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Public domain audiobooks, six days a week, for folks with a Catholic taste in literature. Enjoy! Clan Honor Mondays: Fitz-James O'Brien works. Lit Tuesdays: Short stories, novels, or poems. Acts of the Wednesdays: Early Christian works. Mystery Thursdays: Mystery short stories or novels. Lit Fridays: Short stories, novels, or poems. Saintly Saturdays: Later Christian works.

Mary reading to ChristA Vatican Library catalog page, 1518

Friday, October 28, 2005

#29: "The Nightmare" by G.K. Chesterton

This essay is from Alarms and Discursions, a 1910 collection of short pieces written for London's Daily News. The essay winds around a bit, and talks of many things. In the end, I think it's a brilliant defense of horror, dark fantasy, and the like. More than that, though, it's fun and beautiful writing, from a time when the sort of blog columns we enjoy from Lileks were standard operating procedure for journalists. (Or at least they were for Chesterton.)

I apologize for reading the essay with a much straighter face than GKC wore when writing it. However, you are spared any of my odd voices.

"The Nightmare"
9 min.


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