Saturday, January 27, 2007

One Tribe & Ultra Elite Entertainment love Chimeraworld 4:

according to Frank Helisek of One Tribe and Ultra Elite Entertainment Divisions (their motto is 'fuck censorship and keep it brutal as hell' which I intend to do)

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Chimeraworld 4 (All Cars Must Die) is the most metalic and flesh filled fantasy work I have ever read. With turns and curves that will make you cream one second and blow chunkc the next. The intricate twisting and turning of metal with mortal souls and grizzle beings being turned to solid metal masses in one turn of a page had me wanting more till the book ended and I wished I was dead.....or so they say all car's must die. Keep them coming brother.

Frank Helisek
One Tribe & Ultra Elite
Entertainment Divisions
Pittsburgh PA USA

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The modern motorcar (and the industry that surrounds it) is nothing but a cancer on the face of the Earth. Mark Zirbel, Christina Kinnan, Paul Murray Collrin, Jenny Ashford, Liam Davies, Courtney Burback, Mark Robyn, M.P. Johnson, Tyler Runde, J. M. Heluk, Kelly Stevens, Ken C Goldman, Ray Wallace, Gerard Brennan, Brad C. Hodson, M. Jones, Suzanne Burns, Jeff Drake, Cameron Pierce, Sean Rickards, David Mitchell Turnbull, Kek-W and Alex Severin bring us twenty-three tales of the revolting lives and ugly deaths of these beasts of the road. Long may they remain dead.

Chimeraworld #4 is available right now in American format trade paperback from Chimericana Books for just $14.99

Friday, January 26, 2007

purple is not a letter

it's an interview I performed (some years back) on an amazing (unknown) writer called polycarp kusch


purple is not a letter

Granada, Spain - vacation report:

This is a photo-revision of the Granada, Spain trip we made back in October 2006.

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I'm sure the bizarros were watching me. The first thing I spotted on my first day walking around Granada. THE BIZARRO EYE (it says in Spanish), it was a mural on a wall advertising local artisans but... Scary.

Anyway, on with the report. RyanAir. Yeah, my wife, daughter and I were transported to Granada in the south of Spain by cheapo air travel service RyanAir - and yes I'd heard the terrible stories of terrible service and terrible customer relations but, you know what, it all went as smooth as a cashmere codpiece. Got on the plane, plane went up, plane came down.

Welcome to Granada.

A most civilised city where you buy a drink and they give you free food - it's called TAPAS and tapas basically means a little sample of the sort of bar food you can pay money for to get a decent portion. But it seems to be the way down there, bar hop, get a drink, get food, pay for drink, get free food, move on. Repeat until sated.

Sunday, we spent the day in the Alhambra castle - it's more of a fortified palace, but castle will suffice as a description for the purposes of this report. We were in to visit the secret palace at 2 PM. So, clever us, we decided to get moving by about 1 PM. Then we saw the hill rising up to the castle - quite a thigh-burning trek that was. But fun. We were giggling as we ran. Oh, how we laughed.

Monday... We cruised around the University end of town, at some point we got lost up in some new town overlooking Granada. Streetmap from the Tourist Office was totally unhelpful - I guess it wasn't on the tourist trail, sorta the 'real' Spain, i.e. a bit rough and oppressive. I was surprised to see a sort of smog umbrella over the whole town from this elevation. There was this ancient protective wall - there are many ancient walls like this round the city - and it just cut across our trail for like a mile. Luckily we found a tight squeeze through and escaped to the other side, descending the twisting turning little back streets to make our way back down into the town.

Tuesday, we were gonna take a train ride to Seville but decided against it. Good idea that as FLASH FLOODS tore through Seville and the other place we were going to go (before deciding on Granada) was terrorised by much worse flash floods. All in all, we were blessed by the excellent weather at that time of the year in Granada.

We found a near-derelict monastry right up in the hills to the east. And there was a terrific view down that valley onto the town. You beginning to see a theme here? Go into hills, take pictures of Granada. We did a lot of walking and our legs felt the strain.

Bus trip up into the hills. Real nice little village called Guejar. Right up there in the clouds, overlooking the lake and the quarry. Anyway, we mountain-goated to the top of another hill (those photos are due some time this Xmas). Oh, and in the evening, we found the astonishing Alhambra Hotel up on some hill after a late-nite trek up thousands of stone stairs, pre-tapas. Terracota and turrets - very nice. And a decorative garden teaming with peacocks.

Thursday, plane home - only a couple hours late in the end, after all that. Would I visit Granada again? You bet.

Monday, January 15, 2007

GENRECLECTIC - the chimeraworld way

In the style of that great word-innovator D. F. Lewis, I've invented a new word to describe the non-comformist content of the Chimeraworld anthology - genreclectic.

thanks to Brad Hodson for the inspiration this morning.

Sunday, January 14, 2007

ST GILES ORCHESTRA - Delius, Kalinnikov and Elgar:

Well, yours truly is 41 years old today and last night, Mrs P treated us to a cultural soirée listening to the St Giles Orchestra at the St Andrews' Church, Linton Road, Oxford. The SGO play a varied set and pieces/arrangements that are not normally performed. The programme consisted of DELIUS (Life's Dance), KALINNIKOV (The Cedar and the Palm) and Elgar (Enigma Variations).

Cancelled due to the mid-week injury of the violinist was the Brahms double concerto. The conductor and orchestral director (Geoffrey Bushell) conducted one of his own pastoral scores to make up for the missing Brahms.

There are up to 80 players in the orchestra but last night (as there was no choral element) there were about 40, 50. It was a lovely evening and we're going again in April for Mrs P's birthday.

Saturday, January 13, 2007


There've been a few people arriving at this blog having run a "szmonhfu buy" search in Google. Szmonhfu, the 2002 Eraserhead Press trade paperback novel by my mindsake Hertzan Chimera is out of print. Luckily, I have a few copies left, in a box somewhere. Email me and we'll talk about price - but beware, they're not cheap (due to their rareness).


as always, kill the +++ and the ### in the email.

Thursday, January 11, 2007

5. She had a deep, throaty, genuine laugh, like that sound a dog makes just before it throws up.

I mean, laugh? You wanna laugh? Well, get youself off to this site about terrible quotes in students' stories - titled The 25 Funniest Analogies.

Brought tears (of joy) to my eyes.

Wednesday, January 10, 2007

Joanna Newsom is astonishingly good

the one track that keeps playing on my MP3 player is "Peach, Plum, Pear" she does this trick with multiple voices half way through the track that just makes the hair on the back of your neck go mental, and there's this harpsichord or clavicord all through it that is just a dream.

Newsom's own comments about her songwriting echo the intention in my writing, namely, 'Among the responsibilities of any writer is that, no matter what else, they know what they mean. So, even if no one else knows what you're talking about, you do. The listener can sense that, even if they don't get the literal meaning. The faith that they place in the clues and the connections and the secrets of the lyrics is of the utmost importance.'

very strong contender for the best thing I've heard this year.


anatomy of a beheading

Like you, I'd never really seen one of those hostage (beheading) videos. I'd never understood how totally harrowing these bedheadings were. Like you, I imagined some anodine Saudi Arabian punishment killing with a big curved sword swooping in from behind the convicted, dispensing swift justice.

But no, the truth is much more brutal - we're talking about being manhandled to the floor while you're still conscious and some fuck saws away on the side of your neck with a butcher knife until your gasping skull is ripped from your spine.

Gah, I'm not gonna publish a link to one of these beheadings - I did think about it but in life you've gotta follow your own path. Go to Yahoo>Videos and enter "beheading" into the search window. You can then decide for yourself whether you turn up at church on Sunday or whatever your flavour of belief you adhere to.

Monday, January 01, 2007

Trevor Brown's exlcusive New Year 2007 e-card

I love getting these things every year from exiled English artist, Trevor Brown. Seems Japan is the only place that will put up with his totally outrageous, over-the-top, fetish imagery. Those Japanese...

Anyway, coming hot on the heals of last year's amazing flying black dildo, here's the latest - a common image of sexual debauchery we find in most greasy back streets of Harajuku, no?