Four Windows. Four minds riding through derangement and beyond as clouds gather over the city of London. Four music students working hard to analyze a unique and extraordinary musical composition. From ‘The Night of the Electric Insects’ through the ‘Songs of Bones and Flutes’ to ‘God Music’ and the return trip, George Crumb’s ‘Black Angels’ – noble; wicked; madness; ethereality. Listen and the sky turns yellow and lightning flickers like burning alcohol in the distance.
Just to tease those who haven’t read this incredible work.
A Suite In Four Windows by David Rix is a book that will sing to your soul, but not like an urban fairy tale – no! If you like the taste of claustrophobic (devilish) drama, please take the journey and read this book.
It is a beautifully finely woven story; a complex and stunning work of horror, love, beauty, madness that grows stronger at every page, at every beat of the music “Black Angels”. The music isn’t only an important part of A Suite In Four Windows, but also a character in it’s own right – DARK – that haunts the story.
What makes this story so stupendous isn’t only the acuteness you feel when reading it, and it’s not only the seamless matching of words and music, it is the unrelenting attention to the details, making certain that those words and sounds (yes, sounds – YELLOW), work together to create a story that I found sometimes hilarious, horrifying, tragic, hallucinogenic.
Terry, Kate, Mix and Carrie, music students, are trapped between the YELLOW and the BLUE, the RED BRICK and the GOLD, and as they try to analyse the “Black Angels” music, as they look out of the windows of the house where the four live, as they climb from the basement to the attic and the music shouts/mute they all dive into the bright darkness.
There are no demons or angels in this book only Teeth. You don’t know what I mean? Well, neither do I. Only one solution – go read it!
Chris Kelso is a spectacle to move the mind, soul, and heart. The books that I’ve read are filled with power.
His words are in many ways a bridge of hope to insanity.
And I’ve only read so far two books – shame on me.
Some words about the book “Schadenfreude”…
After reading so many books most of them do not provide any surprise.
Of course now I demand from a book much more than I required a few years ago. And it was spectacular that “Schadenfreude” by Chris Kelso has astonished me positively. It is a book that don’t leave me indifferent – one great good thing!
I’ve also read the anthology “Caledonia Dreamin’ – Strange Fiction of Scottish Descent” edited by Hal Duncan and Chris Kelso.
1. Do you have a specific writing style?
I think I’ve developed a certain ‘style’. It started with me at 18 trying to replicate my favourite prose stylists, writers with really unique and individual voices – like Burroughs, Acker, PKD and Hubert Selby Jr. There is some fix-up, some spare Carver-esque writing and some longwinded stuff. Usually the poetry of the piece will take precedence, I’ll likely revel in words more than plot or actual character expansion.
The more I read, and wrote, the more the narrative and its structure started to amalgamate all those influences and became something (maybe) unique itself.
the dissolving zinc theatre
2. What books have most influenced your life most?
There are so many. Paul Auster’s ‘New York Trilogy’, Alasdair Gray’s ‘Lanark’…anything from PKD, Simak, Solzhenitsyn, Acker or Plath. Seriously, too much stuff!
3. If you had to choose, which writer would you consider a mentor?
This is a good question. I suppose at university I had Stewart Home and Rodge Glass to bounce a few ideas off of and get useful feedback. Since then, I suppose people like Hal Duncan, Anna Tambour, Gio Clairval and Vincenzo Bilof have really taken me under their wing. Seb Doubinsky and Matt Bialer are always on hand to help me out and keep me on the right track too. I’m grateful to them all.
4. What are your current projects?
So many! I have a book ‘The Folger Variation’ due out through Leaky Boot Press’s ‘Weirdo Magnet’ imprint. It’s a much more traditional science fiction fare. Then it’s my horror/crime novel that Adam Millard is putting out. I’m really excited about that one because it’s such a deviation for me. It’s still bleak as fuck, but more accessibly bleak….
5. How much research do you do?
Hardly any. The majority of my fiction takes place in a 4th dimensional universe where humans work as slaves in mining enclaves all day. I might research a piece of machinery that I’m elaborating on, but very little else. It’s all up here (points to temple)
the folger variation
6. Do you write full-time or part-time?
Very much part-time. By day I work in a school library, which is actually very enjoyable. I love the school and it’s pretty satisfying. I think even if I could afford to write full-time I wouldn’t. I’m drying up a bit these days. I write a lot less than I used to. Maybe I’ve said everything I had to say?
7. Where do your ideas come from?
My own desperate misery. These days I’m much happier and positive – which might explain why I can’t write anything of note anymore!
To be fair I don’t make words, I only use them. I choose the words from a magic cauldron, called the dictionary, and as if by magic I create a story, a thought.
I don’t know how to draw, so I just do rough drafts on any piece of paper and thereby I get drawings.
I am not a professional photographer, but I’m a shot addict – bang! bang!
I shoot to the left, to the right and from time to time I get some great photos.
This then? This is not a book. This is libel, slander, and defamation of character. This is not a book, in the ordinary sense of the word. No, this is a prolonged insult, a gob of spit in the face of Art, a kick in the pants to God, Man, Destiny,Time, Love, Beauty… – Henry Miller