Victor Hugo’s Devil-Fish

An article on the impact of Victor Hugo’s representation of the octopus in “Les Travailleurs de la Mer” (Toilers of the Sea). This article was published a few years after Travaillieurs was published in French in 1866 and later that year in English (in New York). “THE OCTOPUS—DEVIL-FISH—OR MAN-SUCKER." Kapunda Herald and Northern Intelligencer (SA : 1864 – 1878) 19 […]

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Who you gonna call?

Just wanted to point you in the direction of this blog post by Rob MacDougall (Old is the New New).   Norris, Lovecraft, Ghostbusters, the Book of Enoch, Octopuses and Bldgblog. “But The Octopus, and the whole Gilded Age octopus thing, predate Lovecraft by a few decades. Maybe the influence went the other way. Could Lovecraft’s octopoid monstrosities be […]

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Jason // Made on July 6, 2009 at old VA website. Hi Michelle, I recently found your blog (thanks to Jason over at Cephalopodcast), and I wanted to say hi to another cephalopod blogger! I also have an Octopop submission. I don’t know if you’ve every seen the Adam West Batman movie (Called “Batman: the […]

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Vampire Octopus Returns

Brief post. Another (contemporary) reference to blood sucking octopuses (or in this case the inverse of “multitentacled vampire“): Political parties appeared and disappeared like the thick grounds at the bottom of Turkish coffee cups. Gipsies read fortunes and played addictive violin music that made one lascivious and light-headed. All this frivolity rested like a multitentacled […]

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Political octopus in pop culture: “The Grand Map” in Leviathan by Scott Westerfeld, and art by Keith Thompson. The map shows Northern Africa and the land below (or part of) “Serbia” as depicted by squid-like creatures. You can see it in its full and glorious detail at Scott Westerfeld’s blog, where it is accompanied by information on how and why […]

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Octopus of Crime – Secret Agent X (1934) The following is the cover of a pulp magazine that recently entered into my possession. ‘Secret Agent “X”: Octopus of Crime’, from Sept 1934. Another example of metaphor – octopus of crime – that quite happily co-exists in both popular culture and the political.

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The Wire Devils by MacDougall

MacDougall, Robert. “The Wire Devils: Pulp Thrillers, the Telephone, and Action at a Distance in the Wiring of a Nation.”American Quarterly 58, no. 3 (2006): 715-41. Note: I apologise, the following is disjointed. It is more what I thought were the salient points of the article. There is a copy of the article online (ah, abusing […]

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