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coisas de agosto, 2017

01 Set

As leituras de alguns fins-de-semana e não só.

Um pouco de banda desenhada:

  • O Império dos Mil Planetas de Pierre Christin e Jean-Claude Mézières
  • O País sem Estrela de Pierre Christin e Jean-Claude Mézières
  • Bem-Vindos a Alflolol de Pierre Christin e Jean-Claude Mézières
  • Os Pássaros do Mestre de Pierre Christin e Jean-Claude Mézières
  • O Embaixador das Sombras de Pierre Christin e Jean-Claude Mézières
  • Em Terras Fictícias de Pierre Christin e Jean-Claude Mézières
  • Tony Chu #5: Fome de Vencer de John Layman e Rob Guillory
  • Tony Chu #6: Bolos Janados! de John Layman e Rob Guillory
  • Hanuram, O Dourado de Ricardo Venâncio
  • Os Heróis do Equinócio de Pierre Christin e Jean-Claude Mézières
  • Metro de Châtelet – Direcção Cassiopeia de Pierre Christin e Jean-Claude Mézières
  • Homem-Aranha vol. 1: Aprender a Escalar
  • Homem-Aranha vol. 2: Global
  • Homem-Aranha vol. 3: O Reino das Trevas / Miles Morales
  • Outcast vol. 1: As Trevas que o Rodeiam de Robert Kirkman e Paul Azaceta
  • Dylan Dog: Mater Morbi de Roberto Recchioni e Massimo Carnevale

Um pouco de outras coisas mais:

  • Once and Future Cities de Allen Ashley – A feast for the imagination. Do dreams make sense now?
  • Sono de Haruki Murakami

14 Mai
14.05.2017 Look at me. Look, don’t touch. Don’t look any more. Forget all you knew me for. No face, no name, no number.
D-Leb (Once and Future Cities) by Allen Ashley – page 135

11 Mai
11.05.2017 Life had been a constant struggle since the gaggle of Pamela dolls had seized control of the rotary washer
The Pamela Faction (Once and Future Cities) by Allen Ashley (page 99)

26 Abr
26.04.2017 Remember when you first visited your nearest city as a child, the terror of becoming lost? You overcame this, and still do, by a simple remedy: a city of your mind, an invisible construct that you carry everywhere, marked with monuments and landmarks, favourite places, quickest or safest ways from here to there. And thus, although we all share a city, it can only ever be an abstract concept, an unknown, vague and nebulous thing, through witch we sleepwalk, having each arrived from different directions, occasionally bumping into each other, co-inhabiting, almost coincidentally, the same geographic space with contrary intentions.
Underpass by Daniella Geary from Where Are We Going? (page 189)

where are we going edited by allen ashley

11 Abr

Where Are We Going edited by Allen Ashley está a ser lido.

Vou comentar cada conto com o máximo de 10 palavras.

  • Dead Countries – Gary Budgen
  • A Faraway City – Joel Lane
  • The Way the World Works – Ian Sales
  • A Guide to Surviving Malabar – Ian Shoebridge
  • The Human Map – Andrew Hook
  • Journey to the Engine of the Earth – Terry Grimwood
  • The Discord of Being – Alison J. Littlewood
  • Xana-La – Stephen Palmer
  • At the Rail – Andrew Coburn
  • The Bridge – A. J. Kirby
  • The Chain – Frank Roger
  • Our Island – Ralph Robert Moore
  • Underpass – Daniella Geary
  • Overnight Bus – Marion Pitman
  • Wake with the Light – Jet McDonald
  • Future Prospects (Poem) – Geoff Stevens
  • Entanglement – Douglas Thompson

Outra antologia com imensa qualidade. Allen Ashley sabe o que faz; a Eivonvale Press publica o que deve.

the planet suite by allen ashley

01 Dez

1st note
There isn’t a book published by Eibonvale Press that is not a challenge to the senses; all of them gave me a punch in the head – books that transcend themselves: quite an achievement.

2nd note
The Planet Suite by Allen Ashley… beyond fantastic. Very good words at disturbing our borderline between real/dream/imagination. The Planet Suite, a box of sensations – an experience we never forget.

And as Leonard Hofstadter says: Hi. I’m Leonard. You are beautiful. You pop, sparkle and buzz e-lec-tric. I’m going to pick you up at eight, show you a night you will nev-er for-get.

3rd note
A strange and yet entrancing book.

future interview to allen ashley

19 Jan


Well, last year I’ve read Once and Future Cities; I would say it’s great! Allen Ashley made a masterful work – deep and thought provoking. I enjoyed the uniqueness, beauty, and attractive words; its so colorful!

Allen Ashley, with a complex and imaginative writing, ensures, always, one thing: originality.

I look forward with enthusiasm the new edition of his first book “The Planet Suite” and the anthology, edited by him, “Sensorama”; both will be published by Eibonvale Press.

1. Do you have a specific writing style?

Yes, I think I do, certainly with works above the flash fiction range. I consider myself something of a stylist so that the story should please the eye and sound good on the ear. My stories deal with a regular range of concepts – identity, memory, perception, reality, the individual, the span of history, love and loss. Often with buried references – musical and otherwise. I once went on record as saying that you could take a paragraph out of any of my stories and recognise it as mine. This is, of course, a dangerous assertion. Philip K. Dick – himself a recognisable stylist with regular themes – made the completely opposite assertion that any random paragraph from one of his pages would look just like anybody else’s. In my defence, I think of a writer like J. G. Ballard at his peak – even a sentence from him is recognisable as his and nobody else’s.

Sometimes I equate an individual fiction writing style with that of musicians. Thus, if you hear a song by, say, Kate Bush or The Byrds or Neil Young they will have put their own definitive stamp on it. Take The Beatles – no one would remember them now if they had simply carried on playing rock ‘n’ roll covers for 8 hours a night in a Hamburg bar or settled into a role as Tony Sheridan’s backing band. Instead, they developed their own unique sound and created the cultural revolution of the 1960s. Along with Bob Dylan and a few others.

I am always telling writers to develop their own voice. It’s probably counter-productive in terms of personal success because many publishers seem to want you to write just like whomever they consider to be the default successful template… but, hey, who wants to sound exactly like everybody else? Of current writers – Nina Allan, Rhys Hughes, Andrew Hook and the late Joel Lane all have a distinctive, personal style.

2. What books have most influenced your life?

Having attended two church schools as a primary aged child, I find that I quite often quote – rather vaguely – from “The Bible”. When I was boy, I had already read “The War of the Worlds” and “The Lost World”; then my school had a book fair and I purchased Arthur C. Clarke’s “The City and the Stars”. That was it: I was forever hooked on science fiction.

3. If you had to choose, which writer would you consider a mentor?

As a short story specialist, if I had to name one author it would undoubtedly be J. G. Ballard. I love the risks that he took within the short form, especially in a collection such as “The Atrocity Exhibition”. As a poet and sometimes singer, songwriter and general performer, I find that there is always a touch of Robert Calvert in my demeanour. Calvert was a poet, playwright, singer and musician who is best known for his association with the rock band Hawkwind: he wrote the lyrics for their major hit “Silver Machine”.


once and future cities

Can I name a few inspirers as editors as well? In this area I look to emulate the work of Judith Merril, Michael Moorcock, Harlan Ellison and Andrew Hook.

4. What are your current projects?

At point of writing – mid-January 2015 – I am guest-editing an issue of the online magazine “Sein und Werden” with the theme “The Restless Consumer”.
Here’s the link: http://www.kissthewitch.co.uk/seinundwerden/next_issue.html

On March 1st, I open for submissions to my next editorial project “Creeping Crawlers”, which I’m editing for Shadow Publishing.
Here’s the link: http://www.shadowpublishing.webeasysite.co.uk/index.html

I will be judging the British Fantasy Society Short Story Competition again this year.
Lastly, I’ve also set myself an ambitious target of writing half a century of different pieces of writing known as “The Fifty Project”.

Busy times!

5. How much research do you do?

That depends on the particular story, poem or article that I am working on at that point. I’ve undertaken all sorts of research – places visited, books devoured, buses caught, walks taken, even going so far as to deliberately poke myself in the eye to make sure that I recorded the correct resultant colours! These days, I suppose, research is a little easier with the availability of well-researched articles instantly accessible on Wikipedia and the like. They have a reasonably high degree of accuracy. I wouldn’t recommend this technique for your university essays but for when you simply need a snippet of straightforward information or clear answers – such as names of characters in mythology, etc – one can happily and rapidly research from one’s sofa. So I do.

6. Do you write full-time or part-time?

As well as writing, editing, event hosting and critically reading, I also run five creative writing groups. So, effectively, I write full time.

7. Where do your ideas come from?

This is the question that authors apparently can’t stand. However, it’s the one that interested readers usually want answered. I’ve given a few responses to this over the years. One was my story “The Ideas Mountain” in my collection “Urban Fantastic” (Crowswing Books, 2006) in which I facetiously created an actual secret mountain somewhere along the border between France and Belgium to which writers would make the occasional trek and dig out a handful of ideas to power them through their next project. Also, I have published a couple of articles such as “Birth of a Story” and “Unlikely Inspirations” which deal with specific stories. And I think that’s the answer to your question – each story has its own particular inspiration. It can be all sorts of things – a newspaper article, a conversation, my thoughts on someone’s guidelines for an anthology, a response to another artwork, something I’ve been thinking about whilst lying in bed at seven in the morning… Take your inspiration wherever you can and keep a notebook or a file on your computer along with a back-up on the memory stick.

8. How can readers discover more about you and you work?

My website is at www.allenashley.com but I have to own up that I have let it slip a little out of date. I promise to update it thoroughly very soon. There are photos, stories, quotes, links, whatever relating to me all over the internet. If you Google me, it’s “Allen Ashley” not “Ashley Allen” the ex-“Playboy” model! Or people can contact me via this address allen@allenashley.com which will forward to one of my email accounts.

automatic safe dog by jet mcdonald

03 Dez

In this, his extraordinary debut novel, Jet McDonald has created a heady brew of volatile cocktail ingredients. Madcap surreal humour blends with vicious parody of the world of work, the vanity of “Creative” types, the torments of unrequited love, animal cruelty and the excesses of consumer society. Words and sentences undergo some kind of alchemy under McDonald’s reckless stewardship, he whips them up into little frenzies like performing pooches and makes them jump through the burning hoops of our open mouths and frazzled brains. Not so much a breath of fresh air as a snort of something industrial, read this book and become initiated into a rebellion of the mind that will leave you inspired and laughing with exhilaration.

from the editor

Sense is the enemy of change and nonsense is the powder keg of disorder.

Jet McDonald

Amazing (SUPER FUNNY) story. I didn’t need to say anything about this book because Allen Ashley already did a good job in the Foreword.
OH! You don’t know what Allen said – buy the book.

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