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I watched a snail crawl along the edge of a straight razor. That’s my dream; that’s my nightmare. Crawling, slithering, along the edge of a straight razor… and surviving.
Kurtz

malfurion and tyrande

Mister Paxo enviou isto via e-email.

“Malfurion and I have one rule that defines our relationship: NO SHAPESHIFTING! I am NOT into that!”


suponho que com 10 000 anos de relação, ele tenha tentado pelo menos uma vez 🙂 – o seu comentário


Ele não apenas tentou como conseguiu – pois claro. E isto leva-me à chain quest, Heart of the Nightmare, que é das mais lamechas de Legion.

Malfurion! Where are you my love?por favor!

o coração é o último a morrer de margaret atwood

Charmaine e Stan estão desesperados: sobrevivem de pequenos trabalhos menores e vivem no carro. Portanto, quando veem um anúncio a Consiliência, uma «experiência social» que oferece empregos estáveis e casa própria, inscrevem-se imediatamente. A única coisa que têm de fazer em troca é ceder a sua liberdade mês sim, mês não, trocando a sua casa por uma cela da prisão. Não tarda, porém, que Stan e Charmaine, sem o saberem um do outro, comecem a desenvolver obsessões apaixonadas pelos seus «Alternantes», o casal que ocupa a sua casa quando estão na prisão. E assim mergulham num pesadelo de desconfiança, culpa e desejo.

Bertrand

História que não me deslumbrou. Não estou a acertar com a autora. Já só tenho um livro para ler da autora na palete.

Tradução de Ana Falcão Bastos e Cláudia Brito

o despertar de cthulhu de howard phillips lovecraft

O conto “O Despertar de Cthulhu” de Howard Phillips Lovecraft é uma das mais famosas histórias da literatura fantástica. Cthulhu será o ponto de partida e de chegada do universo de Lovecraft.

Agora neste livro fantasticamente ilustrado por François Baranger “O Despertar de Cthulhu” ganha um novo fôlego. (Um livro que é um pesadelo pelo seu tamanho para qualquer prateleira – bom pesadelo)

Um dos melhores lançamentos da Saída de Emergência.


Tradução de João Catarino

o céu que nos protege de paul bowles

O Céu Que Nos Protege de Paul Bowles é uma obra maravilhosa.

Com um enredo aparentemente simples, uma viagem de viajantes, não de turistas, pelo deserto, Paul Bowles cria uma história psicologicamente densa e perturbadora.

As personagens principais Prot Moresby e Kit Moresby, marido e mulher, perdem-se, não na imensidão mágica do deserto, mas por que são humanos, cheios de maravilhosas falhas; perdem-se na falta de honestidade com eles próprios.

Acho que o que se segue norteia quase todas as acções de Prot e Kit.

Ainda estás a tempo de desistir. Para. Agora. Mas o ritmo da sua passada sobre as pedras era demasiado poderoso.

As diferenças culturais, a linguagem, as ruas labirínticas, cópias umas das outras; tudo contribui para criar a sensação de abandono total das experiências de Port e Kit. Esta sensação de deriva é sentida ainda mais quando Kit tenta conseguir ajuda para seu marido doente.

O deserto acaba por ser uma personagem por direito. No seu vazio, na sua vaidade são reflectidas as vidas de Port e Kit.

O Céu Que Nos Protege é um sonho com um pesadelo dentro!

adormecer ao estilo piloto de testes

Hoje utilizei todas as técnicas conhecidas pela humanidade para adormecer e dormir e outras tantas mais desenvolvidas por mim.

Engoli um comprimido. Apaguei a luz e afaguei a cabeça na almofada de padrão florido – ainda primavera. Fechei os olhos. Iniciei a preparação para o relaxamento. Pensei… pensei que estava debaixo de uma palmeira embutida na areia que traçava uma elegante sombra sobre uma cadeira de praia na qual moi estava refastelado a ler um livro enquanto era embalado pelo som e cheiro da brisa marinha. Já sentia o cérebro a abrir as portas para Morfeu. Ah! a doce sensação de desprendimento invadia o quarto… bem-vinda!

Tudo corria bem. O vento desfraldava as velas com constância. A viagem antevia-se prometedora até pensar o quanto seria divertido se de repente a água do mar congelasse (não impliquem com a impossibilidade científica; estava a preparar um sonho, ou, melhor dizendo, o preâmbulo de um sonho) e todas as pessoas seriam fatiadas pelo gelo: as que estavam a banho, a surfar, a arrancar mexilhões; enfim todas as pessoas envolvidas com o mar de qualquer forma. Sangue, entranhas por todo e qualquer lado, crianças a chorar – desespero total. Resultado, acordei sem estar a dormir. O que se passou com o comprimido para não actuar dentro do tempo regulamentar: dez segundos, o limite para castrar pensamentos parasitas.

Acendi a luz e olhei para dentro do copo para confirmar se continha água. Estava vazio. Confirmei que tinha bebido a água, mas fiquei na dúvida se a acompanhei com o comprimido. Deveria arriscar tomar outro? Assumindo que o meu organismo já tinha absorvido um. Decidi-me pelo não. Não porque tinha receio do que me poderia acontecer com a toma de dois comprimidos, mas sim porque não me apetecia ir à cozinha encher o copo com água. E se afinal o problema não estava na medicação, mas na minha cabeça. O que se passa comigo? foi a segunda questão que coloquei. Sou realmente um máximo a colocar questões.

Duas questões. Zero respostas. Ganhou o inquisidor. Insónia foi a ordem do dia. Encerrada a sessão.

de lado – 0024

The nightmares are only dreams with better special effects.

blue sparkles de sissy pantelis e vurore

blue sparkles

here I am

I usually read accompanied by the sound of good music. I almost always choose between a touch of jazz by the master Chet Baker or I lazily listen to the Stabat Mater of Dvořák. After all they are the CDs that are almost stapled to my old CD player. These musical choices did not work with Blue Sparkles by Sissy Pantelis. So, I read the book without sound and then in the second passage through the final lap – kaaapooooom, I chose Wrath of the Lich King (OST) for a new reading – magic!

… odd thoughts …

  • In the two spreads in which the prince ventures with his mother the rags of the fog create an atmosphere of perfect melancholy – secrecy.
  • The prince’s mount, “a bird” has brought memories of World of Warcraft. How can I ever forget the gryphons of the Alliance!
  • After the talk with Feather-Horn we have three spreads with so many, but so many details – delicious – that they alone raise the bar of what can be expected. Is the step bigger than the leg? No, it was not.
  • Throughout the book one can discover immense references to works of fantasy, just throw the cards and be very careful with the queen of hearts.
  • We have Firework Dancers, Pixies and even an owl piper. Ah! And Swan Knights… So much visual detail that each spread should be read-seen-seen-read repeatedly (loop-on mode) so that nothing gets lost – okay?
  • I do not know how the collaboration between the artist and the writer was; maybe healthily sick? Watch the first panel of the story; in the anguish of the mushrooms; how much they suffer from the fiddly music of the frogs – brilliant!
  • Individualized balloons that make the characters’ voices different.
  • The moon red spread is abysmal.

Blue Sparkles is a musical book. Mysterious. A kaleidoscope of text, image and sound. Venetian masks, apple, shoe, Hansel, snow, red hood, crows – explosion. TAM. TAM. TAM.

If I already loved Sissy, the inclusion of crows was a tasty “Nevermooorrre” that made me smile with my mouth open. Dear Poe.

TAM. TAM. TAM. And the drums come to life and set the pace. TAM. TAM. TAM, in the background. Here I go to the end of a love story … Will a good story have an unfortunate end? End. Beginning. Perfidia. Mistake. Con. End of the nightmare, perhaps? Intermezzo and opening of a new chapter with a rainbow that reminds me of the Bifrost bridge, but without the presence of the mighty Heimdall.

TAM. TAM. TAM. Books inside a book and we have a wonderful library, naturally full with books, but equally filled with the tree of knowledge and a cat and a rabbit, too – Alice where are you?

A book that I read quickly, but that should be slowly tasted as a dream of a summer night, right brother Oberon?

Here are my loose and incoherent thoughts. I can do much more with a story full of changes, turns, with the introduction of details and more details and more characters around the corner.

Blue Sparkles with texts by Sissy Pantelis and drawings by Vurore is a mesmerizing book. As hypnotizing as that brown butterfly that flies through the book spying the unfolding of the story

Are beauty and love not the most powerful magic?” – yes and also good books.

red nightmare by sissy pantelis and danilo antoniucci

This opinion will not have an order, rather an orderly disorder.

Let’s see …

It’s not easy to make an acceptable “society” using animals that behave like humans. But the society of anthropomorphized animals created in Red Nightmare, by the perfect choice of species is an excellent “mirror” society. I can identify, in the facial expressions of animals/characters, the savagery, love, hatred, fatigue, perfidy, wisdom, fear, courage, revolt… The detail of the hyenas, the rabbit ghetto – perfect.

Danilo Antoniucci with a sturdy and musical trace created credible characters who transpired the good and the bad of humanity. If I have to choose a favorite character I point the finger at Night Wanderer: it’s the touch of humor in the story, the element that breaks the tension; the character that we envy for the freedom with which he flies for adventure.

Visually, Red Nightmare is a crazy, fun, colorful – wonderful trip.

The pages where the transition from the real world(?) to the dream world(?) occurs, are very well achieved – excellent color work.

The initial page is delicious: a towering castle, guards with an evil grin, a mother that wards off a child and the soliloquy of an anonymous actor deepens the text of the caption and so… the magic begins.

First, flip through the pages and see the images …
Second, read the text and see the images …
Third, read the pictures and see the text …
Reverse this order and mix everything up …

The text begins, from the very start, by embracing the images and soon on the fifth page we have the words ‘I can only help you see the future through me’ which will make the story take a magical leap into another more magical world – magic within magic, story within story; rabbit inside the magician’s hat. Text, image, special effects – kaboom!

Another kaboom and pause. Shock, surprise. Wow, what now?

And the words of Sissy Pantelis go along with the images and the images go along with the words without competition, in union. And the two elements well combined, oiled, offer the reader astonishment, pain, suspense, confusion …

‘CRI CRI CRI’ is fear to one and a surprise to the reader. ‘That’s … not good!’ is said – but it’s good, it’s, very good.

We have pages without text in which Sissy Pantelis boldly lets Danilo Antoniucci write with images; a wonderful writer who writes words in the silence of expressions, in the silence of moments. The reader is invited to think for himself, is gently pushed there, there, beyond.

And the story hurries, runs very fast and even flies (new inclusion of a story in the story – a bit of homage to another story, perhaps Peter, maybe Pan – I do not know!)

And when the artist and the writer finish without the consent of the reader, but with meaning, the story, I say:

You have got to be joking – it’s over?! How? And I begin to leaf through the book until, without any other solution, I place it there beside me on the shelf.

magical interview to sissy pantelis

I first met Sissy Pantelis in The Ironic Fantastic # 1, the story “Hunted”; it was love at first letter – two “first” can be a redundancy, but it was what I could write.
She creates the most charming stories that I’ve read with words that are endearing and amusing. I can feel, always, alive the sense of wonder and imagination that inhabited Sissy’s heart and mind; completely drawn into her worlds don’t knowing if I am going to cry, laugh… hypnotic and touching words she have.
“How fine is the line between fantasy and reality? And if we unleash our imaginations, just how far will they take us?” – answers that can be found at Sissy’s stories.Shame on me for not knowing her soon – but the fault is all mine.

1. Do you have a specific writing style?

I always try to write clearly for the readers. My priority is to be understood – not to make beautiful, long sentences. I don’t think that my style is literary and complicated. I prefer short, clear sentences that people can understand and I try to keep writing in this style. I am also very attentive to rhythm issues – but this is something intuitive, I cannot explain it rationally. I am not good at long narratives and long and complicated descriptions, so I try to avoid them.

2. What books have most influenced your life?

Shakespeare’s Midsummer Night’s Dream. All fairy tales and mythology- maybe Hans Christian Andersen’s fairy tales more than the rest. Greek mythology and Aesope’s myths. And the Brothers Karamazov by Dostoievsky – Crime and Punishment too. When I read Dostoievsky, I felt something difficult to put in words- like an earthquake in my head. I have always loved everything by Oscar Wilde and my philosophy is very much influenced by the Tao Te Ching and the Taoist Philosophers (NOT the religion – the philosophy).

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

Oscar Wilde. Also Hans Christian Andersen (he also was a major influence for Oscar Wilde) and Shakespeare with Midsummer Night’s Dream. I have found out that many of my stories were influenced or inspired (even at a sub conscious level) by Midsummer Night’s Dream).

4. What are your current projects?

My comics. If you want to know more about them, please read my interview here:
http://forums.jazmaonline.com/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=7235

blue sparkles

blue sparkles

Her current comics projects are, and quoting:

Blue Sparkles is a story of a cursed love. The two young lovers escape to Dreamland to be together, but even there, it seems that the curse follows them. The story is inspired by Shakespeare’s Midsummer Night’s Dream, one of the major influences on my imagination. Art in Blue Sparkles is by wonderful French artist Aurore Barois (aka VURORE).

Sissy Pantelis


Red Nightmare is a story about change and its consequences. It is a story of a cruel king, who decides to change after a hallucination he has while he visits a witch (whom he tortures at first). It is also about being at peace with your own self, about inner harmony. I found out that it was a very important thing and maybe one of the most difficult tasks one can attempt in his lifetime. Now, Red Nightmare is NOT a philosophy book; it is a fairy tale featuring anthropomorphic animals. As all my stories, it is first aimed to entertain and make readers dream. But change has always been an important factor in my life and the main theme of this story is change. The artist working on this story is Italian artist Danilo Antoniucci. I am extremely happy and honored that Danilo accepted this collaboration. I love his art, but I am not the only one to admire Danilo’s talent, so he has a lot of work with his own comics and I can only be grateful that he also works with me.

Sissy Pantelis


Dark Siren is the story of a young girl that discovers that she has a wonderful gift, but her gift can harm other people – especially those who offend her. The young girl is scared, so she leaves her home fearing she may inadvertently harm her family. Then she finds out that she is not alone to possess that kind of poisonous gift. Dark Siren is a special story to me. First, there is something of me in the main character of the story. For a long while, I thought that dreaming and writing was a sort of curse cast on me… To come back to Dark Siren, my young niece helped me a lot in making the story and gave me many ideas for the plot; that was a wonderful experience. And last (but not least), the artist working on this story is José Leonardo aka The Chulo. José is from Colombia and his style is very special. I believe that José has really given this story another dimension. He is extremely gifted and he is now also working on the characters of a movie (by the people who did How to Train Your Dragon).

Sissy Pantelis

I have other projects- among other things, I have one or two novels in mind, but that will be for much later so we would rather speak about them in the future than now.

5. How much research do you do?

Quite a lot actually. Most of my stories are pure fantasy and the true things in them are very few, but I need to do a lot of research to get inspiration.

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

I write full time and I don’t wish to change this – writing is a passion and doing something else at the same time is a big mistake, I found out at a great cost a few years back.

7. Where do your ideas come from?

I am not sure. Sometimes from fairy tales; but I also get a lot of ideas by listening to music or through my dreams!!! 🙂

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

I am on Deviant Art: http://gliovampire.deviantart.com – I try to keep the journal updated when anything new comes out.
I am also on FB: https://www.facebook.com/sissy.pantelis and this is my author page:
hhttps://www.facebook.com/pages/Sissy-Pantelis/232168253548554
I have also created a page for Blue Sparkles:
https://www.facebook.com/PuckBlueSparkles
and José and I created a page for Dark Siren:
https://www.facebook.com/darksirengn

If you want to follow my work, you are welcome to follow any of those pages and I am always happy to see comments and answer any questions of the readers.