Praeceptor Alluvius. The Immortal Masquerade. ISBN: 979-8373676243. 104pp. gnOme. 2023
The Immortal Masquerade was the predominant creation myth of the dark age following the fall of the American Roman Empire. Many versions circulated but only one remains fully intact, recorded by the Praeceptor. It is a curious myth, a crude allegory on the mystical formation of identity. One that reflects the American’s longing for great and bountiful times, their faith in a meaning beyond their lives, incomprehensible as it may be, and their unwavering hope in what is strong. It is their brute attempt to comprehend that most ancient struggle between light and dark, told in a simplistic tale of Arcadia and the faces that play in the Immortal Masquerade.
Praeceptor Alluvius made pilgrimage across the country in the years thereafter the fall of the American Roman Empire. And in the wake of ruins from coast-to-coast he did travel, putting their stories to pen. The war had finally ground to a bloodied halt, the will of the people was crushed, and then began the great wandering of a disillusioned and hungry mass. The fires smoldered, the smoke cleared, and the wastelands began to sprout life anew, but this was no life enough to fulfill their starving figures. And so, they wandered, they subsisted on little, and around the campfires they told mythical stories of times past and times to come.
Ruth Helen Taylor. Flings on Flings. Ed. Anthony David Vernon. ISBN-13: 9798373610919. 96pp. gnOme. 2023
Ruth Helen Taylor’s writing has been called, “mystical (Caroline Mellor author of The Honey in the Bones),” “beautiful, graphic, evocative, (Suma Narayan author of Have a Blessed Day),” and “thought-provoking (Joshua Grant author of The Fifth Ascendants).”
Flings on Flings is Ruth Helen Taylor’s premiere book written in partnership with her editor Anthony David Vernon (author of The Assumption of Death). Flings on Flings is a hybrid work of poetry, philosophy, and short-form fiction that also weaves beautifully through the history of ideas on love. This work will have readers questioning and examining the nature of love and relationships.
The Other Self / Другое « Я ». Translated by Sacha Jarachewski & Irina Kaplin. ISBN-13: 9798839284678. 62pp. gnOme. 2022
These pages were told by a blind man in a small village near the city of Nizhny Novgorod, around the 12th century. A Monk called Arseni is said to have put them on paper in the early 19th century, in a monastery near Arkhangelsk. The famous Ukrainian scholar Sacha Jarachewski, known for his studies on reincarnations of orthodox priests in the secret caves of Mount Beloukha, transliterated them into modern Russian with the help of the moscovite journalist Irina Kaplin before his death by tuberculosis in 2008.
Эти страницы были расска слепым человеком в маленькой деревне недалеко от Нижнего Новгорода, примерно в 12 веке. Говорят, что монах по имени Арсений записал их на бумаге в начале 19 века в монастыре близ Архангельска. Известный украинский ученый Саша Джарачевский, известный своими исследованиями перевоплощений православных священников в тайных пещерах горы Белуха, перевел их на современный русский язык с помощью московской журналистки Ирины Каплин до своей смерти от туберкулеза в 2008 году.
Proceeds from the sale of this title go to the poor widow of Sacha Jarachewski, who lives in Marioupol.
Amuletic Oubliettes is the third poetry collection by oudeís. It assays the subject of lucid dreaming through a geochronology, an horology, a thanatology, a taxonomy, and a teleonomy, and ends with a brief note on dreams.
The Museum of Apparitions. ISBN: 9798553808747. gnOme. 2020.
Throughout recorded history, various parts of the world have generated reports of crimes and assaults that are, to use the language of the police, without definable perpetrators. One such instance involves the anonymous victim and even more elusive culprits of the 2020 case related herein, whose ill-fated outcome may have been influenced in part by the abstruse subject matter and unidentifiable author of a document called The Museum of Apparitions.
“Although the examination of apparitions often tends to resist dialectical resolution, Peter J. Shelton’s discovery of Dr. John Doe’s texts points to a truly weird interplay of events that derives its power from an oxymoronic act in which the ineffable becomes the very site of post-apparitional intelligibility. Readers granted entrance to this eerie Wunderkammer will find themselves concomitantly entranced: the book curates a kind of readerly auto-possession, one which artfully signals the enactment of the unsayable, wherein the threshold between being and non-being, time and space, John Doe and John Dee, collapses, revealing the grotesque veracity of its own spectral nature, over and over, ad infinitum. Well worth the price of admission. But enter at your own risk.” – Liesl Ketum, Humbert Divinity School
“Beneath the vaulted suspicions of all that is communicable lies this black dossier, a wraith-like codex of microbial psychiatry that dares to utter the final confession: that the greatest crime is that which appears.” – Anonymous Representative, Too Tired for Suicide
Aoibheann of Elphin: Poems I-LXXVII. Foreword by Liesl Ketum. ISBN: 9781691900961. 106pp. gnOme, 2019. $7.00.
Tapping on the window of the invisible median strip between her inner and outer worlds, Aoibheann Ó hAodha, the poet and mystic known among the Irish townspeople simply as Aoibheann of Elphin (1916-1982), exuberantly wrote about the trials and tribulations, as well as ecstasies and sublimations, of her stretched out consciousness via the ‘crucis’ of life itself.
Elytron Frass. Liber Exuvia. ISBN-10: 0692053417. ISBN-13: 978-0692053416. 148pp. $13.00.
An interactive grimoire devoted to the sundry incarnations of a self-beheading mantis, Liber Exuvia provides a shadow of insight into its author by way of past-life regressions and encrypted charms. What was once crudely printed and mass-mailed to random households all across the globe—Elytron Frass’s confrontational novella is now bound, barcoded, and available to any daring reader.
Liber Exuvia presents a hypnotic flow of morbid visions of violence and sexuality that sometimes read like Comte De Lautreamont, sometimes like 80s horror cult classics, and, most curiously, often like beautiful lyrical poems, in which the poet is not ‘man speaking to men’ but a conjurer of ghosts.” — Johannes Göransson
“Reading Frass’s work is the taking-in of a great breath and holding it, stretching it to every seam, hallucinating as you beg for air, and falling into a gentle death-lull of captivation. You will travel to another world, many of them. You will leave your body with this book in your hands. You will weep for history, weep for bodies, weep for your planet in the grand scheme of existence. What beauty and terror is conjured here with such absolute innovation of language and form! Frass tells stories, but does so from the inside out, from a dream within a dream, planting you right in the center so you can walk your way out. It is what writing should do.” — Lisa Marie Basile
“Erotic in the most organic and tangible ways, Frass manages to elicit such vicious imagery in so few words.” — Tina Lugo