Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Van Gogh's Ear Volume 10: The James Dean Tribute Edition


Van Gogh's Ear Volume 10: The James Dean Tribute Edition Kindle Edition

by Tina Faye Ayres (Editor)

Kindle Edition $8.00 at www.amazon.com

Founded by Ian Ayres and inspired by Allen Ginsberg, Van Gogh’s Ear: Best World Poetry, Prose & Art is an annual anthology series devoted to publishing powerful works by major voices and innovative new talents from around the globe. The goal of Van Gogh’s Ear is to make each volume a real eye-opener that stirs people’s emotions and ignites their imaginations. Experimental work is warmly embraced. The tenth volume of the series, in honor of the 60th Anniversary of his death and his 85th birthday on February 8, 2016, also humbly offers up a section dedicated with the sincerest of admiration and gratitude to James Dean. The section features interviews with Lew Bracker, Brenda Hayes, Jim Hayes, Val Holley, Mark Kinnaman, Cody Mullins, David Nall, Roy “Oily” Phillips, Denn Pietro, Lee Raskin, Steve Rowland, Grant County’s own local filmmaker Michael Mathias, and Charles Paul Waters, as well as artworks from Demetrie Kabbaz,Chris Burns, John Gilmore, Fred Larucci, Paul Lovering, Matt Pecson, Enric Torres-Prat, Andrew Read, and Brian Tones. Featuring a poem by A.D Winans as well as a note from the editor and a foreword from filmmaker/creator of Van Gogh’s Ear, Ian Ayres.

In this volume you will find:

POETRY BY : Linda D. Addison, Mike Allen, Ian Ayres, Kimberly Biggers, Heath Brougher, Stephen Byrne, Michael Ceraolo, Daulton Dickey, Julie A. Dickson, Laura Eklund, Jennifer Firestone, Skip Fox, Howie Good, John Grey, Krikor N. Der Hohannesian, A.J. Huffman, Kit Kennedy, Antonia Alexandra Klimenko, Linda Lerner, Thomas Ligotti, Mamta Madhavan, Maria Masington, Elizabeth Massie, Kevin McLellan, Richard King Perkins II, Judith Skillman, Peter Stahl, Paul Tristram, Phillip Ward, A.D. Winans, Michael Xavier, Ali Znaidi

ART AND PHOTOGRAPHY: Tom Bagshaw, Frederick Cooper, Teresa Elliott, Luke Hillestad, Fabio Interra, Fred Larucci, Scott Murphy, Kazuhiro Tsuji, Chie Yoshii

INTERVIEWS FEATURING: Mike Adkins, Mike Bailey, Becket, Courtney Bingham, Frances Callier & Angela V. Shelton, Debra Christofferson, Peter Cornell, Richard Fortus, Derek Frey, Toby Froud, Wendy Froud, Sean Gunn, Tracii Guns, Bart Harris, Ronnie King & Jack Grisham, Fred Larucci, David Lloyd, Jonathan Maberry, Michael O'Keefe, Robert Parigi, Anne Rice, Scott Schwartz, Ralph Stanley, Alice Stuart, Jeremy Sumpter, Kazuhiro Tsuji, Ann Walker

FEATURING THE QUICK DRAW CHARACTER INTERVIEWS: Eli Brocius (Nick Brown), Livinia Webb Dunlop Doe (Tasha Ames), John Henry Hoyle (John Lehr), Vernon Shank (Bob Clendenin), Pearl Starr (Alexia Dox), Clay Tidwell (David Hoffman), Wanda (Kate Frisbee), Ephraim Younger( Michael Anastasia )

Sunday, January 31, 2016

My Dad Was a Porn Legend

THERE ARE A LOT OF PEOPLE WHO KNOW THIS. BUT I DID NOT KNOW CHRIS WAS WRITING THIS BIOGRAPHY (?) OF HIS FATHER.

ANDY OFFUTT AND I WERE FRIENDS FOR YEARS THROUGH SCIENCE FICTION CONVENTIONS, PERSONAL CORRESPONDENCE AND HIS FIGHT, ALONG WITH KARL EDWARD WAGNER, WITH CONAN PROPERTIES OVER THEIR INTERPRETATION OF CONAN IN THE BOOKS THEY WERE HIRED TO WRITE FOR THEM. THAT PERIOD OF OUR LIVES IS A STORY THAT WILL NEVER BE WRITTEN BECAUSE I WAS ONLY A MINOR PLAYER IN THAT BARYON WAS USED AS AN EXAMPLE AS DECAMP THOUGHT HE WAS ALWAYS RIGHT IN HIS TUNNEL VISION OF CONAN.

BUT THIS THE OTHER SIDE OF THE COIN, SO TO SPEAK; ANDY'S OTHER PERSONA WAS WIDELY KNOWN IN THE SCIENCE FICTION FIELD. IT WAS NOT A PROBLEM FOR US. MOST WERE NUBILE TEENAGERS GETTING AN EDUCATION IN SEX BY READING HIS BOOKS. I WAS OLDER THAN A LOT OF FANS AND ANDY ANDY I WOULD TALK ABOUT ALL OF HIS WRITING IN OUR CONVENTION VISITS.

WHEN ANDY PASSED ON, I REALIZED I HAD LOST A GOOD FRIEND AND WRITER, BUT AFTER READING THIS ARTICLE, I DISCOVERED THAT I HAD LOST A LEGION OF FRIENDS.

THANKS TO CHRIS FOR THE WRITING OF THIS BOOK. IT IS NOW ON MY NEED TO BUY LIST.

THIS IS REPRINTED FROM THE ESQUIRE DAILY NEWSLETTER. THE COPYRIGHT IS LISTED AT THE END OF THE ARTICLE.

I HOPE THIS IS AS INTERESTING FOR YOU AS IT WAS FOR ME.


My Dad Was a Porn Legend

What it was like growing up with a father who wrote nearly 400 erotic novels. ​
By Kate Storey
Jan 29, 2016

When he was 11 or 12 years old, Chris Offutt stumbled upon a family secret while snooping in his dad's office. He found the pages of a manuscript, which wasn't a surprise—his father was a successful science-fiction writer. Except these pages didn't bear his name, Andy Offutt, but listed John Cleve as the writer. And John Cleve, Chris recalled, was the author of the porn novels his dad had stored away in the attic. That's when it hit him.

"I realized my dad was John Cleve, and he was the one writing those books with that pen name," Chris says. Chris' memoir, My Father, The Pornographer, out February 9, details what it was like growing up with a dad who wrote 400 books under 18 different pseudonyms. All but 30 of his books were pornography.

Before Andy died in 2013 of alcohol-induced cirrhosis, he sent a secret will to Chris, detailing what should be done with his 1,800 pounds of written pornography—both his own and others'—in the case of his death. When Andy died, Chris realized just how prolific his father had been. He writes in My Father, The Pornographer:

Every shelf held another row of books directly behind it—all pornography. I found several bottles of bourbon and dozens of recent manuscripts by Turk Winter, the persona who'd replaced John Cleve as my father's primary persona in the mid-eighties…The project felt less like clearing a room and more like prospecting within his mind. The top layer was disorganized and heavy with porn. As I sorted like an archaeologist backward through time I saw a remarkable mind at work, the gradual shifting from intellectual interest in literature, history and psychology to an obsession with the darker elements of sex.

The Offutts lived in rural Kentucky, where Andy sold insurance. Writing erotic novels came about later, the result, Chris says, of two forces: costly dentist trips for his four kids, and the poor quality of the written pornography available. In the 1960s, Andy had read some mail-order porn and noticed the low quality of the writing. "Dad was very interested in sex in general. A lot of people are but Dad had a more intense interest than most people for whatever reason," Chris says. "But we grew up in a log cabin with no access to material except through the mail, so he'd order in bulk. He got mad reading through it because he had trained himself as a writer and had been writing science fiction for 10 or 15 years; he knew he could do better than that. My mom said, 'So why don't you?'"

In 1968, Andy released his first pornographic novel, Bondage Babes, about a photographer who staged bondage scenes with models for mail-order magazines. Jodie Offutt's participation in her husband's budding pornography career didn't stop simply at encouragement. She acted as his typist, creating the final drafts to send out to publishers. In many ways, they were collaborators. "She would go and talk to him about things that pertained to females, because she obviously knew a lot more about that area than he did," Chris says.

The duo was methodological, churning out books as quickly as possible. Sometimes Jodie would be typing early chapters while Andy would work on the ending of the same book. The goal was one book a month. To speed up the creative process, Andy kept notebooks full of phrases divided into topics. For example, the section dedicated to breasts included descriptions such as, "love-swollen little buds," "nascent curves" and "quivering mounds." After using a term, he'd mark it out, so not to repeat it later novels.

After discovering that his dad was publishing pornography under pen names, Chris avoided the John Cleve novels when snooping through the household porn stash, opting instead for the magazines, and never said a word about his discovery to his friends. "It would have sounded preposterous," Chris says. "It was a source of embarrassment and shame."
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When Chris was in high school, though, his dad slipped up and his private persona become public: He accidentally included a page from a porn-in-progress in a stack of papers for his secretary at the insurance agency to type. Word spread quickly through town and soon the whole high school was whispering about the Offutts.

"By the time I was in high school, it was like, 'There's the kid whose dad wrote dirty books,'" Chris says. "I could not get dates because of Dad's reputation in town."

Science-fiction conventions were an escape from the small-town gossip. In 1972, the Offutt family went on a road trip that included three different conventions. Andy's pornography work wasn't a secret to his sci-fi readers, and he was developing a passionate fanbase. He would spend part of the convention as himself, then he'd change into trendy clothes he'd ordered from catalogues and transform into John Cleve. Jodie's attire would complement Andy's personas. Chris writes in My Father, The Pornographer:

My parents cultivated a special con wardrobe. Dad dressed in dashikis or open-necked shirts with giant collars, zipper boots, wide leather belts, and flared pants. Mom wore short skirts and low-cut blouses that zipped up the front with no bra, high boots, and tight belts. John Cleve wore a long djellaba with nothing underneath, while mom wore a floor-length polyester gown. To complement Dad's leather-and-denim leisure suit, Mom had a leather miniskirt. My parents were a compelling pair, and I was awestruck by the figures they cut.

Chris lost his virginity to the daughter of another sci-fi writer at one of the conventions. Thanks to his dad, he was well-prepared. "We never talked about sex. We never had a birds and bees talk. He couldn't talk about it," Chris says. "But the books were so overt and detailed that I had a certain confidence. I believe I knew what to do. I didn't have that fear that a lot of young people in the '60s had of doing something wrong, making a mistake, hoping for the best. I'd read guide books."

He writes in his memoir that after sleeping with the girl at the convention she told him, "You're better than guys three times your age." But sex wasn't the only skill he picked up from his dad's side hustle. He also learned how to treat writing like a job. Eventually, Chris moved to Los Angeles, taught himself screenwriting and landed a gig writing for HBO's True Blood in 2006. Remember that first sex scene between Bill and Sookie in the first season? All Chris.

"They assigned me a script that had vague synopsis and I thought, 'Why not? I'll go for broke,' and they shot it," Chris says. His dad, who'd written a few vampire-themed porn novels, couldn't have been more proud. "He loved vampires and TV, and he was thrilled that I'd manage to stumble into that world," Chris says. "When we talked on the phone, it was one of the few things he was actually curious about.

"There was a part of me that wanted to be like Dad but surpass him."

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Wednesday, January 27, 2016

The Custodian of Marvels From Angry Robot Bookss



The Custodian of Marvels
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Book Three in the Gas-Lit Empire series

You’d have to be mad to steal from the feared International Patent Office. But that’s what Elizabeth Barnabus is about to try. A one-time enemy from the circus has persuaded her to attempt a heist that will be the ultimate conjuring trick.

Hidden in the vaults of the Patent Court in London lie secrets that could shake the very pillars of the Gas-Lit Empire. All that stands in Elizabeth’s way are the agents of the Patent Office, a Duke’s private army and the mysterious Custodian of Marvels.

Rod Duncan returns with the climactic volume of The Fall of the Gas-Lit Empire, the breathtaking alternate history series that began with the Philip K. Dick Award-nominated The Bullet-Catcher’s Daughter.

“An amazingly clever steampunk novel with a wonderfully imagined world and brilliant characters.”
– A Book Drunkard

“Readers who enjoyed the first two books will find much more of the same strong writing and nuanced characters in The Custodian of Marvels. Duncan has created a winner here and concluded the series masterfully.”
– Online Eccentric Librarian

About the author:
ROD DUNCAN is a published crime writer. His first novel Backlash was shortlisted for the CWA John Creasey Dagger, and he has since written three other novels (all Simon & Schuster UK), and had his first screenplay produced.
His background is in scientific research and computing, and he lives in Leicester.
You can find Rod online on Facebook or on Twitter.

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

GRAFT COMING FROM ANGRY ROBOT



Graft
https://twitter.com/TieryasXu


Manchester, 2025. Local mechanic Sol steals old vehicles to meet the demand for spares. But when Sol’s partner impulsively jacks a luxury model, Sol finds himself caught up in a nightmarish trans-dimensional human trafficking conspiracy.

Hidden in the stolen car is a voiceless, three-armed woman called Y. She’s had her memory removed and undertaken a harrowing journey into a world she only vaguely recognises. And someone waiting in the UK expects her delivery at all costs.

Now Sol and Y are on the run from both Y’s traffickers and the organisation’s faithful products. With the help of a dangerous triggerman and Sol’s ex, they must uncover the true, terrifying extent of the trafficking operation, or it’s all over.

Not that there was much hope to start with.

A novel about the horror of exploitation and the weight of love, Graft imagines a country in which too many people are only worth what’s on their price tag.

“Hill captures the dark underbelly of Manchester in visceral prose. There is a unique horror in Y’s predicament, and Hill renders it in chilling terms. Hill’s world is tinged with a sense of foreboding in this refreshing take on a futuristic mystery.”
– Publishers Weekly

“Hill’s mean and broken future Manchester is pretty inimitable.You’ll meet some amazing characters navigating some profoundly dangerous situations in an environment of true weirdness that has a touch of the William Gibsons about it whilst at the same time presenting a science fiction that’s very personal, very British. In a word, it’s fantastic.”
– Nina Allen

About the author:
MATT HILL was born in 1984 and grew up in Tameside, Greater Manchester. After completing a journalism degree at Cardiff University, he trained as a copywriter. He now lives and works in London.
His first novel, The Folded Man, was runner-up in the 2012 Dundee International Book Prize.
You can find Matt online at his website, or on Twitter.

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Strange Chances is now available.

For all of you who like Alternate History, STRANGE CHANGES is now available from www.whortleberrypress.com and my book, Wonderful World of Baryon is still available, also.



Sunday, December 20, 2015

New PTSD news


PTSD

Risk of death nearly doubled for Vietnam veterans with PTSD


Published December 04, 2015 Reuters


Higher than average death rates among Vietnam War veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) suggest that combat trauma may still be affecting veterans' health even decades after the war, according to a new study.

U.S. veterans of the Vietnam War followed from the 1980s to 2011 were almost twice as likely to die during that period if they had PTSD compared to those without the disorder.

The findings can inform healthcare for Vietnam veterans, now mostly in their 60s and older, and prevention efforts for the next generation of soldiers, the study team writes in the American Journal of Epidemiology.

"The study offers really valuable empirical information that can help us better understand how to care for our Vietnam veterans . . . and also more recent veterans," said study author Nida Corry, of Abt Associates in Durham, North Carolina.

PTSD can develop after a person has been through a traumatic event like combat, child abuse or sexual abuse, terrorism attacks and other disasters, according to the Department of Veterans Affairs. Symptoms can include flashbacks, avoiding reminders of the traumatic events, changes in beliefs and activities and being overly alert, according to the VA.

A study published earlier this year estimated that more than 1 in 10 Vietnam war zone veterans still have PTSD or some symptoms of the disorder (see Reuters Health story of July 22, 2015, here: http://reut.rs/1NsyrVe).

Previous studies have also suggested that Vietnam vets - especially those who served in the war zone - are at increased risk of death, and that the added risk may be related to PTSD. However, those studies were often limited, according to the authors of the current study.

For the current study, the researchers from Abt Associates, New York University in New York City and other organizations analyzed information collected from 1987 to 2011 on nearly 2,400 Vietnam veterans, including 1,632 who served in the combat theater, which included Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia.

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Some Political Observations


APOLITICAL APHORISMS:

If God wanted us to vote, he would have given us candidates. ~Jay Leno~

We hang the petty thieves and appoint the great ones to public office. ~Aesop~

If we got one-tenth of what was promised to us in these Election speeches, there wouldn't be any inducement to go to heaven. ~Will Rogers~

Politicians are the same all over. They promise to build a bridge even where there is no river. ~Nikita Khrushchev~

When I was a boy I was told that anybody could become Prime Minister or Premier; I'm beginning to believe it. ~Clarence Darrow~

Why pay money to have your family tree traced; go into politics and your opponents will do it for you. ~Author unknown~

Politicians are people who, when they see light at the end of the tunnel, go out and buy some more tunnel. John Quinton~

Politics is the gentle art of getting votes from the poor and campaign funds from the rich, by promising to protect each from the other. ~Oscar Ameringer~

I offer my opponents a bargain: if they will stop telling lies about us; I will stop telling the truth about them. ~Adlai Stevenson, campaign speech, 1952~

A politician is a fellow who will lay down your life for his country. ~ Tex Guinan~

Instead of giving a politician the keys to the city, it might be better to change the locks. ~Doug Larson~

There ought to be one day -- just one -- when there is open season on senators. ~Will Rogers~

Reprinted from Uncle Tim Bolgeos' The Revenge of Humpday!