'How could the Outsider have chosen such a bungler? ...When had he ever offered a single sacrifice, however small, to the Outsider? Never! Not one in his entire life. Yet the Outsider had extended infinite credit to him... Certainly he would never be able to repay the Outsider for the knowledge and the honor, no matter how hard or how long he tried.' (Gene Wolfe, Nightside The Long Sun)

Saturday, November 2, 2013

Intergalactic Bestiary & Subversive Eucharist

I finally wrote something new about Wolfe!  It was part of a '30 Days of Halloween' series I did over at my Ride The Nightmare blog.  The theme of the series was theology of horror and theology of monsters.  I think Wolfe exhibits plenty of both.  I try to talk just a wee bit about how Wolfe engages with Lovecraftian 'cosmic horror'.  The article is at the link below:

Day 28: Intergalactic Bestiary and Subversive Eucharist (the opulent wonders of Gene Wolfe)

(Barlowe's interpretation of the the Alzabo. More like the Ghoul-Bear to me. I pictured Alzy a little more like this.)


I must say I do wish someone would make a quality illustrated Gene Wolfe Bestiary.  It could have, say, succinct Andre-Driussi-type entries on each creature accompanied by, say, Wayne Barlowe-type illustrations.   (Or maybe a host of illustrators, reaching back to Bruce Pennington and Don Maitz and forward to folks like Mike Mignola and Jude Palencar.)

Anyway, of related interest to some readers of this blog might be the following: