Sunday, July 30, 2006

Metacafe - Reopen 9/11:

A work colleague of mine (you know who you are, I'm not gonna use your name without permission) was always going on 9/11 Conspiracy Theories. Well, I didn't take it seriously, of course, I mean why would the Americans want to destroy their own World Trade Centres. Then I saw this movie - Reopen 9/11 on Metacafe.

Thought provoking if nothing else.

Saturday, July 29, 2006

Wednesday, July 26, 2006

CHIMERAWORLD #4 shortlist:

I've rejected lots and lots of stories this year. Many were real good stories but wouldn't have fit with the theme and other stories I'd already set aside. I say set aside - as you know (maybe you don't) what I do each year is generate a shortlist of 'provisional acceptances' from which I'll choose the final 23 for inclusion in Chimeraworld. I have now achieved the core of this year's shortlist by notifying the 23rd writer to make it into the 'provisional acceptance' folder - any new submission that arrives before end September is going to be competing with some truly wonderful "things to do in a bizarro car" stories. Keep 'em coming. Keep 'em on guidelines.

I've been having some ideas about cover art - I know this is one of the things you guys like most about the Chimeraworld series, and this year's will not disappoint. Trippy. Anti-car. Pro-life. And remember, there's a $10 payment against future profit share for all who make it into this year's Chimeraworld.

Writers: don't think your submission goes into a grey slush pile until the book comes out, I'm a very hands on, active editor - Chimeraworld writers already KNOW whether they're in the running or not - I respond to all submittees, always critically. Always helpfully, if I can.

Friday, July 21, 2006

STABBED, TORTURED, DISMEMBERED from Meat Hook Press

I'm not sure if I've mentioned this before but why the fuck haven't you all downloaded STABBED, TORTURED, DISMEMBERED from Meat Hook Press. It's got some of the most vivid non-mainstream shit in it you'll ever read - and my infamous CABBAGE PATCH DOLL IS DEAD story (I'd completely forgotten which publication accepted that crime-of-a-story).

Anyway, people, don't delay download the pdf of STABBED, TORTURED, DISMEMBERED right now - before saten bores your tits off.

Wednesday, July 19, 2006

NOVELSPOT.NET scores JANE'S GAME 9/10

What I like in the writings of independent artist and writer Mike Philbin is the amazing freshness and inventiveness, the uniqueness of the narrative, and his ability to shock the reader, well beyond what you think is possible after the shocking images you encounter each day in today's media. His prose provokes a vast range of emotional responses and Jane's Game is no exception.

The story starts with the introduction of Jane, a beautiful ex-model, who turns out to be the end product of an experiment at the Fountain Institute for Molecular Research, the place where her program was written. Later, young artist Paul Kasparek finds Jane, who is suffering from amnesia, in his studio underneath his paintings. Thus starts an incredibly bizarre story of love and violence, sex and gore, dreams and dream-like events.

Mike Philbin, who once used the pseudonym Hertzan Chimera, is still pushing the boundaries of the horror genre by the use of surrealism and a unique narrative technique. The book includes a lot of dream-sequences, and the reader often cannot be sure whether the main characters are still dreaming or the author is describing what happens to them in real life.

The bizarro novel Jane's Game is described by the publisher as 'a brutal piece of psycho-sexual horror fiction', and it is definitely not for the faint of heart. However, if you do not mind the gory details, you are in for a great read. Jane's Game is highly recommended. So twisted, so shocking, and so moving that you just cannot get enough.

Reviewed By Ilona Hegedus
© June 2006 Novelspot.net

buy Jane's Game is available direct from Chimericana Books.

Sunday, July 16, 2006

Brazier's Park camping:

It's about 8 minutes south of Wallingford. It's an old county house where they run Social Science courses. They also have a very pretty orchard where we spent the night last night in our family tent. We had a whole day (5 hours) of walking yesterday around the forests and woods of the region. Bit tired this afternoon but it was a) gorgeous weather b) gorgeous scenery c) gorgeous company.

Monday, July 10, 2006

GHOST MASTER FUN:

here are a few animated characters I did for the PC game Ghost Master

etc... :)

Wednesday, July 05, 2006

MECHANICAL ANIMALS marilyn manson:



how can you not love that ludicrous cover image of an iconic messiah worthy of all the media spend. Yeah, Mechanical Animals contains some utter anthemic garbage - but it also contains some of the greatest lyrics ever written. Here's a quick spin through the mind of Brian Warner.

THE SPEED OF PAIN

I wish I could sleep
But I can't lay on my back
Because ther's a knife
For everyday that I've known you

When you want it
It goes away yoo fast
Times u hate it
It always seems to last
But just remember when you think you're free

The crack inside your fucking heart is me

Saturday, July 01, 2006

GOTTA GET WRITING:

Holy neglect, batfolk.

I've been reviewing other people's novels and reading Chimeraworld #4 stories for far too long now. I really need to get back on the writing wagon and get submitting to some decent venues. I have a full lunchtime_notebook of stories and storylines that are so begging to be fleshed out it's painful.