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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Updates on Publications

Still hunting through the hardcopy records to recover my full list of publications, I meanwhile commit those recovered and those more recently accepted to this site.

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I am also glad to announce that Mythic Blood is available in hardback.

The plague of “killer” clowns has alarmed me somewhat, because they are eerily reminiscent of a character in my 2001 play, initially titled The Camouflage Murders … which is among my ongoing projects … both to commit to publication as a play and develop as a novel.

I first thought of Stephen King’s ‘It’, but that was more a supernatural being taking the form of a clown and sticking to King’s ubiquitous Derry, Maine, rather than my own Derry, Northern Ireland. What is it with clowns and Derrys?

Anyway, here’s a look at my rough draft play.

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Great Love in Flash Fiction Magazine

Coming up on November 6th in Flash Fiction Magazine is the latest of my ‘human’ flashes. Great Love presents a humorous insight into the family dynamics between the generations: Wrinklies versus the fresh-faced. Read and enjoy.

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Where did September go?

And put the brakes on 2013.

I should really be pushing my latest publications: Pixels: The Cause and the Cloud Cuckoo and Mythic Blood (The Milesian Revised) as two excellent reads of Ireland past and of legend.

If I say so myself the Gortai character in Pixels represents the majority of children in Derry in the run up to and the beginning of The Troubles. It’s a myth in itself that most were out rioting or signing up for one faction or the other. Although the story of the norm isn’t as flamboyant or sensationalist as those of the combatants, it covers experiences from the perspective of the majority of the time.

Mythic… is an adaptation of the Cuchulain story surrounding The Cattle Raid of Cooley extrapolating and examining the political and emotional influences on the battle, what was so essential about the Brown Bull of Ulad. It doesn’t include the interference by The Morrigan or indicate Macha specifically as the author of the curse which incapacitates Conchobar’s armies, but interprets it on a more passionate level – vengeance.

And sure who has more right to fiddle about with Gaelic myths than an Irishman.

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They Both Loved Vonnegut

My pal Decater (DOC) Collins has released a collection of short stories available at Amazon. I recommend a read.

A darn good writer and editor, Decater is not afraid of writing or publishing either the literary or Knuckle-close topical stories, unlike some inferior publishers/writers.

If there is one thing that separates the passable from the great, it is this sort of bravery.

In a dictatorship, such writing is banned, the author persecuted, and the state condemned by democracy. In a democracy such writing is smothered by unspoken political correctness under the umbrella of editorial discretion – the dictatorships aren’t so hypocritical as to condemn.

Honesty comes in strange guises.

 

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http://thndr.me/iu9PA4My steampunk story ‘Lucky Escape for Goldilocks Girl’ appears in this book and apparently Thunderclap is a good thing for it – so anyone – please do us a kindness and “Please ask everyone you can to sign up. It will post only once on their facebook, twitter, or tumblr, and is completely free.

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