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Wednesday, September 01, 2010
Cern Zoo / The Last Balcony

Cern Zoo / The Last Balcony

 
posted Wednesday, 24 March 2010

 

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From Nemonymous Nine (CERN ZOO), Steve Duffy's story 'The Lion's Den' has been published in Ellen Datlow's 'Best Horror Of The Year 2' book, and I have now been told that Lee Hughes' "Turn The Crank" has an Honourable Mention, and 'Cern Zoo' as a whole receives favourable mention in the Summation section in the front of the book. In the said Summation, Dominy Clements, Tim Nickels, Lee Hughes and Steve Duffy receive a mention. Pretty good when you see that the stories are not only Horror ones, but also SF and Fantasy and Literary.
The book is also on the BFA longlist.

.

I am pleased to report that, very soon, a pdf preview of the forthcoming DFL definitive fiction collection - 'The Last Balcony' - will be put up at the Ex Occidente Press site here: http://www.exoccidente.com/index.html

 I am also kindly allowed by Unsettled Dust to use this wonderful photo (from here) in electronic connection with this book:

 

 This is a photograph that has no connection with me or with the publisher. Its own title, I've been told, was inspired by the book title. 


Posted at 10:51 am by Weirdmonger
 

Tuesday, August 31, 2010
Wroclaw's Law

Wroclaw's Law

 
posted Saturday, 6 March 2010

 Wroclaw wrote the passage below here :

<< DF Lewisís Nemonymous anthologies have been a phenomenon running almost diametrically opposite to every major current in our diseased zeitgeist. In a society crazed to the point of hysteria at the slightest prospect of fame, for him to have made people queue up and long for: anonymity, has been a unique and perverse achievement. One is reminded of the Australian Aboriginalís ultimate and most noble goal: to leave the earth entirely without mark or record of oneís passing. DF Lewis is a messiah of negation, offering each of us a seductive portal to non-entity. Something in each of us urgently longs to be erased by this man. Smiley >>

 There seems to be something self-contradictory in the way DFL is portrayed to be behaving here. Perhaps that is why the writer appended the smiley. :)

In defence, the editor/publisher of Nemonymous is not credited in any of the Nemonymous books themselves. So it may not even be DFL who perpetrated them!


Posted at 12:18 pm by Weirdmonger
 

Sunday, August 29, 2010
'Weirdmonger' out of print

'Weirdmonger' out of print

 
posted Thursday, 18 February 2010

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I should announce that 'Weirdmonger' (Prime Books 2003) is out of print imminently.

 

This has been a book. A book that is lovely to handle, look at and read visually - but perhaps a book presenting difficulties in engaging with the author's textured or tortured prose. 

 

Meanwhile, it does have its followers.  It's a sort of book that takes a lifetime to percolate, I'm told. I don't know how they know for sure.

 

Some past reviews:

http://weirdmonger.blog-city.com/weirdmonger_book.htm

 

My own real-time review:

http://weirdmonger.blog-city.com/realtime_review_of_weirdmonger_by_df_lewis_by_df_lewis.htm




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Thursday, 18 February 2010 11:48 pm

The book is now fully out of print. Thanks Prime Books. It's been a wonderful gig.


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Friday, 19 February 2010 11:59 am

Thanks to Sean Wallace (Prime Books), Garry Nurrish (for many reasons including design of book), John Betancourt (Wildside Press), Andy Richards (Cold Tonnage) ...

And thanks (also in connection with this book and in no particular order) to Rog Pile (Calenture), Keith Brooke, Jeff VanderMeer, Tony Mileman, Slawek Wielhorski (Yellowish Haze), Tamar Yellin, Paul Dracon (Bookhoard), Nicholas Royle, Stephen Theaker, Gary Couzens, Stephen Bacon, Richard Gavin, Scott Tullis, Rebekah Brown, Peter Tennant, Joel Lane, Caroline Callaghan, Neddal Ayad, Phillip Stecco (GS Carnivals), and many others (including the original publishers of the stories and the book's acquired readers!)


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Friday, 19 February 2010 5:27 pm

And thanks to Lettuce Weggs who, I'm told, loves this book more than any other reader loves it. :)


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Friday, 19 February 2010 8:35 pm

The above is about the paperback edition. I believe the hard-back edition of 'Weirdmonger' (Prime / Cold Tonnage 2004), limited to 50 signed copies, was efffectively sold out a while ago.



Posted at 11:10 am by Weirdmonger
 

Secret Horror Writers

Secret Horror Writers

 
posted Wednesday, 17 February 2010

On a thread here: http://www.knibbworld.com/campbelldiscuss/messages/1/3214.html?1266395575 , I said last night, 'tongue in cheek': <I believe there are hidden messages in a Lovecraft text if one can work out the secret of decoding them.> This was because HPL had come up in this dicussion with controversial views about his writing.

Followed this morning by:

<Thinking about what I said above - overnight - it seems an appropriate enough statement to make in view of the thread title: "Secret Horror Writers"! Even though I was only half-serious. :-)
However, it is true to say that my real-time reviews have a tendency to seek codes in syntax, graphology and phonetics as well as semantics ... all very relevant to
magic fiction and fiction as religion.
The parthenogenesis of reality from artifice.>




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Wednesday, 17 February 2010 6:09 pm :: http://www.knibbworld.com/campbell-cgi/d

Invitations from within. Coined at link immediately above.



Posted at 11:06 am by Weirdmonger
 

Friday, August 27, 2010
Susan Hill is very angry about anonymous fiction

Susan Hill is very angry about anonymous fiction

 
posted Wednesday, 20 January 2010

 

Susan Hill is very angry about anonymous fiction:

http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/booksblog/2010/jan/20/1

I've no idea who's added a comment referring to Nemonymous. But perhaps good on them.

Perhaps someone should also mention HarperCollins' 'Anonthology'.




1. Weirdmonger left...
Thursday, 21 January 2010 10:14 am

Having read it properly, this seems to be an incredible rant by Susan Hill, central to all fiction-writerly concerns, I would have thought, on whichever side you're on. As editor of Nemonymous, I suppose my side is obvious. But it's not clear-cut.


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Thursday, 21 January 2010 11:08 am :: http://www.spectator.co.uk/susanhill/571

Susan Hill's actual article is at link immediately above.


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Thursday, 21 January 2010 2:53 pm

Standards of talent and practical craft in fiction-making should be upheld via a means of elitism (a loaded word) but an elitsm that somehow manages both to exclude the sub-standard and to enable the work of the many talented writers who are not named writers. In theory at least and in its own small experimental way, Nemonymity and Nemonymous have always seemed to me to fit this bill - but I would say that! As to Ms Hill's self-styled 'rant', I suppose it is necessarily strident but also very defensive. I agree with a lot she says, however.


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Thursday, 21 January 2010 3:09 pm :: http://www.knibbworld.com/campbelldiscus

An interesting discussion thread on this topic at link immediately above.


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Thursday, 21 January 2010 3:46 pm :: http://www.ligotti.net/showthread.php?t=

Another interesting thread on this topic at link immediately above.



Posted at 03:38 pm by Weirdmonger
 

From the No-ones to the Tenses

From the No-ones to the Tenses

 
posted Sunday, 3 January 2010

 

 

For me, the Noughties is not a good name for the previous 'name' decade. It was the decade of Nemonymous. Or the Nemos. The Journal of the No-Ones. Nemo 1 in 2001. Final one, No. 10, in 2010. You still stand a chance of being published in this historic publication: Nemo 10 guidelines: http://weirdmonger.blog-city.com/null_immortalis__nemonymous_ten.htm

The decade was therefore the No-ones, the No. ones, the Number  1s.... (first coined on this blog today)

The coming decade: The Tenses. First coined here: http://weirdmonger.blog-city.com/welcome_to_the_tensies.htm

This seems appropriate. With verb tenses as a symbol of Time and Retrocausality, it will be the Decade of the Large Hadron Collider, Cern Zoo, FlashForward and 'Have I Got A Bear For You': http://weirdmonger.blog-city.com/have_i_got_a_bear_for_you.htm

However, I hope 'Tenses' does not mean even more Tensions for Humanity.


Posted at 03:26 pm by Weirdmonger
 

Welcome To The Tensies

Welcome To The Tensies

 
posted Friday, 1 January 2010

 

 

The Decade of the Tensies.

Or perhaps better as THE TENSES (as in time-zones and stress)

I shall be publishing NULL IMMORTALIS and someone else will be publishing THE LAST BALCONY.

 

And CERN ZOO will continue to show evidence of LHC and Real Events being connected, like a Planetary Horoscope and You - by synchronicity if not by cause-and-effect.




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Friday, 1 January 2010 11:29 am

Machine Circles --- 'Turn The Crank' story in Cern Zoo, a Planetary Horoscope (that I was interested in during the Seventies), LHC, the Wind Farm of turning fanblades out at sea recently built where I live, the Norway Spiral (cover of Cern Zoo photographed by me in Norway), LHC sabotaging itself from the furture, the bird with beget bread, the circular retrocausal self in 'Cinnabar's Gnosis' etc. etc. Bern Zoo - and 'The Lion's Den' in Cern Zoo. The Cone Zero over Russsia and, again, the Norway spiral in Tromso. Storm + Zero. Cone Zero cover.


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Friday, 1 January 2010 12:26 pm

According to Internet research just now, the above is the first time the new Decade has been called the TENSES.


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Friday, 1 January 2010 1:53 pm :: http://www.exoccidente.com/

'The Last Balcony' by DF Lewis is planned to be published by Ex Occidente Press (please see link immediately above) during 2010.


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Saturday, 2 January 2010 9:32 am

Some decades have also been named after the words in their names. i.e 1920 was the start of the Twenties whilst 1921 was the start of the decade proper.


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Sunday, 3 January 2010 4:51 pm :: http://weirdmonger.blog-city.com/from_th

Not the Noughties but the No-ones (at link immediately above)



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Thursday, August 26, 2010
Back to Back

Back to Back

 
posted Monday, 14 December 2009

 

 

Amazingly, there were two quite separate hour-long programmes last night back to
back on BBC4 TV respectively about Vladimir Nabokov and A.S. Byatt. The latter is my
favourite living fiction writer and I've been interested over the years in the fiction of
the former. Serendipitously, both programmes contained much material concerning matters that have
preoccupied me about fiction all my life - latterly with Nemonymity and
(Dis)Connectedness - as well as being extremely interesting in themselves
concerning the writing and non-writing lives of these two writers.

A televisual feast of non-visual creativity.  When will we see the like of it again? 

Did anyone else see these programmes?

 

EDIT: Thanks to Allyson Bird, you can see both programmes here:
http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b00pcnng/How_Do_You_Solve_a_Problem_Like_Lolita/
http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b00pcnnj/Mark_Lawson_Talks_To_AS_Byatt/


Posted at 10:36 am by Weirdmonger
 

Egnis

Egnis

 
posted Friday, 11 December 2009

 

 

I've suddenly realised that 'The Last Balcony' derives from some wording in EGNIS (a story I wrote in the early 1980s and published in the 'Weirdmonger' book in 2003) and here read aloud:

http://www.filefactory.com/file/ah8054f/n/VN650041_WMA .




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Thursday, 17 December 2009 11:15 pm :: http://weirdmonger.blog-city.com/the_las

Now see the possible Ceausescu connnection at link immediately above.



Posted at 10:29 am by Weirdmonger
 

Wednesday, August 25, 2010
Some more bits and pieces

Some more bits and pieces

 
posted Tuesday, 8 December 2009

 

 

...on the internet by DFL in recent days;

I note that Richard Wright has just won the Turner Prize 2009. Intriguing that all his work is painted direct on to walls and later erased.
There is something nice about uncollectables and ephemerality, something socialistic?
A bit like spreading one's work on the easily erasable internet? Although human nature makes me want my work in print, too!
:-)

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Re 'A Portrait of Algernon Blackwood' by tychy here: http://tychy.wordpress.com/2009/11/25/a-portrait-of-algernon-blackwood-16-episodes-and-confessions/

I think it is academic, but not snobbish.
One can be snobbish either as an academic or as a non-academic (ie snobbish that
one is not being academic). Generally speaking.

I think the article does have some faults, however, as it is infecting texts
with non-textual matters.

I am, meanhile, a great fan of Algernon Blackwood texts, as I said before ...
much of his work being brilliant both academically (i.e. linguistically,
literarily, semantically, syntactically, graphologically, phonetically,
aesthetically) *and* non-academically (as pure story entertainment stemming from
those academic aspects).

*

I agree  regarding the use of 'hack' (i.e. agree that it should not be used of AB).
However, the author's main point is comparing (in his mind) Blackwood's serious
transcendental goals with his jobbing approach to writing, And, as I said
before, the author is here infecting texts with non-textual matters, but I do
understand the point he is making (a pointless point). :)

*

re tychy's jibe about low hanging fruit: 

We'll get the Fruit-Stoners on to him. :)

*

 I go along with New Critical thinking as a possible approach, but it's not mine. I am not an
academic who can worrk with literary theories and labels.
My approach is much simpler. A literary text is what we are offered by its
creator to stand alone. Simply because it *does* stand alone.

A reader's reaction to it is something separate. An infinitie number of possible
reactions (with or without pre-existing baggage in each and every reaction). All
this I agree is non-textual. It just seems logical not to extend that to
essentially unknowable things like biography (unknowable in essence and
unknowable in its effect on any art created by the subject of the biography)
etc? The author himself is (to us) unknowably fallible in knowing his own
intentions and how his intentions stem from other things in his life. Biography
is interesting in itself. A worthy discipline. But do we need it to alter the
text? (I use the word 'alter' advisedly).

I talk above about literary texts. Whether the Bible is a literary text is
another debate.

*

"The girth of the Pyramids, the height of the Colossi, the cubic content of the
granite columns and the visage of the Sphinx expressed in yards - these convey
as little truth as the numbered leagues of the frightening desert or the length
of that weary and interminable Nile."
Algernon Blackwood - 'The Spell of Egypt'

*

Although I'm not a deconstructionist, as far as I know, and I know very little
of Derrida other than what I've learnt here, I do believe it is similar to my real-time reviewing.

There seems to be a pure creative natural relationship between text
and reader (however personal), unlike the menage-a-trois of (1) text and (2)
imputed author (i.e. his imputed intentions and connections with his
arguabilities of (auto)biography and things that other people have written about
him and other texts by the same author etc.) and (3) a single reader.

*

I agree that biography seems to be a difficult task and a worthy discipline in
itself. I congratulate anyone who undertakes it.
My favourite biography is George Painter's of Proust.




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Wednesday, 9 December 2009 11:46 am

I've been trying to think of examples of above 'menage-a-trois'. Possibly the most graphic example is HPL. In the Sixties I had a highly personal relationship with the HPL text alone - a visionary text for its own sake (like Blake's) with a unique linguisitic style. Since then, I've tried to cling on to that personal relationship of 'text and reader' in face of learning more about HPL, i.e. being subject to an 'infection' of non-text that may indicate that the actual text is a metaphor for HPL's racism (a vicious racism as expressed in his letters to Reinhardt Kleiner, far more vicious than the standard xenophobia of his times and milieu).



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