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- Peter, Frank Young, Uncommon Hymns. Although Peter is hardly the first to make note of the similarity between Hallel's "devouring mechanism" and Goddard's "eternal vacuum," he elucidates the essence of the concept with a poetry and clarity that clearly influence this passage. Indeed, one might suggest that this entire paragraph is a hidden tribute to the notion that the long forgotten "devouring mechanism" is in fact the nucleus of the entire "ANTI" aesthetic terrorist movement.
- Peter, Frank Young, Uncommon Hymns. The text's repeated allusions to "the greater halls" culminate here in an amazingly direct quotation from Peter's "Hymn of the Forgotten," the full meter of which by definition cannot linger in text but can only be passed in person, and even then, always in paraphrase. Nevertheless, stone tablets in Peter's collection, photographed dozens of times to varying results each time, point quite conclusively toward an empyreal chariot which conveys passage to "the greater halls" - not always to the delight of the passenger.
- Peter, Frank Young, Uncommon Hymns. Here we see the heroic schweinkultus of an earlier epoch portrayed in an almost comical light, but one cannot ignore the evidence Peter presents in favor of the "porcine assassin" archetype from centuries ago. Dozens of pivotal religious and political figures met an untimely demise at the hooves of these strangely intelligent beasts. Their followers thrive to this day in underground pockets near slaughterhouses across the globe.
- Peter, Frank Young, Uncommon Hymns. Mentioned almost blithely in passing, Zubaydah al-Hamid is actually renowned for his ingenious if misguided assault upon the wards that had held the mystic Clarinet of Cairo in stasis for countless centuries. The Clarinet's current whereabouts are unknown, although folk wisdom points to its eventual reemergence someday, "at the time of the Grand Slumber Party."
- Peter, Frank Young, Uncommon Hymns. A much more in depth description of the seduction of Peter's fiancee by Devotos is given here. To this day, much speculation swirls around the question of whether Peter's fiancee in turn seduced Peter to the worship of Devotos, or whether Peter cunningly deceived Devotos long enough to discover the power phrase which Devotos used to control his beloved.
- Peter, Frank Young, Uncommon Hymns. Peter provides the first description of the wide range effects of the so-called "pulse-echo," when he writes, "And the towers collapsed, and the mountains wept, and the bones of men were turned to jelly." Peter also offers a tantalizing - and terrifying - glimpse of those who would wield such a weapon: "They felt laughter as an insult, and song as brutal violence. Their caves were closed, but none believed they would not stalk the land again."
- Peter, Frank Young, Uncommon Hymns. Kiehl can "call a mad ball/at any lad's hall," a la Pan's "last blast at Frank's pad."
- Peter, Frank Young, Uncommon Hymns. It was Peter who first domesticated the house devil for such routine tasks as, as Peter writes, "the washing of the household goods, the dancing to our delight, and on such occasions as the ladies and I saw fit, the pleasuring of our secret parts as we so directed."
- Peter, Frank Young, Uncommon Hymns. Many have suggested a potential link between the text's glorification of "the second anatomy" and Peter's relentlessly opaque "Eighth Hymn - Precision of Ecstasy," but it was not until the very recent discovery by Dr. Nicholas Solitude and his remarkable team of Earthropologists that a firm connection was demonstrated. Originally thought to be a metaphor for some kind of etheric body, Solitude's work unexpectedly and quite astonishingly confirmed Peter's suspicion that "the second anatomy" was in fact a very specific, hidden skeletal-energetic structure within the human body, which housed its own set of chakras and spiritual access points. Unfortunately, Solitude vanished before his investigations were complete, and to this date, no modern researcher has braved the study of this "second anatomy."
- Donatum, Paolo, Preliminary Notes and Queries for. Donatum's signature study of Holokaustos was originally derided as a "crass over-estimation" of the demon, as Saladi wrote, but Saladi himself had cause to retract his words when Holokaustos was strategically released from its crystalline prison for a period of eighteen minutes, during which time Saladi's entire extended clan was suddenly and mercilessly ravaged by syphillis, leprosy, and the crying disease. Donatum correctly observed the insecurity at the root of Holokaustos' deranged psyche; lacking permission, inclination, and true biliousness, Holokaustos always knew its moniker was in part ironic, and so chose rage as a kind of adolescent tantrum. But keener students of the diabolical arts - including, it nearly goes without saying, several members of the pig cult - soon learned that Holokaustos could be swayed and even tamed by promises of fame, candy, and fine motion picture entertainment. Many of these cinematic titles are bravely chronicled in full by Donatum in the Notes and Queries.
- Donatum, Paolo, Preliminary Notes and Queries for. An array of scholars have pointed out the seemingly obvious connection between Donatum's entry on the recursive musicks and the supposed catastrophe at Dreaming's End in 1251. The text's skepticism at such a link is an important breach with tradition; as Hillel pointed out, "Donatum himself was the only student of the recursive musicks in centuries who cleverly managed to avoid direct contact with any of the original scores. A kind of perceptual rippling, an aesthetic distortion, a remarkably seductive charge, emanated from those first few terrible experiments in profane tonality, capturing unwary musicologists as easily as a spider might capture a fly. Donatum's unique insight - almost mundane in retrospect, yet surprisingly difficult to imagine within the event horizon of the sounds themselves - was to model the entire body of recursive musick as not a primal lover but a merciless foe. By observing the trail of ruined minds and debased talent, he made the crucial revelation that the recursive musicks were no gift from the divine, but were instead a siren song of misery and sadness." Hillel, of course, was not a party to Donatum's eventual descent into madness; even clear awareness of the danger posed by the recursive musicks proved no defense against their malignant effects.
- Donatum, Paolo, Preliminary Notes and Queries for. Curiously, despite his reverence for "the Cruchian," Donatum actually displayed a severe allergy to all fish.
- Donatum, Paolo, Preliminary Notes and Queries for. To this day controversy rages as to whether Bedford Ewell truly appeared in the dream Donatum describes here. Ewell himself fanatically eschewed allegory, and would undoubtedly have detested Donatum's description of him, which the text embellishes by the fantastical addition of the opium pipe and the rocket powered slippers. But at the core of Donatum's depiction, Ewell is clearly visible, and the reader is left to wonder if this particular Note is not actually one scrawled from the future by an unseen hand.
- Donatum, Paolo, Preliminary Notes and Queries for. Donatum's remarkable account of the future capture, examination, and extermination of the unfortunate Rv. Emersohn is the heart of the Queries. Although no paraphrase can do the event or Donatum's masterful description justice, a few lines must be interjected here: "In its abandoned and verminous state, the walking corpse of Rv. Emersohn was a vicious and monstrous assault upon the senses. Those few of our party who retained a naive connection to some so-called divinity were brutally rid of our childish notions of higher morality. The Reverend had been soiled in a manner so unspeakable that when we finally lured it into the trap - the explosive discharges lighting up the horizon for dozens of miles around - the lightness in our souls was weighted down with the knowledge that we were all, truly, once and for all, abandoned here. There would be no one to tuck us in that night."
- Donatum, Paolo, Preliminary Notes and Queries for. Another sign of Donatum's keen intellect is his brilliant and quite early identification of the swarm angels as one of the nine guardians often spoken of in burrower lore.
- Donatum, Paolo, Preliminary Notes and Queries for. As Donatum makes clear, there are no innocent references to "the shadows." See Hillel's Ungodly Remorse.
- Donatum, Paolo, Preliminary Notes and Queries for. In this case, Donatum makes a rare foray into speculation, which has since been taken as truth by a bewildering array of scholars. However, no concrete evidence exists that Electra Ewell even once set foot in any kind of gambling establishment, nor that if she did, her luck could conceivably have lasted for the purported ninety-eight days without food and water. Additionally, the one reference to the purported episode in Shai-Manak lore makes clear that although Ewell did for a time enjoy the privilege of Shai-Manak bodyguards and attendants, Shai-Manak codes of honor would not have protected Ewell against the surprising appearance of Devotos as dealer at day ninety-seven.
- Donatum, Paolo, Preliminary Notes and Queries for. Donatum knew firsthand the insidiousness of Pearl Stoderaft's art - his own sister succumbed to a quite deadly chapbook of Alice in Wonderland at the age of seventeen.
- Donatum, Paolo, Preliminary Notes and Queries for. At the time of this writing, Jeannette DeLong's treachery had yet to be fully uncovered, but in an unpublished appendix to the Notes and Queries, Donatum expressed his deep reservation at the notion that the shadows had some constructive role to play in the coming Concrescence. Donatum's doubts would prove to be all too prescient.
- Donatum, Paolo, Preliminary Notes and Queries for. Donatum's first encounter with Dr. Nicholas Solitude ended with his conclusion that "Dr. Solitude will go far, should he somehow manage to contain his own ebullient preposterousness."
- Donatum, Paolo, Preliminary Notes and Queries for. For years, Donatum denied that the so-called "Duel with Devotos" ever took place, taking the true details of the event to his grave in late 1998, when he succumbed to HIV. However, recent archaeological examination of the affected area has produced a much clearer picture of Devotos' methods and Donatum's defense, leading to a thorough reevaluation of the entire system of wards, diversions, and calamities that had for years protected the archives of the Church of the Final Wisdom.
- Donatum, Paolo, Preliminary Notes and Queries for. If, as Donatum suggests, history has been rewritten eight times since the accidental discovery of the first devouring mechanisms, one must of course question his conclusion that he has found any kind of "true" interpretation of events since the first devouring mechanisms were discovered. Regardless, as has been clearly established, history has little patience for the claims of little men.
Capture Book. With thanks to the World Scrytch Association, whose clever scholarship provided the key to this text's translation and interpretation.
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