|Posted on Wednesday, October 22, 2003 - 11:28 am: |
The first ever book by DFL is out.
Hopefully on sale at the forthcoming American convention.
Writing the material in this book seems so very long ago...almost by someone else.
|Posted on Friday, October 31, 2003 - 09:32 am: |
I’ve just seen the only book ever to be published by DF Lewis. It’s quality stuff: Production and Design. I am really really proud.
The stories themselves? Who knows?
|Posted on Saturday, November 01, 2003 - 07:07 am: |
Just discovered two other places you can order the stunningly designed Weirdmonger book:
Amazon UK: http://tinyurl.com/t8da
Barnes& Noble: http://tinyurl.com/t908
Titles included in the book:
Always in Dim Shadow
Angel Of The Agony
Big Ship, Little Ship and Brown
A Brief Visit to Bonnyville
The Chaise Longue
The Christmas Angel
Dark They Were and Empty-Eyed
Encounters with Terror
The II King
The Last Prize
The Merest Tilt
Migrations of the Heart
A Mind's Kidney
Queuing Behind Crazy People
Scaredy & White Mouth
The Scar Museum
Season of Lost Will
A Selfish Strain
The Sun Setting
Shades of Emptiness
The Spigot & The Speech Mark
Sponge and China Tea
The Stories of Murkales: Twelve Zodiacal Tales
Stricken with Glee
The Tallest King
Tentacles Across the Atlantic (The Story)
The Terror of the Tomb
Top of an Angel's Head
The Walking Mat
Watch the Whiskers Sprout
|Posted on Saturday, November 01, 2003 - 07:11 am: |
you said in a Nemonymous mailing list e-mail that these stories were chosen from 1500 published over about 13 or 14 years. Is that a typo? Or did you really average 100 stories a year?
|Posted on Saturday, November 01, 2003 - 08:02 am: |
Hi, Jamie. As far as I can ascertain, I had around 1500 stories (ranging from those of prose poem size to quite long) print-published between 1986 and 2000 in varying outlets, from very amateur to very professional! Give or take, say, 100.
Why am I not sure about the exact number? Well, below is an extract from an interview a few years ago that will hopefully explain the circumstances surrounding this estimate.
...anyway, to come to this question at a tangent, some of my own gut-feeling statistics (after twelve years or so submitting vast quantities of stories for publication) are:
(1) "Black Holes" (ie no outcome whatsoever)—10% of *total* submissions.
(2) Acceptance followed by reasonable wait for contributor's copy—50% of *accepted* submissions.
(3) Acceptance followed by ever-lasting wait for contributor's copy, ie was it ever published?—20% of *accepted* submissions.
(4) Acceptance followed by long wait for contributor's copy—30% of *accepted* submissions.
(5) Rejection after reasonable wait—70% of *rejected* submissions.
(6) Rejection after long wait—30% of *rejected* submissions.
(7) Within (2) and (4), a few receipts of contributor's copy with no prior warning (ie Black Hole until that point).
(8) Within (2) and (4), a few publications that are drawn to your attention by i) hearsay ii)review or iii) spotting it on sale somewhere (ie Black Hole until that point).
..... "Long wait" can entail years and years! No wonder there can result confusions of simultaneity or complete loss. But it's all good fun. Some of these confusions are my own fault. Yet everybody's heart is in the right place. Based on as best an audit I can muster, then, at a conservative estimate, I have had more than 1200 different stories published worldwide to date. When NIGHT DREAMS published my 1000th story (QUEUING BEHIND CRAZY PEOPLE) a year or two back, this was the *honorary* 1000th, as I then made it clear, give or take the odd hundred!
|Posted on Saturday, November 01, 2003 - 09:58 am: |
I am astounded.
|Posted on Sunday, November 02, 2003 - 12:28 am: |
So am I! What was it all about? I've submitted nothing since mid-2000 (unless solicited).
|Posted on Sunday, November 02, 2003 - 02:26 pm: |
This looks to be the cheapest (in dollars):
|Posted on Monday, November 03, 2003 - 12:11 pm: |
I picked up a copy at WFC. Very handsome design. I was intrigued by the alphabetical listing of the stories (I recall Tanith Lee's DREAMS OF DARK AND LIGHT retrospective from Arkham House also did that, but it's not a very common choice.) Looking forward to reading it.
|Posted on Wednesday, November 05, 2003 - 01:08 pm: |
Thanks, GabrielM. I hope you enjoy it. I have had a lot of highly complimentary comments about the book design (which is Garry Nurrish's). I don't think anyone has actually read it yet! There's a lot of material in there. I chose alphabetical order for the stories as it seemed to fit with the sub-title:
Synchronised Shards of Random Truth and Fiction.
|Posted on Sunday, November 09, 2003 - 05:18 am: |
"And so I present this book with no further explanation, as if it were mine and not mine: it is enough that it should be able to go through the world on its own and grow by itself."—Pablo Neruda, introduction to Los versos del Capitán, 1936
|Posted on Wednesday, November 19, 2003 - 08:00 am: |
Thanks, El Inconstante, very apt. I don't know who you are, but it's a great quote I've not come across before.
I have now spotted the very first public mention of Weirdmonger Nemonicon (the book) here:
"Weirdmonger by D.F. Lewis (Prime Books) - Long overdue, Des Lewis' first comprehensive collection of idiosyncratic short fiction showcases the best of his work from 1987 to 1999. No one writes quite like Lewis--and I can recall with some clarity how Des would include, with his submissions, a list of quotes from reviewers that ranged from raves to pans. Des has never worried much about other people's opinions, and as a result, his fiction remains unique, challenging, and, in some essential sense, timeless."
Thanks so much!
I'd only add that it's not really the best of DFL, but more like 'some of the best' that were decided upon on a particular day! Actually, the choice would change from day to day, and already, there are many stories (from the approx 1500 available) that should have been included and many that should have been omitted!! Tomorrow, the choice would likely be different again!
|Posted on Tuesday, December 02, 2003 - 08:57 am: |
I've now read 'Weirdmonger Nemonicon' from cover to cover and rather phased by the overall effect. The stories have come up very fresh to me. It is a *strange* book. One I have passing reservations about. Some stories are quite good when taken on their own and I may have even considered one or two for Nemonymous! But all these stories *together* seem to be suffocatingly insidious.
The book itself as a production - I feel unbiasedly - is literally ***second to none***. Thanks, Prime (Sean Wallace) and Garry Nurrish the designer of the cover and the inside.
But I grit my teeth as to any story-gestalt reviews. But the author shall no doubt be pleased to receive reviews, whatever they say.
You can apparently write reviews here:
http://tinyurl.com/scfz Amazon USA
http://tinyurl.com/t8da Amazon UK
|Posted on Tuesday, December 16, 2003 - 09:50 am: |
If you haven't already received a review copy of the book 'Weirdmonger Nemonicon' by DF Lewis, and would like one - please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org (using 'egnis' as subject) with information as to where it is likely to be reviewed by yourself.
|Posted on Monday, December 22, 2003 - 02:06 pm: |
One of the 64 stories in 'Weirdmonger Nemonicon' is shown here:
|Posted on Tuesday, December 23, 2003 - 09:31 am: |
Someone has pointed out this early mention to me from Horrorworld 'Cellar' Message Board on 10th December:
"And D.F. Lewis has finally come out with a good sized short fiction collection, called 'Weirdmonger.' I recommend that, too; although strictly speaking, it's not all horror. But if you want to read something totally different than anything you've ever read before, that's what I recommend."
|Posted on Monday, December 29, 2003 - 08:13 am: |
One Stoker award recommendation just been given for this book.
|Posted on Monday, January 05, 2004 - 06:37 am: |
There have been no reviews of this book as yet and who knows there may never be. Well, I reviewed it above on 2 December!
There has been a surprise brief opinion of some of my most recent work that appeared in Album Zutique, i.e. in a review of AZ here:
and I hope this *may* sway any who were deliberating about getting the book. Well, I've got to try... ;-)
|Posted on Friday, January 09, 2004 - 02:15 pm: |
Wot no 'Blasphemy Fitzworth'?
|Posted on Saturday, January 10, 2004 - 12:08 am: |
Hi, Joel. Not sure what you mean - but Feemy Fitzworth himself appears in 'Watch Their Whiskers Sprout'. Des
|Posted on Saturday, January 10, 2004 - 02:20 am: |
Hi Des. Thanks! Actually I'd realised that and had just logged on to apologise... My copy of WEIRDMONGER arrived today and is fantastic. I've been dipping into it for the last hour or so. reading a few old favourites and some amazing ones I've not seen before.
Wot no 'Entries'? If that's the correct title. The one with the scared child keeping a journal and watching through his bedroom window. Oh well, can't have 'em all.
|Posted on Saturday, January 10, 2004 - 02:54 am: |
Hi, Joel, thanks for the comments. It was an impossible task to choose from some 1500 printed stories over the years! I'd forgotten what most of them were about anyway!
Hope you enjoy the rest of the book. Des
|Posted on Saturday, January 10, 2004 - 07:23 am: |
The book called 'Weirdmonger' by DF Lewis has now received two recommendations for a Stoker award, without it being reviewed once anywhere. Well, it hasn't been out long! ;-)
|Posted on Saturday, January 10, 2004 - 12:03 pm: |
Des, thanks to the good words I keep hearing about you and your writing, I've finally gone to the trouble of placing an order for Weirdmonger through my local bookstore. Well, not my local bookstore, but the one at which I work -- which is anything but local, I suppose, being an hour away from home...
Nevertheless, it has been ordered. Hopefully now I will hit on the magic formulae for cracking the nemolith.
|Posted on Saturday, January 10, 2004 - 12:51 pm: |
Congrats on the Stoker noms.
Did your publisher mail out review copies?
|Posted on Saturday, January 10, 2004 - 01:08 pm: |
Thanks Jamie & Trent.
Review copies are out there - the book just takes a damn long time to read!
Recs, not noms, Trent.
|Posted on Sunday, February 01, 2004 - 02:47 am: |
Ordering the book:
For your comments on the book (good or bad): this thread
The trade paperback was first published in October 2003 -- and an announcement will shortly be made that a limited edition hardback is also to be published due to demand.
No reviews of Weirdmonger have yet been made. Several contacts have been sent review copies.
|Posted on Tuesday, February 03, 2004 - 07:28 am: |
Some people have asked me privately why the Weirdmoner book is advertised in some quarters as a novel. Others in fact have told me they genuinely think it *is* a novel, if the 67 sections are read in the right order (rather than alphabetically by title). Perhaps the issue is complicated by the one section that is not in alphabetical order.
Someone on a another thread here at Night Shades said yesterday that he was still 'burrowing' through Weirdmonger. I know exactly what he means (see my post of 2 December above).
|Posted on Tuesday, February 03, 2004 - 07:33 am: |
My copy of the Nemonicon arrived at the store yesterday, and was promptly purchased by yours truly. Kudos to Prime (et al) for getting the book up here to the Great White North so quickly!
It will be gotten to shortly, but I feel I should finish the book I'm currently engaged in first.
|Posted on Tuesday, February 03, 2004 - 08:47 am: |
Des, burrowing is not as unpleasant an activity as you might have suspected, just ask moles.
A review of Weirdmonger will appear in issue 3 of Fragment, and probably on the website itself before the month is out.
|Posted on Tuesday, March 02, 2004 - 07:20 am: |
Despite the fact that there has yet been no review of 'Weirdmonger', I am pleased to announce that, due to a growing demand, there will be, in the near future, a special hardback edition of the Prime book available from:
with a revised design and extra story on the dustwrapper.
More details soon.
|Posted on Sunday, March 07, 2004 - 10:42 pm: |
Very 1st Review of 'Weirdmonger' The Book -- drawn to my attention here:
|Posted on Sunday, March 07, 2004 - 10:44 pm: |
"If China Mieville is the New Weird, then D.F. Lewis is the High Weird."
|Posted on Monday, March 08, 2004 - 01:04 pm: |
But a High Weird Act has its dangers - especially without the safety-net of sanity!
|Posted on Tuesday, March 09, 2004 - 05:30 am: |
What about Low Weird?
. . . He received a Doctorate in Low Weird from the University of Salamanca . . .
|Posted on Tuesday, March 09, 2004 - 09:50 am: |
Premature Burial by Edgar Allan Poe as an example of Low Weird?
What I remember about Salamanca (when a Wallace Arnold coach took me there) was a modern astronaut carved as part of a very ancient wall.
Otherwise, I'm not sure what you're referring to, Brendan.
|Posted on Tuesday, March 09, 2004 - 12:45 pm: |
It was just a post-expressive comment. Morning coffee } refueled dreams = thought.
|Posted on Tuesday, March 09, 2004 - 01:25 pm: |
Well, thanks, Brendan. Refueling dreams with coffee after waking is an interesting concept.
|Posted on Tuesday, March 09, 2004 - 01:32 pm: |
Starting a new thread here:
about my book as it seems more appropriate to start it that way - and Weirdmonger The Book is a better thread title.
But carry on talking about refueling dreams, if you want. :-)
|Posted on Tuesday, March 09, 2004 - 10:38 pm: |
Refueling dreams from dream to dream, I wonder? As if in mid-flight.
|Posted on Wednesday, March 10, 2004 - 12:23 pm: |
Hello Des. My name is Alex Nystrom, and I was wondering how one should go about if one would like to make a review of Weirdmonger.
|Posted on Wednesday, March 10, 2004 - 03:24 pm: |
Hiya, Alex. Thanks for your interest. Please contact me at email@example.com with your address. des
|Posted on Sunday, October 31, 2004 - 05:06 am: |
Joel says above:
"Wot no 'Entries'? If that's the correct title. The one with the scared child keeping a journal and watching through his bedroom window. Oh well, can't have 'em all."
This story, Joel, has now been posted at the foot of the page here:
|Posted on Saturday, August 06, 2005 - 02:08 pm: |
this book is a modern dark fantasy classic, and a must-read.
Amazon.com review July 2005
|Posted on Sunday, August 14, 2005 - 09:03 am: |
Another Amazon review here:
"...a wonderful, if rather over-fattened collection."
The writer of this review has benefited from this offer on www.weirdmonger.com :
"At any time, anyone who posts a review (good, bad or indifferent) of the WEIRDMONGER book on Amazon will be eligible to receive a free signed copy of NEMONYMOUS FIVE!"