anogete: (fantastic planet)
( Feb. 2nd, 2009 08:59 am)
I love science fiction, fantasy, and horror stories. And I've spent most of my life (beginning at the age of seven or eight) reading them. Very few things unnerve me or give me that uncomfortable feeling of unease or fear. A few H.P. Lovecraft stories can do this, and they are usually the ones not intended to be so fearsome. I suppose, for me, it all centers upon the mood of a piece--the eeriness of it. I can watch every horror movie ever made without flinching, but the little things--the things that are slightly off kilter--make me nervous and jittery.

Last night, I went to bed an hour early and took Gene Wolfe's Starwater Strains, a collection of his short stories, with me. I managed to whiz through a couple stories before coming across one called "Pulp Cover." It was the final one I read last night simply because it made me so ill at ease I had to put the book down. Perhaps it was just me, though.

If you're so inclined, you can read it for free online right over here. I've linked directly to that story, which happens to be less than ten pages long, but the entire collection is available for your (free) online reading pleasure. And if you're curious as to the title of the story, he is, indeed, referencing those pulp magazine covers of the Amazing Stories variety.


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