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Saturday, August 12, 2006

MISC. MOTH STUFF

MOTHRA! Specially for Dom:



Dom nearly had a v. bad trip once because of a beligerent young woman who had no understanding of drug etiquette, some jelly and the film "Godzilla Vs. The Smog Monster"...





It won't surprise anyone to learn that I collect crank UFO conspiracy-theory books from the 60s/70s, and I loooove "The Mothman Prophecies" by John Keel. My own copy is a rather shit recent edition republished on the back of the Richard Gere film, but check these beauties...







Needless to say, if any of y'all spot those editions going cheap on yr travels, let me know and I'll recompense ya for yer troubles..."The Mothman Prophecies" is one of those eerie, weird stories that makes the hairs stand up on the back of my neck...like The Allende Letters saga, the hollow earth Dero stuff and some of the stranger Men-In-Black anecdotes, this stuff is completely made up but it freaks me out far more than any contemporary horror fiction writer (horror novels just ain't scary, but this shit is...)...there's always that weird reptile-brain notion of what if it actually were true...and that's what sends the shiver up my spine. The fact that someone actually took the time to fabricate this oddball pap to get a book (and eventually a film) deal is a fantastic concept in its own right. This stuff exists outside of all the usual rigidly-conventional SF/Fantasy tropes and drills down into primal fears of otherness, tapping into mythic notions of lost Lemuria, invasion of personal neural-space, etc...like all good conspiracy theories, it chips away at all our pre-supposed ideas about how the world really is. That's why all the best crank.lit mythoses, like this, still persist. I t-truly believe that these books are the true inheritors of the Weird Tales/HPL/Clark Ashton Smith vein of Wyrd Dark Fantasy...Keel's stuff completely freaks me out on some deep/dark s/conscious level...like they said in The X-Files: I want to believe...

Like me, Neo-Pop Artist Shaky Kane/Shaky-2000 is a Mothman obsessive, and he once did a Mothman story for 2000AD, but because he didn't have a word-processor, he dictated the entire hand-written script down the phone to me, which I typed (and tidied) up for him...it didn't come out too well in the end, which is a shame; I wish we'd had more time to work on it...but I think there's something in that whole Mothman Mythos that is soooo otherlike that it lifts it head-and-shoulders above most Modern Urban Folk Myths, so it could be worth revisting one day...

Fuck, I miss Shaky...he's a great bloke; I wish he lived nearer, had email, etc. Damn, I'm gonna ring him tomorrow; I miss the big lug...

Another John keel book; this one's pretty creepy too and also contains, I seem to remember, some Mothman-related none-sense:

1 Comments:

At 10:48 am, Blogger Dominic Zero said...

Wow, Mothra, The Smog Monster..Jelly..I still wake up screaming. That was one Bad Trip.

 

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