Tuesday, January 24, 2006

CHIMERAWORLD NEWS:

David L Tamarin just contacted me with news that his appearance at the Borderlands Bootcamp (a sort of weekend writer course) was lots of fun. He read from his Chimeraworld #2 story, The Abortion People, (part I, "Fuck"). David also has a story in Chimeraworld #3, Top O' The News. Later, he was approached by respected writer Douglas Winter who asked about the Chimeraworld series. Great news was David had a couple of copies of CW2 and CW3 which he passed onto Douglas. You guys deserve all the attention you get. Nice one, David. And good fortune to us all.

Sunday, January 15, 2006

SURREALISTAS IN THE WORLD:

I mentioned a year back that SURREALISTAS IN THE WORLD had tracked me down and asked to include me in their list of world-wide creative types. This morning we received a mission from the enigmatically named VBZ to butcher La Giaconda (or Ioconde in Spanish) otherwise known to you and I as The Mona Lisa.

Here's the very subtle adjustment I came up with - and if you click it, you'll see it alongside all the other Surrealist interpretations from around the world.

Saturday, January 14, 2006

SURVIVING NOODLES, WITH NICK MIDDLETON:

It's amazing who you can meet down at your local Co-op. I'm stood there with my daughter in the Italian sauces section and who should I meet but SURVIVING EXTREMES adventurer Nick Middleton. We shook hands once I'd confronted him with my "Aren't you that bloke off the telly?". But as you'd imagine from his shows, he's a very personable chap and after a jolly pleasant chin-wag, I showed him where the noodles were and let him get on with the rest of his day.

CHIMERAWORLD #3 TRADE PAPERBACK AVAILABLE:

CHIMERAWORLD #3
Edited by Mike Philbin


Printed: $14.99
Download: $7.39

Description:
Misogyny, atheism and terrorism in one issue? It must be Chimeraworld #3 time. Twenty-three short stories of sexual annihilation, god murder and exploding children all mingled together in one really nasty annual debauch of the senses. Fiction was never meant to be this extreme, this subversive, this genre-breaking. Share the pain and pleasure of Ralph Greco, Jr., Dean R Winters, Michael De Kler, Jenny Ashford, Nicholas Alan Tillemans, C. C. Parker, Joshua Scribner, Sean Logan, Chet Gottfried, Paul Pinn, D.L. Snell, Anthony Armstrong, C.L. Russo, Will McIntosh, Tim McDaniel, Michael A. Kechula, Kevin James Miller, Richard Pitaniello, Richard D. Moore, Liam Davies, Tonya Price, Glen Alan Hamilton, David L Tamarin.

Product Details:
Printed: 153 pages, 6.0" x 9.0", perfect binding, 60# cream interior paper, black and white interior ink, 100# white exterior paper, full-color exterior

If you buy more than $25 of Chimericana Books, your postage is paid.

Chimeraworld #3 appear on www.Amazon.com in time (if any of you are amazon.com members (which I'm not, as I'm a UK buyer only) could you please start making Amazon Lists of all the Chimericana Books you find on there - search term = mike philbin)? Any reviews will also help.

Okay, I'm officially 40 years old today, so excuse me while I go and have my mid-life crisis.

Wednesday, January 11, 2006

WRITING, SUBMISSION NEWS:

I submitted my longest short story ever today, THE AMAZING ADVENTURES OF DIERDRE OPENHOUSE, DREAM DETECTIVE (8,900 words) to a professional (6c per word) anthology in the States.

Recently, I also submitted THE STOPFORD ZOMBIES (3,000 words) to another anthology.

BOND, on PSP, in FROM RUSSIA WITH LOVE:

So, this is the game I've been doing the animation conversion on:

FROM RUSSIA WITH LOVE for EA on PSP.

nice feature article, Laffy.

Monday, January 09, 2006

RICHARD DAWKINS, ROOT OF ALL EVIL:

I'm watching the RICHARD DAWKINS, root of all evil show and I didn't realise how insidious the Evangelist Christian movement is in the States. And how parallel the message of Fundamentalist Islam is. There is so much hatred from Evangelist towards the Evolutionists, they're even teaching Creationism in Bible-belt schools. In the same way that Fundamentalists teach their kids that bombing the infidel will fast-track the believer to some Martyr Heaven. Logical reasoning are being abandoned by these religious nutters.

This theatrical rant is coming, of course, from what one may (or may not) be forgiven for calling a Fundamentalist in his own right, the Law of Science. For after all, Science is a proponent of the Evidential System. And I only have to mention one name O.J. Simpson to allow the reader to understand why I disagree STRONGLY that the Evidential System (used in whatever field) ho9lds any real Universal validity.

One humanist message needs to be spread all over the world, ATHEISM is the only sure-fire way of getting mankind back on the rational track of the social love train. But that's quite fundamentalist, too?

VIDEO PROMO, CHIMERAWORLD #3:

Put together by author Anthony Cain (his story "This Colossal Wreck" was published in Chimeraworld #2) to promote the release of the trade paperback Chimeraworld #3 (atheist, misogynist, terrorist) due from Chimericana Books, January 14, 2006. This exclusive video promo illustrates the terrorist angle.

There'll be two more video promos to address the atheist and misogynist angles in this year's antho prior to release. If you're an interested internet site checking out this data, please try to find space on your servers to host this (and the other two) promos.

Wednesday, January 04, 2006

REBUS, BRING BACK JOHN HANNAN:

I recently watched the opening episode of the new season of REBUS (yeah, he's a loner, LIKE MORSE, and he likes music, LIKE MORSE, and he's always in the pub, erm, LIKE MORSE)... anyway. My real beef is where did John Hannah go?

Now, Ken Stott (the new Rebus) is a fine actor and MESSIAH was great but... he has too much emotional range for Rebus. Stotty, while he's a great character actor, comes across as just too warm and bubbly to play the hard-faced REBUS. Let me put it this way, when Stotty does Rebus, you know he's reading 'character off the page'. When Hannah does Rebus, he has that cynical sarcastic EDGE already. No need for prep'ing or self-control, or mastery of one's art. He has FACE.

John Hannah EMBODIES the Edinburgh Spirit of Rebus. I (like everybody else) thought Stotty would be the man for the role, but no, Stotty is more suited to playing the grumpy Red Metcalfe in Messiah. Hannah is the cold-hearted throat-cutter Rebus. Bring back Hannah.

Monday, January 02, 2006

THREE STORIES IN THE TOP TEN:

Quick mention that my three stories "Brotherly Love", "Keeping It Together" and Beyond The Sea" published at ScienceFictionFantasyHorror.com have made it into the TOP TEN MOST READ STORIES for December. All three of them, yeah. Apparently, I'm only the second writer to have three stories in the top ten since SFFH opened its doors early last year. Again, I'd like to thank Dan C Rinnert for his faith in bizarro literature.

Sunday, January 01, 2006

HAPPIER YEAR FOR TREVOR BROWN:

Seems like 2005 was "one long turd of a year" for Tokyo-based artist Trevor Brown. His domain babyart.org was stolen, so it's best if you delete your bookmark to it.

But the backup babyart site still exists and here's a special New Year message from that master of outré/fetish creativity.