@PDF ô The Last Revelation Of Gla'aki Ë eBook or E-pub free

I enjoyed this a lot It was fun to learn details about The Revelations of Gla kai I knew in general where it was going, but not the particulars which is what kept it interesting for me.So 4 our of 5 stars I just had hoped a bit there would be so much to see.. Una sperduta cittadina inglese, una nebbia perenne che si confonde con il mare, edifici fatiscenti, gente strana, libri misteriosi Atmosfere lovecraftiane riviste da un Campbell ispiratissimo La storia cattura fin dalle prime pagine, l ambientazione suggestiva, malsana e inquietante, sembra davvero di respirare l aria umidiccia e fetida di Gulshaw L orrore di Campbell diverso, particolare Non si vede mai chiaramente, si capta in modo distorto, con la coda dell occhio, come guardare attraverso un vetro sporco di muffa.Consigliatissimo @PDF ⚢ The Last Revelation Of Gla'aki ½ The Most Famous Victorian Rarity May Be A Stamp The Penny Black But It Is Several Times Common Than The Rarest Victorian Book It Is Possible That No Copy Of The Revelation Of Gla Aki Still Exists Anywhere In The World The Most Evil Book, Or A Lost Contribution To The Literature Of Occultism Like The Contents Of The Library Of Alexandria, It May Have Passed Into Legend So Wrote Leonard Fairman, The Brichester University Archivist, But He Couldn T Have Dreamed Of The Response His Essay Has Hardly Appeared Online Before He S Offered A Copy Of The Book All He Has To Do Is Stay Overnight In The Northern Coastal Town Of Gulshaw At Least, That S His Plan What Else Is There To Keep Him In The Town, Even If Its Slogan Is So Much More To See Why Are There So Many People On The Beach At Night, And In The Sea Why Does He Have To Use Such A Circuitous Route To Find His Prize, And Why Do The People He Encounters Seem To Share A Secret What Keeps Giving Him Dreams Of A Stone Cocoon Voyaging Through Space And Falling To Earth Each Of The Volumes He Reads Brings Him Closer To A Revelation, But Perhaps It Will Be On Him Before He Sees It ComingRamsey Campbell First Saw Print Than Fifty Years Ago, With Tales That Reflected His Love Of H P Lovecraft S Work His First Book The Inhabitant Of The Lake Was Rooted In Lovecraft, And The Definitive Edition Is Published By PS Publishing Now Campbell Returns To His Own Lovecraftian Territory And Reshapes It In Terms Of Lovecraft S Vision In This New Novella Ramsey Campbell is one of the most esteemed horror authors working today With over twenty five novels and hundreds of short stories to his name, Campbell has had a steady output in his writing career.He started out as a teenager, writing Lovecraftian pastiches August Derleth saw his potential, and told him to create his own locales instead of setting the stories in Lovecraft s own Thus, his first collection, The Inhabitant of the Lake and Less Welcome Tenants, was published by Arkham House in 1964 The stories have since been reprinted in Cold Print, along with of his Lovecraftian stories, and just recently PS Publishing did a reprint of Campbell s freshman collection with the restored title of The Inhabitant of the Lake and Other Unwelcome Tenants.The title story, The Inhabitant of the Lake, was about an artist who moves into an abandoned house by a lake His friend narrates the tale, and a good portion of the story is told through letters from the artist Some of the history of the mysterious lakeside property is revealed as the story unfolds, and it soon becomes apparent that an ancient, malevolent entity called Glaaki resides in the lake, assisted by undead servitors.Now, a year shy of the 50th anniversary of his first published collection, Mr Campbell revisits Glaaki now called Gla aki with this novella from PS Publishing.I was pretty excited when I heard the news about this book Not long after I had discovered Lovecraft and weird fiction, I found myself diving into Campbell s Lovecraftian offerings and finding them greatly enjoyable Now, not only were they being revisited by the author, but they were being revisited after nearly fifty years of perfecting his craft as a writer.The plot follows Leonard Fairman, an archivist for Brichester University, as he travels to the fog shrouded seaside town of Gulshaw to acquire a set of rare books, The Revelations of Gla aki What should be a simple task soon becomes complex, as Leonard must collect the books one at a time from various residents throughout the town Things in the town are bizarre from the beginning, and the strange events observations Leonard experiences become ever frequent, until he starts to take some of them for granted.The novella is a cross between weird horror and black comedy of paranoia Campbell blends the two perfectly, maintaining an eerie sense of wrongness about the town and it s inhabitants, while sprinkling dark humor throughout The protagonist is an irritable man who struggles to be patient with acquiring the books, making for some pretty hilarious interactions with the absurd townfolk.This novella is nothing short of a success Seeing Campbell revisit one of his earliest published stories with the maturity and skill he has acquired over the years is a total delight The Inhabitant of the Lake was Campbell trying to imitate Lovecraft, while The Last Revelation of Gla aki is Campbell doing Campbell Readers who enjoyed Campbell s older Lovecraftian offerings will no doubt want to pick this up, while fans of current Campbell will be pleased with the tone of this book Overall, a book readers should pick up.Review originally appeared on my blog, The Arkham Digest. Campbell looks back at Lovecraft s universe and his own youthful tales in a new short novel, which begins with an archetypical Mythosian premise a nerdy intellectual sort of fellow going to a strange town to find a rare copy of a sinister book Far from being another Cthulhu retread, though, Last Revelation of Gla aki evokes the numinous eeriness of Algernon Blackwood, M.R.James, and E.F Benson Where it comes close to Lovecraft, it does so in the spirit of The Rats in the Walls , The Colour out of Space , The Picture in the House stories prior to HPL s artificial mythology Never fear, though, Gla aki is definitely back, having grown an apostrophe in the years since Campbell introduced it in 1964 s The Inhabitant of the Lake The paranoiac atmosphere Campbell evokes creates a real sense of expectant dread every mundane conversation becomes a minefield of veiled danger, every glimpse of the beach or the bus stop may conceal otherworldly horror That s genius, and nary an IA YOG SOTHOTH CTHULHU FHTAGN to be found Not that you ll miss it. A superbly imaginative and lyrical short novel in the Lovecraftian tradition Bleak humour throughout and some delightful weirdness My favourite period of Campbell s superb fiction actually starts after Darkest Part of the Woods, and each new book is a source of excitement. This book reminds me a bit of Campbell s excellent Ancient Images about a film editor s attempt to track down a mysterious old movie with a dark past while encountering than a few terrifying episodes along the way Here we find a man trying to track down the incredibly rare nine volume occult book The Revelation of Gla aki.This is the quintessential story of the creepy, cultist small town where the locals are always speaking in vague riddles Leonard Fairman is a university archivist who has tracked down the rare volumes to the small seaside town of Gulshaw, he plans to retrieve the volumes, spend one night and leave the next day But things don t go as planned, as he has to track down each of the volumes separately, and as he reads them his grip on reality seems to become increasingly hallucinogenic.The setting is what makes this book work so well It s a wet, foggy, soggy place full of mystery The influence of Lovecraft s Shadow Over Innsmouth in particular is felt here With Campbell it s always those vague touches of dread that hint at horrors which make everything work and keep the reader interested The story has it s share of humor along with its increasing weirdness. For a book of only 137 pages, it took a long time to read.There was no chapters, hardly any breaks in paragraphs and thick text I found myself re reading because my eyes keep skipping.Once I got to the end, it ended the way any good Lovecraftian mythos based book should end But I think it could of been improved if it was broken up with chapters. THE LAST REVELATION OF GLA AKI by Ramsey CampbellReview by Gary FryThere s no delight the equal of dread, Clive Barker once suggested, and he s not far wrong But I d like to offer a rival for this distinction the prose of Ramsey Campbell s recent work I read this novella in three sittings but sorely wish it could have been just one the usual necessities of life got in the way work, sleep, errands, etc It strikes me that the novella is the perfect form for horror fiction, allowing authors space in which to develop their ideas while not losing readers attention between too many reading periods I think this point is especially relevant to Campbell s work, which relies on a steady, oblique accumulation of hints and suggestions that build up in the mind, so that you almost feel as if it s you putting the pieces together and not the author at all That makes his fiction quite unique it s a hugely collaborative effort and presumably different for each reader It s surprisingly, then, that Gla aki is only Campbell s second novella following the masterful Needing Ghosts, back when we were all hale and hearty As much as I ve enjoyed his latest novels, which rely upon a similar sustained development of effects and imagery, a stacking up of allusive and elusive material, I think it works most potently here Gla aki involves a guy Fairman visiting a seaside town to acquire a number of occult books for the university library for which he works And that s all you need to know about the plot, because the rest of the book chronicles him going about collecting all nine volumes, one by one, from eminent members of the community Now, this is quite a trick to pull off The potential for contrivances and strained motivation is vast But Campbell manages to make it all convincing by two artful methods eccentric comedy, and a feeling that the visit is decidedly dreamlike, as if the town is a strange new place occupied by not quite real denizens The events depicted are both highly stylised and psychologically real Campbell describes his latter day stuff as the comedy of paranoia , and by that, I take him to mean that the fundamentally ambiguous nature of everyday experience is sharpened, heightened, rendered edgy and threatening So a character commonly perceives what seems most alarming, even though post instinctive interpretations of such events often generate perfectly sensible explanations Campbell s characters constantly practice self deception, and there s always a Jamesian complicity between author and reader that undercuts the poor buggers desperately edited realities Campbell has been playing around with this kind of material of years, particularly in terms of visual phenomena, where things seen in dark doorways or at a hazy distance are dismissed as nothing like the worse thing imaginable for a character This demonstrates a keen understanding of the vagaries of the subconscious mind, which is over layered by a rational consciousness that does much interpretive work to ensure survival without terror Such an approach creates a dreamlike atmosphere, with reality a tenuous mask concealing things that squirm and wriggle, that make little logical sense unless it s psychological, of course More recently, I ve detected a rigorous trend in Campbell, and this relates to misheard speech, the ambiguity of language, the lack of firm meaning inherent in what we all say to each other Jokes thrive on this process, do they not On misheard words and ensuing misunderstandings A punch line shatters tension arising from these difficulties, allowing the audience to perceive what was truly going on And what is suggestive horror fiction at least Campbell s variety, with all its teasing bait and sinuous coquettishness but a lengthy joke It builds and builds tension until the final reveal, in this case a remarkable episode where all of Fairman s misperceived and rationalised elements are brought together in a scene that confirms every collaborative nudge nudge wink wink between author and reader So it goes with a clever comedian and his her unwitting yet highly engaged audience Of course such an inherently uncertain rootedness in the world overly rationalised versions of truly threatening reality is symptomatic of people rather less than mentally healthy , and I believe few authors are better at conveying this experience this sense of occupying a fundamentally unstable world than Campbell This default position, this authorial base note, gives Campbell s work a new dimension in terms of cosmic fiction, whose inviolable premise is basically that our world is profoundly vulnerable in a profoundly indifferent universe Well, add to that characters who are profoundly vulnerable in a profoundly vulnerable world in a profoundly indifferent universe, and what do you have An additional layer of alienation that, I believe, the characterless work of Lovecraft lacks Now, don t get me wrong I m not about to give Lovecraft a kick in here I m hardly qualified to do so But I d argue that with a complex psychological component, honed during years of writing non cosmic fiction and even crime , Campbell brings something to the cosmic tale of terror that may be lacking in the old master It is true that Lovecraft s work may benefit from its ostensible indifference to conventional character development that is, that this approach enhances the dehumanised aspects of the worldview But Campbell doesn t come at it this way his characters are stylised and yet realist, as on the edge as the events he depicts In Gla aki, we have a loner, a chosen one, a childless guy driven by his passion for solitary pursuits and arcane interests He s slightly under the thumb and ever mindful of his absent girlfriend s attitudes to daily life He won t even use the bathroom without making a noise to overrule the sounds of his private ablutions He s basically a man removed from reality, slightly obsessive who else would go through the rigmarole of acquiring each book, each book, each book , dogmatic in his purpose, and sensitive enough to dream about the material he doggedly consumes as a matter of intellectual and maybe even spiritual curiosity Hence the power of the imagery, the surreal episodes and the many slapstick engagements with the villagers It s as much character based as it is decreed by event as might be the case in Lovecraft s ultra serious, investigative narratives, which certainly possess a fundamentally different power By introducing this level of personal interaction, Campbell achieves something very different from the master to whom he owes allegiance In this sense, it seems pointless to compare him to Lovecraft that d be like comparing Tchaikovsky to Puccini All I personally claim is that such a different approach achieves something than Lovecraft in one sense, and less than him in another He s not alone here the tales of TED Klein spring immediately to mind In truth, I found the narrative tone and effect of Gla aki closer to Blackwood, especially his similarly hypnotic novella of an outsider venturing into a weird village , Ancient Sorceries And I d make a very favourable comparison to that tale, too In fact, I d claim that the intensity of Campbell s prose, its consistently of poetic vocabulary and ruthless internal logic, is superior to Blackwood s rhythmic, articulate, and yet occasionally staid phrasing I often have the feeling that Blackwood wrote quickly and that Campbell writes slowly make of that what you will A few final points I particularly liked the fact that, as in the Blackwood tale except for its framing passages involving John Silence , the narrative of Gla aki had no breaks This lent the piece a perpetual motion it was hard to break free from it was like compound interest the most powerful force in the universe, as Einstein said , a relentless massing of effect I think the cover was great and gaudy and fully in the tradition of this kind of fiction However, as stated above, I believe the true strength of Campbell s work lies in its suggestiveness, in how each reader must work with the author to produce their own version of the fiction And MINOR SPOILER HERE, FOLKS I wonder how much that brilliantly imagined thing on the front dictates visual interpretation near the end of the piece It certainly did for me, but not in any lamentable way you know, like going to see Psycho and someone telling you beforehand about the skeleton in the cellar I m aware that Campbell was reworking strands of a number of earlier pieces of fiction here, with the repeated meal eating conceit having played out in previously in a tale called Raised by the Moon I m also aware that one of the author s greatest fears is finding himself repeating himself But in my modest view, he should rest assured on this matter The Last Revelation of Gla aki is another master class in how to do it, a carefully orchestrated collection of literary techniques Campbell has been developing over 50 years I watched a recording of Campbell talking about the novella recently, and he said it s essentially another go at a tale he wrote as a lad, The Inhabitant of the Lake Read both pieces side by side and see how far he s come It s a journey worthy of an elder God. Pedestrian fugue on The Shadow Over Innsmouth set in seaside England Campbell spends too much time telling us how many weird things Fairman doesn t notice or wants to ignore and too little time advancing any sort of a plot so we get bored and just want to move on Could have been better at half the length and actually eerier if Campbell had trimmed the number of things to not be noticed As it is, the thing sort of bludgeons one with all the things Fairman wants to explain away.