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Gormenghast Wiki!

Seems there's a Wikia page for most every fandom, even wee ones! Found this one while looking for a summary of the books, and it could use a *lot* of love:



Gormenghast board game!

Found via Tumblr:

I've seen board games for LOTR and G.R.R. Martin's "Song of Ice and Fire", now Gormenghast gets the game treatment: Over here. Unfortunately, the company is based in the UK and the prices are in Pounds, so I'm not sure how that would work out, or if they have a means for overseas shipping/currency exchanges. Still, it's most fascinating, and it appears to be "licensed", since it was made with the blessing of the Estate of Mervyn Peake.

Hello, it's available through Amazon.com. I think I know what I want for Christmas this year!


Gormenghast goodness on the BBC website

First: a Lovely article by philosopher John Gray.

And a BBC Radio interview with Peake's son Fabian and daughter Clare.


[Vid] "The Web" by Joan Ashworth

Found this via Tumblr: it's a loopy, slightly surreal little stop-motion animation short, based loosely on a chapter in "Titus Groan". I'd been looking for it for some time, and I'm delighted to have stumbled on it.

[FIC] "The Crown He Did Not Want" (PG)

Title: "The Crown He Did Not Want"
Characters: Titus Groan
Prompt (if applicable): "Author's choice, author's choice, abdication" for "fic_promptly" on Dreamwidth
Word Count: 439
Rating: PG
Summary: After the flood waters recede, Titus ponders some receding of his own...
Author's Notes: Could fit either the books or the miniseries

( There was no dwelling in the past, and the present was not one he had asked to live in. )


More sad news

Richard Griffiths, aka Swelter in the mini-series has passed away. He was also something of an amateur painter and was familiar with Mervyn Peake's artwork, before he took the part of a certain mad chef. And intertextuality strikes, I did not know that he also played Vernon Dursley in the Harry Potter movies: crossover ideas??


Old news, but it was new to me

Sebastian Peake passed away in September

He wasn't my favorite person, as he came off as a bit of a wanker at how less popular Gormenghast is, relative to Lord of the Rings (which it gets compared to, a lot, though it's kind of comparing apples and oranges), but this saddens me a good deal, as he really was one of the most visible and vocal champions of the series.


[FIC] "Lover in the Night" (PG)

Title: "Lover in the Night"
Characters: Steerpike/Fuschia
Prompt: comment_fic's "Author's Choice, Author's Choice, vampire AU"
Word Count: 312
Rating: PG
Summary: In an alternate version of the Gormenghast-verse, Fuschia has nocturnal visitations from her mysterious lover...
Author's Notes: This one is hard *not* to do, since the Overlook Press omnibus edition of the Gormenghast books has a critical essay in it which points out Steerpike's vampire-like aspects.

( "A woman waiting for her demon lover", Fuschia had read that phrase in a book, but it had soon become a reality. )


Book Review: "Titus Awakes"

Originally posted by matrixrefugee at Book Review: "Titus Awakes"
(Headspace!Titus: Why are you using *that* icon?
Ref: Because I really need to make one of you.)

So! as many of you know, one of my most anticipated book purchases this year was the "lost" Gormenghast book, "Titus Awakes", which Mervyn Peake's widow Maeve Gilmore completed, based on one completed chapter and some notes which Peake had left, including a list of one-word elements he hoped to include, ranging from "Snows Mountains Lagoons" to "Angels Devils" and "Mermaids Pirates".

The story begins with Titus dreaming of Gormenghast as snow covers a barn where he's taken shelter. When he awakens, a large white dog creeps in and offers him comfort, shortly to be followed by some mountain villagers who take him in and nurse him back to health. Despite their kindness, Titus maintains a slightly cold detachment from them, determined not to let himself be held down by anything that could jeopardize his hard-won freedom. In time, he moves on, the white dog trailing his feet, as he wanders a landscape much more pastoral than the hyper-technical world he'd encountered when he first left the bounds of Gormenghast. He encounters a range of characters, from vagrant thieves, to a snarky and self-sufficient female painter, to a gang of would-be anarchists with an eerily familiar leader, to a portly dilettante poet who might be Swelter's twin. Flitting through the narrative is a mysterious artist through whom Titus learns of different kinds of love, and who might provide the wandering young earl with a place to call home...

The book is quite obviously mostly Maeve Gilmore's work, and I can hear the literary purists mewling about that already. She might not have full command of Mervyn's word painting and verbal gymnastics, but she has a firm grasp of the characters and the ideals, that of the search for freedom and a sense of self and of home. Her style is something of a balance between the weighty, fittingly static text of the first two books and the clipped, hectic feel of the third book. I have a feeling some parts could have been fleshed out more, and there are times when it seems like she was trying to fit in as many of the some four-dozen tropes Mervyn intended to use, but I'm not going to complain: I'm just glad to have this coda to a series that I've rediscovered and become so very fond of.


Happy 100th Birthday, Mervyn Peake!!

Originally posted by matrixrefugee at Happy 100th Birthday, Mervyn Peake!!
From Mar 14, 2011

The celebration started a little early for me, since my copies of "Titus Awakes" and "Mr. Pye" arrived in the mail recently. I've finished reading "Titus Awakes" already, and I'll post a review of it shortly. (As well as reviews of the two vastly different biographies of "Merv", which I'll be punting onto gormenghastfans) One thing I will say is that it is clearly a labor of love on the part of Maeve Gilmore, and while she might not have a full grasp of Merv's verbal painting or acrobatics, she has a firm grasp of the characters and the ideas and to me that really is what matters; and there's a odd bit of meta she wove into the narrative, which I'll elaborate when I post the full review.

I'm also going to be re-rewatching the BBC miniseries tonight and/or tomorrow night (time permitting). Headspace commentary to come, as the headspace dwellers, particularly Titus of course are Really Loud today.

Also, I wish I could get time zones down pat as the BBC Radio is supposed to be rebroadcasting the 1950s radio version of Gormenghast, which will be aired online as well. Maybe I'll get lucky and they'll burn it onto CD as they've done with other classic radio shows.