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Regularly cited in lists of the world's best horror novels, Dagon tells the story of Peter Leland whose ancestral secrets emerge to plunge him into a world of terror and degradation. Employing the Mythos developed by America's great fantasist, H. P. Lovecraft, this novel transforms traditional Gothic elements into an intense, scarifying, modern work.

An international bestseller, Dagon was awarded the Best Foreign Book prize by the French Academy and has ignited spirited debate ...

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Overview

Regularly cited in lists of the world's best horror novels, Dagon tells the story of Peter Leland whose ancestral secrets emerge to plunge him into a world of terror and degradation. Employing the Mythos developed by America's great fantasist, H. P. Lovecraft, this novel transforms traditional Gothic elements into an intense, scarifying, modern work.

An international bestseller, Dagon was awarded the Best Foreign Book prize by the French Academy and has ignited spirited debate about its revolutionary approach to its materials. Readers have been known to keep their house lights burning all night while reading this story.

"I am honestly convinced that Fred Chappell is one of the finest writers of this time, one of the rare and precious few who are truly 'major.'" - George Garrett, author of Death Of The Fox and The Succession.

Author of thirty volumes of fiction, poetry, and nonfiction, Fred Chappell has twice won World Fantasy Awards, has appeared in over fifty anthologies, and has gathered some dozen or so literary prizes including Poet Laureate of the state of North Carolina. Retired after forty years of university teaching, he lives in Greensboro, North Carolina, and worships cats.

A rich and varied collection of stories about seekers of truth, who find it manifests itself in wonderful, humorous, and terrible forms. "One of the South's and indeed the country's finest writers . . . a novelist and poet of great range and talent."--Los Angeles Times.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Set in the 1940s, this series of interlinked yarns about life on a North Carolina ``scratch-ankle mountain farm'' is told from the point of view of Jess, age 11. PW called Chappell ``a gifted spinner of fictions that often verge on fantasy and the tall tale.'' (August)
Kirkus Reviews
Well-crafted portraiture from southern novelist Chappell (More Shapes Than One, 1991; Brighten the Corner Where You Are, 1989, etc.), who offers proof that regional fiction is alive and well, and perfectly suited for export up North and farther afield.

The first refreshing thing about Chappell is that he knows how to tell a story. The second is that he doesn't pretend to be doing anything else. Ostensibly, the central character here is Granny Sorrells, an elderly North Carolina hillbilly on her deathbed. Granny is surrounded by her kinfolk, but we more or less lose track of her as a character once her grandson Jess starts to reminisce about Granny's stories of the local women she spent most of her life with. We thus learn about "The Shooting Woman," who seduced her husband with her marksmanship; "The Figuring Woman," who became the village soothsayer; "The Madwoman," who lost her wits after an unhappy affair, and so on. Although this concentration on strong, self-reliant backwoods girls brings the novel perilously close to self-parody at times, Chappell is able to provide enough color and credibility to the (easily recognizable) types he works with to rescue them from stereotype, and the old-fashioned and very formal device of giving us a narrator who stands largely outside the action of the tale works nicely to bring us into what ordinarily would be a very strange and disorienting world. To a large degree Chappell, like most regionalists, is attempting to re- create an entire society, and the success with which he does so gives his characters an uncommon depth and texture. Although his rhetoric can get a bit overblown, it usually supports the action and fits the characters.

Busy, satisfying, and wholesome: Chappell casts a sharp eye upon a very rich landscape and gives us a portrait as poignant as it is clear.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780917990946
  • Publisher: Bitingduck Press
  • Publication date: 1/1/2009
  • Pages: 140
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.33 (d)

Table of Contents

The General Prologue 3
In the Garden 9
Susan's Morning Dream of Her Garden 11
The Garden 14
Nettle 15
Marigold 15
Honeysuckle 15
The Fields 16
Patience 19
Literature 21
The Good Life 25
Grace Before Meat 27
How the Job Gets Done 27
My Hand Placed on a Rubens Drawing 28
The Good Life 31
Rejoinder 31
Dialogue of Naughty and Nice 32
Voyagers 33
The Virtues 34
The Garden of Love 37
The Fated Lovers: A Story 40
Ave atque Vale 47
In the Garden 47
I Love You 48
The Stories 48
A Glorious Twilight 49
Recovery of Sexual Desire After a Bad Cold 50
Poems of Character 53
Transmogrification of the Diva 57
Dipperful 58
Remodeling the Hermit's Cabin 60
The Presences at Sunset 63
The Widow 64
The Voices 64
The Reader 65
An Old Mountain Woman Reading the Book of Job 66
My Grandmother Washes Her Feet 68
Overheard in the Tea Room 72
Third Base Coach 72
Fast Ball 72
Junk Ball 73
Spitballer 74
Strike Zone 74
Dr. Bones 76
Tiger in the Field of Flame Grass 78
Latencies 79
Some of It 80
Score 81
Meanwhile 82
Teller 83
The Bible of the Unlucky Sailor 84
Poems of Fantasy 87
The Sea Text 92
Slow Harbor 93
Visitation 94
The Rose and Afterward 95
Scarecrow Colloquy 96
Observers 98
(Prologue) 100
The Transformations: A Fairy Tale 101
Moonswarm 107
Rider 109
Narcissus and Echo 110
The Story 111
Pierrot Escapes 112
The Tipsy Diva Remembers Pierrot 114
Epigrams 117
Going Through Zero to the Other Side 118
Fleurs-des-Livres 119
Upon a Confessional Poet 120
No Defense 120
Literary Critic 121
Another 121
Another 121
Rx 122
Upon an Amorous Old Couple 122
U.S. Porn Queen (Ret.) 123
Sex Manual 123
Epitaph: Lydia 123
Threads 124
Satire 124
The Epigrammatist 125
Poems of Memory 129
Humility 134
A Prayer for the Mountains 135
Seated Figure 136
Abandoned Schoolhouse on Long Branch 137
Child in the Fog 138
Nocturne 139
Message 140
Cathedral 141
Avignon and Afterward 142
Heath at Two: Learning to Talk 144
Afternoons with Allen 145
Heath at Eight: New Drum Set 146
Forever Mountain 147
Epilogue 151
Notes 157
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