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So I am in the Library of America, thanks to the good taste and intransigence of Peter Straub.  The Library of America two-volume set of uncanny tales he has edited includes my story "Novelty", which is not so uncanny, but Peter tells me he loves it, and so he put it in, whatever.  I am listed at the LoA page here www.loa.org/volume.jsp  right after Michael Chabon and Tim Powers, where it says "and 30 others."  That's me.

You can now get $15 off buying both volumes, which of course you will want to do -- just look at the ToC for each volume.  Here's LoA's quote from Peter's ontro to get you going:

“What remains when the conscious and functioning self has been erased is mankind’s fundamental condition—irrational, violent, guilt-wracked, despairing, and mad.”—Peter Straub

I haven't often been many of those things myself, except when I have just this second put down the car keys somewhere and cannot find them even though they must be within ten feet of me and I am losing my mind and the dermatologist appointment that i missed last month will be missed again, etc, but that doesn't last, or feed literature, not for me.   Anyway I am proud and happy to be snugged up with these others.


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Aug. 4th, 2009 12:05 am (UTC)
Ah, the Library of America. Handsome and readable volumes. You are in in splendid company -- from Thomas Jefferson to James Thurber -- just you deserve.

I once lost a set of keys somewhere along ten feet of sidewalk. I accepted them from a friend in a car, walked away, realized they were missing, and spent an extraordinary amount of time searching fruitlessly for them. I suspect they're in another dimension, along with half my socks.
Aug. 4th, 2009 01:38 am (UTC)
Whoa--go drinking often with Peter Straub? Bad idea, it would seem to me. But what do I know? Just his excellent & scary novels, & that even more intimidating bit above.

Must admit, I don't see the guilt-wracked aspect of your turrible condition. The other parts, yes.
Aug. 5th, 2009 02:42 am (UTC)
Peter is an utterly affable and top-notch drinking companion. Not at all scary, except when he wants to be, and then in good ways.
Aug. 4th, 2009 02:57 am (UTC)
Great news
An LOA collection of uncanny tales? Wow. I think my reading for the first couple of weeks of October is all lined out . . .
Aug. 4th, 2009 03:02 am (UTC)
God loves heretics, and there can be little doubt that God loves Peter Straub -- and you. Congratulations.
Aug. 4th, 2009 03:08 am (UTC)
O my! Such excellent company. You are justly amid them, enskied. If one could call such handsome volumes airy.

I once spent ten increasingly frantic minutes--there was a plane to catch--hunting for my keys, unpacking, rummaging, upturning. They were clenched in my teeth.

Aug. 4th, 2009 08:14 am (UTC)
Wow, congratulations!
Aug. 4th, 2009 02:42 pm (UTC)
I'm awfully sorry, my comment must sound as mocking! It was of course meant for Crowleycrow on account of his inclusion.
Aug. 4th, 2009 01:45 pm (UTC)
John, you are now listed right up front, in between Harlan Ellison and Joyce Carol Oates, several names before the 30 others.

Of course, we must presume that it wasn't there when you first looked at it, though this time it may have more to do with the possibility of instant page editing upon noticing an online remark like that.

Some uncanny events are more canny than others.
Aug. 4th, 2009 03:31 pm (UTC)
"Some uncanny events are more canny than others," a line we may paste in our hat-bands (if we had those) so as to keep us on our toes.

Yes, how weird, either I didn't recognize my name there before or it has appeared there.
Aug. 4th, 2009 02:34 pm (UTC)
Congratulations! What an honor. I love the look & feel of the LoA volumes; they really feel like an enshrinement. And what good company! Straub done good. It was good to see the fine poet Conrad Aiken (thanks to Harold Bloom for trying to keep interest/pleasure in him alive) represented by the beautiful Mr. Arcularis & not the rather overrated Silent Snow, Secret Snow. And hopefully Evening Primrose will draw more readers to the great Mr. Sardonicus, John Collier. What a nice fin de summer treat: congratulations again.
Aug. 4th, 2009 02:41 pm (UTC)
Wow, congratulations!
Aug. 5th, 2009 02:46 am (UTC)
"Novelty" is probably the best of your short stories that isn't science fiction. (As I think you know, I find "Snow" to be without peer, but it is clearly science fiction, except of course for the snow. It would still seem somewhat out of place in a book of fantasy stories.)

I'm very very happy for you, for Peter, and for the Library of America.
Aug. 8th, 2009 07:50 pm (UTC)
I recently read "Novelty" for the first time and loved it. Canny or un (both, probably) it's a great story and I'm so happy it's going to be tooling around in such a sleek, classy vehicle. Perfect timing on the release date (Oct. 1) my retail self is eager to point out. We sell a lot of anthologies of the uncanny sort (particularly handsomely bound ones) before Halloween--adults love being reminded of why it's always been their favorite holiday.
Also--this may be old news, and forgive me if it is--but I saw that FOUR FREEDOMS was the top Critics' Choice pick for fiction in the Washington Post for the week ending August 2nd. It's the cover you see when you go to the WP Critics' Choice on line. It might have been there since Bill Sheehan wrote his fine review, but this is the first time I've looked at that section, and it was lovely to see FOUR FREEDOMS so prominently displayed.
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