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The Shadow People Characters è 8 Margaret St. Clair ´ 8 Characters Summary ↠ eBook, ePUB or Kindle PDF ´ Margaret St. Clair THE INVASION OF THE HALLUCINOGENIC PEOPLE FROM UNDEREARTHThey had existed from time immemorial hidden in a space warp far. 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 Science 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 last century and beyond As if Arthur Machen had wandered into the Fill Ballroom Gary Gygax one of the creators of the Dungeons and Dragons game lists it as an influence St Clair uotes selectively from Robert Kirk s 17th century tract on faeries The Secret Commonwealth I suspect she used Commonwealth as a guide while writing this novelBut enough with my speculations Dame St Clair is no longer with us so she can t clear up all my wondering about her motivationsThe Shadow People begins with the Summer of Love in California although no specific years are given The narrator Dick Aldridge works for a hip newspaper in the Berkley area His girlfriend Carol is an up and coming photographer Although they are deeply in love one night Carol storms out of Dick s apartment after an argument She s gone for several days and Dick decides to check out her basement flat He finds evidence of a struggle and decides to go to the police After the police shuffle him off Dick takes a bus out to Monterrey to see if she s staying with an older couple they both know perhaps a stand in for the author and her husband Dick finds the isolated house vacant with no sign of Carol or the older couple but plenty of uncollected mail in the box And on the way back he runs into a fringe character known as Carl Hood who mentions Carol may have left the skin of the worldStill searching for Carol he later encounters Fay the maid at his room in the Shasta Hotel She also mentions that Carol may have left the skin of the world Now Dick has to know what this all means and begs Fay to tell him She doesn t tell him much about who abducted Carol but does show him the path to an underground world where his girl friend may have been taken And so begins the crux of the bookDick taking food with him Fay has warned him against eating or drinking anything in the underworld makes the perilous journey underground from an isolated cellar to vast caverns until he crosses a subterranean river into the world of the silent people Along the way he picks up an enchanted sword which appears to be a Wiccan ceremonial sword from the description which pulses when it senses danger And there is plenty of danger in this underworldThe underworld is populated by elves who a distantly related to humans They come in several varieties gray black green and white All are dangerous but to each other than to the humans on the surface On occasion they make foraging trips to the bright worldsurface and steal whatever they need They feed primarily on atter corn a bitter meal made with psychoactive fungus which produces hallucinogenic effects But they also feed on human flesh when they can get it Dick is attacked by them several times but they seem to be incapable of much group action since any blood spilled during a confrontation drives them into attacking each otherI don t want to spoil too much of the plot but Dick does eventually make it back to the surface He finds three years have passed time passage being different in the underworld the Summer of Love suashed and the forces of reaction in control The novel shifts gears at this point turning into another winter of our discontent book This is what leads me to believe the first section was mostly written years before the second with the latter written to make the narrative relevant to the current target audienceAnd it s the above ground final section of the book where it runs out of gas There s some kind of nascent fascist state in formation but we never get much of a picture of it People are reuired to wear ID tags but you never find out how this came about in the three years Dick was underground other than a brief mention of law and order politicians There s rioting in the street and some mentions of government conspiracies The book even mentions the CIA may want the atter corn for chemical warfare but this reads as an afterthought instead of a crucial plot deviceFinally three years have allowed robotic devices to be created which can police the population and run bulldozers There s a few pages where Dick discovers how the hills around Berkley where removed accidentally on purpose and used to fill in the San Francisco Bay This came about in three years I know people believed anything was possible in the 60 s the US did put a man on the moon but such a time scale is pushing the willing suspension of disbeliefWhat really frustrated me were the characters of Carl Hood and Fay Carl turns out to be some sinister figure with connections above and below ground But you never really find out who or what he s working with or toward Fay has information about the underworld than she lets on but her role in the novel is never fully resolved There s defiantly a relation between both characters but we don t find out what it is till the end of the book And we never find out how said relationship figures into the big pictureIn conclusion The Shadow People is a good book but could ve been a great one We may never know why a writer of Margaret St Clair s caliber left so many loose ends in the novel But she did create a horrifying vision of the underworld which influenced many writers

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The Shadow People Characters è 8 Margaret St. Clair ´ 8 Characters Summary ↠ eBook, ePUB or Kindle PDF ´ Margaret St. Clair Beneath the surface of the earth Until now their only form of nourishment had been a strange hallucinogenic grain Now th. The stink of flesh was mingled with the atter corn There must be an 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 passage led must seem a sort of 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 underground world filled with emaciated semi human denizens who rape and fight but rarely kill one another and where humans are captured from the overworld to serve as playthings and food for the underground s silent barely sentient creatures of impulseThe creatures themselves pose little direct threat fearful as they are of steel and the underworld s real danger is the intoxicating allure of its ingestible hallucinatory depression a drug so potent and which creates a hopelessness so pervasive that even the underworld s own creatures have given themselves over to its luxuriant sorrowThe second half changes pace and tone completely morphing into a weird macabre drama that takes place in a vaguely dystopian near future America where everyone talks in whispered half truths about things they can t even be sure are half trueIt pulls in sci fi wicca classical literature social decay urbanisation and conspiracy theories all while keeping the trauma of the characters who visited the underworld at the centre of the narrativeBoth halves play with the theme of myth and legend in fascinating ways and the whole book is suffused throughout with a strange grim psychedelia It feels almost like something David Lynch would come up with if he was concerned less with Americana and with American folklore Deeply weird but very goodOne of those rare few books that contains a truly uniue truly alien truly strange world and for that alone it s worth a read Til Death Do Us Part (Vows, #1) of the earth Until now their Mensa Riddles Conundrums only form Julie of the Wolves of nourishment had been a strange hallucinogenic grain Now th. The stink The Right Swipe of flesh was mingled with the atter corn There must be an abundance Touched of both for the smell to come to me so strongly Plenty Dark Prophet The Chronicles of Koa #2 of meat and plenty Ugly Fish of intoxicant meal to elf eyes the place to which the upward sloping passage led must seem a sort The Math of Life and Death 7 Mathematical Principles That Shape Our Lives of land Little Gods of Cockaigne Profoundly strangeA book Der Schweizerische Robinson of two very distinct halves The first half Ensorcelled The Erotic Adventures of Jane in the Jungle Book 9 of The Shadow People is a descent into a subterranean Hell in Earth An underground world filled with emaciated semi human denizens who rape and fight but rarely kill The Poems The Collected Works of W B Yeats #1 one another and where humans are captured from the Sylvia Pankhurst overworld to serve as playthings and food for the underground s silent barely sentient creatures Attack of Apollyon: Revenge of the Locusts of impulseThe creatures themselves pose little direct threat fearful as they are Aikido and the Dynamic Sphere: An Illustrated Introduction of steel and the underworld s real danger is the intoxicating allure The Empirical Stance The Terry Lectures Series of its ingestible hallucinatory depression a drug so potent and which creates a hopelessness so pervasive that even the underworld s Book of Isms own creatures have given themselves バガボンド 1 over to its luxuriant sorrowThe second half changes pace and tone completely morphing into a weird macabre drama that takes place in a vaguely dystopian near future America where everyone talks in whispered half truths about things they can t even be sure are half trueIt pulls in sci fi wicca classical literature social decay urbanisation and conspiracy theories all while keeping the trauma Расул Гамзатов Стихи of the characters who visited the underworld at the centre Disrupted My Misadventure in the Start Up Bubble of the narrativeBoth halves play with the theme Microsoft Office Excel 2007 for Project Managers of myth and legend in fascinating ways and the whole book is suffused throughout with a strange grim psychedelia It feels almost like something David Lynch would come up with if he was concerned less with Americana and with American folklore Deeply weird but very goodOne Uncle Tom's Cabin; or, Life Among the Lowly of those rare few books that contains a truly uniue truly alien truly strange world and for that alone it s worth a read

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The Shadow People Characters è 8 Margaret St. Clair ´ 8 Characters Summary ↠ eBook, ePUB or Kindle PDF ´ Margaret St. Clair Ey hungered for human flesh The earth was to be their stockyards and mankind their meatCover art by Jeffrey Catherine Jon. 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 from late 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 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 to my mindThe character of Carol is grating but I suppose maybe as a symbolic maiden or something she fits the bill Worth a read if you have a spare couple of hours

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  • The Shadow People
  • Margaret St. Clair
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  • 22 February 2018
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