Things that should not be

For years my friends have been urging me to read House of Leaves by Mark Z. Danielewski. Recently, at their pushing a copy into my hands and again telling me how good it is, I finally started. It is good. Odd, but an incredible creation. And unsettlingly, even though I’m not that far into it yet.

It is a testimony to just how eerie a mood it creates that tonight after reading another section, I decided I’d best put it down, take a bath and read something else to sooth my mind before sleep, and selected The Tomb by H.P. Lovecraft as more likely to produce pleasant dreams.

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Dinah from Kabalor

Author. Discardian. GM. Current project: creating an inclusive indie fantasy ttrpg

5 thoughts on “Things that should not be”

  1. I slept in and when I awoke, picked up the book again and lost myself for two hours in the wonderous, awesome, artful chapter IX. Seeking and then finding footnote 183. A moment of feeling conspicuous – even though no one is watching – and then running to the bathroom mirror to see. This book wants to take you in ways to which you are not accustomed; this chapter is where the reward outweighs your resistence and you really surrender.


  2. I don’t think I’ve ever heard of someone selecting Lovecraft to get *better* dreams. What kind of scary-ass author *IS* Danielewski?


  3. I have and it is sitting waiting for me to return it to you. Or possibly sitting waiting for me to be walking by before opening into a great black void into which I will fall.


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