Bring Me the Head of Leopoldo Lugones’ Bloat-Toad!

Jeff VanderMeer • March 1st, 2010 @ 8:59 pm • Uncategorized

Sigh. That there could be a story called “The Bloat-Toad” and I have not read it. But must order a story collection to read it. What if it turns out to be bloat and toad in name only? What if it is feh?

22 Responses to “Bring Me the Head of Leopoldo Lugones’ Bloat-Toad!”

  1. Jonathan Wood says:

    The Bloat Toad

    Once upon a time there was a toad. It was bloated. It, through a series of fortuitous events and life-threatening misfortunes was able to obtain some Gas-X. After consuming some, it felt better.

  2. Laurel says:

    Google sez, or rather the Mt. Holz Science Fiction Society said,
    “The Bloat-Toad” seems like a classic fairy tale in structure, but again with Lovecraftian overtones…
    Sounds better than feh, I would say.

  3. Dr. Black says:

    I am not sure I would risk real American money on that story….Now if it were Goat Toad, maybe….But toads bloat. That is what toads do. So, not sure if it would qualify as weird. Now if it were a toad that cried small Buddhas.

  4. Jeff VanderMeer says:

    But i need to read it for Frogpunk!

  5. Jonathan Wood says:

    Is it time to tell Ann to load up the tranq darts again?

  6. Robert Devereux says:

    I read the collection several years ago. I enjoyed it, but I don’t remember that specific story.

  7. Jeff VanderMeer says:

    Jonathan–I think. It is. That time. Yes. Again.

    I think I’ve skimmed about 200,000 words in the last week. And read about 500,000.

  8. Jeff VanderMeer says:

    Actually, that’s wrong. More like skimmed about 1,000,000. Read a lot more.

  9. Jeff VanderMeer says:

    I can skim him, right? Please tell me I can skip him…

    Hans Henny Jahnn (17 December 1894, Stellingen – 29 November 1959, Hamburg) was a German playwright, novelist and organ-builder

  10. Jonathan Wood says:

    That is a terrifying number of words. And unless Hans Henny Jahnn wrote a play about a novel organ-builder then I think you can skim him :)

  11. Brendan Connell says:

    Just liquify the books and feed them into your left arm through a long plastic tube while you sleep. I usually start falling asleep after reading about 6 pages of my favourite author….No more young.

  12. Jeff VanderMeer says:

    Typo. I mean “skip”, oddly enough. It was the organ building that threw me out of the story of his life. Unfair, I know.

  13. Larry says:

    I should be cursing you for keeping me from my needed sleep, but I finally tracked down the story in Spanish, “El escuerzo.” I’ll start reading it now, if you’ll trust my judgment on how much toad is in the story :P

  14. Jonathan Wood says:

    Could you call that organ failure?

    I’m sorry… it’s late and I’m stuck at work. I think I need to get someone this end to load up the tranq darts.

  15. Jeff VanderMeer says:


  16. Hellbound Heart says:

    load the literature onto the tv so that it subliminally and continually flashes at you while you watch the sport channel….by the time you’ve watched your fave team/s play, you should have chalked up a few thousand words at least……

    peace and love….

    bloat-toads in books? i’ve got the real things trundling around my front yard! wretched creatures! you’re welcome to them!

  17. Julie Andrews says:

    Is this what Frogpunk is reduced to? Stories about toads? Next you’ll be watering it down with newts and salamanders!

  18. Jeff VanderMeer says:

    Julie: OMG. You’re right. I suppose those could be sections of an Amphibipunk antho, though?

  19. Jeff VanderMeer says:

    Dear Hellbound–my address is POB 4248, Tallahassee, FL 32315. Just slip a few in an envelope and send it my way. I’ll reimburse the postage.

  20. James Kenyon says:

    Caution to Hellbound; Be sure to lick the envelopes, not the toads.

  21. GabrielM says:

    I’ve read it in Spanish. And yes, there’s a toad, a killer toad. Not a bad story, but not that great either, and also not particularly representative of Lugones’s style. He’s certainly an important weird fiction writer, though.

  22. Jeff VanderMeer says:

    Thanks, Gabriel. as it turns out, it was published too early to be considered anyway. Will look for more Lugones.

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