30 Dec


The best things are the least expected …..

I ordered a book about 10 days ago. Still waiting. I’ve been forestalling reading a book I already own: 1. because if I haven’t read it by now, I’m probably not interested; and 2. if I were to start an ‘old’ book, I would invariably have to stop reading it when my ‘new’ book arrives. So, giving up hope that I would ever see this new addition to my book collection any time soon, a compromise has been struck: a short story from volume 2 of Clive Barker’s Books of Blood: New Murders in the Rue Morgue.

“Winter, Lewis decided, was no season for old men. The snow that lay five inches thick on the streets of Paris froze him to the marrow.” first line/page 296.

Lewis is a 73 year old man who goes to Paris after his friend Phillipe, is arrested for butchering a young woman. New Murders in the Rue Morgue – Clive Barker. Published 1984

Enter Edgar Allen Poe. C. Auguste Dupin is a detective in Paris who solves a brutal double murder. The Murders in the Rue Morgue – Published 1841

Barker’s short narrative incorporates Poe’s Rue Morgue by nudging-in some of the same mélange. And I am a fan! So, even though my ‘new’ book has just arrived, figures, I can’t seem to get out of my ‘old’ one. And, at this point, nor do I want to.

I know I’ve said this before, but Clive Barker is one strange dude (in a creepy literary good way. Of course).

Next to read:

Penguin Books/a Penguin Random House Company 2013 Fiction 347 pages - soft cover

Penguin Books/a Penguin Random House Company 2013
Fiction 347 pages – soft cover


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