Category Archives: Fantasy

Catholicism at the Cinema: Miracle of the Bells (1948)

The relationship between Hollywood and Catholicism has always been a complex and historically interesting one. While Catholics were influential in the creation and enforcing of a long-lasting censorship system (known as the Production Code), there were comparatively few movies which … Continue reading

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Infundibular

“‘The explanation for this is that the world inhabited by these beings is not the world we inhabit. It is another world entirely, and it is enclosed within this one; it is in a sense a universal retreating mirror image … Continue reading

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Little, Big by John Crowley

“‘Please please follow all these instructions very carefully or I don’t know what might happen.’ Which is how Smoky came to be walking not riding to Edgewood, with a wedding-suit in his pack old not new, and food made not … Continue reading

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‘Poltarnees, Beholder of the Ocean’

“At that moment the Sea sang a dirge at sunset for all the harm that he had done in anger and all the ruin wrought on adventurous ships; and there were tears in the voice of the tyrannous Sea, for … Continue reading

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‘The Three Infernal Jokes’

“It was then that he who told this mournful story, drawn on by the boasts of others, leaned forward a little over the green baize into the light of the two guttering candles and revealed, no doubt a little shyly, … Continue reading

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‘The Three Sailors’ Gambit’

Here are some notes from our first book club meeting. We discussed “The Three Sailors’ Gambit” by Lord Dunsany. The story is about three sailors who succeed at chess through the use of a demonic crystal ball, which they inherited … Continue reading

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‘A Narrow Escape’

This is marvelous story is about a magician who lived underground and who tried to wreck London, because “what he heard of the world above his head was not to its credit.” “He decided one evening over his evil pipe, … Continue reading

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