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Monday, September 06, 2010
Last Balcony Photograph

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.

 

 

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Posted at 12:58 pm by Weirdmonger
 

Saturday, September 04, 2010
Dr Who / Hung Parliament

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'.




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Monday, 10 May 2010 11:28 am

The latest episode seemed to me -

"Hey, gal, let's take your fiance and go for an adventure. I know, an adventure about vampires - and wouldn't it be great to make the location Venice... change into your fish-net stockings, the skirt's just fine..."


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Monday, 10 May 2010 12:32 pm :: http://weirdmonger.blog-city.com/dr_who_

Doctor Who / Gordon Brown - earlier blog at link immedately above.


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Monday, 10 May 2010 12:59 pm

Matt Smith is a terrible Dr Who, to my mind. Someone from the Sixth Form acting the goat. I can understand he needs to be modern for modern viewers. But I'd draw the line at Prince Harry?


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Monday, 10 May 2010 1:00 pm

Pleased to see he carried a card with the original Dr Who on it (my Dr Who).


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Monday, 10 May 2010 6:23 pm

Des Lewis After the 'perfect snooker' of an election result, Brown has just released the inevitable random blast of the cue ball...



Posted at 10:08 am by Weirdmonger
 

Dr Who / Gordon Brown

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?




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Sunday, 2 May 2010 3:28 pm :: http://shawnlunn2002.blogspot.com/2010/0

Thanks to the blog-owner at the link immediately above, the correct quote is:

The Doctor: "You need to start trusting me. It's never been more important."

Amy: “But you don’t always tell me the truth.”

The Doctor: “If I always told you the truth, I wouldn't need you to trust me.”



Posted at 10:03 am by Weirdmonger
 

Friday, September 03, 2010
UK General Election

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.




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Sunday, 9 May 2010 5:31 pm

Today, this election has been the 'perfect snooker' of a hung parliament. One solution of snooker players in such a situation is to cannon randomly to see where all the balls fall...



Posted at 10:22 am by Weirdmonger
 

Magic of Music

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.




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Monday, 26 April 2010 11:27 am :: http://weirdmonger.blog-city.com/stabat_

My previous short review of classical music in Clacton (last year's performance of Dvorak's Stabat Mater) at link immedaitely above.



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

 

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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.

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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 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. 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
 

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