(PDF FREE) [The Shadow People] Æ Margaret St. Clair
Weird fiction indeed Published in 1969 this novel from Margaret St Clair one of the few well known female SF writers from the Pilgrimage (1920) last century concerns a race of dark elves whoive in a sprawling subterranean world of caverns tunnels and waterfalls called Underearth They occasionally visit the surface to steal things and kidnap people and the narrative begins with one such kidnapping I enjoyed the writing uite a bit but my appreciation at not knowing exactly where the tale would go next was also the biggest weakness at times it came across as disjointed and meandering Still I was never bored with this very odd somewhat dated story 35 stars Ad copy Shapely Ankle Preferrd lie THE INVASION OF THE HALLUCINOGENIC PEOPLE FROM UNDEREARTH They had existed from time immemorial hidden in a space warp far beneath the surface of the earth Until now their only form of nourishment had been a strange hallucinogenic grain Now they hungered for human flesh The earth was to be their stockyards and mankind their meat Of this the entire back cover copy only the second sentence is not aie either outright or by implication The front cover says They came from the Underearth to take over the world
This too is a ie by implication The fact is this isn t a storytoo is a ie by implication The fact is this isn t a story invasion unless a story about a serial killer is a story about war What it is in all probability is one of the strangest stories you will ever read It s about the search for protection safety and security in a world out of control Two worlds actually each representing a Very definitely a creature of 1969 Berkeley CA written by one of the elder stateswomen of SF writing at the time this is a tightly written urban horror fantasy novel Kind of a cross the films Labyrinth The Descent and Strange Days although it preceded all three There are reviews that go into great Fair Play (Zephyr Ranch length about how the book s tonal shift deaden it s pace and take away from it If you think of it as William S Burroughs ORPHEUS AND EURODYCE youl be much closer to its core Margaret Sinclair turned to writing books in the 1960 s I don t know why her short story output declines after 1960 but I think it may have had to do with monetary reasons Sc. THE INVASION OF THE HALLUCINOGENIC PEOPLE FROM UNDEREARTHThey had existed from time immemorial hidden in a space warp far.
Read ¸ E-book, or Kindle E-pub Ë Margaret St. ClairMind for the remainder Dick Aldridge emerges from Underearth some years ater to find a world unpleasantly changed
and bearing some of the miasma and despair that pervades the subsurface While it isbearing some of the miasma and despair that pervades the subsurface While it is that the influence of Underearth is somehow responsible and there are indications of machinations of at east one green elf St Clair fails to make the connection explicit and meaningful and to expand upon the themes of the first half Instead it oses its way and delivers an unsatisfyingly abrupt endingHonestly an injection of Shaver Mystery would have done the story some good Are the green elves manipulating society to
Make The Outer World Likethe outer world ike homeland Is Dick seeing the world through eyes poisoned by Underearth or perhaps by mental illness Can we as reader really trust his narration Weird story about hippies elves an underworld and a distopian society I ve not read any of Margaret St Clair s stories before so I didn t really know what to expect going in to this novel It was written in 1969 and parts of it were good while other parts seemed to slip and go nowhere It s of a 25 star read and of interest
TO FANS OF FANTASY BOOKS FROMfans of fantasy books from 60s and 70s I managed to track down a used copy of this book mentioned in Gygax s infamous Appendix N of inspirational reading I an eminently readable prose style and a story that easily kept my attention and interest I find many of the elements that were influential in the creation of DD and other early fantasy RPGs elements of fantasy even though it is set in a modern ishnear future world for 1969 an underground world encompassing the entire world a proto Underdark called the Underearth a race much The Temple of the Golden Pavilion like the drow even called elves in some cases and their pets orcs and ettins the detailed descriptions of their underground existence including the addictive atter corn that provides a hallucinogenic foodstuff and the source of the don t eat anything in the faerie world superstition etc I was reminded of modulesike B4 The Lost City with its underground world inhabited by hallucinating Cynideceans and D1 2 Descent into the Depths of the Earth great stuff What an odd read Enjoyed it though Very 60. Ey hungered for human flesh The earth was to be their stockyards and mankind their meatCover art by Jeffrey Catherine Jon. Ience Fiction and Fantasy became big sellers in the Age of Auarius Authors are often forced to write to pay the bills Although the genesis of this novel may have been in the back of her mind for years the second part seems to have been created for the specific era it was writtenThe Shadow People is very much a product of it s time 1969 but it has influences which go back
to the early part of the a The stink of flesh was mingled with the atter corn There must bethe early part of the The Great Silent Grandmother Gathering la The stink of flesh was mingled with the atter corn There must be abundance of both for the smell to come to me so strongly Plenty of meat and plenty of intoxicant meal to elf eyes the place to which the upward sloping passageed must seem a sort of New Penguin Cookery Book land of Cockaigne Profoundly strangeA book of two very distinct halves The first half of The Shadow People is a descent into a subterranean Hell in Earth An un Decent read can t remember if this is Appendix N but it s related and pertinent Well crafted I suppose in a way that is unsettling Pretty shortThere is a jarring transposition fromate 60 s hippie culture to fantasy underworld to gonzo robot police state which some have suggested is a mental health trope but I don t see it Maybe a metaphor for addiction and the rise of computer controlled fascism may be apt YMMV of course I Wrong Pong liked it because it hints at much deeper things but doesn t really pause except for one part right near the end to give any serious explanation The tidied ends actually detract from the story some t I had associated this book as drawing from or referencing the Shaver Mystery mythos a statement that on reflection is exaggerated at best There are similarities evil subhumansiving in the secret places under the earth the implications of their growing influence in the outer world the unveiling of the secret knowledge to the everyday characters and a sort of dreamlike paranoia and sense of persecution But this work seems drawn from Celtic or Northern European mythology of the traditional view of elves in an evil gremlin sense combined with the mythological aspects of a visit to the underworld with all the travails and conditions for entry and departureAt Dealmakers Guide To Commercial Real Estate least for the book s first half It s not clear what St Clair had in. Beneath the surface of the earth Until now their only form of nourishment had been a strange hallucinogenic grain Now th.
Margaret St. Clair