Occidental Exile (baculus) wrote,
Occidental Exile

fiction of dreams

Hypnerotomachia Poliphili by Francesco Colonna

Trilby by Charles Nodier

Alice in Wonderland & Through the Looking-Glass by Lewis Carroll

The Nightmare Has Triplets (three volumes: Smirt, Smith, & Smire) by Branch Cabell

The Dream-Quest of Unknown Kadath by H.P. Lovecraft

The Arabian Nightmare by Robert Irwin

A Box of Dreams by David Madsen
"Inside the packed cathedral all was sweet odors, cool shadows, the glint and glimmer of gold, the shy presence of the numinous amid the interplay of darkness and light; polychrome saints looked down from their lofty niches: St Parthexus with his gilded phallus, St Romo and the blind lion, St Averina carrying her lacerated breasts on a silver platter; votive candles winked before gaudy shrines; above the High Altar was suspended a huge icon of the Keys-in-Triplicate, wreated in the smoke of ambergris, rosemary, cedarwood and myrtle. Great shafts of air bisected the tenebrous interior, their passage and dispersal echoing the whispered supplications of a thousand worshippers. Ranks of gorgeously-robed acolytes were already assembled on the marble sanctuary, which was inlaid with lozenges of onyx and porphyry."
I read the last of these this weekend while traveling. Like all of the others in the list, it is patently indulgent and highly recommended.
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