Here’s why I love Kij Johnson’s The Dream-Quest of Vellit Boe:
a) Kij Johnson is one of my favorite writers, and the fact that I haven’t read all her books yet is a symptom of deliberately rationing her work over time—next up: Fudoki.
b) The Dreamlands are my favorite part of Lovecraft’s mythos.
c) Vellit Boe’s dreamquest works as mythos journey, perspective-shift social commentary, and a trip into the lives of real people in a surreal world.
d) Brutal mid-paragraph shifts from normality to deadly violence. They remind me of the non-transitions in the movie version of No Country for Old Men. This is how violence slams into real life, not with musical cues.
Here’s why I love Heather Hudson’s Dreamlands Christmas Cards that are on Kickstarter for the next couple days, and can be found here:
a) Hilarious use of the mythos' brightest corners.
b) Cards that translate both in and out of fandom.
c) Homage to Calvin & Hobbes.
d) At least one card that requires a scenario: (Santa Claus vs.) The Black Galley!