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- March 20, 2017 at 10:17 am #27308
There were lots of references in this book, especially to Lovecraft and Vonnegut. I caught the more of the Slaughterhouse Five references than anything from Lovecraft. But my best guess were there were at least 5 separate references in Agents of Dreamland.
Were there any besides Lovecraft and Vonnegut?
-The Lovecraft Poem
-References to Billy Pilgrim
-Quote “and so it goes”
-General ‘unstuck in timeness’
-Funky looking Cthulhu monster thing?
- March 22, 2017 at 6:36 pm #27361
I also think maybe a couple of X-Files references. The Dreamland thing – There are two episodes called that on the X-Files. In the episodes, ‘Dreamland’ is a covert area that tests secret aircraft which causes a weird time warp that makes people swap bodies and integrate with rocks and each other.
There’s also two other episodes, one called ‘Firewalker’ and the other called ‘F. Emasculata’ that it made me think of. Firewalker has them discovering some new fungi-ish thing that grows in the body and explodes through the throat (it’s really gross looking).
In F. Emasculata there’s a bug type thing that explodes out of the cheek and is highly infectious.
There’s also one called ‘El Munda Gira’ with a weird yellow fungus from space that eats one girl’s face off and turns two brothers into walking, contagious fungus factories.
- March 22, 2017 at 7:03 pm #27364
Never even had a hint of the x,files but I see the fungus thing in sooo many books.
- March 22, 2017 at 7:10 pm #27373
I think the two stories (besides the Fungi poem) it’s referencing are ‘The Colour Out of Space’ and ‘The Whisperer in Darkness’. She seems to write about fungus quite a bit.
- March 22, 2017 at 7:42 pm #27411
Good call on The X-Files! There was a definite vibe about it in this book, but I thought it was more in mood and atmosphere. I’ll have to revisit those episodes. Nice connections there!
- March 22, 2017 at 8:10 pm #27437
Thank you! I haven’t read any of Vonnegut’s works so I’m not sure what were his exactly.
- March 22, 2017 at 8:17 pm #27446
Specifcally, Vonnegut’s were the whole “adrift in time” thing, Billy Pilgrim is the main character in Slaughterhouse Five, and the phrase “So it goes” is used in that book specifically too.
- March 22, 2017 at 8:14 pm #27443
I haven’t read a word of Vonnegut either. Most of my reading is pretty current stuff. I hate to admit it, but I’m not too well read when it comes to the “classics” or icons of the genre. 🙁
- March 22, 2017 at 8:49 pm #27465
Ah, ok, thanks! I’ve read horror classics but more modern classics I’m not too up on.
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