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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.

THE 'I' HIDES THE PINK UPRIGHT SPARKLING

"The 'I' Hides the Pink Upright Sparkling" by our pal artist/writer/film-maker Aaron Held, with cover-art by Tic Tac.

Available via GoogleDocs, but can easily be Papernet'd (ie printed/downloaded into the physical wyrld).

StopPress: Aaron tells me that (grrr) GoogleDocs requires an invitation before you can download, but you can snag a copy here.

CHURCHES AND CHAPELS OF EXMOOR

BUFFLE AND JEAN-FRANCOIS BLANQUET LIVE

And tomorrow - saturday 11th - "Buffle play in the context of a free festival featuring many other people like Jean-Francois Blanquet and DJ Athome. Definitely the first time we play a show in Charleroi! We play at 6. Expect Moroccan vibes. Venue: Le Vecteur."

Here's Jérôme and Jean-François Blanquet (Project Singe company) at the Comète 347 (March 2007):



...And on Monday 13th:

"Waikiki Walhalla (ft. members of Sunny Disposition, Buffle and The Continent Makers) play a house show in Brussels on Monday afternoon.

The house is small and we are fat, so please email for more info."

INVADING THE LOW COUNTRIES TOUR

Burial Hex, Sylvester Anfang II and Bear Bones, Lay Low are hittin' The Low Road for a mini-invasion of Belgium and Holland over the next few days:

9/04 - Student, Brussels (b)
11/04 - Logement, Antwerp (b)
12/04 - Occii, Amsterdam (nl) (Easter Feaster w/ Ignatz, Woods, Laser Poodle, Appie Kim)
13/04 - Carlo levi, Luik (+ Ignatz) (b)
14/04 - The Strip, Kortrijk (b)

"Come out, get wasted, bang your head until it bleeds!!!!"

Sounds like a damn good idea to me.