On the trail of the Succarath....
- Below are some books that I most wonder if they might have anything on the
Succarath. Does anyone have any of these titles on hand that they could
check? (Yes, it's very rare indeed that I leave the kids home and do stuff,
and when I do it's not generally fun research.) I am jsut picking the titles
that "speak to me" from the bibliography of the Basilisk article.
Borges, Jorge Luis. _The Book of Imaginary Beings_. Buenos Aires: Editorial
Kier S.A. 1969.
Lucan, _Pharsalia_. Trans. J.D. Duff. Cambridge. Harvard University Press,
1928. (I am not familiar with this bestiary, if it predates our Patagonian
critter by a whole lot, let's skip it.)
Nigg, Joseph ed. _The Book of Fabulous Beasts_. Oxford: Oxford University
Page, Michael & Ingpen, Robert, _Encyclopedia of Things That Never Were_.
New York: Penguin Putnam Inc., 1985.
South, Malcolm ed. _Mythical and Fabulous Creatures: A Source Book and
Research Guide._ New York: Greenwood Press. 1987.
Thompson, C J S. _The Mystery and Lore of Monsters_. Williams & Norgate
Oh, LOL, maybe I should write to Ms. Rowling, see if she's heard of it. And
this seems to me just the sort of critter that Frazetta could have portrayed
for, uh, what's his name, the Carter of Mars and Carson of Venus fellow...?
Boy, I sure miss college, and reading the literature and poetry of ages where
seemed to me the walls between the worlds were not so solid. I love the
scene in Mallory where, what was it? the demon(s) stood back from Galahad
because he was surrounded by angels. I swear one of these days I'm going to
write a story where the baptismal smear of that scented oil comes ablaze at
critical moments. I mean, the ghost of that mark on an adult from his or her
baptism in infanthood. Not the poor baby's head going afire. Or has that
already been done in some Inkling-type literature and I've missed it...?