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Vox Terrae ➽ [Download] ✤ Vox Terrae By John Claude Smith ➲ – Thomashillier.co.uk Rumor was Lorraine Blackthorne had written an alternative translation to notorious necromancer Alessandro Vernielli s infamous tome of the black arts, Vox Terrae The Voice of the Earth In a bleak hou Rumor was Lorraine Blackthorne had written an alternative translation to notorious necromancer Alessandro Vernielli s infamoustome of the black arts, Vox Terrae The Voice of the Earth In a bleak house shadowed by a forest in northern California, occult researchers Kenneth and Ivan discover the translation in question moves beyond words and into pure experienceCuriosity can lead to harrowing consequencesKenneth s partner, Alicia, already knows this much Limited tocopies onlyof which will be available via this store.


10 thoughts on “Vox Terrae

  1. Karl Karl says:

    Mr Smith has given us a wonderful tale about a young couple and their search to properly translate a book called Vox Terrae , a book that could lead one to obtain mortality.Here is Mr Smith in his own words telling us about the book in the above link there is a link to order the chapbook if interested.The cover is quite nice and Mr Smith s writing is quite enjoyable Mr Smith has given us a wonderful tale about a young couple and their search to properly translate a book called Vox Terrae , a book that could lead one to obtain mortality.Here is Mr Smith in his own words telling us about the book in the above link there is a link to order the chapbook if interested.The cover is quite nice and Mr Smith s writing is quite enjoyable


  2. Joe Zanetti Joe Zanetti says:

    This is the gift of knowing what I know Of knowing too much for the average puny minds of you human beings I ve been familiar with the fiction of John Claude Smith for some time now, yet I never got around to actually reading any of it, until now After reading Vox Terrae, a chapbook published by the ever amazing Dunhams Manor Press, I regret not having read any of his work sooner, because I ve been missing out on what everyone has been praising Before I get into my review, let me just sa This is the gift of knowing what I know Of knowing too much for the average puny minds of you human beings I ve been familiar with the fiction of John Claude Smith for some time now, yet I never got around to actually reading any of it, until now After reading Vox Terrae, a chapbook published by the ever amazing Dunhams Manor Press, I regret not having read any of his work sooner, because I ve been missing out on what everyone has been praising Before I get into my review, let me just say this if you like Weird Fiction, or anything in the realm of the strange, macabre, and body horror, do yourself a favor and read the tales of John Claude Smith, you won t regret it, I promise Now, on to the review For a chance at immortality for a chance at gaining hidden knowledge, and discovering truths shrouded in darkness, how far would you be willing to go How far would you let your obsession take you For Kenneth and Alicia, two people whose love for one another runs deeper than any system of rivers a love so profound, it cannot be expressed by any word from any language they will find that their obsession will take them to realms unimaginable As long as they have been together, Kenneth and Alicia traveled to far off lands in pursuit of their mutual goals, their interests in the black arts, and occult matters of the bleakest nature They wanted to piece together dark puzzles that they found most intriguing, and would spend countless hours researching Their latest occult endeavor was an attempt to search for, and ultimately procure, a copy of an alternative translation of Vox Terrae, The Voice of the Earth It was written in 1841 by the infamous necromancer Alessandro Vernielli It was a tome of the blackest arts it granted one the ability to communicate with the dead Kenneth and Alicia saw it as a deepening well of hidden knowledge to be gleaned A means to eternal life The alternative translation was written by a woman name Lorraine Blackthorne, and Kenneth and Alicia had been doing months of research and searching, exhausting every avenue they ventured down, until they came across a rather short article found a website that specialized in the occult and black arts It wasn t much, but it did confirm the existence of the translation however, later that evening, when Kenneth went to their library to gather Alicia for bed, he found her in her comfy chair, dead this is not a spoiler, trust me She was surrounded by empty bottles of pills, pointing to suicide On her lap was a note saying she had found the alternative translation, that Blackthorne was the key, and that he needs to join her Kenneth s pain and anguish was so great, he couldn t bring himself to do anything for several months, until he finally began feelinglike himself Determined to solve the mystery of Alicia s death, along with discovering the secrets of Blackthorne, he calls on the help of his friend and fellow occultist, Ivan Sangkor After much searching, they find an address for Blackthorne s house, in a town called Dry Creek, and the two set off to meet her What follows is a journey into territories charted by only a select few.A tome shrouded in darkness the black arts cryptic messages mysterious deaths hidden knowledge the unknown These are all potent elements that make for a classic Weird tale ingredients for a dark, maddening recipe I think Smith took all these elements, put them in a box made of yew, then went to an old graveyard, and, at the witching hour, put the box into the hollowed out trunk of tree He then let it sit for twenty four hours, letting the ingredients mix with one another, allowing time for gestation After that period, Vox Terrae was born There is a poetic nature to Smith s prose, and he infuses it with darkness, morbidness, and the occult The opening paragraph lures you in and immediately captures you, tethering you to the tale You are then fed a phantasmagoria of horror and mystery You are injected with grotesque and disturbing imagery, leaving you with a mark of taint on your soul, ensuring you will never forget.The theme of obsession leading to ruination plays a major role in Vox Terrae Kenneth, Alicia, and Ivan s unending pursuit of hidden knowledge, of truths that hide under the veil, can only lead them down the road to ruination Sometimes, there are fates worse than death With this obsession comes a certain lack of respect for their passions, despite their erudition in the occult and black arts Couple the lack of respect with feeling no fear, and your fate is sealed When Kenneth retells the first time he met Ivan in a bookstore, Ivan recommended some books to him, and then said to him, For some souls, it s a matter of opening the door Stepping through without fear So many lose themselves to the distractions of this world, but you, young man, you show no fear Ivan and Kenneth will learn that, sometimes, it s best to leave yourself to those distractions Some things are better left unknown, and not having any fear is dangerous and foolhardy.It s not until Kenneth and Ivan reach Blackthorne s house that they begin to realize that all is not what it seems Their perception of reality slowly begins to fracture, like the beginning of a crack on a wall, it will continue to run up the wall until the whole thing is cracked A feeling of repulsion sets in them, as Blackthorne s house defies common sense and logic It s aged in the center, yet new, unfinished additions jutted out from the core, seeming to be inspired by whim Unease slowly begins to settle in them, yet their quest for the truth forces them to press on Blackthorne herself is an unproportional monstrosity Her neck bloated and deflated as she breathed, frog like before the turkey ripples took over, while her upper arms were lumpy as cottage cheese, her fingers wiry and lacking distinct bends for joints Her body islike a shell, or a veneer ready to be peeled away She knows of Alicia s death before they can even address her about it Kenneth sees that Blackthorne s interests dove tail into theirs they all knew broader vistas of light and dark In this display of both ignorance and arrogance, he truly has no idea what Blackthorne really knows Ivan is the first one to come to the realization that he and Kenneth are out of their depth that everything they have ever read about the occult, and anything pertaining to it, means absolutely nothing They are street corner occultists in the presence of something beyond their comprehension They feel the house shift, throwing them off balance, giving off the notion that the house is still taking shape, and their reality cracksand , pieces of it falling away, revealing something too horrible for words.The character of Blackthorne addresses the insignificance of humans, a powerful theme in Weird Fiction She points out our arrogance in thinking we dictate the rules of the universe, and that we are the dominant species She informs Kenneth that are many layers, and we lack the intellect to cross between them we are feeble minded, lower on the totem than even her race is, which we know nothing about, further driving home the point of our inferiority and ignorance to what lies beneath our reality Blackthorne will show Kenneth what she knows This is the gift of knowing what I know Of knowing too much for the average puny minds of human beings There is always a price to pay for such knowledge, and Kenneth is no exception.All these elements the unknown, human insignificance, the defying of our logic, otherness, our tenuous reality, obsession with finding hidden knowledge, they all serve to help define a Weird tale, and John Claude Smith doesn t miss a beat in bringing us a tale that truly embodies Weird Fiction He takes us on a chthonic journey into a nightmarish hellscape, where the price for hidden knowledge for eternal life must be paid in flesh a place where language is experienced not spoken in the form of agonizing pain your flesh stripped away as your body proceeds to undergo deconstruction, reconstruction, repeat The mutability of the flesh makes us playthings for horrors we have no business knowing Again, how far are you willing to let your obsessions take you


  3. Mimi Wolske Mimi Wolske says:

    pages 18 of 32 AN ENGAGING OCCULT HORROR THAT WAS TOO SHORT While not as intricately woven as a Clive Barker horror, Smith s imagination and narratives grip you from page one and hold you captive until you are driving away at the end equally as well as a Barker story.Let me share some of my favorite descriptive lines that I think read like poetryputting me in mind of H.P Lovecraftwhile her mouth was a chapped lip wound, dried blood sealing the cracks as caulk kissed tiles his fi pages 18 of 32 AN ENGAGING OCCULT HORROR THAT WAS TOO SHORT While not as intricately woven as a Clive Barker horror, Smith s imagination and narratives grip you from page one and hold you captive until you are driving away at the end equally as well as a Barker story.Let me share some of my favorite descriptive lines that I think read like poetryputting me in mind of H.P Lovecraftwhile her mouth was a chapped lip wound, dried blood sealing the cracks as caulk kissed tiles his finger long, a paintbrush without bristles the ageing movie star feebly holding onto her youth while the years ate her soul Many of our kind exist in this place did she even know where she was immersed in carnal delights the magnitude humans could never imagine WHAT I LIKED1 Smith was able to provide so much in so few pages and, like Edgar Allan Poe, made this story tick and wrote it so effectively, it was easy to read in a single sitting 2 Also, the story lead me directly to its conclusion with no digression 3 Smith s imagination AND his originality This author has a remarkable gift.FINAL THOUGHTS Smith delivered a taut horror tale that engrossed my mind and had my fingers eagerly turning the pages I hope to see a longer work by him maybe a novella because I think he isthan capable of expanding the parameters of his occult horror writing he has his own unique and original style of writing


  4. David Bridges David Bridges says:

    I can t say I am surprised I enjoyed this story as I recently read Smith s incredible collection The Dark Is Light Enough For Me and Dunhams Manor press has yet to release something I didn t love The story starts with the suicide of Alicia who leaves a cryptic note for her husband Kennth Corra alluding to eternal life Kenneth feels the answer to his wife s suicide lives in an interpretation of Vox Terrae translated by a witch like scary lady named Lorraine Blackthorne After bereavement Kenny I can t say I am surprised I enjoyed this story as I recently read Smith s incredible collection The Dark Is Light Enough For Me and Dunhams Manor press has yet to release something I didn t love The story starts with the suicide of Alicia who leaves a cryptic note for her husband Kennth Corra alluding to eternal life Kenneth feels the answer to his wife s suicide lives in an interpretation of Vox Terrae translated by a witch like scary lady named Lorraine Blackthorne After bereavement Kenny and another friend of his who studies the black arts decide to visit Blackthorne a visit but the getthan they could of imagined despite imagining the worst.This release was pretty limited but if you can get your hands on one do it otherwise wait and see if it pops up in one of Smith s full collection Definite get Smith s full collections if you can


  5. Rick Powell Rick Powell says:

    An amazing story of the afterlife and the prices that are paid to gain knowledge of what lies beyond John Claude Smith is a rising star of the new writers of weird fiction.His style is reminiscent of Lovecraft, Bloch, and the other masters of the horror genre Jordan Krall at Dunhams Manor Press does an excellent job of gathering only the finest in horror and weird fiction and this chapbook does not disappoint A must for readers of great horror.


  6. Donald Armfield Donald Armfield says:

    Two researchers hunt down a woman who goes by the name of Mrs Blackthrone During knowledge to translate a book called Vox Terrae What they discover will haunt their souls if not extinguish them for life Deathly lines, Occult Horror that opens doors to a new level of fiction Smith has a style that gives him his own chart of Horror Writers Check this out


  7. Sid Stiles Sid Stiles says:

    Another deeply disturbing in a good way offering from John Claude Smith Nice short chapbook, well produced, a great atmospheric and horrifying read Highly recommended


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