A Month of Short Stories 2017, Day 9 – The Hurricane, by Lord Dunsany

(click to enlarge) “Approaching Storm” by Claude-Joseph Vernet, Dallas Museum of Art

Over several years, for the month of June, I wrote about a short story that was available online each day of the month…. It seemed like a good idea at the time. My blog readership fell precipitously and nobody seemed to give a damn about what I was doing – which was a surprising amount of work.

Because of this result, I’m going to do it again this year – In September this time… because it is September.

Today’s story, for day 9 – The Hurricane, by Lord Dunsany

Read it online here:
The Hurricane, by Lord Dunsany

‘Old friend,’ said the Hurricane, ‘there are cities everywhere. Over thy head while thou didst sleep they have built them constantly. My four children the Winds suffocate with the fumes of them, the valleys are desolate of flowers, and the lovely forests are cut down since last we went abroad together.’

—-Lord Dusany, The Hurricane

Today, with Houston starting its long recovery from Harvey and Irma bearing down on Florida with its horrors to come, I thought I’d link to a short little bit of fantasy called The Hurricane.

Article on Lord Dunsany

It’s hard to underestimate the impact that Dunsany had in the fantasy genre, and he remains one of the literary movement’s most notable figures, influencing many authors who would become major figures in and of themselves. Authors such as H.P. Lovecraft and Robert E. Howard noted their appreciation and influence of the man, with Lovecraft saying of The King of Elfland’s Daughter: “Inventor of a new mythology and weaver of surprising folklore, Lord Dunsany stands dedicated to a strange world of fantastic beauty.”

Dallas, Texas

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