By Fred Chappell
Frequently pointed out in lists of the world's top horror novels, Dagon tells the tale of Peter Leland whose ancestral secrets and techniques emerge to plunge him right into a international of terror and degradation. utilizing the Mythos built by way of America's nice fantasist, H. P. Lovecraft, this novel transforms conventional Gothic components into an severe, scarifying, sleek paintings. a world bestseller, Dagon used to be offered the simplest overseas booklet prize through the French Academy and has ignited lively debate approximately its progressive method of its fabrics. Readers were recognized to maintain their apartment lighting fixtures burning all evening whereas examining this tale. "I am in truth confident that Fred Chappell is without doubt one of the best writers of this time, one of many infrequent and helpful few who're really 'major.'" - George Garrett, writer of demise Of The Fox and The Succession. writer of thirty volumes of fiction, poetry, and nonfiction, Fred Chappell has two times received global myth Awards, has seemed in over fifty anthologies, and has amassed a few dozen or so literary prizes together with Poet Laureate of the kingdom of North Carolina. Retired after 40 years of college instructing, he lives in Greensboro, North Carolina, and worships cats.
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Momentarily he imagined the air full of electric particles; if he breathed, his lungs would be electrocuted. Then he was up and ran stumbling into the darkened living room and stood by the fireplace, clutching the daubed stream rock with both hands. He turned round and round. Then he put his hands in his pockets and walked quite casually to the corner of the room and pressed his shoulders against the walls, pressed his face hard into the corner. He kept quivering, but he felt that now it was all right to breathe.
His mind was empty. He let his shoulders rise and drop. Helpless. Coke Rymer spoke, his voice at once belligerent and whining. I don't see why you want to put up with him. What do you want with some crazy old drunk anyhow? Hush, she said. Me and Mr. Leland's still got lots of things to do together. Don't we, Mr. Leland? He nodded numbly. Even if you can't fuck no more. He nodded again. She rose easily and came toward him and he sank back in himself, though his body didn't move. Her silvery eyes held the whole range of his knowledge; she placed her hand casually on his penis, withdrew it without haste.
It seemed to me that I would like to struggle to come alive again, to make myself alive somehow, but I didn't know how. Even if I knew how I wouldn't have dared, I didn't have courage, I didn't have the strength to find courage. God spoke through the sky to me, and then I was dead, but I came back to life. I had to be killed first, you see, truly killed. The trouble was, you know, not that I didn't have courage to come to life, but that I didn't have courage to be truly dead. I had to accept that I was dead before anything good could happen like that for me.
Dagon by Fred Chappell