Friday, 2 December 2011

Sangria in the Sangraal

Sangria in the Sangraal (2011)
Ex Occidente Press

An entire story-cycle in miniature. One thousand years of the remarkable magical history of a secret region of Spain where few people venture even now. Albarracín is a rose-red town tucked away in the mountains of Lower Aragon. Once the seat of an independent taifa during the dominance of the Caliphate of Cordoba, it remained saturated with ancient mystery long after the separated kingdoms of the peninsular were forged through conquest into the single nation we know today. In Albarracín still lurk the djinn of the wondrous past in their dusty bottles and the ghosts of heroes and villains locked in the crucibles of a rogue alchemist.


The Shapes Down There * The Spare Hermit * Sally Forth * The Magic Gone * Sangria in the Sangraal * The Man Toucan * Latitude, Longitude and Plenitude * The Kind Generosity of Theophrastus Tautology * Scaramouche's Pouting Mouth * Knossos in its Glory * Señor Chimera's Hysterical History * The Bone Throwers

Note: the final two stories in the list above are only available in the second updated edition of the book, published by Eibonvale Press in September 2016.

Wednesday, 18 May 2011

Link Arms With Toads!

Link Arms With Toads! (2011)
Chômu Press

A Showcase of Romanti-Cynical Stories

"Whether you are a ghost, a robot or just an apeman, you can always link arms with toads!"

Self-reflective mirrors looking for their own reflections. Towns that migrate to the moon. Prisoners of elaborate dungeons and gigantic miniature solar systems. Robots, ghosts, rascals, explorers, troubadours, apemen and yetis. All are present in the multiverse of inversion and invention that is Link Arms with Toads!


The Troubadours of Perception * Number 13½ * The Taste of the Moon * Lunarhampton * The Expanding Woman * All Shapes Are Cretans * The Innumerable Chambers of the Heart * Pity the Pendulum * 333 and a Third * The Candid Slyness of Scurrility Forepaws * Ye Olde Resignation * Castle Cesare * The Mirror in the Looking Glass * Oh Ho! * Loneliness * Hell Toupée * Inside the Outline * Discrepancy

Friday, 11 March 2011

The Brothel Creeper

The Brothel Creeper (2011)
Gray Friar Press

Tales of Sexual and Spiritual Tension.


The Ditching * One Man’s Meat * The Cuckoos of Bliss * One’s a Crowd * Southbound Satin * Pyramid and Thisbe * Is My Wife On Mars? * The Indigo Casbah * God in a Basement Flat * Fanny * Crash, With Shopping Trolleys * Mah Jong Breath * The Flesh Stocking * Casimir the Converter * The Docking of Spaceship Earth * Cuntlock * The Sickness of Satan * The Gibbon in the Garret * The Small Miracle * Cracking Nuts With Jan Hammer * The Quims of Itapetinga

Notes: (a) 'Cracking Nuts With Jan Hammer' only appears in the hardback edition, (b) the item entitled 'Fanny' is a miniature story-cycle consisting of eight brief tales ('Fanny is Famished', 'The Furry Godmother', 'Petal Put the Kelly On', 'Fanny of the Apes', 'Knobheads and Dipsticks', 'Fanny of the Opera', 'Pussy in Boots', 'Flicking a Fleck of Freckled Flapper').