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Title: Nemonymous (Megazanthus Press)
Post by: DFL on February 18, 2010, 12:25:19 pm
This is the Board for Nemonymous where its ten years of issues can be discussed and bought - should anyone want to do so - and to discuss the on-going Nemonymous philosophy into the future ...  as it has been deemed, by this forum, that, with only one hard copy issue to go, it would be OTT for Nemonymous to have a dedicated board on the other individual publishers' moderated list.
Title: Re: Nemonymous (Megazanthus Press)
Post by: iamacanadian on February 18, 2010, 06:22:17 pm
…eh? This is a thread, not an actual board, isn't it, Des?
Title: Re: Nemonymous (Megazanthus Press)
Post by: DFL on February 18, 2010, 06:48:31 pm
Yes, it's a thread, but I'm calling it a board. :)
des
Title: Re: Nemonymous (Megazanthus Press)
Post by: DFL on February 18, 2010, 10:22:45 pm
(http://i120.photobucket.com/albums/o183/megazanthus/czcover23.jpg) (http://i120.photobucket.com/albums/o183/megazanthus/city7.jpg) (http://www.scottedelman.com/NemoSevenCover.jpg) (http://i120.photobucket.com/albums/o183/megazanthus/hoitsu-1.jpg)

The first person to post on this board an imaginary critique (with at least 70 words) of Nemonymous Six will receive from me a free copy of CERN ZOO.
(Please remember that the blank-covered edition shown fleetingly below was Nemonymous Four).
Title: Re: Nemonymous (Megazanthus Press)
Post by: Natt on February 19, 2010, 12:06:45 pm
Unless you're a regular reader, it's hard to convey the excitement that greets the arrival of a new Nemonymous anthology. The latest, Nemonymous Six - The Non-Existent Edition proves itself well-worthy of the anticipation.

Editor D.F. Lewis has excelled himself. This is a collection of short fiction that never outstays its welcome. Each perfectly-crafted story (I challenge anyone to find a flaw in any of them) complements the next, and they all rest within a binsing that promises to look as fresh and vibrant in forty years' time as it does today. What may have been oblique and obscure in other hands is here crystal clear, a marvel of transparency.

If I have to find fault, it is only with the fact that I would have liked a little more of this anthology. Whilst the stories all worth your time, some feel slight, incomplete, as if the author ran out of steam before they reached the final hurdle. Still, this is a minor criticism of what is, otherwise, quite the most challenging anthology of recent years.

I found it particularly convenient to carry with me on the train or bus, and would consider it the ideal anthology to take on a holiday, given the weight restrictions on luggage.
Title: Re: Nemonymous (Megazanthus Press)
Post by: Natt on February 19, 2010, 12:07:53 pm
For 'binsing', read 'binding'.
Title: Re: Nemonymous (Megazanthus Press)
Post by: DFL on February 19, 2010, 12:28:41 pm
Hi, Natt, that's brilliant.
Even though it was meant to be an 'imaginary' critique (i.e. non-existent), I deem you the winner.
Please send your address to dflewis48@hotmail.com so that I can send you CERN ZOO. :)

THe next 'first person' (other than Natt) to post on this Board (telling me the name of the Nemonymous story that is nearest in spirit to 'Nemonymous Six') will also receive a free copy of CERN ZOO (or any other Nemonymous edition).

des
Title: Re: Nemonymous (Megazanthus Press)
Post by: Colin (Black Abyss) on February 19, 2010, 05:04:49 pm
Well as it's currently a non-existent anthology I would go with either of these :-

"All for Nothing", Rhys Hughes
"Double Zero for Emptiness", Mike O'Driscoll  ;)
Title: Re: Nemonymous (Megazanthus Press)
Post by: DFL on February 19, 2010, 05:12:13 pm
No, I'm afraid not, Highlander. There is one story (given experience of it directly) that simply begs to be connected with Nemonymous Six.
Title: Re: Nemonymous (Megazanthus Press)
Post by: DFL on February 19, 2010, 05:14:37 pm
It's one of the stories listed here:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nemonymous
Title: Re: Nemonymous (Megazanthus Press)
Post by: Colin (Black Abyss) on February 19, 2010, 05:51:45 pm
Well it has to be:-

"The Vanishing Life and Films of Emmanuel Escobada", Anonymous

Doesn't it?
Title: Re: Nemonymous (Megazanthus Press)
Post by: DFL on February 19, 2010, 06:11:50 pm
No, Highlander, that's not the nemonymous listed story I had in mind. If you see the story I have in mind you would know it is obviously the answer. Best wiishes, des
Title: Re: Nemonymous (Megazanthus Press)
Post by: Colin (Black Abyss) on February 19, 2010, 06:24:21 pm
My Brain hurts :D

Last guess - "Four Minutes Thirty-Three Seconds"
Title: Re: Nemonymous (Megazanthus Press)
Post by: DFL on February 19, 2010, 06:33:43 pm
Well done. Highlander.
Genuinely the world's first blank story of three-and-half pages.
Please let me know you address at dflewis48@hotmail.com and I shall send you a copy of CERN ZOO.

Excluding previous winners above, the next 'first person' to telll me on this board what these Nemonymous stories:
"The Assistant to Dr Jacob", Eric Schaller (2002)
"England and Nowhere", Tim Nickels (2008)
"The Lion's Den", Steve Duffy (2009)
have in common will receive a free copy of CERN ZOO.

des
Title: Re: Nemonymous (Megazanthus Press)
Post by: Stephen Bacon on February 19, 2010, 10:27:09 pm
All reprinted in the annual Best Horror anthologies, Des?

If I've won, I'd like to offer the prize to someone else - I already own all the nine Nemonymous books (including two copies of number 6!)
Title: Re: Nemonymous (Megazanthus Press)
Post by: DFL on February 20, 2010, 08:13:52 am
Well done, Stephen!
Please let me know here or at dflewis48@hotmail.com your instructions regarding your prize.
des
Title: Re: Nemonymous (Megazanthus Press)
Post by: DFL on February 20, 2010, 08:34:21 am
Meanwhile, excluding previous winners, the first 'next person' to win a CERN ZOO will need to post on this board simply the name of the theatre in this five minute story I wrote yesterday and recorded for listening:
here: http://weirdmonger.blog-city.com/a_wallow_to_follow.htm
or here: http://www.ligotti.net/local_links.php?catid=1&linkid=61
des
Title: Re: Nemonymous (Megazanthus Press)
Post by: DFL on February 21, 2010, 06:15:19 pm
Meanwhile, excluding previous winners, the first 'next person' to win a CERN ZOO will need to post on this board simply the name of the theatre in this five minute story I wrote yesterday and recorded for listening:
here: http://weirdmonger.blog-city.com/a_wallow_to_follow.htm
or here: http://www.ligotti.net/local_links.php?catid=1&linkid=61
des

Ok, nobody's interested in that question. As an *alternative*, the next 'first person' can answer this question so as to win a CERN ZOO:
In which country was the photograph taken on the cover of CERN ZOO?
Title: Re: Nemonymous (Megazanthus Press)
Post by: Colin (Black Abyss) on February 22, 2010, 06:43:34 pm
Des

Many thanks, my copy arrived today. Really looking forward to reading it.  ;D

Cheers

Colin
Title: Re: Nemonymous (Megazanthus Press)
Post by: CarolineC on February 22, 2010, 09:32:10 pm
You'll enjoy it, Colin - I guarantee it!  :)

Des - the only reason I'm not entering your competitions is because I've got all the Nemos anyway!  :D
Title: Re: Nemonymous (Megazanthus Press)
Post by: Rolnikov on February 22, 2010, 11:48:03 pm
Me too. I've got an entire roomful of issue six... The children pile them all up to create imaginary castles.
Title: Re: Nemonymous (Megazanthus Press)
Post by: CarolineC on February 23, 2010, 12:44:28 pm
 :D
I think my copy of issue 6 went missing somewhere. I've looked everywhere, but I just can't see it!  ;D

But seriously ... more people who haven't had the pleasure of reading these wonderful publications from Des should take advantage of these competitions. Come on folks, get your thinking caps on!  :)
Title: Re: Nemonymous (Megazanthus Press)
Post by: Degsy on February 23, 2010, 09:30:53 pm
The Sadd Theatre and at a guess Geneva, Switzerland for the statue although some weird compulsion made me think that it could be Cerne Abbas in Dorset.
Title: Re: Nemonymous (Megazanthus Press)
Post by: DFL on February 23, 2010, 10:04:23 pm
Hi, Degsy, the Sadd Theatre is correct for the story I read aloud. :)
So you win a CERN ZOO. Please contact me with your address at dflewis48@hotmail.com

The question, however, about the cover of CERN ZOO has not yet been answered correctly. So the first person (other than previous winners) on this board to tell me in which country the photo was taken will also win a CERN ZOO. Over to you.
Title: Re: Nemonymous (Megazanthus Press)
Post by: Jay Eales on February 23, 2010, 10:29:06 pm
I'll take a wild stab at Norway...

Jay
http://www.factorfictionpress.co.uk (http://www.factorfictionpress.co.uk)
Title: Re: Nemonymous (Megazanthus Press)
Post by: Degsy on February 23, 2010, 10:35:49 pm
I'm intrigued by the statue. From the angle of the photo it looks like a woman being bitten by a giant vampiric Pangolin - and you don't see many of those.

Is it a random photo or is there a link to one of the stories inside CERN ZOO? Still racking my brains.
Title: Re: Nemonymous (Megazanthus Press)
Post by: DFL on February 23, 2010, 10:51:49 pm
Well, Jay, is correct, with Norway. Vigeland Park, Oslo, to be precise. I took the photo.
It is a giant lizard hugging a young womanl from behind.

If that was a 'wild stab', that's incredible.

It led to this blog entry of mine:
http://weirdmonger.blog-city.com/only_connect.htm

Anyway, Jay, give me your address at dflewis48@hotmail.com and you will receive CERN ZOO.
Title: Re: Nemonymous (Megazanthus Press)
Post by: Degsy on February 23, 2010, 11:37:55 pm
I'd never heard of Gustav Vigeland before, so out of curiosity I googled the Vigeland Park website:

http://www.vigeland.museum.no

A fascinating mixture of the beautiful and the bizarre, plus the overpowering effects of having a museum entirely devoted to one artist (I remember the Rodin museum in Paris being a bit like this). I'll definitely put this place on a future itinerary.

The monoliths in particular look incredible (I see now that you have a picture of one on your Terry Grimwood review page).
Title: Re: Nemonymous (Megazanthus Press)
Post by: DFL on February 24, 2010, 08:26:58 am
Yes, without doubt, one of the most truly amazing experiences of my life - being taken there, without warning, by a coach driver who had time to killl on our tour in Norway (a coach trip from England with Shearings).

Here is one of my photos you refer to:

(http://i120.photobucket.com/albums/o183/megazanthus/novigelandresize.jpg)
Title: Re: Nemonymous (Megazanthus Press)
Post by: DFL on February 24, 2010, 09:08:58 am
Now...
This is very difficult.
The first person (including winners above) who posts on this board the correct nature and geographical place of the photograph (taken by me in 1970) on the cover of ZENCORE! (Nemonymous Seven) will receive all nine editions of Nemonymous from 2001, including the forthcoming one in 2010 (Null Immortalis).

(http://www.scottedelman.com/NemoSevenCover.jpg)
Title: Re: Nemonymous (Megazanthus Press)
Post by: DFL on February 24, 2010, 01:18:28 pm
Just a clue. It's in UK and I believe still exists.
Title: Re: Nemonymous (Megazanthus Press)
Post by: DFL on February 24, 2010, 09:27:33 pm
Thinking about it, this competition is probably impossible! Even I have forgotten. I did trace it on the internet a few years ago, I recall, but I don't seem to be able to do so at the moment.  So if anyone knows what it is, I'd be grateful! :)
Title: Re: Nemonymous (Megazanthus Press)
Post by: Natt on February 25, 2010, 10:06:10 am
In searching for a larger image of that statue, I found this advert: http://healthproductreview.org/wp-content/uploads/2009/12/zencore-plus-review.jpg

"Zencore: The NATURAL way to enhance male sexual performance."

Do any of the other anthologies have similar properties, Des?
Title: Re: Nemonymous (Megazanthus Press)
Post by: DFL on February 25, 2010, 02:22:44 pm
Now...
This is very difficult.
The first person (including winners above) who posts on this board the correct nature and geographical place of the photograph (taken by me in 1970) on the cover of ZENCORE! (Nemonymous Seven) will receive all nine editions of Nemonymous from 2001, including the forthcoming one in 2010 (Null Immortalis).

(http://www.scottedelman.com/NemoSevenCover.jpg)

I now have re-confirmed exactly the answer to the question above. I had some doubt earlier. So please go ahead and enter the competition.
I know I was surprised when I found out exactly on the internet what it was (after publishing Zencore!).  It was taken by me in 1970 (when on honeymoon) and I don't think I had then really taken in what it was when I photographed it. Of course, I have an advantage over you in searching for it on the internet as I remember roughly where I was at the time. :)
Title: Re: Nemonymous (Megazanthus Press)
Post by: DFL on February 25, 2010, 02:28:24 pm
In searching for a larger image of that statue, I found this advert: http://healthproductreview.org/wp-content/uploads/2009/12/zencore-plus-review.jpg

"Zencore: The NATURAL way to enhance male sexual performance."

Do any of the other anthologies have similar properties, Des?

I did take the photo for Zencore! on honeymoon in 1970. :)

BTW, Natt, relevant to what you say, I did put this on a blog recently:

"Another serendipity - among many that grow day by day - is that the Cerne Abbas Giant (http://www.historic-uk.com/CultureUK/ChalkFigures.htm) (also in the Cern Zoo book) has a 'hadron' but politely misspelt!! ZENCORE (a near anagram and prequel book of CERN ZOO) has turned out to be a herbal viagra."
Title: Re: Nemonymous (Megazanthus Press)
Post by: Natt on February 26, 2010, 11:45:41 am
I've narrowed it down to one county... This is becoming rather an obsession. But it's an obsession that is increasing enormously my knowledge of monumental statuary...
Title: Re: Nemonymous (Megazanthus Press)
Post by: Degsy on February 27, 2010, 09:14:08 pm
You're doing better than I am Natt!

Though I'm at a loss as to how you can identify the county - from the clouds?

From the low-res JPEG I tentatively identified it as possibly from a war memorial (Tin hat? Holding something in his right arm - rifle of some sort?). Thinking laterally, and trying to forge a link to Nemonymous - maybe from a memorial to the unknown dead?

However, trawling the War Graves Website has drawn a blank....
Title: Re: Nemonymous (Megazanthus Press)
Post by: Degsy on February 27, 2010, 09:54:00 pm
Ha ha!

I've found Natt's reference to the county where the photo was taken!

The game's afoot!
Title: Re: Nemonymous (Megazanthus Press)
Post by: DFL on February 27, 2010, 10:55:42 pm
I wouldn't trust 100% what I've said about it before on the internet. When I used it for Zencore I had forgotten what it was and where it was - but later, together with my wife, we pieced together both our memories and other clues and eventually we found the site of this 1970 slide. And in recent days, having forgotten again, I reconfirmwed it on the internet.  We did travel widely from our central base on honeymoon.

Title: Re: Nemonymous (Megazanthus Press)
Post by: DFL on February 27, 2010, 11:08:10 pm
In fact, if you're looking at the post I think you're looking at, I was wrong at that time about the county in which we spent our honeymoon.
After all it was in 1970!!

But it was on that side of the country and slightly more north.
Title: Re: Nemonymous (Megazanthus Press)
Post by: DFL on February 27, 2010, 11:11:43 pm
Ok, we spent our honeymoon in Clun. Although the statue was not there, it was on that holiday I took that slide.
Title: Re: Nemonymous (Megazanthus Press)
Post by: DFL on February 27, 2010, 11:17:08 pm
I shall give another clue, in due course.
Title: Re: Nemonymous (Megazanthus Press)
Post by: Natt on February 27, 2010, 11:56:24 pm
Right. So, here are my thoughts.

He's clearly uniformed, and the tin hat was pushing me towards WWI or the Boer War. However, unlike most war memorials he appears to be a little older, made a little later in the century, and to be standing to attention, as if he's watcxhing something. So I think he's a Home Guard, and he's a coastal statue.

Although that wouldn't make much sense further North...

Hang on. I've found him. I've found what I'm sure are his shoes: http://www.flickr.com/photos/v1ctory_1s_m1ne/1080349673/

Those have to be his shoes, all other war memorials are moving, or bronze, or... those must be his shoes...

How odd to have found them while writing this. I feel like I'm doing a real-time review.

Gotcha!

He's the War Memorial at St John the Baptist Church in Stokesay!

Here he is again: http://www.flickr.com/photos/35684349@N06/3357533728

and again: http://www.geograph.org.uk/photo/1507343

I don't feel so bad about going through the descriptions in the Public Monument and Sculpture Association listing for Somerset and not having found him. Or roaming the house, muttering: "Cornwall, must check Cornwall..." whilst spooing mashed pear into toddlers...
Title: Re: Nemonymous (Megazanthus Press)
Post by: Natt on February 27, 2010, 11:57:38 pm
'Spooning'. 'Spooing' is very different, and should not be undertaken with toddlers...
Title: Re: Nemonymous (Megazanthus Press)
Post by: Degsy on February 28, 2010, 12:22:14 am
Nice one, Natt!

I can't wait to see by how much we've skewed the Google search stats for the last few days!

And (from me) a big boot up the arse for the www.shropshirewarmemorial.org.uk website for not having a photo of the Stokesay statue!
Title: Re: Nemonymous (Megazanthus Press)
Post by: Degsy on February 28, 2010, 01:12:36 am
Out of curiosity I've done bit of extra googling and apparently the Stokesay memorial is not just to the fallen, uniquely (to the best of my knowledge) on the other side is a list of those locals who returned alive from the Great War, giving thanks that they survived the carnage. How weird to walk past every day and see your name amongst the dead...

I found this quite moving.

Here's what Alan Bennett had to say about the Stokesay memorial (LRB Jan 2005).

"...we wander round the graveyard and come upon the war memorial. It’s of a soldier, solid and even squat, looking as much French as English and though it’s strictly representational with something of Vorticism about it, like a three-dimensional version of the figures that populate the paintings of William Roberts. There’s a reluctance about the soldier, too, the heaviness of the figure more to do with resignation than any eager embracing of the military calling. One of my fellow conscripts in the army used to maintain that the pose of soldiers on war memorials only made sense if you thought of them as just having been caught skiving. And certainly this soldier hardly looks keen and definitely not noble."

I beg to disagree.

Great find DFL!
Title: Re: Nemonymous (Megazanthus Press)
Post by: DFL on February 28, 2010, 08:40:41 am
Great find DFL!

Thanks. And thanks to you for extra research. I did not know one of my favourite writers (Alan Bennett) had written about the Stokesay memorial (Craven Arms, Shropshire).

I recall laying down in the sun with the old camera (well it was new then) and looking up at the silhouette and catching what I thoiught was an effective photo of a strange statue.  I'm not sure now if I knew what it represented, as, knowing me, I always rush through sight-seeing on holiday!

And well done, Natt, for officially finding it first.

And thanks to both of you for fully entering into the spirit of the competition. You both win the eight books and the forthcoming 'Null Immortalis' for which I'm still receiving submissions. Expect your prize in the next few days.  Tell me if you've changed your addresses since last week!
des

Title: Re: Nemonymous (Megazanthus Press)
Post by: DFL on February 28, 2010, 08:46:55 am
How odd to have found them while writing this. I feel like I'm doing a real-time review.



Absolutely priceless! :)
Title: Re: Nemonymous (Megazanthus Press)
Post by: DFL on February 28, 2010, 09:04:35 am
The next question. From which motorway was this traffic cone stolen  (on 'Cone Zero' cover)  :)

(http://i120.photobucket.com/albums/o183/megazanthus/czcover23.jpg)
Title: Re: Nemonymous (Megazanthus Press)
Post by: DFL on February 28, 2010, 09:13:22 am
The next serious question to win Nemonymous 4 & 5 (Natt and Degsy excluded). Which story in Nemonymous Three is depicted by its cover:

(http://b1.ac-images.myspacecdn.com/01534/10/34/1534034301_l.jpg)
Title: Re: Nemonymous (Megazanthus Press)
Post by: DFL on February 28, 2010, 02:38:00 pm

Here is a bigger picture of that cover:
(http://i120.photobucket.com/albums/o183/megazanthus/img0051.jpg)

Artwork: Janell Golden
Title: Re: Nemonymous (Megazanthus Press)
Post by: DFL on March 01, 2010, 09:10:00 pm
The next serious question to win Nemonymous 4 & 5 (Natt and Degsy excluded). Which story in Nemonymous Three is depicted by its cover:

(http://b1.ac-images.myspacecdn.com/01534/10/34/1534034301_l.jpg)

I've had a blog written about Nemo 3 for at least a day or so now - giving the answer!!  :)

Competition still open. First here with the answer!
Title: Re: Nemonymous (Megazanthus Press)
Post by: Jay Eales on March 02, 2010, 06:48:46 am
The next serious question to win Nemonymous 4 & 5 (Natt and Degsy excluded). Which story in Nemonymous Three is depicted by its cover:

(http://b1.ac-images.myspacecdn.com/01534/10/34/1534034301_l.jpg)

I've had a blog written about Nemo 3 for at least a day or so now - giving the answer!!  :)

Competition still open. First here with the answer!

Lucia by Paul Evanby, innit! : )

And a gorgeous cover it is, too. I don't think I knew that you published Lavie Tidhar's first story either, so you learn something new every day with these competitions, Des!

Jay
http://www.factorfictionpress.co.uk (http://www.factorfictionpress.co.uk)
Title: Re: Nemonymous (Megazanthus Press)
Post by: DFL on March 02, 2010, 08:32:41 am
Thanks, Jay. You'll be receiving Nemonymous 3, 4 & 5 in the post. :)

The last competition for a while:

Nemonymous One & Two (increasingly rare) as a prize to the first person (other than Degsy and Natt who have won these already) who places on this board below all the literary quotes that have appeared in Nemonymous Editions.
It is possible to do this without owning any of them.



Title: Re: Nemonymous (Megazanthus Press)
Post by: DFL on March 02, 2010, 11:11:04 am
The last competition for a while:


I have changed my mind. This below is the last competition for a while

(http://t0.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:kpHI23HbNasfOM:http://www.infinityplus.co.uk/images/weirdmonger120.jpg)

In recent weeks I have asked for 'Weirdmonger' by DFL (Prime 2003) to be placed in what I consider to be its natural status of 'out of print' after seven years. 

I retain only 4 new copies of the paperback and 2 of the hardback.

I am offering a copy of the ‘Weirdmonger’ paperback (a beautiful book to look at and handle, personally signed if required) for the winner of another Nemonymous competition, running in parallel with the one above.
Please write on this board 70-100 words critiquing the Nemonymous phenomenon as a whole – e.g. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nemonymous

Once there are five separate entrants here, I will judge the most thought-provoking and/or best written critique  of the five - and he or she will win the book.  The critique does not necessarily need to be complimentary.   My decision is final.


====================================================

My own real-time review of ‘Weirdmonger’: http://weirdmonger.blog-city.com/realtime_review_of_weirdmonger_by_df_lewis_by_df_lewis.htm


No sooner is Weirdmonger out of print than I discover a quote from it in a Lexicon along with Keats, MP Shiel, James Joyce, Shakespeare and Clark Ashton Smith:
http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/reader/0982429649/qid=1267479540/ref=sib_books_pg?ie=UTF8&keywords=weirdmonger&p=S0FK&checkSum=s9CN0iyjvqpIcRWYTP6e6SuxaemAmhBhp3CO7Rbke70%253D#reader-page

Title: Re: Nemonymous (Megazanthus Press)
Post by: DFL on March 02, 2010, 03:23:58 pm
PS: You do not necessarily need to have directly experienced any of the Nemonymous Editions to write your short 'critique'. You can base it, if you like, on what you know about Nemonymous by reputation and expressed intentions in many places on the internet including the authors it has published etc. etc.
Title: Re: Nemonymous (Megazanthus Press)
Post by: DFL on March 04, 2010, 05:09:06 pm
See my Sea Trees:
http://www.ligotti.net/showthread.php?t=3968
Title: Re: Nemonymous (Megazanthus Press)
Post by: Wroclaw on March 06, 2010, 08:19:24 am
DF Lewis’s Nemonymous anthologies have been a phenomenon running almost diametrically opposite to every major current in our diseased zeitgeist. In a society crazed to the point of hysteria at the slightest prospect of fame, for him to have made people queue up and long for: anonymity, has been a unique and perverse achievement. One is reminded of the Australian Aboriginal’s ultimate and most noble goal: to leave the earth entirely without mark or record of one’s passing. DF Lewis is a messiah of negation, offering each of us a seductive portal to non-entity. Something in each of us urgently longs to be erased by this man. :)
Title: Re: Nemonymous (Megazanthus Press)
Post by: DFL on March 07, 2010, 11:21:21 am

Bump TWO competetions below. We have one entrant so far for former on this board above and none yet for latter. All necessary info is on the internet.







(http://t0.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:kpHI23HbNasfOM:http://www.infinityplus.co.uk/images/weirdmonger120.jpg)

In recent weeks I have asked for 'Weirdmonger' by DFL (Prime 2003) to be placed in what I consider to be its natural status of 'out of print' after seven years. 

I retain only 4 new copies of the paperback and 2 of the hardback.

I am offering a copy of the ‘Weirdmonger’ paperback (a beautiful book to look at and handle, personally signed if required) for the winner of another Nemonymous competition, running in parallel with the one above.
Please write on this board 70-100 words critiquing the Nemonymous phenomenon as a whole – e.g. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nemonymous

Once there are five separate entrants here, I will judge the most thought-provoking and/or best written critique  of the five - and he or she will win the book.  The critique does not necessarily need to be complimentary.   My decision is final.


====================================================

My own real-time review of ‘Weirdmonger’: http://weirdmonger.blog-city.com/realtime_review_of_weirdmonger_by_df_lewis_by_df_lewis.htm


No sooner is Weirdmonger out of print than I discover a quote from it in a Lexicon along with Keats, MP Shiel, James Joyce, Shakespeare and Clark Ashton Smith:
http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/reader/0982429649/qid=1267479540/ref=sib_books_pg?ie=UTF8&keywords=weirdmonger&p=S0FK&checkSum=s9CN0iyjvqpIcRWYTP6e6SuxaemAmhBhp3CO7Rbke70%253D#reader-page




Nemonymous One & Two (increasingly rare) as a prize to the first person (other than Degsy and Natt who have won these already) who places on this board below all the literary quotes that have appeared in Nemonymous Editions.
It is possible to do this without owning any of them.




Title: Re: Nemonymous (Megazanthus Press)
Post by: Jay Eales on March 07, 2010, 07:32:19 pm

Bump TWO competetions below. We have one entrant so far for former on this board above and none yet for latter. All necessary info is on the internet.


Nemonymous One & Two (increasingly rare) as a prize to the first person (other than Degsy and Natt who have won these already) who places on this board below all the literary quotes that have appeared in Nemonymous Editions.
It is possible to do this without owning any of them.


I've had a good scour, and found these, but if there are others past NEMO 5, it may take a better man than I to find 'em!  :)

Jay

NEMO ONE
“The oblivion which is my only refuge from the unnamed and the unnameable.” – HP Lovecraft, ‘The Hound’.
“Names should be charms – I used to hope that, by saying some of them often enough, I might evoke reality.” – Patrick White, ‘Voss’.
“Writing will cease to be eventually. The future should found bureaus, where everyone at a certain age submits, anonymously, a truthful biography, it could become material for a real science of man, if such a thing should prove necessary.” – August Strindberg (specially chosen & translated for Nemo by Henrik Johnsson (where are you now, Henrik?)).
“He always has an alibi, and one or two to spare / At whatever time the deed took place – Macavity wasn’t there!” – TS Eliot.
“Whoever I am, I don’t know, I’ll never know, in the silence you don’t know…” – Samuel Beckett.
“In an instant I seemed to rise from the ground. But I had no bodily, no visible, audible or palpable presence.” – Edgar Allan Poe (Tale Of The Ragged Mountains).
“Nothing, like something, happens anywhere.” – Philip Larkin.
“'It’s giving girls names like that,' said Buggins, ‘that 9 times out of 10 makes ‘em go wrong. It unsettles ‘em. If ever I was to have a girl, if I ever was to have a dozen girls, I’d call ‘em all Jane.” – HG Wells (Kipps)
“I would venture to guess that Anon, who wrote so many poems without signing them, was often a woman.” – Virginia Woolf (A Room Of One’s Own).
“Nobody ever tells me anything.” – John Galsworthy (The Forsyte Saga).
“Anyone who isn’t confused here doesn’t really understand what’s going on.” – Anonymous.
NEMO TWO
“…then on the shore Of the wide world I stand alone, and think Till love and fame to nothingness do sink.” John Keats.
“I’ll be your mirror.” – Lou Reed.
“We burn daylight.” – William Shakespeare.
“The most merciful thing in the world, I think, is the inability of the human mind to correlate all its contents.” – HP Lovecraft.
“One can live in the shadow of an idea without grasping it.” – Elizabeth Bowen.
“…clothes possess an influence more powerful over many than the worth of character…” – Louisa M Alcott.
“So, to that question: ‘Who has ever fathomed the depths of the abyss?’ two men, among all men, have the right to reply: Captain Nemo and I.” – Jules Verne.
NEMO FOUR
"The nemo is an evolutionary force, as necessary as the ego. The ego is certainty, what I am; the nemo is potentiality, what I am not. But instead of utilizing the nemo as we would utilize any other force, we allow ourselves to be terrified by it, as primitive man was terrified by lightning. We run screaming from this mysterious shape in the middle of our town, even though the real terror is not in itself, but in our terror at it." -- John Fowles 1964 (from 'The Necessity of Nemo' in 'The Aristos')
"Glass Onion." – The Beatles.
NEMO FIVE
“'Secret Way!' said Anne, her eyes shining. ‘Oh, I hope it’s that! Secret Way! How exciting. What sort of secret way would it be, Julian?’ ‘How do I know, Anne, silly?’ said Julian. ‘I don’t even know that the words are meant to mean “Secret Way.” It’s really a guess on my part.’” -- Enid Blyton (Five Go Adventuring Again).
“There was a pleasant anonymity sitting down at a corner table alone in the little restaurant, ordering vitello alla Marsala and half a bottle of Merlot. He took his time, enjoying his food but eating in a kind of haze, a sense of unreality still with him, while the conversation of his nearest neighbours had the same soothing effect as background music.” -- Daphne du Maurier (Don’t Look Now), a quote chosen for Nemo by Margaret B Simon.
“Memo Nemo Omen” – the author of 4’33”
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Title: Re: Nemonymous (Megazanthus Press)
Post by: DFL on March 07, 2010, 07:53:20 pm

Bump TWO competetions below. We have one entrant so far for former on this board above and none yet for latter. All necessary info is on the internet.


Nemonymous One & Two (increasingly rare) as a prize to the first person (other than Degsy and Natt who have won these already) who places on this board below all the literary quotes that have appeared in Nemonymous Editions.
It is possible to do this without owning any of them.


I've had a good scour, and found these, but if there are others past NEMO 5, it may take a better man than I to find 'em!  :)

Jay

NEMO ONE
“The oblivion which is my only refuge from the unnamed and the unnameable.” – HP Lovecraft, ‘The Hound’.

“Names should be charms – I used to hope that, by saying some of them often enough, I might evoke reality.” – Patrick White, ‘Voss’.

“Writing will cease to be eventually. The future should found bureaus, where everyone at a certain age submits, anonymously, a truthful biography, it could become material for a real science of man, if such a thing should prove necessary.” – August Strindberg (specially chosen & translated for Nemo by Henrik Johnsson (where are you now, Henrik?)).

“He always has an alibi, and one or two to spare / At whatever time the deed took place – Macavity wasn’t there!” – TS Eliot.

“Whoever I am, I don’t know, I’ll never know, in the silence you don’t know…” – Samuel Beckett.

“In an instant I seemed to rise from the ground. But I had no bodily, no visible, audible or palpable presence.” – Edgar Allan Poe (Tale Of The Ragged Mountains).

“Nothing, like something, happens anywhere.” – Philip Larkin.

“'It’s giving girls names like that,' said Buggins, ‘that 9 times out of 10 makes ‘em go wrong. It unsettles ‘em. If ever I was to have a girl, if I ever was to have a dozen girls, I’d call ‘em all Jane.” – HG Wells (Kipps)

“I would venture to guess that Anon, who wrote so many poems without signing them, was often a woman.” – Virginia Woolf (A Room Of One’s Own).

“Nobody ever tells me anything.” – John Galsworthy (The Forsyte Saga).

“Anyone who isn’t confused here doesn’t really understand what’s going on.” – Anonymous.


NEMO TWO
“…then on the shore Of the wide world I stand alone, and think Till love and fame to nothingness do sink.” John Keats.

“I’ll be your mirror.” – Lou Reed.

“We burn daylight.” – William Shakespeare.

“The most merciful thing in the world, I think, is the inability of the human mind to correlate all its contents.” – HP Lovecraft.

“One can live in the shadow of an idea without grasping it.” – Elizabeth Bowen.

“…clothes possess an influence more powerful over many than the worth of character…” – Louisa M Alcott.

“So, to that question: ‘Who has ever fathomed the depths of the abyss?’ two men, among all men, have the right to reply: Captain Nemo and I.” – Jules Verne.


NEMO FOUR
"The nemo is an evolutionary force, as necessary as the ego. The ego is certainty, what I am; the nemo is potentiality, what I am not. But instead of utilizing the nemo as we would utilize any other force, we allow ourselves to be terrified by it, as primitive man was terrified by lightning. We run screaming from this mysterious shape in the middle of our town, even though the real terror is not in itself, but in our terror at it." -- John Fowles 1964 (from 'The Necessity of Nemo' in 'The Aristos')

"Glass Onion." – The Beatles.


NEMO FIVE
“'Secret Way!' said Anne, her eyes shining. ‘Oh, I hope it’s that! Secret Way! How exciting. What sort of secret way would it be, Julian?’ ‘How do I know, Anne, silly?’ said Julian. ‘I don’t even know that the words are meant to mean “Secret Way.” It’s really a guess on my part.’” -- Enid Blyton (Five Go Adventuring Again).

“There was a pleasant anonymity sitting down at a corner table alone in the little restaurant, ordering vitello alla Marsala and half a bottle of Merlot. He took his time, enjoying his food but eating in a kind of haze, a sense of unreality still with him, while the conversation of his nearest neighbours had the same soothing effect as background music.” -- Daphne du Maurier (Don’t Look Now), a quote chosen for Nemo by Margaret B Simon.

“Memo Nemo Omen” – the author of 4’33”
[/quote]

Well done, Jay. Nemo 1 and 2 on their way to you. :)
Title: Re: Nemonymous (Megazanthus Press)
Post by: Jay Eales on March 07, 2010, 07:59:39 pm
Well done, Jay. Nemo 1 and 2 on their way to you. :)

Yay! Slowly but surely, I'm gathering the set...  ;D

Gawd bless ya, guv!

Jay
http://www.factorfictionpress.co.uk (http://www.factorfictionpress.co.uk)
Title: Re: Nemonymous (Megazanthus Press)
Post by: DFL on March 11, 2010, 01:54:36 pm
CERN ZOO authors revealed en masse for the first time. :)
http://weirdmonger.blog-city.com/cern_zoo_authors_denemonised.htm
Title: Re: Nemonymous (Megazanthus Press)
Post by: DFL on March 14, 2010, 08:26:46 am
Bump ... one entrant so far. Last bump.  There may be more than one prize. On the other hand there may not be more than one prize, but you know my reputation.... ;D



(http://t0.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:kpHI23HbNasfOM:http://www.infinityplus.co.uk/images/weirdmonger120.jpg)

In recent weeks I have asked for 'Weirdmonger' by DFL (Prime 2003) to be placed in what I consider to be its natural status of 'out of print' after seven years. 

I retain only 4 new copies of the paperback and 2 of the hardback.

I am offering a copy of the ‘Weirdmonger’ paperback (a beautiful book to look at and handle, personally signed if required) for the winner of another Nemonymous competition.
Please write on this board 70-100 words critiquing the Nemonymous phenomenon as a whole – e.g. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nemonymous

Once there are five separate entrants here, I will judge the most thought-provoking and/or best written critique  of the five - and he or she will win the book.  The critique does not necessarily need to be complimentary.   My decision is final.



You do not need to have read or owned Nemonymouses, but you can be general.
Title: Re: Nemonymous (Megazanthus Press)
Post by: DFL on March 24, 2010, 08:22:09 am
From Nemonymous Nine (CERN ZOO), Steve Duffy's story 'The Lion's Den' has been published in Ellen Datlow's 'Best Horror Of The Year' book for 2009, and I have now been told that Lee Hughes' "Turn The Crank" has an Honourable Mention, and 'Cern Zoo' as a whole receives favourable mention in the Summation section in the front of the book. In the said Summation, Dominy Clements, Tim Nickels, Lee Hughes and Steve Duffy receive a mention. Pretty good when you see that most of the stories are not Horror ones, but also SF and Fantasy and Literary..

It is also on the BFA longlist.
des :)
Title: Re: Nemonymous (Megazanthus Press)
Post by: Jay Eales on April 05, 2010, 12:25:04 pm
My first is in Nebulous but not in Opaque
My second is in Landscape but not in Portrait
My third is in Anonymous but not in Nobody
My fourth is in Random but not in Careless
My fifth is in Iconoclasm but not in Religious
My sixth is in Fantasy but not in Fact
My seventh is in Familiar but not in Traditional
My eighth is in Nostalgia but not in Past
My ninth is in Playful but not in Childish
My tenth is in Megazanthus but not in Novel

Jay
http://www.factorfictionpress.co.uk (http://www.factorfictionpress.co.uk)

Bump ... one entrant so far. Last bump.  There may be more than one prize. On the other hand there may not be more than one prize, but you know my reputation.... ;D



(http://t0.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:kpHI23HbNasfOM:http://www.infinityplus.co.uk/images/weirdmonger120.jpg)

In recent weeks I have asked for 'Weirdmonger' by DFL (Prime 2003) to be placed in what I consider to be its natural status of 'out of print' after seven years. 

I retain only 4 new copies of the paperback and 2 of the hardback.

I am offering a copy of the ‘Weirdmonger’ paperback (a beautiful book to look at and handle, personally signed if required) for the winner of another Nemonymous competition.
Please write on this board 70-100 words critiquing the Nemonymous phenomenon as a whole – e.g. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nemonymous

Once there are five separate entrants here, I will judge the most thought-provoking and/or best written critique  of the five - and he or she will win the book.  The critique does not necessarily need to be complimentary.   My decision is final.



You do not need to have read or owned Nemonymouses, but you can be general.
Title: Re: Nemonymous (Megazanthus Press)
Post by: Craig Herbertson on April 11, 2010, 10:57:27 pm
Nemonymous

Stripped of identity and bound by words, anonymity seduced by foreknowledge of dishabiliment yet momentarily subject to voyeuristic examination by a peeping tom who knows his or her own identity (as one knows reflections in mirrors) by a voracious consumption of the pseudonymic. Only failing  to excite when the light is out. At the most Nemonymic when unread.

This, the amorality of the nemoral, where one cannot see the trees for the wood.
Title: Re: Nemonymous (Megazanthus Press)
Post by: Fred on April 23, 2010, 05:44:53 pm
It seems only right to post a critique of the Nemonymous phenomenon anonymously so Fred will do for now.
And thanks Jay for the inspiration.

Anonymity is a place to hide
whereas nemonimity hides in plain sight,
with stories published for all to find
and authorial claims sublimated
to the community of the nemonimii.
Fantastic, literary, weird, strange, megazanthic;
all descriptors of the contents, the concept and the conceiver
and, quite possibly, of the readers;
for who else would pay for such collections?
Anthologies of hunky, chunky, junky bizarrities
mixed with raisons of reason in
a literally literary fruitcake, extending the metaphor
in more dimensions than most minds can endure
and the final slice still to come.
Only the illuminati need apply.
Title: Re: Nemonymous (Megazanthus Press)
Post by: Wroclaw on April 23, 2010, 10:14:31 pm
If I guess who you are, Fred, do I get a prize for that? I think I recognise that poetic style of yours.... ;)
Title: Re: Nemonymous (Megazanthus Press)
Post by: DFL on April 23, 2010, 10:18:05 pm
I'll need some proof that Fred isn't one of the other contenders. I make it so far there have been four contenders, but if Fred is doubling up - that makes only three. :)
Title: Re: Nemonymous (Megazanthus Press)
Post by: Wroclaw on April 23, 2010, 10:41:17 pm
Yup. I think we're both on to him now :o. Unmask that scoundrel !
Title: Re: Nemonymous (Megazanthus Press)
Post by: Jay Eales on April 23, 2010, 10:43:25 pm
Yup. I think we're both on to him now :o. Unmask that scoundrel !

Not I, said the fly...

Jay
http://www.factorfictionpress.co.uk (http://www.factorfictionpress.co.uk)
Title: Re: Nemonymous (Megazanthus Press)
Post by: Fred on April 24, 2010, 02:39:36 pm
This is Fred's only entry. It's nice to have a recognisable style, no one has accused me of that before.
Title: Re: Nemonymous (Megazanthus Press)
Post by: DFL on May 05, 2010, 03:01:17 pm
Here is the Table of Contents for the NULL IMMORTALIS anthology book as it grows in real-time!
http://weirdmonger.blog-city.com/null_immortalis.htm

This will be the final Nemonymous.
Title: Re: Nemonymous (Megazanthus Press)
Post by: Mike Chinn on May 06, 2010, 09:42:33 am
Here is the Table of Contents for the NULL IMMORTALIS anthology book as it grows in real-time!
http://weirdmonger.blog-city.com/null_immortalis.htm

This will be the final Nemonymous.

Shaping up to be a good anthology, Des.
Title: Re: Nemonymous (Megazanthus Press)
Post by: Degsy on May 06, 2010, 11:18:33 pm
A real top-notch lineup and some intriguing titles.

I'm chuffed to bits that my story 'Oblivion' was chosen to appear in such illustrious company.  ;D

Degsy
Title: Re: Nemonymous (Megazanthus Press)
Post by: Joe Pulver on May 10, 2010, 11:16:39 am
A real top-notch lineup and some intriguing titles.

I'm chuffed to bits that my story 'Oblivion' was chosen to appear in such illustrious company.  ;D

Degsy

I know the feeling. I'm over the moon w/ delight to appear w/ the amazing and talented lined-up in this issue! thank you, Des!! !!
Title: Re: Nemonymous (Megazanthus Press)
Post by: williemeikle on May 11, 2010, 12:13:51 pm
A real top-notch lineup and some intriguing titles.

I'm chuffed to bits that my story 'Oblivion' was chosen to appear in such illustrious company.  ;D

Degsy

I know the feeling. I'm over the moon w/ delight to appear w/ the amazing and talented lined-up in this issue! thank you, Des!! !!

Me too  ;D
Title: Re: Nemonymous (Megazanthus Press)
Post by: Stephen Bacon on May 13, 2010, 12:12:59 am
Me three.
Title: Re: Nemonymous (Megazanthus Press)
Post by: Roy on June 04, 2010, 10:47:47 am
I have some Cern Zoos to sell at Alt Fiction Derby (http://altfiction.co.uk/) and if they don't all go there or at the Manchester Book Fair (http://www.commapress.co.uk/?section=events) I'll have them At F'con (http://www.britishfantasysociety.org.uk/index.php?option=com_content&view=category&layout=blog&id=64&Itemid=36), maybe with Null Immortalis (http://weirdmonger.blog-city.com/null_immortalis.htm) by then.
Title: Re: Nemonymous (Megazanthus Press)
Post by: Roy on June 08, 2010, 02:00:22 pm
 First sight of the 'Null Immortalis' Nemonymous 10  (http://weirdmonger.blog-city.com/first_sight_of_null_immortalis_cover.htm)cover and a TOC
Title: Re: Nemonymous (Megazanthus Press)
Post by: DFL on June 14, 2010, 08:30:27 pm
First sight of the 'Null Immortalis' Nemonymous 10  (http://weirdmonger.blog-city.com/first_sight_of_null_immortalis_cover.htm)cover and a TOC

Thanks, Roy.
And to record the event for this thread: CERN ZOO has been nominated for BFAwards (Best Anthology). :)

Finally, unless I am mistaken, there needs to be only one more entrant on this thread for the WEIRDMONGER book prize to activate the prize being awarded!
Title: Re: Nemonymous (Megazanthus Press)
Post by: DFL on June 30, 2010, 06:18:14 pm
This book is now available:
New stories by Reggie Oliver, Richard Gavin, Steve Rasnic Tem, Joel Lane, Gary Fry, Willie Meikle, Stephen Bacon, Roy Gray, Bob Lock, Mark Valentine as a small part of a BFS interest group, plus many other writers:
http://www.nemonymous.com/

(http://i120.photobucket.com/albums/o183/megazanthus/nullzzz23-1.jpg)

(http://i120.photobucket.com/albums/o183/megazanthus/Null3-1-1-1-1.jpg)

BTW, nobody has yet won the 'Weirdmonger' book competition on this thread!
Title: Re: Nemonymous (Megazanthus Press)
Post by: Roy on August 07, 2010, 08:00:16 pm
Null Immortalis - a real-time review by Des (http://weirdmonger.blog-city.com/null_immortalis__a_realtime_review.htm) himself.
Title: Re: Nemonymous (Megazanthus Press)
Post by: Roy on September 16, 2010, 08:24:21 pm
NULL IMMORTALIS and CERN ZOO both on sale on the TTA/Interzon/Black Static dealer table at Fantasycon. But I'll only have a few.
Title: Re: Nemonymous (Megazanthus Press)
Post by: Des Lewis on October 28, 2010, 05:06:32 pm
Nobody seems to have won the increasingly valuable 'Weirdmonger' book from the ancient competition on this thread?

Meanwhiile (and separately), here is my latest news:
http://nullimmortalis.wordpress.com/2010/10/28/latest-news/
Title: Re: Nemonymous (Megazanthus Press)
Post by: Jay Eales on October 28, 2010, 07:24:21 pm
Nobody seems to have won the increasingly valuable 'Weirdmonger' book from the ancient competition on this thread?

Well, I did my bit and entered! I was hoping that the notification to say there had been a new message on the thread was someone else having a go... It's like Waiting for Godot here, innit...  ;)

Jay
Title: Re: Nemonymous (Megazanthus Press)
Post by: Craig Herbertson on October 28, 2010, 07:25:31 pm
Nobody seems to have won the increasingly valuable 'Weirdmonger' book from the ancient competition on this thread?

Well, I did my bit and entered! I was hoping that the notification to say there had been a new message on the thread was someone else having a go... It's like Waiting for Godot here, innit...  ;)

Jay

I'm considering entering under another name or nemonymously