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THE PEDESTRIANS MAKE THEMSELVES KNOWN AND Pedestrians make themselves known and After Having Their Offer For Euality after having their offer for euality we re presented with imagery straight out of the hero pulps of the times a Manhattan of scrabbling withered legged cripples dying in the millions as all power is shut off starving or committing suicide or eating each other Crawling across and throwing themselves off bridges in screaming hordes hide spoiler Keller is really something of a lost gem tho the chances of him being rediscovered by the modern aficionados of weird fiction are pretty much non existent brief look at his wikipedia page reveals why much of it being concerned with his ultra conservatism the monster anti feminism faints and his pessimistic view of modernity the beastLoss is ultimately theirs For when he wasn t producing fiction that was restrained by the commercial necessities as the wife of one of his protagonists says What makes me nervous is for ou to spend a week or ten days toiling on a story and then have a dozen editors write Granvilles New Strategy of Daily Stock Market Timing for Maximum Profit you that it is beautiful stuff but that their readers would hardly understand it he was producing some of the most uniue weird tales around His profession that of a psychiatrist with a particular interest in abnormals and sexuality had than a little influence on his fictionThe collection is split into three sections The Science Fictioneer The Fantaisiste and The Psychiatrist The first and the largest is also the weakest There are however some excellent pieces in there Opening tale The Worm is fantastic and it would really be a better fit for one of the following two sections Man s ego and industriousness are juxtaposed with the implacable force of Nature Human industry in its attempt to tame nature is presented as from the very beginning leading to its own destructionview spoiler He suddenly saw what it all meant Two hundredears before his ancestors had started grinding at the mill For over a hundred and fifty ears the mill had been run continuously often day and night The vibrations had been transmitted downward through the solid rock Hundreds of feet below the Worm had heard them and felt them and thought it was another Worm It had started to bore in the direction of the noise hide spoile. En BoughThe Jelly FishThe Opium EaterThe Thing in the CellarThe Moon ArtistCreation UnforgivableThe Dead WomanThe DoorThe Perfumed GardenThe Literary Corkscrew A Piece of Linoleu. E her body in a trunk up in the attic To make her body fit the trunk however he must dismember it Describing the dissection the husband recalls his wife screaming and blood spurting The police arrive and arrest him He gives his testimony to a psychiatrist convinced that what he saw was real and that he had his wife s best interests at heart Another delusional character though a bit ambiguous
this time Most likely a delusion induced by an unconscious wish to be rid of his wife His motivation for time Most likely a delusion induced by an unconscious wish to be rid of his wife His motivation for her dead is unclear hence the ambiguity I m reading a bunch of Keller at work and as some of them are on my to be read list I figured I d just do reviews here Keller wrote SF along with other genre stuff so needless to say I didn t read all of this book and won t be but of what I did read here You GoThe Revolt Of The goThe Revolt Of The was published in AMAZING STORIES in 1928 It s one of those extrapolate the future from current trends sci fi stories while also intended as a cautionary tale On the one hand this usually leads to a stiff and didactic story as this piece certainly is mankind s fascination with automobiles and ever increasing speed causes huge culture changes in the future people never use their legs which atrophy and ride everywhere in cars or motorized mini cars like wheelchairs or Dalek chassis I suppose Also they re eternally restless and must always be rushing about are lazy and never use their muscles etc I think that movie WALL E had something like this I never saw it For those who choose not to become an autoist things don t work out too well as they all end up getting continually run over and the US Government makes it legal to run them down as they are considered a hindrance to the culture and legally targets for murder You even get bonuses for killing Pedestrians shades of DEATH RACE 2000 Soon there are only displays in museums of people standing on healthy legs and all the pedestrians are gone or are they 100 ears later a secret colony of pedestrians emerges from a small valley to wreak their revengeAs I said didactic But on the other hand I have to give it to Keller for really following through on how awful and grotesue mass social change can be when enacted view spoiler. E Revolt of the PedestriansThe Yeast MenThe Ivy WarThe DoorbellThe Flying FoolThe Psychophonic NurseA Biological ExperimentFree as the AirThe BridleTiger CatThe God WheelThe Gold.
characters Tales From Underwood
David H Keller In a future world where life spans have expanded dramatically childbearing is strictly regulatedH Keller In a future world where life spans have expanded dramatically childbearing is strictly regulated Jacob Hubler is granted the rite to reproduce A wife is selected for him Testing indicates that their child will be a brilliant philosopher After their son is born he is taken away immediately and raised by machines to become the perfect philosopher Jacob and his wife Ruth do not see the boy until he is an adult The meeting is awkward they do not know their son in any way He already has a job and must hurry away on a business trip The government declares the union a complete success and authorizes Jacob and Ruth to have another child Jacob holds his wife as she sobs He writes a terse reply to the government We will not have any children 7 The Thing in the Cellar David H Keller A oung boy has been afraid of the cellar since infancy His plain ignorant parents grow tired of his problem They consult a doctor who suggests that they lock the boy in the kitchen with the cellar door nailed open for an hour At the end of time they enter the kitchen to find
"The Boy Dead His "boy dead his horribly mutilated The works as a simple parable about perception and childhood9 A Piece of Linoleum David H Keller A widow tells a first hand account of the circumstances of her marriage that led to her husband s suicide She can not comprehend his actions as she believes devoutly that their marriage was perfectly happy As she spins her tale it grows plainly obvious that she is a delusional control freak who so completely smothered and domineered her husband that he killed himself to escape her The last lines are memorable as she complains that he stained the carpet when he slit his wrists Reminds me of A Beautiful Lady from Masters of Horror A hot button theme for me Insidious delusional characters who are utterly unaware of their own evil 8 The Dead Woman David H Keller A husband grows concerned when his wife develops a nasty cough After her cough subsides she begins to assume the aspect of a walking corpse The husband calls several doctors but all assert that his wife is fine Eventually she begins to decompose and the husband can no longer tolerate it He plans to plac. David H Keller Tales From Underwood New York Pellegrini and CudahyArkham House 1952 First edition Octavo 322 pagesCollects stories from 1927 to 1949CONTENTSIntroductionThe WormTh. ,