The Uncanny Reader – A Book Review

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Anyone who knows me well, knows that reading is my form of therapy. I have never been able to get enough of it during my lifetime and I have always carted a huge library around with me. Some books I read over and over… The Uncanny Reader is one such book. I have an inherent love of the supernatural and I am fascinated by science fiction and horror that is well-written. Thus, my devotion to Dean Koontz, who is simply the master of such works. Marjorie Sandor has written an anthology of ghost stories, fairy tales, science fiction and fantasy that is just addictive.

Here is a synopsis of the work:

From the deeply unsettling to the possibly supernatural, these thirty-one border-crossing stories from around the world explore the uncanny in literature, and delve into our increasingly unstable sense of self, home, and planet. The Uncanny Reader: Stories from the Shadows opens with “The Sand-man,” E.T.A. Hoffmann’s 1817 tale of doppelgangers and automatons–a tale that inspired generations of writers and thinkers to come. Stories by 19th and 20th century masters of the uncanny–including Edgar Allan Poe, Franz Kafka, and Shirley Jackson–form a foundation for sixteen award-winning contemporary authors, established and new, whose work blurs the boundaries between the familiar and the unknown. These writers come from Egypt, France, Germany, Japan, Poland, Russia, Scotland, England, Sweden, the United States, Uruguay, and Zambia–although their birthplaces are not always the terrains they plumb in their stories, nor do they confine themselves to their own eras. Contemporary authors include: Chris Adrian, Aimee Bender, Kate Bernheimer, Jean-Christophe Duchon-Doris, Mansoura Ez-Eldin, Jonathon Carroll, John Herdman, Kelly Link, Steven Millhauser, Joyce Carol Oates, Yoko Ogawa, Dean Paschal, Karen Russell, Namwali Serpell, Steve Stern and Karen Tidbeck.

I recognize many of those authors and adore their works. Sandor opens her works with an essay dedicated to explaining the differences between the uncanny and the weird. She dissects the word ‘uncanny’ and defines it for her readers. Then she delves into its historical significance and what it means to her personally.

From Weird Fiction Review:

Weird Fiction Review: Why do you think the uncanny has been around for so long and pervaded so many cultures and countries?

Marjorie Sandor: You probably already know the wonderful opening salvo of Lovecraft’s Horror in Supernatural Literature: “The oldest and strongest emotion of mankind is fear, and the oldest and strongest kind of fear is fear of the unknown.” If we think about this in terms of what art has always done for humankind, it’s always hovering in this intersection between the known and unknown — between the “official story” and the obliterated history that is not really gone, but suppressed or forgotten. We’ve been using this word, uncanny for hundreds of years, to describe the way we feel when something utterly mysterious happens close by—in the neighborhood, in the house-and-family, in our own bodies and sense of self. It might be supernatural. It might not. It might be fate. Or it might be chance. The crucial thing is that we can’t resolve it. The uncertainty — and what it makes us do and say — makes us uncanny to ourselves.

One cool thing to add here: the really old Scots/Gaelic word, “canny,” and its German equivalent, “heimlich,” originally meant not only safe and cozy but also private, hidden, and in old Scots, possessed of supernatural knowledge.” You might, for instance, go to a “canny man” to lay a curse on someone who’d pissed you off. This means that canny, as a word, has already secretly given birth to its eventual opposite, uncanny. That’s creepy, no?

But to go back to your question: we’ve always told ourselves stories after meeting with something inexplicable. The more we try to light up all the corners and rid ourselves of dangers, the more this primitive sensation takes root — like a seed of anxiety that will find a home wherever it can. The harder we try to expel it, the more it wants in. You can see why this is so rich and complex and unnerving when it comes to the art of storytelling, and all art forms, for that matter.

These stories are a great read for those who like the uncanny, the strange, the weird, the unexplained, as I do. The stories are just long enough to enthrall the reader and short enough to complete and then come back to the next one for more nourishment and delight. Pick up a copy of The Uncanny Reader – leave the light on and read all night. It’s just that good.


Trevor Loudon’s Speaking Schedule For The First Half Of 2015 – Updated 03/21/15

Trevor Loudon’s Schedule

Trevor Loudon is back in the states, gearing up for the 2016 election and spreading the word on how and why conservatives must win.

Noted author and anti-communist figure Trevor Loudon from New Zealand has an important message all Americans need to hear:

Ever wonder why the U.S. Congress has moved further and further left over your lifetime, while much of the electorate has become more conservative? Why government regulation and taxes have exponentially increased, even though most Americans still oppose Big Government?

Trevor’s new book, “The Enemies Within: Communists, Socialists and Progressives in the U.S. Congress” exposes the extreme Left’s infiltration of Capitol Hill.

“The Enemies Within” profiles fourteen Senators and more than fifty Representatives and their ties to the Communist Party USA, Democratic Socialists of America, Workers World Party, the Institute for Policy Studies, Council for a Livable World and other radical anti-American organizations.

Trevor says the Tea Party has stopped the socialist agenda in its tracks, but we must keep fighting. Freedom-loving people around the world are counting on us.



What’s new in the 2015-2017 edition of Trevor Loudon’s “The Enemies Within: Communists, Socialists, and Progressives in the U.S. Congress“?


The San Antonio connection -who are those Castro twins? Joaquin is a Congressman. Julian runs HUD. The Latino Obama they call him. Possibly on the Democratic ticket in 2016. Being talked about as a future Democratic Party Presidential candidate. San Antonio has been a hot bed of communism since the 1920s, and it didn’t all end with Emma Tenayuca and the Pecan Sheller’s Strike.

The movement reaches out far beyond Texas. See how even Eric Holder was connected. Obama too. See how the Castro twins are deeply rooted in Texas communism, not just through their La Raza activist mother Rosie Castro, but through their own radical ties, right up to the present day.

The 2015-2017 edition of “Enemies Within” will expose covert Congressional radicals in several new states, including Hawaii, Kentucky, Montana and Rhode Island, plus, it will include new profiles from California (seven), Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Maryland, Missouri, New York (four), North Carolina, Texas (three), Wisconsin and Vermont.

The book will profile more than 75 serving members of the US House of Representatives and the Senate.

Trevor’s new book will be released this summer, but you can begin to pre-order PERSONALLY SIGNED copies immediately.

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Sat., Mar. 21st, 2015
Event: TBD — Speaking Engagement/Confirmed
Time: 2:30 pm EST
Place: Cook Room
Meriden Public Library
105 Miller St.
Meriden, CT 06450

Tues., Mar. 24th, 2015
Event: Corpus Christi Tea Party Patriots — Speaking Engagement/Confirmed
Web Site: http://www.ccpatriotsteaparty.com
Time: 6 pm CST
Place: TM Middle School Cafeteria
9760 La Branch Drive
Corpus Christi, TX 78410

Thurs., Mar. 26th, 2015
Event: Hood County Tea Party — Speaking Engagement/Confirmed
Web Site: http://hoodcountyteaparty.org/
Time: 6:30 pm CST
Place: American Town Hall
200 Travis Street
Granbury, TX 76048

Tues., Mar. 31st, 2015
Event: Boerne Tea Party — Speaking Engagement/Confirmed
Web Site: http://www.boerneteapartypatriots.org/
Time: TBD
Place: Boerne, TX


Mon., Apr. 6th, 2015
Event: Tucson – Clair Van Steenwyck — Radio/Confirmed
Web Site: http://www.blogtalkradio.com/van-the-radio-man
Time: 2 pm MST
Place: AZ

Mon., Apr. 6th, 2015
Event: James T. Harris Show 1041 KQTH — Radio/Confirmed
Web Site: http://www.1041kqth.com/shows/143553456.html
Time: 4 pm MST
Place: AZ

Mon., Apr. 6th, 2015
Event: Arizona Project — Speaking Engagement/Confirmed
Time: 11:30 am MST
Place: 3375 E. Shea Blvd. Suite 2
Phoenix, AZ 85028

Mon., Apr. 6th, 2015
Event: Heirs of the Republic — Speaking Engagement/Confirmed
Web Site: http://heirsoftherepublic.com/
Time: 6:30 pm MST
Place: U-Like Oriental Buffet
5101 North Oracle Road
Oro Valley, AZ 85704

Tues., Apr. 7th, 2015
Event: Daisy Mountain Tea Party Patriots — Speaking Engagement/Confirmed
Web Site: http://www.daisymountainteapartypatriots.com/
Time: 6:30 pm MST
Place: Anthem Civic Building
3701 West Anthem Way
Anthem, AZ 85086

Wed., Apr. 8th, 2015
Event: Erskine on Radio — Radio/Confirmed
Web Site: http://www.Erskineonradio.com
Time: Pretape for Airing on the 11th
Place: AZ

Wed., Apr. 8th, 2015
Event: Red Mountain Patriots & Freedom Fires — Speaking Engagement/Confirmed
Web Site: http://www.eastvalleyteaparty.com/
Time: 6:30 pm MST
Place: Faith Christian School
7464 East Main Street
Mesa, AZ 85207

Thurs., Apr. 9th, 2015
Event: Flagstaff Tea Party & Concerned Citizens For America — Speaking Engagement/Confirmed
Web Site: http://cc4america.org/
Time: 6:30 pm MST
Place: Church of the Nazarene
55 Rojo Drive
Sedona, AZ 86351

Fri., Apr. 10th, 2015
Event: Grassroots Activists — Speaking Engagement/Confirmed
Web Site: http://grassrootsglendaleteaparty.com/
Time: 6:30 pm MST
Place: The Brand New Church
1827 West Grovers Avenue
Phoenix, AZ 85023

Sat., Apr. 11th, 2015
Event: Moral Action Ministry — Speaking Engagement/Confirmed
Time: 9:45 am MST
Place: North Scottsdale Christian Church
28700 North Pima Road
Scottsdale, AZ 85262

Sat., Apr. 11th, 2015
Event: Payson Tea Party — Speaking Engagement/Confirmed
Web Site: http://paysonteaparty.org/
Time: 6:30 pm MST
Place: Tiny’s Family Restaurant
600 East Highway 260
Payson, AZ 85541

Thurs., Apr. 16th, 2015
Event: Lake Norman Conservatives — Speaking Engagement/Confirmed
Time: 6 pm EST
Place: Galway Hooker Restaurant & Pub
17044 Kenton Drive
Cornelius, NC 28031

Sat., Apr. 18th, 2015
Event: Spartanburg County GOP Convention — Speaking Engagement/Confirmed
Web Site: http://www.spartanburggop.com/
Time: 9 am EST
Place: Chapman High School
Inman, SC

Mon., Apr. 20th, 2015
Event: Palmetto House Republican Women — Speaking Engagement/Confirmed
Time: 6:30 pm EST
Place: Marriott
299 North Church Street
Spartanburg, SC

Tues., Apr. 21st, 2015
Event: Carroll County TEA Party — Speaking Engagement/Confirmed
Time: 7 pm EST
Place: The Stallings Center
118 S. White Street
Carrollton, GA 30117

Fri., Apr. 24th, 2015
Event: Roseburg Tea Party — Speaking Engagement/Confirmed
Time: TBD
Place: Roseburg, OR

Sat., Apr. 25th, 2015
Event: Libertarian Party of Oregon — Speaking Engagement/Confirmed
Web Site: http://www.lp.org www.lporegon.net
Time: TBD
Place: Salem, OR

Thurs., Apr. 30th, 2015
Event: Redlands Tea Party Patriots — Speaking Engagement/Confirmed
Web Site: http://redlandsteaparty.net/rtp/
Time: 7 pm PST
Place: Mill Creek Cattle Company, Diamond Jim’s Banquet Hall & Saloon
1874 Mentone Blvd.
Mentone, CA


Sat., May 30th, 2015
Event: Clark County Republican Lincoln Day Dinner — Speaking Engagement/Confirmed
Web Site: http://www.clarkrepublicans.org/
Time: TBD
Place: Vancouver, WA