Intricate Processes of Fantastic Horror

In the novel, The Midwich Cuckoos, by John Wyndham, one of the characters, Gordon Zellaby, says:

“I wonder if a sillier and more ignorant catachresis than “Mother Nature” was ever perpetuated? It  is because nature is ruthless, hideous, and cruel beyond belief that it was necessary to invent civilization. One thinks of wild animals as savage but the fiercest of them begins to look almost domesticated when one considers the viciousness required of a survivor in the sea; as for the insects, their lives are sustained only by intricate processes of fantastic horror.” 

Using that as a springboard, Kij Johnson has penned a page of unsettling ruminations: Mantis Wives.

Eerie, disturbing, and practically factual descriptions of the sex lives of the Mantis.

About Geoff Coupe

I'm a British citizen, although I have lived and worked in the Netherlands since 1983. I came here on a three year assignment, but fell in love with the country, and one Dutchman in particular, and so have stayed here ever since. On the 13th December 2006 I also became a Dutch citizen.
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2 Responses to Intricate Processes of Fantastic Horror

  1. Matt Healy says:

    John Wyndham: classic SF writer of the 1950s and 1960s! Day of the Triffids & The Kraken Wakes are both well worth reading; I’ve not read the novel you mention.

    • Geoff Coupe says:

      Matt, “Midwich Cuckoos” was also made into a 1960 British horror film: “Village of the Damned”. Not a bad little film, and apparently better than the 1995 remake by John Carpenter (which I haven’t seen).

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