Monday, September 06, 2010
First sight of 'Null Immortalis' cover
First sight of 'Null Immortalis' cover
posted Tuesday, 8 June 2010
.cover design: dean harkness
Purchase details: HERE
TURN AGAIN by William Meikle
A GIANT IN THE HOUSE by Daniel Pearlman
APOTHEOSIS by D.P. Watt
THE RETURN by S.D. Tullis
LUCIEN’S MENAGERIE by David Fitzpatrick
VIOLETTE DORANGES by David V. Griffin
EVEN THE MIRROR by Ursula Pflug
LOVE IS THE DRUG by Andrew Hook
THE DROWNED MARKET by Joel Lane
THE SCREAM by Tim Casson
THE SHELL by Tony Lovell
STRINGS ATTACHED by Gary Fry
OBLIVION by Derek John
TROOT by Margaret B. Simon
A MATTER OF DEGREE by Mike Chinn
ONLY ENUMA ELISH by Richard Gavin
ICARUS ABOVE... by Joseph S. Pulver, Sr.
YOU HAVE NOTHING TO FEAR by Reggie Oliver
HOLESALE by Rachel Kendall
'FIRE' by Roy Gray
BROOM PEOPLE by Cameron Pierce
THE TOYMAKER OF BREMEN by Stephen Bacon
THE MAN WHO MADE THE YELLOW GOD by Mark Valentine
THE GREEN DOG by Steve Rasnic Tem
HAVEN’T YOU EVER WONDERED? by Bob Lock
SUPERMARINE by Tim Nickels
Posted at 01:00 pm by Weirdmonger
Last Balcony Photograph
posted Monday, 7 June 2010
This photograph was recently taken among a series of photos in Thorpe-Le-Soken.
It now gives me goozebumps. It really does.
Posted at 12:58 pm by Weirdmonger
Saturday, September 04, 2010
Dr Who / Hung Parliament
posted Monday, 10 May 2010
I sense that Dr Who in the last few years has become a self-conscious series of role-playing or computer games where the main protagonist characters seem to *know* they are safe (or immortal) within each episode or 'choose your own path to adventure' scenario - all artificially tied by a running image like 'bad wolf' or a crack in the wall type of thing.
The audience is expected to collude in those terms and any suspension of disbelief is one that only the modern psyche (imbued with such 'games' and similar real 'macho' car-driving impregnability) can hope to manage.
The current shenanigans with the UK hung parliament represent a similar at-one-remove fabrication - playing games with our material well-being by means of a sense of (false) impregnability or 'null immortalis'.
Posted at 10:08 am by Weirdmonger
Dr Who / Gordon Brown
posted Sunday, 2 May 2010
Doctor Who last night (as I recall him saying):
"If I always told you the truth, there would be no need for me to ask you to trust me."
Gordon Brown after Bigotgate?
Posted at 10:03 am by Weirdmonger
Friday, September 03, 2010
UK General Election
posted Monday, 26 April 2010
In the UK General Election, I sense an endemic polarisation of belief-systems. And argument for argument's sake. Ian McEwan wrote in his latest novel 'Solar': "The past had shown him many times that the future would be its own solution." And I feel that one needs instinctively to nudge reality in that direction, whether by vote or by abstention of vote. Not by consensus, but by sensitivity to synchronicity or serendipity.
Posted at 10:22 am by Weirdmonger
Magic of Music
posted Sunday, 25 April 2010
Just been to this concert by the Clacton Concert Orchestra: http://clactonconcertorchestra.com/2010/01/18/music-for-all-31st-january-2010-3pm/ round the corner from Clacton-on-Sea pier.
I managed to get a seat not far from the various soloists: Jess Barton (clarinet - Mozart), Tracey Simmons (violin - Bach) and Michael Hurren (piano - Shostakovich).
A musical experience to remember. The church acoustics and the orchestra were aberrantly productive, and I was particularly inspired by the almost Philip Glass-like rhythm of the D-Bass and cellos in the Bach. Mr Hurren's red T-shirt and masterful managing of some thoughtful and masquerading piano notes still echo in my mind as I write this. Tracey Simmons' Bach soared above even the seagulls. Jess's Mozart was often deeply timbred and, to my non-technical listening, delightful. You can't often experience such tenderly tentative as well as puckishly confident sounds so coolly complementing each other in an unexpected seaside scenario. You can't experience them even in the best of concert halls in the capitals of the world. Only Clacton or places like it can distil beauty from the unlikeliest of converging amateur and professional opportunities.
Posted at 10:21 am by Weirdmonger
Wednesday, September 01, 2010
Cern Zoo / The Last Balcony
Cern Zoo / The Last Balcony
posted Wednesday, 24 March 2010
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
posted Saturday, 6 March 2010
Wroclaw wrote the passage below here :
<< DF Lewis’s 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 Aboriginal’s ultimate and most noble goal: to leave the earth entirely without mark or record of one’s 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. >>
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
Posted at 11:10 am by Weirdmonger
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.>
Posted at 11:06 am by Weirdmonger