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des
Posted on Tuesday, March 09, 2004 - 01:28 pm:   

http://www.monotremata.com/dead/issues/da62.html



(starting a new thread with the first and perhaps last review!)

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Jamie
Posted on Tuesday, March 09, 2004 - 02:57 pm:   

I do intend to review it. But first I must finish it -- a heady task! (And that is not meant as a complaint or criticism, merely an observation.)
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des
Posted on Tuesday, March 09, 2004 - 10:43 pm:   

Thanks, Jamie. I know what you mean. I had exactly the same 'problems' when I tried to read the book from cover to cover! I've only really read my own past stories before as discrete nuggets.
sea
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des
Posted on Thursday, March 11, 2004 - 07:53 am:   

London's TIME OUT magazine - mass market mag has favourable review of 'Weirdmonger' which ends:

"Keep ‘Weirdmonger’ by your bed, and when you wake up, you won’t be sure if what’s running through your head are the remains of your dreams or fragmented memories of the story you read before drifting off to sleep."
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Tamar
Posted on Thursday, March 11, 2004 - 01:06 pm:   

That's right!

I've just started reading it, Des. It's a heady experience plunging into your inimitable world. By the way, when I was a teenager I used to have a (hand-painted?) colour postcard of the dome of St Paul's rising untouched above the red, grey and orange clouds of the blitz, pinned to my bedroom wall.
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des
Posted on Saturday, March 13, 2004 - 12:09 am:   

Thanks, Tamar. Hope you enjoy the rest of the book, though 'enjoy' is probably not the right word! You may be interested to know that St Paul's Cathedral featured in a lot of my eighties stories - probably inspired by 'Agra Aska' (see:
http://www.nightshadebooks.com/discus/messages/8/1987.html?1078284642)
des
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des
Posted on Wednesday, April 14, 2004 - 06:20 am:   

A review of 'Weirdmonger' has just appeared here:
http://www.fragmentmagazine.co.uk/fiction.html
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Neil A
Posted on Wednesday, April 14, 2004 - 06:45 am:   

'Weird' how the Fragment review seemed to draw the same conclusions as the Time Out one - I swear it was written before I'd seen that quotation, Des.

All success with it though. Really is a great, very different book.
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des
Posted on Wednesday, April 14, 2004 - 07:19 am:   

Thanks, Neil, for your very kind comments above!

Actually, I took it for granted that this bedside thing was the archetype response. I've got it handy by my own bed, too, because, I've forgotten most of the stories and they now give me nightmares on how I could ever have written such things! Des
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des
Posted on Saturday, April 24, 2004 - 03:40 am:   

A new Nemonymous site that purports to help Weirdmonger The Book:
http://www.nemonymous.com

Not that it needs any help. Once seen, honestly never forgotten.

Not sure about the stories! ;-)
Des
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des
Posted on Friday, April 30, 2004 - 05:38 am:   

For latest news, please see http://www.nemonymous.com.
des
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des
Posted on Tuesday, May 04, 2004 - 12:54 pm:   

Bemused to see that 'Weirdmonger' is a Tombstone finalist:
http://pluto.spaceports.com/%7Emot/tombstonefinal.htm
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des
Posted on Friday, May 07, 2004 - 07:34 am:   

An upbeat review of 'Weirdmonger' here, I'm pleased to say:
http://hem.passagen.se/alxnys/qt/may2004.html
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des
Posted on Friday, May 14, 2004 - 10:28 am:   

To recapitu-late, 'Weirdmonger' was published in October 2003. Very few reviews - and, as people tell me, this is probably due to this book's only possible reading position being in small doses!

Anyway what reviews it has garnered so far have been good ones - and the links are here:
http://www.weirdmonger.com
des
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des
Posted on Friday, May 14, 2004 - 11:37 am:   

A new reference has just this minute been drawn to my attention:


http://lostpages.net/fp22004.html :

"Massive (and very attractive) collection of short fiction by an astonishingly prolific small-press writer. Very strange, sometimes baffling stuff, befitting the title. The prose is delicious, and the mysteriousness of it all intriguing. [Reading...]"




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Jorge
Posted on Friday, May 14, 2004 - 11:44 am:   

Indeed it is. I'm reading it in a very slow pace myself. I'm still in the first half of the book. 60+ stories is a lot of stories, and I like to read short fiction as some people drink wine: a glass at the time and tasting adecuately every molecule.

Anyway, I guess by Autumn I'll have the book read. ;)
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Jorge
Posted on Wednesday, May 19, 2004 - 11:27 am:   

Just read another story I liked a lot: "Find Mine". And I am no fan of vampire stories.
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des
Posted on Wednesday, May 19, 2004 - 02:25 pm:   

Ah, Jorge, it's been you all along, then?
des ;-)
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Jorge
Posted on Wednesday, May 19, 2004 - 04:08 pm:   

Hum... don't think so, Des. I didn't like it that much... :-)
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des
Posted on Thursday, May 20, 2004 - 11:32 am:   

Ah well, on with the search...! :-(
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des
Posted on Thursday, May 27, 2004 - 12:18 pm:   

Hardback edition now available for first time:
http://www.coldtonnage.com/acatalog/11885.html
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GabrielM
Posted on Thursday, May 27, 2004 - 01:41 pm:   

I finished your book last week, Des. Very enjoyable. I particularly appreciated all the Lovecraftian touches throughout. A number of the stories struck me as what might come from a collaboration between Ramsey Campbell and Rhys Hughes....
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des
Posted on Friday, May 28, 2004 - 06:47 am:   

Thanks, Gabriel. A cross between RC and RH? Hmmm.
I have read them both and enjoy their work in different ways. And, so, I feel flattered. I think semes of Aickman, Lovecraft, Proust, Barth, too. There ... I'm flattering myself, now! ;-)

Whilst here, let me say that I've just posted another free story from my back catalogue here:
http://www.weirdmonger.blogspot.com/

des
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Rhys
Posted on Friday, May 28, 2004 - 05:04 pm:   

I'd love to collaboarte with Ramsey Campbell.

My fist with his jaw...

Only joking of course!
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Rhys
Posted on Friday, May 28, 2004 - 05:06 pm:   

I might even like to 'collaborate' as well as 'collaboarte' -- whatever that means. Sounds like an obscure tapas!

Late night. Too much beer. Madrid.
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des
Posted on Wednesday, August 04, 2004 - 10:27 am:   

Just established there are only five copies of the signed hardback edition of 'Weirdmonger' left. You might get one if you rush!

http://www.coldtonnage.com/acatalog/11885.html

des




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des
Posted on Wednesday, August 25, 2004 - 07:25 am:   

New interview with writer of 'Weirdmonger' the book - one which covers its make-up of stories etc:
http://lostpages.net/dflinterview2004.html

Also 3 new stories, 3 short articles, and a Rhys Hughes pastiche!

Thanks to Claude and Neddal.
des
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des
Posted on Tuesday, September 14, 2004 - 08:40 am:   

A review by Peter Tennant of Weirdmonger has just appeared in the latest edition of 'The 3rd Alternative' (i.e TTA 39).

Inter alios, this says:
"...the arch weirdness of Eraserhead sliced up and fricasseed by Lord Dunsany."

A generally favourable review, so I'm very pleased.
des
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Asunder Damask Aulis
Posted on Saturday, September 25, 2004 - 09:09 am:   

I'm wondering whether Weirdmonger is OK out there. Not much feedback.
Anyway I've recently posted THE BRAINWRIGHT (from Stand 1990) a story which is on the two flaps of the dustwrapper of the hardback edition -- i.e. posted here:
http://weirdmonger.blog-city.com/

It was intentionally hard to read on the flaps, so this is a sort of template for those interested to trace the true words used.
des
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des
Posted on Monday, November 29, 2004 - 02:28 pm:   

New review here:
http://www.nhi.clara.net/bs0300.htm
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des
Posted on Tuesday, November 30, 2004 - 09:28 am:   

Only half read!

I've been thinking - is this latest review of 'Weirdmonger' the first of its kind? Has anyone come across another review where the reviewer seems to like the book but admits to only reading part of it?

I suppose if it takes years to read - as the review suggests - I should be glad it was reviewed whilst it's still on sale!!
des
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des
Posted on Sunday, January 02, 2005 - 12:20 pm:   

My 'justifications' for Weirdmonger just been issued here:
http://vanderworld.blogspot.com
des
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des
Posted on Saturday, January 15, 2005 - 02:26 pm:   

New review of 'Weirdmonger' here;
http://www.zone-sf.com/wordworks/weirdmgdfl.html
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des
Posted on Monday, January 31, 2005 - 09:32 am:   

It is reported that around the world people are looking over their shoulders fearful that someone may be reading 'Weirdmonger' near them.
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des
Posted on Thursday, February 03, 2005 - 12:08 pm:   

Some people have contacted me over the months saying that they find the ‘Weirdmonger’ book too difficult to dissect for reading and they either are about to spend (possibly pleasurable) years reading it or have given up trying!

Some say there is a hidden built-in novel.

Others say that the stories are neither separate nor a whole, a fact that is seen by some as off-putting.

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My advice, for what is worth, is to try the most accessible stories first and work outwards, and these are:
Bloodbone, Bobtail, Dear Mum, Digory Smalls, Find Mine, Gongoozler, The Jack-in-the-Box, Queuing Behind Crazy People, Scaredy and Whitemouth, The Scar Museum, Season of Lost Will, Sponge and China Tea, The Swing, The Tallest King, The Terror of the Tomb, Uncle Absolutely, Welsh Pepper.

***
The next set to tackle: are those not listed above or below (i.e. the bulk of the book).

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The best stories of all, but not to be read until the above have been read:
Back Doubles, Benoko, Big Ship Little Ship & Brown, A Brief Visit To Bonnyville, The Chaise Longue, The Dead, Egnis, The II King, The Merest Tilt, Small Fry (the best of them all), Small Talk.

***
Those not to be attempted at all (seriously off-the-wall or dubious):
Salustrade, Shades of Emptiness (the worst of all), The Stories of Murkales, Tentacles Across The Atlantic, Todger’s Town, Tom Rose, The Weirdmonger.

Hope that’s helpful.


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Rhys
Posted on Friday, February 04, 2005 - 05:35 am:   

I agree that 'The Weirdmonger' is nowhere near your best work, despite the importance of the word itself to you...

I mostly agree with your selection of best stories, but I'd throw 'Bloodbone' and 'Jack in the Box' in there as well -- and in fact I think maybe 'Digory Smalls' should be there too.
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Tamar
Posted on Friday, February 04, 2005 - 11:01 am:   

'Small Fry' and 'Uncle Absolutely' certainly take pride of place for me. I also think 'Rosewolf' is a very good story.
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des
Posted on Saturday, March 19, 2005 - 06:37 am:   

Thanks, Rhys & Tamar.

I claim that (1) 'Weirdmonger' is the most beautiful-looking book in the world (stunning front cover, incredible back cover, delicious handleability, aesthetic production qualities, general provenance etc.) and (2) if you manage to read the whole of 'Weirdmonger', then you will receive the code for your own immortality.

At least one of those two claims is definitely true.

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T Andrews
Posted on Wednesday, May 18, 2005 - 12:12 pm:   

I just wanted to pop in and say how much I'm enjoying Weirdmonger. The best way to read it, imo, is to savour it slowly. The weirdness compounds itself with each turn of the page. It's deliciously creepy. I was reading it in bed last night and it took me far too long to relax in the dark! No nightmares, though.

~Tanya
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des
Posted on Thursday, May 19, 2005 - 04:50 am:   

Thank you, Tanya, for your kind words.

Re savouring slowly, it has been reported recently that one reader left 'Weirdmonger' in a will to his children so that they could complete reading it on his behalf.

des



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des
Posted on Friday, June 03, 2005 - 05:21 am:   

Hey, just received my first Amazon review after nearly two years:
http://tinyurl.com/afmy8

This may be because, as some have already said, it is a lifetime's reading. Only the few, that very special few, get through it all at all. :-)
des
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des
Posted on Saturday, July 02, 2005 - 07:27 am:   

I notice that the 'Weirdmonger' Trade Paperback on Amazon has changed its front cover completely (and some places elsewhere)!

Amazon.com: http://tinyurl.com/b5pgr
Amazon.co.uk: http://tinyurl.com/dra4u

Anyone who posts an Amazon review of 'Weirdmonger' (good, bad or indifferent) will receive a free copy of Nemonymous Five when it is published in a few weeks' time.

des







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des
Posted on Saturday, July 09, 2005 - 12:32 am:   

As part of the really huge task of republishing (in several places) all my previous printed work (please request contents list) - here is the last bit (published 1988) of my story 'The Weirdmonger' (not published in the book version of this story!):
http://www.livejournal.com/users/weirdmonger/
des
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des
Posted on Thursday, July 14, 2005 - 08:51 am:   

Someone wrote to me today:

Extract: "The overall effect of the 'stories' in Weirdmonger is not necessarily weird/terrifying in itself but in the knowledge that someone in the human race could have written them at all."

Not sure how to take that!
des
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des
Posted on Friday, July 15, 2005 - 04:29 am:   

As a writer - and I'm not sure if other writers agree with me out there - I feel very vulnerable and unsure.

Specially with the type of stuff I write, which some have described as elitist and others as from an 'icky mind' and I've also been publicly compared to the Elephant Man by a significant editor.

des
www.augusthog.esmartguy.com
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Carole C
Posted on Friday, July 15, 2005 - 10:46 am:   

Des - are you kidding? Being compared with the Elephant Man and having an icky mind are fantastic compliments, as is "not necessarily weird/terrifying in itself but in the knowledge that someone in the human race could have written them at all." I hope you treasure these comments!

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des
Posted on Friday, July 15, 2005 - 01:47 pm:   

Thanks, Carole. I see what you mean. But I sometimes think the comments are aimed directly at me personally (someone whom these people haven't met) rather than at the work itself (which is a far more acceptable procedure however insulting the comments).

eg: He's unique all right, but the same way the Elephant Man was, a freak who becomes a fad

But I was going through a funny phase when I wrote my earlier comments - and I really should concentrate on the majority of the comments about my work over the years, rather than the aberrative ones.

I was just wondering if anyone else worries about these things or just plumps on with the writing, blinkered to all else.
des
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Rhys
Posted on Sunday, July 17, 2005 - 06:43 am:   

You're too sensitive, Des. It's understandable I guess, as you are someone who cares about your writing, so you want other people to care as well. And probably you had greater hopes for achievement in the past, hopes that seem they won't materialise now. All writers are probably in the same boat.

> I was just wondering if anyone else worries about these things or just plumps on with the writing, blinkered to all else.

Probably we all worry about those things... but try to give the impression we plump on with the writing, blinkered to all else... It's all about FACE.

Prime rule: don't let them see you bleed...
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des
Posted on Sunday, July 17, 2005 - 08:28 am:   

Thanks, Rhys. I think you're right.

However, looking back on it all, I think I've done much better than I ever expected when I started submitting stuff in the late eighties. If I should die tomorrow, I'd die happy with what I've achieved creatively (with 'Weirdmonger' and 'Nemonymous'), and far more than I expected based on my own assessment of my perceived skill (or not) in writing and editing!

Over the years, I think I have been over-praised too often, and sometimes over-criticised!

And, oh yes, one of my faults: talking about myself too much. ;-) Sorry.
des

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