Dario's "Bottomless Bottle" Series . . .
Readers will recall the two recent posts showing Dario Rivarossa's initial two aesthetic responses to the short story version of "The Bottomless Bottle of Beer," which appeared in Emanations: Second Sight, but here they are again, the first one, titled BeheMoth:
I've already commented on this apparition -- and been corrected by Dario. Here's the second one, titled SighNature:
I again commented -- and again got corrected! Maybe I'll just post the next six without confidently posting my own bold comments. Nah . . . that'd be no fun! Here's Satyricon:
To me, this looked like a mosquito larva, but Dario described it as "a free interpretation -- in this case, of the paragraph in which they notice the beer label," by which he means the scene in my story where the Naif and his wife discover the dancing satyr images on the bottomless bottle's label. Next, we see Narwazazel:
Dario describes this creature as "a tribute to your colleague Herman Melville," and it's inspired by the single-fanged Azazello, who apparently reminds Dario of a narwhale! Now comes Hell-ooo:
Clearly meant as Hella, whom Dario also describes as a "Femme fat-Ale".-- obesity being dangerous to one's health as the message, perhaps. We now find The Call:
As Dario reminds us, "everybody got a special call." Evidently, that call was a past event (hence "got"), so I must have missed it, and Cthulhu has now come calling like a voice in a bottle echoing, "You'll be sorry . . ." Which brings us to Falling Firefly:
This one's title alludes to a pun on Mr. Em's name in the story as Mr. Webster describes how to trap him -- or in Dario's words, "about the 'solution' of the existential and theological dilemma." Finally comes Satan-s-coffin:
This puns on Satan scoffing in ambiguous words, an allusion in my story to John Milton's epic poem, Paradise Lost, or in Dario's words: "the spell of spelling: Satan scoffin', or Satan's coffin."
Thanks, Dario . . .