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Frankenstein meets Alice, Mortimer Grizzleywold de Vere encounters the werewolf, the inhabitants of Mandrak suffer the depradations of Dracul. Artmann takes a sideways glance at the principal myths of Gothic fiction and re-writes them in a language which combines the precision of Wittgenstein with the loucheness of Bulwer Lytton.


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Frankenstein meets Alice, Mortimer Grizzleywold de Vere encounters the werewolf, the inhabitants of Mandrak suffer the depradations of Dracul. Artmann takes a sideways glance at the principal myths of Gothic fiction and re-writes them in a language which combines the precision of Wittgenstein with the loucheness of Bulwer Lytton.

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    "The unfamiliar made more so" reads the caption for Atlas' Printed Head series IV here, but H.C. Artmann's peculiar stories actually seem to work because they are in fact reconfigurations of the familiar. The pieces here, largely composed in the 60s, use recognizable elements as a foundation to be utterly destabilized in the telling: A Dracula version is fragmented and impeded by bits of unfamiliar languages (gothic-cyrillic fonts?!) and codes -- following what happens is fairly easy, but the wh "The unfamiliar made more so" reads the caption for Atlas' Printed Head series IV here, but H.C. Artmann's peculiar stories actually seem to work because they are in fact reconfigurations of the familiar. The pieces here, largely composed in the 60s, use recognizable elements as a foundation to be utterly destabilized in the telling: A Dracula version is fragmented and impeded by bits of unfamiliar languages (gothic-cyrillic fonts?!) and codes -- following what happens is fairly easy, but the whys have become submerged. A turn-of-the-century werewolf adventure splinters into complex intrigues -- a jewel heist, changing identities, disappearances, veiled motives. And in the British countryside, Alice falls into an underground skyscraper reaching to the earth's core and is pursued by Frankenstein, while a young Mary Shelley and British mythological figure Mother Carey watch on television and dispute the action. Entertaining puzzles, each, to be re-read, searched for details, and perhaps never quite solved into a linear narrative.

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