HELLO, BEAUTIFUL

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Wind & Stone, Fire & Bone: A New Mix by GhoulNextDoor

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Weird Lore, Pysch Folk, Feral Folk, and more. Tonight’s sonics are going to be spellbinding and sublime.

Wind & Stone, Fire & Bone

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I Am Binging on Episodes of INTERVENTION and You Can Not Stop Me

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The Creep in the Art Department is beside himself, blown away by the image above. He says, “Holy fucking shit, would you look at this?! Watching INTERVENTION and ya hit pause and walk away and come back and WHOA. LOOK at THAT. It’s just a video freeze but it’s the best painting I’ve seen all week. LOOK AT IT. Every element is organized perfectly, the composition is fucking flawless. LOOK AT IT. Look at the cat. Look at the cat’s expression, the eyes. The bent shade. The necklaces hanging from the nail that holds the weird calendar. The fucking CROSS. The COKE CAN, MAN. The bedding. The big SWOOP that starts in the upper right hand corner and smashes into the blurred agonized face of this episode’s lost soul, Elena.”

The Creep shakes his head.

“It’s fucking brilliant.”

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Great Gallery of Bookish Art From BookRiot

Stories From the Sunworld by Chiara Bautista

Stories From the Sunworld by Chiara Bautista

Kelly Jensen over at BookRiot has assembled a gorgeous gallery of “Bookish Art” culled from the pages of tumblr.

Reading on the Rovos Rail by Faustio Becatti

Reading on the Rovos Rail by Faustio Becatti

The Bookworm by Fiona Marchbank

The Bookworm by Fiona Marchbank

Girl Reading in Lawn by Miles Hyman

Girl Reading in Lawn by Miles Hyman

And much more at the full gallery.

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Very Bad Drax is Back on the Air

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“Mama, Mama! Look at the sad tortured man on the screen!”

“Click away, Muffin. Click away! Bad karma can be digitally contagious.”

YES, it’s been a very spotty month here at the site. I’m tempted to say, “due to the usual factors.” But man, the “usual factors” went into wrap drive this time around, this August truly deserves the appellation DARK. The ever-present crushing financial issue. Health issues. Car issues. Connectivity issues. Cat issues.

And more than once, I was just fucking paralyzed.

But I was saved again and again, and it mattered, a lot: the love and example and reality of my children. The care and concern of friends who dazzled and humbled me by their kindness. Realization of the simple fact that I was still breathing, dammit.

And lo, the mighty magic of Reading.

Literature really can save us. At some of the darkest times this month, my heart was coaxed into continued beats by strings of words on the page. I read whole books in one sitting, and I emerged better on the other side. I’d like to give three writers in particular shout-outs, for even though two of these gents are unremittingly dark, boy, they saved my ass and my brain: Barry Graham (dark), Jordan Harper (dark), and David Mitchell (merely brilliant). Arigato, guys.

I’d like to elaborate on the power of action vs despair, but I’ve got to get up and go, I’ve got to go to work.

For better or worse, we are back on the air.

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DESCENT reviewed at GoodReads

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A Very Fast Descent Into Hell is a twist of the ancient story of good and evil. Of course, good isn’t always the white hat and evil doesn’t always wear black. Descent follows Father Phelan, Darius Kane, and Ryder, and their struggles with love, and sin and facing their places in the universe.

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DESCENT @ amazon

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Battle Axe: The Making Of Strait-Jacket

Good morning.

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New Maiden Single, SPEED OF LIGHT. You’re Welcome.

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HEXES the saturday spectra

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ELLEN ROGERS

The photographer ELLEN ROGERS has a new website showcasing her work, and it’s extraordinary.

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Ellen Rogers

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Zali Krishna / Brand Amassador

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Renaissance Man Zali Krishna has released a new album, BRAND AMBASSADOR, and it’s wonderful, eclectic, energetic, and it’s FREE FOR DOWNLOAD.

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NICK MAMATAS / ANTI-FRAGILE

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The celebrated and prolific Nick Mamatas has crafted an eerie and complex tale… in one sentence. Available now at Trigger Warning.

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BECKY MUNICH

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Reminiscent of Takato Yamamoto’s erotic and disturbing illustrations, BECKY MUNICH  continually produces wonder after wonder. This one is called Penanggalan. 

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SEXY GIRLS

Oh, just because.

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FAITH NO MORE

SUPERHERO

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and THIS

“Okay so here’s the lowdown. I found 4 sets of medium format negatives while I was thrift shop hunting a few weeks ago. They were sitting in a box of old vintage photographs in these plastic sleeves, and from what I could tell, they had been taken sometime in the 50’s. So obviously I brought them home, and today finally had them scanned in, and holy wow they are beautiful!!”

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“NOW this is where I need the Internet’s help. I would absolutely love to find the women in these photographs/the photographer who took them. The only info I have is that the negatives were found in a thrift store on Hull St in Richmond, VA. They are medium format, and judging by the style of dress, made in 1940-1950. The owner of the thrift store had no idea where they came from. I’m posting the best/clearest scans of the images, so if y’all could share this around, HOPEFULLY we can make it go viral and find the original photographer/subjects!!!!”

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HELLO, BEAUTIFUL (and a poem)

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ALWAYS APOCALYPSE ALL THE TIME just get used to it

by Simon Drax

We are ruled by the moon.

Werewolves, schizoids, fools.

Dragging up and down

The coastline of our life.

No drowning season, this.

Nothing so fancy.

Just another month,

Another death

Without fanfare

Flowers or even cinders,

Another eclipse in the sky

And broken toys

Lolling in the tide.

The doll, the sword, the robot,

The spools of rope and wire,

The dead dumb crackle of

The sound and the song,

The LP, the diamond needle

Scratching, scratching,

The spinning, spinning circle.

The moon is down

And there is no hope, love,

But also no goodbye.

The eclipse approaches,

The sky lowers, the ground

Trembles. Nothing, not even

Remember, remember

Can save us…

Not the math of God

Or the motion of the planets

Will ease this grief, and

Sorrow will be our

Only supper, but

There is always a but,

Thank God for the but,

Even if we don’t know

Its name.

For within this patchwork

Quilt of guilt and dead

Bent grass of our flesh,

We will always have our

Apocalypse, always, all the

Time, never young and always

Dying, always, always, always,

As the half circle of the Eclipse

hangs over us, the horizon,

everything, always, here,

Now.

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