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The Motion Demon (1919)

av Stefan Grabiński

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Macabre trains and maverick railwaymen inhabit the world of THE MOTION DEMON, a translation of the highly-original short story collection from the pen of Stefan Grabinski, first published in 1919.Sometimes called the "Polish Poe" or the "Polish Lovecraft," Grabinski is a unique voice in fantastique literature who crafted his own style and addressed themes that no other horror/fantasy writer at the time was exploring. Grabinski's work was largely ignored in his native country during his life, but in recent times there has been growing international interest in this writer, with notable voices, such as author China Mieville, proclaiming him a master of horror/fantasy.Translator Miroslaw Lipinski introduced the writings of Stefan Grabinski to English-speaking readership, first with translations in the small press, and then with the short story collections THE DARK DOMAIN (1993), THE MOTION DEMON (2005) and ON THE HILL OF ROSES (2012). Of Polish ancestry and British-birth, Lipinski resides in New York. He is currently working on a mammoth volume of Grabinski stories for Centipede Press' "Masters of the Weird Tale" series.… (mer)
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A magnificent collection of post-WW1 stories by the Polish master of the weird and macabre. These loosely inter-connected tales with events from one story subtly referenced in the next, form a colourful imagining of the railways and its railwaymen in a state of high motion and energy.

The stories themselves are excellent, ranging from manic travellers who can never stop travelling no matter the cost, to ghostly engines and wily trickster spirits that inhabit the soul of the trains and send people mad. All of these are told with some of the most manic, colourful prose that bring life to the stories in a way that only the very best of the classic weird writers ever could.

This has become one of my all time favourite short story collections. The theme and overarching story of the collection is perfectly crafted and the expert translation superbly captures Grabinski’s evocative spirit in his words

Superior to Lovecraft in my opinion and essential reading for fans of Edgar Allen Poe and Arthur Machen ( )
  KevDS | Sep 7, 2023 |
An enjoyable collection of stories associated with trains and the whole world of railways. Some of these stories have supernatural elements while others deal with man's fascination for the railway and the hypnotic effect the rushing forward of a train has on people.

Grabinski creates a vivid sense of place and brings the reader into the minds of the primary characters in his stories and instills in them the same fascination the characters have for the railways. This book is a wonderful reading experience for those who enjoy period stories that stirr the enquiring mind and deal with the darker side of the psyche. ( )
  pgmcc | Feb 6, 2013 |
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Macabre trains and maverick railwaymen inhabit the world of THE MOTION DEMON, a translation of the highly-original short story collection from the pen of Stefan Grabinski, first published in 1919.Sometimes called the "Polish Poe" or the "Polish Lovecraft," Grabinski is a unique voice in fantastique literature who crafted his own style and addressed themes that no other horror/fantasy writer at the time was exploring. Grabinski's work was largely ignored in his native country during his life, but in recent times there has been growing international interest in this writer, with notable voices, such as author China Mieville, proclaiming him a master of horror/fantasy.Translator Miroslaw Lipinski introduced the writings of Stefan Grabinski to English-speaking readership, first with translations in the small press, and then with the short story collections THE DARK DOMAIN (1993), THE MOTION DEMON (2005) and ON THE HILL OF ROSES (2012). Of Polish ancestry and British-birth, Lipinski resides in New York. He is currently working on a mammoth volume of Grabinski stories for Centipede Press' "Masters of the Weird Tale" series.

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