"There is a black sun which is not visible to the human eye. It is our beacon and its fire burns within us." -- Akkadian temple inscription



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Black Sun

Steven Kaye's irregularly updated blog

...In which Our Hero discovers that he actually has time to work on his blog, now that the weekend is upon him. I was re-reading "The Music of Erich Zann" and noticed that Zann is described as having a "grotesque, satyr-like face." Now given Lovecraft's knowledge of classical mythology and the central role of music in the story, I can't help but wonder if this is intended as an allusion to the story of Marsyas. Marsyas was a satyr who picked up a set of pipes discarded by Athena (who felt that puffing out her cheeks like Louis Armstrong was beneath the dignity of a goddess of wisdom) and started playing. He challenged Apollo, who among other things was the god of music, to a contest, Apollo's lute versus Marsyas' pipes. Apollo agreed, on the condition that the winner could do anything he wanted to the loser. Somehow, I don't think Marsyas imagined this. Don't fuck with the sun god, kids. Harry Crosby knew.
Not much to add today - got back from work around 9 pm, reheated some dinner, checked my e-mail and the usual round of websites and kicked back with Michael Moorcock's A Nomad of the Time Streams. Why don't you check out Steve Beard's and Jeff Noon's Mappalujo while I try to come up with a dazzling insight or two?
I've completed the first draft of my review of Song of Cthulhu: Tales of the Spheres Beyond Sound from Chaosium. Paul Berglund of Nightscapes asked if I could do one to accompany my review of The Children of Cthulhu, previously posted to alt.horror.cthulhu. My current method of working on reviews is to make a first quick pass, noting elements of interest in the stories and various tidbits about the author. Then I follow up with a second round, where I flesh out the commentaries on the stories with more detail on voice, prose style, etc. In the past I've written reviews all in one go as posts to the newsgroup, and I feel their quality has suffered because of this. I should have the review finished this week.
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