Wednesday, September 29, 2004

LOST PAGES--Special Richard Calder Issue

Claude Lalumiere's Lost Page Web Zine has done a special Richard Calder issue, with essays and appreciations by K.J. Bishop and Lucius Shepard, among others. I had hoped to contribute something, but lost track of time. But I can at least say, in this forum, that if there is a true descendent of the French and English Decadent writers from around 1880-1910, that person would be Richard Calder. His work is sly, baroque, beautifully written, and knows no boundaries in terms of breaking taboo. At its best, Calder's fiction takes you someplace completely alien, even if ultimately familiar.