Brisbane Book Club, January 2014 Meetup

Our theme for the month is: The Macabre…

There are many books that could be described as "having a grim or ghastly atmosphere" and that emphasize "the details and symbols of death". Perhaps the summer holidays provide a good opportunity to escape into this area. Pick an example of this genre and let us know how you were affected. Some of the better-known authors who mine the macabre include: Clive Barker, L.P. Hartley, Stephen King, Richard Laymon, Ira Levin, H.P. Lovecraft, Arthur Machen, Edgar Allan Poe, Anne Rice, Mary Shelley, R.L. Stine, Bram Stoker.

As a note for any new members attending their first meetup - we meet on the Treasury Casino side of the Library. The group usually waits on the chairs near the doors, not out in the main area. Look for the crowd. If you run late, the doors into the library are locked. Try to attract the attention of the security guard on duty and he can let you in.

If you get lost on the night, call Erica on[masked] and I will try to help you out.

As indicated on the Ideas Page we would appreciate a "Gold Coin" donation to offset the Meetup Fees.

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  • Carmel S.

    Sorry to miss the January book club, the severe storms raging through, convinced me to stay indoors.

    January 7, 2014

    • Erica

      No worries, Carmel! The weather was rotten! Hopefully we'll get better weather for the next meet up! :)

      January 7, 2014

  • Ngaire B

    Very enjoyable with an erudite group

    January 7, 2014

  • Dianne D.

    I am feeling the effects of eating far too much and will have to drop out tonight.

    I read 'The Wind through the Keyhole' by Stephan King which was OK. It was more fantasy than horror but it did have a few gory scenes with descriptions of people being torn apart by some creature. The descriptions of the 'starkblast' (a type of storm) where also memorable as he described what it looked and felt like in enough detail that I could imagine what the landscape looked like during and after the storm. I also read 'The Raven' by Edgar Allan Poe. It's strange that I never associated the word 'nevermore' with death until I read that poem. Black birds have always been associated with graveyards and lost human souls, but not 'nevermore' The emotions associated with grieving for a love one are expressed and add to the depressing nature of the poem. Overall I liked it...and you tube have a nice version of it. Dianne

    January 6, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      Hi Dianne, I'm curious about whether you've read the rest of the Dark Tower Series and how Wind Through the Keyhole compared?

      January 7, 2014

    • Dianne D.

      I haven't read the rest of the series. King provided a brief summary of what the reader needed to know in the introduction. Roland retells a story that his mother told him and we learn that he killed his mother/blames himself for her death. The story touched on what he was like as a child and young adult and his beginnings as a gunslinger, as well as some other characters who had crossed over from Earth, but most of the story was the story within the story.

      January 7, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi all,

    This is the second time I've RSVPd for this group, and the second time that the heavens have opened up on Brisbane. If I didn't know any better I'd be taking it personally! Sorry, but am going to sit this one out and be home safe, dry, and away from the insane traffic. But see you next month!

    January 6, 2014

  • Ian W.

    Hi all,

    I'm afraid I'll need to drop out of this one. I have a hot child with a bunch of new teeth coming up and his mother is looking pretty frazzled, so I need to stay home and look after him.

    For what it's worth, I read and planned to talk about three stories from The Best Short Stories of the Modern Age: Edgar Allen Poe's Tell-Tale Heart, Thomas Mann's Little Herr Friedemann, and Shirley Jackson's The Lottery.

    Hope you all have a good time, and I'll see some of you at the Bookfest coffee.

    Ian

    January 6, 2014

  • David G

    There are plenty of good reading ideas in an article in the Sydney Morning Herald today. Some authors discuss their best reads in 2013. http://www.smh.com.au/entertainment/books/a-year-of-reading-20131212-2za7e.html
    Have a Merry Christmas and take some time out with a book.

    December 14, 2013

  • Lydia S.

    I'll be overseas, galavanting around the UK for a month. I'll be back in February but if I'm lucky I'll find some time to finish some H.P Lovecraft or Mary Shelley.

    See you guys at the Christmas party! c:

    December 3, 2013

  • Therese

    Sorry to miss such a great theme, but I'll be in Kerala!

    December 3, 2013

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