade look petty and like an intense tryhard.

Book Review: Lord Of The Hollow Dark
From 1981, a very confusing review of a novel about social strivers doing monstrous acts.

Best Line:
“Reactionary past-worshipping conservatives would be depicted as the representatives of cosmic evil.”

You Can’t Get There From Here: ’How The Old Woman Got Home’
From 1983, a review that is casually racist of an unreadable racist, fascist author who was possibly also a sex offender. Wade shrugs off the author’s myriad faults and makes it clear he likes it and the author. The long dead author and Wade are harmful figures.

Best Line:
“Men simply take more wives, including the riff-raff.”

Lovecraft And Farnese In Harmony And Discord
From 1977, an account of a proposed Lovecraft musical. Wade brands the composer sub-professional. Pot, kettle, black.

Best Lines:
“A traumatic reaction to early forced violin lessons.”

“Ineptness at producing dialogue.”

“Uncongenial necessity of founding a storyline on human relationships.”

Some Parallels Between Arthur Machen And H.P. Lovecraft
Why does Wade constantly overlook Lovecraft’s racism, sexism and obvious mental health issues that were possibly brought on by being born to 2 syphilis riddled parents? This is an unmitigated disaster and exists for unfathomable purpose, except to claim Lovecraft never attracted intelligent appreciation.

Best Lines:
“Despised the age they lived in,”

“Forbidden things, with which it would be better to have nothing to do.”

“Only generous clothing could ever enabled it to walk on earth unchallenged and uneradicated.”

Book Review: Lovecraft: A Biography
Wade is furious that a biographer points out Lovecraft’s myriad flaws and attacks both biography and biographer with vindictive ferocity. Did the biography mention Lovecraft’s admitted liking Of Hitler?

Book Review: Lovecraft At Last
One question: what is Photostat? Wade unleashes a hurricane of rage on a Lovecraft fanboy and his ‘unsatisfactory’ book about his friendship with and the fanzine created when Lovecraft was still alive. Wade is extremely resentful and seems jealous he didn’t get to write such a fan-servicing book. Self-insight still eludes Wade.

Book Review: Prince Zaleski and Cummings King Monkey
Wade reviews another unreadable book full of anti-Semitism and racism and sexism whilst being homophobic. Wade is self-righteous, crusading and un-self-examining.

Best Line:
“Little pretence of plausibility.”

Book Review: The Wtichfinder
Wade is unable to deal with the 70s horror boom as he reviews a book about a community wide conspiracy.

Book Review: Worth The Wait
A long book review full of priggish self-conceits that rehashes old literary feuds.

Book Review: Xelucha and Others
Barbarically dumb.

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The Devil And The Deep: Horror Stories Of The Sea edited by Ellen Datlow, part 1

Introduction
The deathly decaying stillness of the sea hides many secrets is the theme of this introduction to this non epoch-making anthology.

Best Lines:
“We’re of it, but we can’t live in it.”

“Has the potential to sweep away everything that human progress and civilization have created-”

Deadwater
A dull murder mystery in a seaside resort.

Best Lines:
“Find a place to hide, and hide there.”

“That’s the way the damaged and the broken are meant to go, if they’ve any decency.”

“I’d hidden enough of me away to pass for normal.”

Fodder’s Jig
A tale that suffers from misogyny and bi-erasure, has bad writing and seems to be a wannabe mythos tale. This was infuriating and full of abrasive hostility and surliness and a dismissive attitude. This is not charmingly weird, just a tale of 2 selfish irrationally mean men.

The Curious Allure Of The Sea
A woman has personal misery and futile compulsions and unspoken sadness in this calamitously dumb tale that leaves you with a distinctively negative impression.

Best Line:
“The idea did not terrify her the way it should have.”
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