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Fred Chappell (1936–2024)

Forfatter af I Am One of You Forever

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Born in Canton, North Carolina, Fred Chappell earned a Master's degree at Duke University. He has written numerous novels and books of poetry, including First and Last Words, Midquest, More Shapes than One, and I Am One of You Forever. Among the awards Chappell has received in his illustrious vis mere career are the Sir Walter Raleigh Prize in 1973, the North Carolina Award for Literature in 1980, Yale University Library's Bollingen Prize in poetry in 1985, and the Aiken Taylor Award in poetry in 1996. Chappell is Burlington Industries Professor of English at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. He also writes about poetry every month as a News & Observer book columnist. He was selected by the governor of North Carolina to be the state's poet laureate in 1997, a position he held until 2002. (Bowker Author Biography) vis mindre

Omfatter også følgende navne: FredChappell, FRED. CHAPPEL, Fred Chapelle

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Værker af Fred Chappell

I Am One of You Forever (1985) 334 eksemplarer
Brighten the Corner Where You Are (1989) 236 eksemplarer
Dagon (1968) 105 eksemplarer
The Fred Chappell Reader (1987) 45 eksemplarer
A Shadow All of Light (2016) 34 eksemplarer
Midquest: A Poem (1981) 29 eksemplarer
Backsass: Poems (2004) 20 eksemplarer
C: Poems (1993) 18 eksemplarer
Family Gathering: Poems (1996) 17 eksemplarer
Shadow Box (2009) 15 eksemplarer
Moments of Light (1980) 15 eksemplarer
The Inkling (Voices of the South) (1965) 13 eksemplarer
Familiars: Poems (2014) 11 eksemplarer
World Between the Eyes: Poems (1971) 9 eksemplarer
Source: Poems (1985) 9 eksemplarer
First and Last Words (1989) 8 eksemplarer
Earthsleep: A Poem (1980) 7 eksemplarer
Locales: Poems from the Fellowship of Southern Writers (2003) — Redaktør — 7 eksemplarer
Castle Tzingal (1984) 6 eksemplarer
The Lodger [short story] (1993) 5 eksemplarer
River : a poem (1975) 5 eksemplarer
Wind Mountain : a poem (1979) 4 eksemplarer
Dance of Shadows 3 eksemplarer
Shadow Of The Valley 2 eksemplarer
Bloodfire: A Poem (1978) 2 eksemplarer
Maze of Shadows 2 eksemplarer
Linnaeus Forgets 1 eksemplar
Věci mimo nás (2009) 1 eksemplar
The Adder 1 eksemplar
The Diamond Shadow 1 eksemplar
Remnants 1 eksemplar
Miss Prue 1 eksemplar
The finish line (2000) 1 eksemplar
As If It Were: Poems (2019) 1 eksemplar
"Hooyoo Love" 1 eksemplar
Weird Tales 1 eksemplar

Associated Works

Literature: An Introduction to Fiction, Poetry, and Drama (1995) — Bidragyder, nogle udgaver914 eksemplarer
Cthulhu 2000 (1995) — Bidragyder — 464 eksemplarer
Sudden Fiction: American Short-Short Stories (1984) — Bidragyder — 362 eksemplarer
Lovecraft's Monsters (2014) — Bidragyder — 345 eksemplarer
100 Ghastly Little Ghost Stories (1993) — Bidragyder — 336 eksemplarer
The Top Ten: Writers Pick Their Favorite Books (1997) — Bidragyder — 301 eksemplarer
The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror: Seventh Annual Collection (1994) — Bidragyder — 254 eksemplarer
100 Vicious Little Vampire Stories (1995) — Bidragyder — 217 eksemplarer
The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror: Fifth Annual Collection (1992) — Bidragyder — 202 eksemplarer
The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror: Third Annual Collection (1988) — Bidragyder — 184 eksemplarer
Cthulhu’s Reign (2010) — Bidragyder — 151 eksemplarer
Southern Blood: Vampire Stories from the American South (1997) — Bidragyder — 144 eksemplarer
The Necronomicon (1901) — Bidragyder — 125 eksemplarer
101 Stories {Folio Society} (2002) — Introduktion, nogle udgaver114 eksemplarer
The Big Book of Modern Fantasy (2020) — Bidragyder — 108 eksemplarer
The Necronomicon (Chaosium ∙ 2nd Edition ∙ 2008) (2002) — Bidragyder — 100 eksemplarer
The Literature of the American South: A Norton Anthology (1997) — Bidragyder — 98 eksemplarer
American Fantastic Tales: Boxed Set (2009) — Bidragyder — 92 eksemplarer
Black Wings of Cthulhu 4 (2016) — Bidragyder — 86 eksemplarer
Song of Cthulhu (2001) — Bidragyder — 77 eksemplarer
Eternal Lovecraft: The Persistence of HPL in Popular Culture (1998) — Forfatter — 72 eksemplarer
100 Twisted Little Tales of Torment (1998) — Bidragyder — 62 eksemplarer
Best Food Writing 2002 (2002) — Bidragyder — 58 eksemplarer
Crossroads: Tales of the Southern Literary Fantastic (2004) — Bidragyder — 52 eksemplarer
The Year's Best Horror Stories: Series XIII (1985) — Bidragyder — 49 eksemplarer
Year's Best Fantasy 8 (2007) — Bidragyder — 47 eksemplarer
Southern Dogs and Their People (2000) — Bidragyder — 39 eksemplarer
Flannery O'Connor: A Celebration of Genius (2000) — Bidragyder — 39 eksemplarer
100 Tiny Tales of Terror (1996) — Bidragyder — 33 eksemplarer
Bound for Evil: Curious Tales of Books Gone Bad (2008) — Bidragyder — 24 eksemplarer
A Good Man: Fathers and Sons in Poetry and Prose (1993) — Bidragyder — 20 eksemplarer
A Portrait of Southern Writers: Photographs (2000) — Bidragyder — 13 eksemplarer
The yellow shoe poets : selected poems, 1964-1999 (1999) — Forord, nogle udgaver12 eksemplarer
Wonder & glory forever : awe-inspiring Lovecraftian fiction (2020) — Bidragyder — 9 eksemplarer
Asheville Impressions (2008) — Forord — 3 eksemplarer
The Davidson Miscellany: Fall 1983-Spring 1984 — Bidragyder — 1 eksemplar

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I liked the first two-thirds of this book, when it revolved around a son's attempt to find out more about his deceased father's inner thoughts. Abruptly it changed into a sci-fi book with a flashback (I think) to when the family went on a trip to the moon via the father's homemade spaceship. This incident wasn't mentioned again, and could easily be lifted out of the book without causing any plot disruptions.

Overall I think the book was mediocre, and putting in a random chapter that was pure sci-fi did nothing to make things better.

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blueskygreentrees | 2 andre anmeldelser | Jul 30, 2023 |
Chappell has a poet’s facility with language, and I was happy to see him turn it to a fantasy tale. I love his Appalachian stories, and here he portrays an Italianate setting with vivid character, from its sly bravos and petulant artists to its society of cats, pirates and even unusual and deadly flora. With a touch of adventure and light use of the fantastic, there are echoes of Vance and Leiber here, but its very much its own thing. Sciomancy, the art of shadow mastery, is an imaginative and clever idea, and had me thinking more than once of the shadow I take for granted that follows me.… (mere)
 
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redcrowstudio | 2 andre anmeldelser | Oct 3, 2022 |
This book was a disappointment. Despite a couple of high points Chapelle came across as a poor man's [a:Ray Bradbury|1630|Ray Bradbury|https://d.gr-assets.com/authors/1445955959p2/1630.jpg]. The [a:Carl Linnaeus|660225|Carl Linnaeus|https://d.gr-assets.com/authors/1398435775p2/660225.jpg] story was outstanding, "Bacarole" and "The Snow that is Nothing in the Triangle" were excellent as well.

"Duet" would have gone from primarily maudlin to profound if Chapelle had just gone the extra mile and made the relationship a more explicitly homosexual one. I think he was trying to be enigmatic about the relationship, or maybe I'm just reading more into it and it was truly intended to be just maudlin. As it is he plays it safe.

I didn't like "Weird Tales" and more particularly "The Adder" but I have a personal bias against this sort of Lovecraftian fiction.

I absolutely hated "Alma." I know what Chapelle was trying to do but it still made me cringe. I felt similarly but to a lesser extent about "Ladies from Lapland." Chapelle just couldn't resist the pun. "After Revelation" was particularly weak as well, not horrible, just uninspired.

The rest were good but not great; the sort of thing that would fit in well in a Twilight Zone episode. Chapelle is somewhat like [a:Charles Beaumont|246684|Charles Beaumont|https://d.gr-assets.com/authors/1306872680p2/246684.jpg] in that he is largely a "What if?" sort of story teller. "What if the Necronomicon were real?" That sort of thing.

Overall the stories were clever but forgettable and Chapelle's prose isn't as inspired as Bradbury's.
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Gumbywan | Jun 24, 2022 |
The stories of Falco the apprentice shadow thief first appeared in ‘The Magazine Of Fantasy And Science Fiction’ and I loved them. So when I discovered they had been combined into a novel, I couldn’t get it soon enough or is it a novel that was sold in bits to ‘The Magazine of Fantasy And Science Fiction’? Hard to tell. It reads like a novel, to be fair, with the disparate elements coming together nicely at the end and, as people are more likely to buy novels than story collections, we shall call it a novel.

Falco is a farmer’s son who wants to better himself, so he comes to the port city of Tardocco in the province of Tlemia with the aim of apprenticing himself to Maestro Astolfo of the shadow trade. When we meet Falco, he is in Astolfo’s mansion with Astolfo’s blade at his throat. Fortunately, the master decides to admit him to his household. Falco the farmer is soon engaged in intensive training. He will learn to separate shadows from their casters with the quasilune knife but must also undergo intense instruction in unarmed combat and swordplay from the voiceless servant Mutano, a great hulk of a man who thrashes him easily. His first real job comes up when a merchant named Pecunio contacts Maestro Astolfo with a shadow for sale. The names, city-states and level of culture are all similar to Italy in the Renaissance period.

Pecunio asks Astolfo to identify a shadow purporting to be that of the infamous pirate Morbruzzo. Falco is not much help here as he is still learning the trade. In his next adventure, a noble lady has a great jewel which appears to have a shadow in it and her mental health seems affected. On page 40, we learn some of the uses of shadows in this world. They may be used to furnish a pleasant background to a room. Winemakers steep lesser vintages in shadow to add subtlety and depth and they may be used to darken silks and linens slightly. As the novel progresses, there is more about shadows and it becomes clear that Chappell’s fantastical conceit has been well thought out.

By chapter three, some years have passed and Falco has learned enough to take on an assignment of his own. A wealthy rope merchant has twin children, a brother and sister born an hour apart, but has lately noticed that they have only one shadow between them. Sometimes it attaches to one, sometimes to the other. Meanwhile, Mutano, the mute who trains Falco in swordplay, has a scheme to get his voice back from the villain who stole it years before.

Falco, Mutano and Maestro Astolfo are developed as characters over the course of the novel and all of them are changed. The climax is a huge event with the entire city in danger from an enemy without and traitors within. Characters introduced in earlier sections are bought into play and it all ties up very neatly.

If you’re the kind of reader who demands fast-paced stories with lots of action, this might not be for you. The chapters are quite long and demand an attention span greater than that of a gnat. The prose is beautiful but takes its time to tell the story. Fred Chappell has a poet’s vocabulary and love of words but his style also has clarity. Previous poets, who have written fantasy, are sometimes hard work for though the sounds are lovely the meaning is not always clear. I am thinking of Clark Ashton Smith. There are other authors of fantasy who use a low-key understated literary style who can be so boring that one’s eyelids tend to droop. Gene Wolfe, alas, has this effect on me. Two who get the balance about right between style and readability are Peter S. Beagle and Fred Chappell. I would put Chappell ahead by a nose if that much. If I was reading Beagle this week, I might put him ahead. Either one is a joy.

Readers of ‘The Magazine Of Fantasy And Science Fiction’ familiar with the parts printed therein will surely snap up this fine novel but I’d recommend it to any fan of sophisticated fantasy.

Eamonn Murphy
This review first appeared at https://www.sfcrowsnest.info/
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