I’ve missed a few days, but to continue my All Hallows Read sojourn, a bit of tonight’s selection. Listening earlier to Current 93′s song “Niemandswasser” (from 2000′s Sleep Has His House) prompted me to reread the story from which it has its name, found in Robert Aickman’s Cold Hand in Mine collection, pictured here in the 1975 Scribner & Sons’ edition with the Edward Gorey cover; before leaving it, I also reread its opening story, “The Swords”. Talking of Ligotti recently, I decided to reread a bit of him, as well. First up, from The Agonizing Resurrection of Victor Frankenstein & Other Gothic Tales (Silver Salamander Press, 1994; limited to 1000 copies, signed by Ligotti and Michael Shea, who wrote the intro), “The Premature Death of H.P. Lovecraft, Oldest Man in New England”, “The Perilous Legacy of Emily St. Aubert, Inheritress of Udolpho” and “The Insufferable Salvation of Lawrence Talbot the Wolfman”. Given its brevity, I decided to reread the whole of Sideshow and Other Stories (Subterranean Press, 2003; limited to 350 copies, of which this is #31 and signed by Ligotti). Obscured mostly under those last two titles is Ligotti’s first mixed media collaboration with Current 93, In a Foreign Town, in a Foreign Land (Durtro, 1997), containing the four pieces, “His shadow shall rise to a higher house”, “The bells will sound forever”, “A soft voice whispers nothing”, and “When you hear the singing, you will know it is time”, for each of which the included CD contains an audio track accompaniment composed and performed by Current 93 and Nurse with Wound; tonight, I reread “A soft voice whispers nothing”.
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