NCW 1917 Garden

“She belonged in this garden, in the checker of light and shadow and exotic color, slender like a young bamboo and rounded as a purple passion fruit.” And so, in “East of Eastward” (1917) by John Russell, young Alfred Poynter Tunstal is plied with glasses of arrack, beguiled by a young beauty and strangled by an orangutan. Then events take a turn for the worse. Art by N.C. Wyeth.



“To some vague question, Agatha replied with a laugh that sounded more like camel bells than windchimes.”

— From Jerusalem Inn (1984) by Martha Grimes


“So it seems that Gerry has had quite a lot of trouble himself and he can not even get married on account of his wife.”

— Lorelei Lee writing in her diary, in Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1925) by Anita Loos


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Strang c

Strang a

“He was still watching through the crevice, when a slight noise caused him to turn his head. Even as he did so, a pair of slender, sinewy hands fastened on his neck, and he was jerked off his feet. The next moment he was on his back, with an evil yellow face close to his own.”


“…Vox was forced to rely on goblin mercenaries to hold on to what little power he had left in Undertown. These days, if the rumours are true, he spends his entire time alone in his dilapidated palace, too obese to leave his bed-chamber, drinking himself into a stupor each night with bottle after bottle of Oblivion.”
The Last of the Sky Pirates (2002) by Paul Stewart and Chris Riddell