And because it’s just not been a busy enough week…
I’m involved in a new project, Anomalous Engineering.
Anomalous Engineering is the banner under which you’ll find unique works of cultural investigation. Finding Meaning in the Mundane, using Pop Cultureto expand on Esoterica. Practising Word Magic and image juxtaposition to reveal the Weird, hiding in Plain Sight. Weaponised Metaphysics and Improvised Expositional Devices.
Ghost Tribes of the Future, stranded in the Eternal Now. Time travelling Malcontentshacking ontology and dropping theory bombs. Offering up uncommon futures and profane visions of the present.
Anomalous Engineering is a Label, not a Band.
I’m very excited to be be label-mates with old friends such as M1k3y P1rat3, Emily Dare and Damian Williams, and other talented folk like Jenka Gurfinkel, Steen Comer and Jay Owens, with others to appear soon.
This is in the very early stages, so the url of anomalous.engineering isn’t quite ready; but the first pieces have appeared at both Medium and a placeholder WordPress blog.
So far, I’ve included revised versions of older pieces no longer available at their original site…
‘The Tribe of the Strange: Origin Myth’
‘Into The Hyper-Real’
‘Rate Of Return: Woolwich, 4GW and Kayfabe’
…and original work from us all, including some collaborative pieces (think of them as split singles and/or duets) will follow.
I think Anomalous Engineering may be worth a bookmark if the subject of, oh I dunno, our future as a species is of interest to you…
(Oh: and Boing Boing posted a link to my Robert Anton Wilson talk video, which was nice.)
So, a few things have been happening since my last post.
My divorce/separation continues. As far as these things go, I guess it could be worse. Looks like Kirsty & I won’t be moving until January at the earliest (the wheels of legality grind exceeding slow). Many thanks to all those who have wished us well.
In the midst of all this, it seems as though I’m actually becoming a professional writer. My two-part piece on the Slenderman phenomenon has been accepted for publication by the prestigious Fortean journal Darklore. Part One should appear in Volume 6, later this year, Part 2 in the following volume. My thanks to Greg Taylor for offering me the opportunity.
This is officially my first paid piece of writing, and I’m pretty pleased at how it came out. I will of course remind you all when it’s released. (I’ll also be putting up a permanent link page on the site for all Slenderman-related stuff.)
I’m also happy to say that my long-delayed Mason Lang Film Club series at Weaponizer is now in full swing. The first piece, on The Matrix, is here and the second, covering The Thirteenth Floor, is here. The rest of these should be appearing roughly every month – the next installment discusses The Truman Show.
There’s a few other items on the horizon… one hint I can drop is that there could be some interesting developments in regard to The Tribe Of The Strange. More news hopefully soon!
(Weaponizer logo design by Paul Sizer. This and similar goodies available here.)
One of the many creative offshoots of the Warren Ellis battery farm for genial artists, writers and other wonderful passionate madfolk that mortals call Whitechapel is the group writing blog Weaponizer. Under the kindly eye of Bram E. Geiben aka Texture, it’s set a very high standard of work in a short time.
So last weekend I thought I’d try submitting a piece for them, see if I was ready to play with the big boys and girls.
Seems the piece – Tribe of the Strange: Origin Myth – went down OK. Enough for Bram to invite me onto the team as a staff writer, working the Fortean and occult beat.
I am beyond chuffed to be doing this. I have huge respect for all there and hope my mad point of view finds a home among them.
First piece as staff writer – Frequently Asked Questions about Weird Shit – went live this evening. Hope you like my new(ish) direction…
(To come at WPNZR – more rumbling on about oddness and hopefully the birth of the Mason Lang Film Club!)
And here, the next Guttershaman – “…of Jedi and Jail” – coming soon.