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Where did 8ch/lit/ go?
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fuck off Ron


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I hope your life has been going well since writing this, anon. Since posting what you responded to, I have recently married, finished school, and are now comfortably seated in a career in which I have been able to help repair the years of poverty my family has been relegated to. I am woefully obliged to inform you that I did not read this response in a particularly timely manner, as I have now gotten around to writing this thoughtful and carefully written post. I did not return to 4chan, as I have been too beset by the toils of everyday life. I hope your time has been well spent and you too, have reached goals you had thought impossible, and that you too, have found love in your life. I wonder if I heeded your advice when it was posted- I would be dead, not needing me to respond to this post. I wanted to post in order to disabuse you of the thought, now having it been near half a year now, that I took your advice.


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Post your ring faggot


I take back the faggot statement that was rude.

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'tis (still) the Season, and that means ghost stories are in order. Any of you fine anons enjoying classic English ghost stories every Christmas as well?
M. R. James was a Biblical scholar and author, considered the master of the English ghost story. All his ghost stories are available here: https://thin-ghost.org/collections/show/2
His first collection of ghost stories: https://archive.org/details/thinghostothers00jameiala (sepia) & https://archive.org/details/athinghostandot00jamegoog (b&w)
A Podcast to the Curious began covering all of James' ghost stories, and has since gone on to cover ghost stories in the Jamesian vein: http://www.mrjamespodcast.com/

E. F. Benson was a contemporary of James, and, like James he attended King's College, Cambridge and was a member of the Pitt Club. Benson came from a great literary family and published numerous books, including several collections of ghost spook stories, which are available here: https://web.archive.org/web/20180320201227/https://ebooks.adelaide.edu.au/b/benson/ef/
Spook Stories by E. F. Benson: https://archive.org/details/spookstories00bensuoft
The Sanctuary by E. F. Benson (Online Text): http://archive.vn/uOzlf / https://web.archive.org/web/20190610063130/http://www.steve-calvert.co.uk/public-domain-texts/e-f-benson-the-sanctuary.html
Free readings of E. F. Bensons stories can be found here: https://corvidae.co.uk/benson/

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Only read two stories by Swain, I think, The Man With the Roller, which was covered on A Podcast to the Curious, and Bone to His Bone. The first was too much like James' story The Mezzotint, but without the weird ghostly figure and a rather blant climax.
After James I think I have enjoyed Benson & Malden's ghost stories the most. Malden in particular is very close to James in tone, subjects and climax. Benson has some very fine stories as well, though he has written so many stories you are found to come across some bland ones as well.
I would recommend seven of Malden's ghost stories; The Coxswain of the Lifeboat & The Priest's Brass did nothing for me, but the other stories are great. In particular I enjoyed The Dining-room Fireplace & The Sundial.
As for Benson, I would probably rate these the highest: The Room in the Tower, Caterpillars, The Thing in the Hall, The Outcast, Negotium Perambulans, "And No Bird Sing", The Temple & The Sanctuary.

Not typically associated with the typical ghost story, but John Buchan, 1st Baron Tweedsmuir, wrote some eerie weird stories as well, and H. P. Lovecraft spoke highly of these in his essay Supernatural Horror in Literature:
<In the novel Witch Wood John Buchan depicts with tremendous force a survival of the evil Sabbat in a lonely district of Scotland. The description of the black forest with the evil stone, and of the terrible cosmic adumbrations when the horror is finally extripated, will repay one for wading though the very gradual action and plenthora of Scottish dialect. Some of Mr. Buchan's short stories are also very vivid in their spectral intimations; "The Green Wildebeest", a tale of African witchcraft, "The Wind in the Portico", with its awakening of dead Britanno-Roman horrors, and "Skule Skerry", with its touches of sub-arctic fright, being especially remarkable.

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>Only read two stories by Swain, I think, The Man With the Roller, which was covered on A Podcast to the Curious, and Bone to His Bone. The first was too much like James' story The Mezzotint, but without the weird ghostly figure and a rather blant climax.
It's better to take The Stoneground Ghost tales as one light mystery book rather than as multiple horror short stories. The book generally centers around one minister at one church, so you can't exactly have him die or go mad at the end of each story. The book is overall designed to be more subtle, contemplative, and cozy than the James circle's usual fare, but the fact that M.R. James himself enjoyed it is a decent sign that it's worth a read so long as you understand that it's a bit different in tone from something like Ghost Stories of an Antiquary.


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Thank you most kindly, BO! Seasons greetings to you, and the fine shitposters on this site, as well.
And if I may be so bold, you have a very colourful and original way of writing.

Talking about the James Gang, there is also Arthur Gray & Christopher Woodforde (https://archive.vn/erqL / https://web.archive.org/web/20200120040235/http://www.users.globalnet.co.uk/~pardos/ArchiveWoodforde.html), though I am wholly unfamiliar with them at present. From what I have read Woodforde's stories were written for children, so they, too, lack that extra punch/horror.

M. P. Dare's Fatal Oak was too similar to James' The Stalls of Barchester Cathedral for my taste. Barchester is a reference to the fictional place where some (or most?) of Anthony Trollope's novels are set. His novel Doctor Thorne (set in Barchester) was one of the books I got for Christmas; I have already seen the 2016 adaptation by Julian Fellowes, but Trollope really goes in-depth with the place and the characters.
Benson has some rather graphic scenes of horror in his stories, and Dare surprises too, with some quite nasty scenes, but hasn't yet given me that "pleasing terror" James did with some of his finest stories.

Two of James' unfinished story drafts, The Game of Bear Post too long. Click here to view the full text.


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Finished M. P. Dare's ghost story collection, Unholy Relics and other Uncanny Tales, yesterday, and I thought it was a fine collection of ghostly tales, nicely bridging the gap between M. R. James & E. G. Swain. It has the same antiquarian touches and characters of James' stories, and the same two characters figure in each tale like the protagonist in Swain's stories.

These stories have a very cosy, comfy setting with these two bachelors of independent means who reside in a Leicestershire manor-house together with their two man-servants ("the Apostles", James & John) and can go about researching whatever catches their interest. Like Holmes & Watson they share a manor-house together and are frequently called out to examine some archaeological find or architectural curiosity and end up encountering ghosts (or "thought-forms") and other supernatural phenomena because of their curiosity. I wish there had been more punch to the horrors they encounter/experience in their researches to contrast the cosiness. The Haunted Drawers is a nice, mostly comedic tale, and The Nymph Still Lives is an entirely pleasant tale free of any horror whatsoever; The Forgotten Italian is limp and lifeless, and The Beam is just another variant of the Fatal Oak plot, i.e. James' The Stalls of Barchester Cathedral.
I very much enjoyed the description of the countryside in An Abbot's Magic; truly great stuff, very atmospheric. Sadly the payoff is very weak indeed; just the ghostly apparition of an abbot accused of alchemy!

Anyone who prefers the less ghastly tales à la E. G. Swain to the more grim ghost stories of H. R. Wakefield will likely enjoy M. P. Dare's collection of ghost stories a lot. While the collection has yet to pass into Public Domain it is up on the Internet Archive, so be sure to DL if it you want it, lest they take it down. The original edition is probably no easy to come by, and the Ash-Tree Press re-print might be even harder to track down, and is no doubt rather expensive.

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danka shen chadimgato, the collective pdf will b institewtid 2 duh /lit/pendium shoartleyi %^)


No wonder you post here


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You got something to say

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Where am I suppose to be able to find books? Amazon a shit, Barnes & Noble a shit, there ain't shit worth of bookstores around me. I have money and I must spend it on reading. My particular itch is for Bavarian history and non-Roman European history.


>My particular itch is for Bavarian history and non-Roman European history.
There's a ton of public domain history books you get off of the interbuttz for free. Check Project Gutenberg, Archive.org, and Wikisource for stuff you're interested in.

Here, just by typing "Bavaria" into Gutenberg I came up with a biography on King Ludwig II of Bavaria:


Why is that gook begging to get throatfucked?

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Reading is for fags in fact of course.


If you expect me to read that than you must be a faggot


I have never in my life read a single book through to the end, my way of reading a book is that of a highly talented page turner, that is of a person who would rather turn the pages than read, who therefore turns dozens, or at times hundreds, of pages before reading a single one; but when this person does read a page he reads it more thoroughly than anyone and with the greatest reading passion imaginable. I am more of a page turner than a reader, you should know, and I love turning pages just as much as reading, I have, in my life, turned pages a million times more often than I have read them, and always derived from turning pages at least as much pleasure and real intellectual enjoyment as from reading.


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Ladies and Gentlemen I welcome you to the first /lit/ty club thread. We will be accepting nominations and then whatever is nominated is put through a randomizer and selected.
1. You must provide a torrent or link to your selected text
2. The beginning of each month is a longer format and lasts throughout the month
3. It's good to have a little epitaph as to why you selected this book.

This month's theme is Tragedy. It can be any length, any time period, any author.

My first nom. is 4.48 Psychosis by Sarah Kane
>4.48 Psychosis sees the ultimate narrowing of Sarah Kane's focus in her work. The struggle of the self to remain intact has moved in her work from civil war, into the family, into the couple, into the individual, and finally into the theatre of phychosis: the mind itself. This play was written in 1999 shortly before the playwright took her own life at age 28.


If anyone has a good site for ebooks let me know, shit is hard to find
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lazz minuto addition-edition tew da list -

Doctor Zhivago - https://archive.org/stream/DoctorZhivago_201511/Doctor%20Zhivago_djvu.txt (iz raw .txt file kinda fuqqed ean formattean will pal araond 4 a different copy n upd8 poast accordingly)

shouldnt knead much explanation but basically ruskie commie fallout storie, gawt mayde ean2 a film @ sum pt, pushed by kikes a smidge but uddurwise incisive takedown ov y commies r gaylords. eye've nevur read eet but have coppee lyean araond @ home soe figured y tf gnawt


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Today's the day, mo-fos.


Gonna wait till about 6 or something then I'll post the update.


Don't make me suck your cock.


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Post your works, anons
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I wrote this a year or two ago, when internet blood sports was still in full swing, for a literature contest stream Mister Metokur promised but never followed up on. It's pretty embarrassing and hasn't aged well at all but I figured I'd post it here for fun.


There once was a little gypsy named Vee
Who had a rather quite strange hobby, you see.
For he would grab any creature that he could take
And swallow them whole as though he were a snake.
He would fill petshop owners so full of rage
As he ate all their animals right out of the cage.

Then one bright morning he ate a small spider alive,
But the spider was miraculously able to survive.
It crawled all around his insides, full of spite,
Until it bit an organ with it's venomous bite
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Thanks man. I've been meaning to get around to contributing like a good /lit/tyzen but I'm outrageously lazy. I'll send something in SoonTM I promise.


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>be me
>submit a short story to an anthology
>their faq says to wait 12 weeks before querying on the status of submissions
>6 months go by
>still don't have that sweet sweet rejection letter
>decide I'm going to shoot them an e-mail and ask about it
>start writing my query
>go back to the original submission e-mail to get the date I sent it on
>actually read what I wrote in the original e-mail:
<"I hope you don't mind that there are also a small number of small images"
>stop writing query
>close out of e-mail
Best case scenario they just go ahead and publish the anthology without ever having noticed my submission.

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>Uh, anon, why do you have a book written by the Unabomber on your shelf? You know that guy is a murderer don't you?


That's fine, I can seperate an author from his work.


No I didn't wow you're really smart haha.

lol Wouldn't it be funny if we accidentally kissed lol haha


wow what a chad


<anon, please let go of my arm
<you're really hurting me


I have a book written by Theodore John Kaczynski on my bookshelf because I wanted to read his work.
Yes, I know that guy is a murderer

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54 chapters done. I don't think I can handle the archaic english and passage-tier sentences and boring whaling facts anymore. Should I stick with the book, skip to the last dozen chapters where the action begins or just drop it?
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>archaic english
Nigger it was written in the mid 1800s. The English is mostly the same as what we speak today.


Yeah but Herman Melville was a fucking autist. Here, this is a short story by Melville, it's called Bartleby the Scrivener.
Even for his own day, his writing was needlessly archaic.


YouTube embed. Click thumbnail to play.
Melville confirmed patrician.


If Bartleby is the one with the slave ship then it's such a kino shortstory and I can't rec. it enough.
Melville was a huge autistic though but instead of trains he was obsessed with boats, so much so that if he had never wrote Moby Dick he would be remembered as that autistic boatfucker. Only scholars don't get filtered by his blatant mechanophilia.


>If Bartleby is the one with the slave ship
Nah it's the one about the Wall Street clerk.

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I know normalfags are plebs, but… damn.


>ready player jew
>some gay shit
>some more gay shit
>some gay novel written by some faggot with two letters for his first and middle name since he thinks hes as important as Tolkien and Lovecraft

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