Wednesday, October 07, 2009


Murray Ewing's "Alice at R'lyeh"

Garen Ewing, whose splendid Rainbow Orchid I've mentioned before, this morning pointed to a little gem that somehow had previously escaped my attention. His brother Murray Ewing has written and illustrated a delightfully metafictional poem entitled "Alice at R'lyeh." It is exactly what you think it's going to be, but in an entirely unexpected way.

Here's a snippet...

"If you please, Mr Lovecraft, I'll venture to prove
"(And I hope that you won't think me forward or rude)
"That the way that you look at the world is quite wrong
"My argument, truly, is not overlong:—

"Caterpillars are dopy, and Hatters are mad,
"And the Mouse and the mournful Mock Turtle are sad,
"And the White Rabbit's late, and the Red Queen is vexed
"And 'Why is a Raven like a Writing Desk?'"

"What kind of an argument is that?" Lovecraft cried
"A nonsensical argument," Alice replied,
"For if it's all nonsense, or meaninglessness
"You can take your conclusions any way you think best!"

The text of the poem is available online, and the illustrated version is available as a PDF download and on sale in hardcopy form. Check it out, won't you?

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