Friday, April 10, 2009


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.


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...


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


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