SHAPE OF THINGS PAST AND TO COME

I can’t help wondering if a certain POTUS sees himself as the new Akhenaten (Amenhotep IV) seeking to unite his followers in the worship of Aten, the great golden disc – which in this case would be the dollar.

If running true to form he would seek to move the administrative centre away from Washington DC and the traditional culture to a new capitol, probably in Houston, and build a great new city of the future there.

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L Ron Hubbard’s Writers of the Future 2016

I was fortunate enough to receive an “Honorable Mention” in this contest last year and provided with a certificate for my efforts. I tend to reticent to display such awards, playing down their significance. Maybe its time I stopped that self-derogation, Besides, not like I have a huge following here anyway.

The story “Ravensbane” is one of my favourites and has recently also been accepted for inclusion in the Horrified Press/13 o’clock Press anthology “Sacrifice” which is still pipelining at this time.

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DEATH AND DECORATIONS ANTHOLOGY – HORRIFIED PRESS

My short story, One Last Drag, had been accepted by 13 o’clock Press for this anthology which did well in the P&E poll for 2016.

As per Dorothy Davies

17 January 2017

RE: PREDATORS AND EDITORS NOMINATION FOR 2016

Horrified Press Wrote:

Congratulations to Thirteen O’Clock Press editors George Wilhite and Dorothy Davies. Horror anthology ‘Death & Decorations’ finished top 10 in the P & E readers poll this year.

Also congrats to authors RJ Meldrum, Ken L Jones, Olivia Arieti, Rie Sheridan Rose, Perry McDaid, Dianne Arrelle, Edward Cooke, Anusha VR, John McCallum Swain, Matthew Wilson, Jordan Elizabeth Mierek, Maria Mitchell, C A Kerr, Stanley Webb, Bruce Markuson, James Pyne, DJ Tyrer, Thomas M Malafarina, Rick McQuiston, Nick Manzolillo, Diane Arrelle, John Howe, L L Hill, Shane Ward, David M. Hoenig, John H Dromey, K R Smith, Roy C Booth and William Tucker, and Dorothy Davies.

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Christmas Reads

Excellent stocking fillers for the readers in the family:

Pixels: The Cause and the Cloud Cuckoo

Mythic Blood (The Milesian Revised)

Paladin of Tarrthála (Dissector’s Cut)

String o’ Misery (Short Stories to creep you out)

Ruby Silver – The Irish Anthology (poetry)

Cardboard City Opera (poetry)

Victims and Angels (poetry)

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What Price Sight?

Ever visited a gallery and been struck the the beauty of a piece of art? Try looking out your window now and again, or raising your eyes from the ground or shop windows.

You might just see the evidence of God.

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Last Darn Rites

Two of my stories (Beach Gods and Millennial Sentience) appear in the Whitesboro Writers anthology, Last Darn Rites, available NOW on Kindle.

It’s a brilliant collection of stories about the diverse aspects of death, including the quirky, the weird and the humorous.

Read it while it’s hot.

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ANTHROPOMORPHISM AND PETS

The missing child-syndrome is no longer restricted to the good old US., as you can see from today’s pet owners and several media promoted pet psychologists and even mediums.

Charlatans are not restricted to the past.

All the various Lassies had trainers … until the last twenty years or so. I suppose those trainers wanted to be recognized as more professional. They do, after all, get into behaviorism.

Then again, there had to be a time when Timmy just couldn’t be rescued from the well. Think of the trauma!! Tum-tee-tum! Never mind the gender issues of most Lassie “actors” being male and effectively Dames.

Dogs are pack animals and as such tend to reflect the emotions and form of the alpha, which makes anthropomorphism easy. Plus writers are an imaginative folk.

The like of Anna Sewell’s Black Beauty (1945) and James Herbert’s Fluke (1977) – about a father reincarnated into a dog’s body (later dramatized in film 1995) helped cement the non-human “humanity”. And being human we can only express and explain actions and projections in human terms.

We call animals fussy eaters,when there may well be a more practical reason why they won’t eat one product at one specific time. We can’t think like them, so we interpret on our terms: imposing our reasoning upon them as so many nature shows do – purely to humanize the observed behaviour for increased viewing.

Any behaviourist will tell you that the act of the observer either being there or planting cameras for longitudinal studies immediately skews the natural behaviour of an animal, or community of animals.

In short, we are arrogant enough (when not even all humans think alike) to presume all animals have the same thought processes we do, or even as each other – yet how can they: they don’t have the same convoluted motivations or goals?

If a deer could think the same as a wolf – wolves would go very hungry.

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