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Friday, April 10, 2009

MAGIC AND MECHANICA ANTHO



Okay, so my contributor's copy of Magic and Mechanica (Ricasso Press) turned up recently, but I've been too busy swanning around LA trying to snag a copy of the Python Lee Jackson master-tapes for a release on 19F3. That's how crap I am at promoting myself.

The 2 or 3 of you that are still alive and reading this blog might even remember that I mentioned this book some time ago, but the anthology has had a twisted year-plus (maybe two!) adventure sailing around various printers, publishers and so forth, so has taken its own sweet time before finally reaching publication.

My story "Mondo Baroque" is the lead-off piece - and if you like twisted Heroic Fantasy (or Sword n Sorcery as we used to call it back in my day), then this is the one for you...well, actually, Sword n Mechanisms n Sorcery might be a better genre.puff, as all the stories feature some sort of weird balance 'tween magic and retro-tech as their bouncing-off point. My own p.o.v. is a parallel-world Renaissance Era where Venice is recast as The Sinking City, a Baroque micro-universe populated by sour/dour anti-heroes and alchemechanical chicks with machine-pistols. An Alternative Table of The Elements features in there somewhere too. Plus various monsters n Italio vampiri n assorted existential carnage...

If there's more than a hint of Old School Michael Moorcockisms, then it's because he's the fuckin' guv'nor far as I'm concerned. Dude wrote the rule-book.

(Well, maybe not...but he certainly rewrote it)

You can buy a paperback copy here. And - fuck it! - you should...

More Seriously Fucked-up Fantasy from me to follow.

2 Comments:

At 2:17 am, Blogger Jason Gusmann said...

i'd love to check this out, but i'm totally perplexed and intrigued by the fact that your editor is the original drummer for black sabbath! a true goddamn renaissance man.

 
At 9:53 am, Blogger kek-w said...

LOL!

Bill Ward is a hero. He once had his own giant gong fall on top of him during show...

 

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