Saturday, February 22, 2020

Open Source Band Names List for as yet unnamed or non-existent bands IV

Just because I have nothing else to post.  These days I just cain't write for shit, because a broken soul cain't hold a pen....

Cats in Heat   
Dr, Medusa   
Death by Divorce   
The A's Teem   
Ostrich Politics   
The Drizzlies   
Little Ugly Annie   
Antibodies Home?   
Negative Slack Value   
Grudge Sale   
Spanish Moose   
The Working Dead   
Yiddish Porn   
Dark Mutter   
Monster Mush   
Mash-up Potatoes   
Edgar Alien Poe   
Edgar Allen Pooh   
Headgear Allen Poe   
Edgar Allen Po-boy   
The Southern Crass   
North Store   
K-Marts on Venus   
Martian Gigolo   
KISS (and Make-up)   
Elect Tron   
Elf on a Shell   
Mask of Sodomy   
Seldom and Gomorrah   
Pillar of Sodium   
Saccharine Musk   
The Gelded Cage   
The Golden Rage of Rock   
Golden Shower Curtain   
Aluminum Maiden   
Iron Made in China   
Pork, You Pine!   
Rick is Grimy   
Glenn's Dead   
Do you want to live?   
Wanton Wonton   
Boyd Semolina   
The Church of Satin   
Hail Satin!   
Offhand Remarky and the Fun Key Brunch   
Wolves, Low-end   
Mike Roe Dot   
Wolves to Men   
Welcome to Wooziness   
Groove is in the Fart   
I like Rabbits   
Nina Häagen Dazs   

Monday, July 22, 2019

Birthmark, Redux

I previously posted about a play I adapted from Hawthorne's The Birthmark way back in 1998 (I think) and shared some photos.  

During the story, the "mad scientist" Aylmer photographs his wife Georgina, so our actor actually took a photo during the performance (his idea).   I was the director, and all my decisions were final, but it was fairly democratic and each performer made great contributions in terms of props and stage design -- including spinning hypnotic discs and a plant marionette that could "die" and be "resurrected".  We usually had informal votes on what to implement, though I may have overridden one or two things.  We weren't exactly a pure democracy, more like a democracy where one person could veto the majority.  So not a democracy at all!

I think we did seven performances in total.  

The first three images below were certainly shot during the performance.  Not sure about the second two -- we may have changed the moment he took the photo.  The last two were shot from the audience.

I include the repetitions because you can see that the actor taking the picture (Kevin) is in a slightly different position, but our actor playing Georgina (Korlee) is remarkably consistent with her expression.  

BTW, Kevin and Korlee remain together until this day and have a lovely son!  Oh, and I just heard from Carl after 20+ years!  Carl played Aminadab and made the aforementioned discs and flower....

Anyway, just thought I'd pop these online because I can be a compulsive completist!

Sunday, May 26, 2019

A few words from the critics....

Le Colber

Here's either some shameless self-promotion or just some plain ol' Johnny Hustle.  Hopefully you don't see this as smarmy tooting of my own horn.  I just want you to read the book!  Two of these blurbs have already appeared on the blog but I've gathered them all together in this here post.  All quite positive, which is flattering and humbling.

In addition to Amazon, in Toulouse it can be found on the shelves of Ombres Blanches and in Verdun-sur-Garonne at Le Colber....

And of course you can find it directly on the Whisk(e)y Tit website!

Thanks to all the reviewers....

Ombres Blanches


Alex McC
William Burroughs meets Heart of Darkness
5 Stars
8 août 2018

This first-person narrative really feels like back in the Heart of Darkness, only this time the voyage is through a futuristic terrain, and the narrator is coming off a drug addiction. The story flowed easily, with bouts of philosophical musings that were poignant and that had me laughing at times. I would have enjoyed an even longer book, as the only criticism I can think is that the novella size does it injustice. Well worth the read. Kudos to Adkins on his first novel... definitely want to read more of his books.


J. Frankel
A madman goes in search of the Ice Mine
5 Stars
December 12, 2018

The Ice Mine
Steven M. Adkins’ ‘The Ice Mine, “The Relation” of Ricardo Etienne Bream’ is a hallucinatory novella of a madman’s quest for a mythical place, in this case an Ice Mine. The narrator has lost his wife, children, home, and job through addiction to narcotics. He manages to kick his addiction and hopes to recover at least some semblance of a life, in the course of which he discovers among his books ‘Relations’ of other travellers who have gone in search of the Ice Mine, which may lie to the north, or the east, or the south. Most who light out to find it never return. The narrative has the feel of Browning’s strange Childe Roland to the Dark Tower Came, a poem he dreamed.

Adkins’ prose is sonically rich, full of words like ‘blorp’, evoking comics as much as classic sci fi. The heart of his writing is surrealism and the great strength is his fine rendering of a marginal consciousness riven by guilt and self-hatred. He compares self-pity to the honey of bees, something he defecates at night and consumes in the morning. The story alternates between his adventures into terra incognito, encounters with mythical beasts and dangerous defiles, rocky wastes, storms and dust, and reflections on his life and the history of his people. It is a novel of alienation and nightmare, enlivened by the knowing prose, which straddles the abyss between the ludicrous and the terrifying.

Amazon Customer
Awesome read!
5 Stars
February 18, 2019
Verified Purchase

Like Pynchon meets Asimov, seriously, this book is amazing. Thanks!

Creative and beautifully written
5 Stars
March 19, 2019
Verified Purchase

I did not know what to expect when I picked up The Ice Mine. I brought it along on vacation to peruse during down times. However, I found myself devouring the book at every chance. The writing is gorgeous. You can tell every word Adkins wrote was carefully considered and crafted with love. I also love that Adkins created his own setting, his own world, and wrote about this world as if we all lived in it. It was one of those books - a book where you can't help thinking of all the people you know who would love it too. In fact, I just bought another copy to send to my sister. If you pick up The Ice Mine, be prepared to do nothing else but sit in your armchair with a cup of tea - having a good read.

On Instagram

May 24, 2019

Absolutely floored by this book: The Ice Mine, by Steven M. Adkins (Whisk(e)y Tit Press). The writing is beautiful, and reminds me of Alvaro Mutis (Maqroll), one of the great South American magical realists. It’s the account of a journey to a mysterious—and possibly mythical—place dubbed “The Ice Mine”. The description throughout is thick and richly-textured. Luscious. Drop-dead gorgeous. (You get the idea.) It’s one of those books that is so heavenly, so involving, that when you finish it you immediately want to read it again (which I will!).
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Saturday, February 9, 2019

Links to Links

Got some referrals recently:

The Knights of the Golden Circle blog reproduced Lone Star Republics orignally here.

Big League Politics referred to Freemasonries: David Henry X°, Clandestinity and Recognition in What Was Kamala Harris Staffer And His Masonic Brothers Doing Behind The LAPD During Trayvon Riots? and Kamala Harris Aide, A Masonic ‘Grand High Priest’ And Phony Cop, Spoke On Her Behalf At Grandmaster Gathering.  I don't endorse their site, it's just me being a completist....

That is all.

Saturday, December 29, 2018

I'm not a fighter, I'm an ostrich.

My publisher Whisk(e)y Tit has published an interview with me about my novella, The Ice MineJon Frankel sent me the questions by email and I tried my best to explain the origins of the book and my poetic endeavors.  If you have a moment, please check it out.  You can order the book via the Tit website or on Amazon

Jon's work is also available on these platforms.  His "lo-tech noir" novels are vivid and finely-honed visions of a dystopian future both incredibly strange and sadly familiar.  He's a voracious reader and his works are a mix of pulp fiction and true erudition.  I don't know anyone with such a deep and wide knowledge of English literature, and though he doesn't whack you over the head with it, his books are filled with sly references to "the English canon".  Harold Bloom would approve! 

Jon's "blogh" is also worth a gander:  The Last Bender.