Faunus – The Journal of the Friends of Arthur Machen – has reviewed A Trick of the Shadow for their Issue No. 43, which is wonderful news.
The review looks at the collection’s ‘A Tantony Pig’ that is directly inspired by Machen’s ‘The Ritual’, particularly as seen in the film by Julian Butler and Mark Goodall, Holy Terrors.
“A Trick of the Shadow […] is a set of disconcerting and bleak stories, all set on the mysterious ‘peninsula’. These are compelling and disquieting tales, with an eerie surrealism running through.” – Timothy J. Jarvis, Faunus
The short story ‘Meiko’ by J.M. Walsh appears in Tartarus Press’s Strange Tales: Tartarus Press at 30, edited by Rosalie Parker. The tale of a curious visitor to a country estate a century ago, and the lifelong effect his arrival – and the contents of the long box he travels with – has on the daughter of the house–
J.M. Walsh is also featured in the last two editions of the Society for Existential Analysis’s journal, Hermeneutic Circular, first with “To the Egress” (October, 2019) and in October, 2020, The Port.
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Broodcomb Press, Eaten Cruelties, .pdf 43 pp., £0 [Unlimited] – 2021
Another experimental, cyborg-Oulipo text ‘read’ by image reading software to see what it would make of the pages. I took some photographs and opened them as text docs, which turns any script in the image into text that can be cut and pasted.
“It continues to fascinate me the images of the pages of this evening’s diversion were each ‘read’ by image reading software. It’s the function of the machine – it’s only doing its job – but the fact interpreting software gives meaning to nonsense – gives something in return for nothing – raises disturbing questions about the validity of interpretation. If a machine gets better at ‘reading’ such scripts, nonsense may come to look more and more like sense, and if a certain point is reached where the bulk of the interpreted text looks right, then the pull towards believing what the machine has produced is the truth will be persuasive.”
–from the introduction to Eaten Cruelties.
Broodcomb Press, The Sour Child, .pdf 43 pp., £0 [Unlimited] – 2020
“Following the typesetting for Edita Bikker’s The Night of Turns, the hard copy proof was recycled to make new notebooks. Significant portions of text were unmarked, however, so I used sections of these pages to create a small one-off book. I cut holes in the pages (after B.S. Johnson’s Albert Angelo) and assembled the book block from these sheets. I cut up sections of a red print of the book’s cover art for the jacket. It was a rainy autumn Wednesday afternoon—
In the middle of the night, it occurred I might use image reading software to see what it would make of the pages. I took some photographs and opened them as text docs, which turns any script in the image into text that can be cut and pasted. I then copied the subsequent ‘readings’. The sections, and the different text directions, challenged the programme to find meaning where there was none, and this resulted in some curious – if not entirely random – texts.”
–from the introduction to The Sour Child.