main elements of Walden
East are shown below,
and can be accessed, along with the rest
of the site, through the links in the boxes,
or at the top
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D THOREAU -- CONCORD REBEL
Henry David Thoreau is the inspiration
behind Walden East. Click on the THOREAU PAGES link
for further information about this multi-faceted author,
environmentalist, philosopher, and inventor of "civil
disobedience". And Thoreau usually had something to
say -- short and sharp! For a selection of quotable
remarks, link through to the THOREAU QUOTE
In A Deliberate Life, the life and work of this neglected
United States author is sketched out, often in his
own words. See photos and detailed bibliographical information
Much of Derleth's work and outlook was profoundly influenced
by Thoreau. There is also a growing archive of articles
about various aspects of Derleth's work.
Click on the AUGUST DERLETH PAGES link
and let the journey begin.
CHARLES ERIC MAINE --
this link takes you
to my draft BIBLIOGRAPHY of this interesting,
but currently neglected, English science fiction writer.
I cover all his science fiction novels and
stories, as well as the films and radio
plays developed from his work. Charles Eric
Maine was the pseudonym of David McIlwain
(1921-81) who wrote technothrillers before
the term was invented! See the covers of
many of Maine's books in the BOOK
-- featuring work by such classic artists
as Richard Powers, Gerard Quinn, and Ed
Emshwiller ("Emsh"). The covers
of magazines that featured Maine's short
stories can be seen in the MAGAZINE
OF MOONLIGHT fantastic poetry of the Fantastic
A selection from the House of Moonlight
archives, together with new verse, all appearing on the
Web for the first time. Poetry on fantastic themes from
some of the UK's best poets. Click and enter through
from the HOUSE OF MOONLIGHT link.
: AUTHORS AND THEMES
from my own writing about classic authors and stories,
in the supernatural
horror field. I am particularly interested
in the work of August Derleth (see above),
Fritz Leiber, and Arthur Machen. These articles
were mostly originally published in various
society journals. Click on the SUPERNATURAL
HORROR link. (A complete listing will be
found by linking on through to the "Out
of Story" contents page.)
-- reviews of science fiction
and horror novels, as well as books of science fiction
and fantasy art, and the occasional nonfiction
item of interest. Click on the REVIEWS link.
Welcome to WALDEN
a window onto some "essential facts of life".
Whether it's encountering the world,
looking out from the worlds of the mind,
much in any of these worlds --WALDEN EAST
who hear "a different drummer".
Walden Pond, Massachusetts, is a real place -- and a state of
mind. Walden is as much a secret place of the mind to explore, as it is an
environment to wander around in.
Henry David Thoreau (1817-62) explored and chronicled the Walden
where he lived, as well as the Walden of his own mind.
I find much that is inspirational in Thoreau's outlook.
In his masterpiece Walden Thoreau describes how he went to
live in the woods to transact vital business with Nature and with his own
nature. He sought to confront the essential facts of life. His experiences and
thoughts of 150 years ago still speak true today.
And in 1961 Walden West was the Wisconsin writer August
Derleth's testament to the need, as he saw it, for everyone to be in touch with
their own private Waldens -- within themselves, and in the landscapes of
part of WALDEN EAST is my wide-ranging response to the lives,
works, and thought of Henry David Thoreau and August Derleth.
rest showcases my interest in aspects of the "Fantastic".
There are articles and reviews of classic and new supernatural
horror and science fiction, and fantastic art. And enter
HOUSE OF MOONLIGHT and meet the contemporary faces
of the Fantastic in poetry.
I am John
Howard, living in Birmingham, England, and
I hope you enjoy visiting with Thoreau, Derleth, the House
of Moonlight poets
(and maybe me as well!) in Walden East, and will return many times. The
site is regularly updated -- see WHAT'S