My Books/Zines

Castle Damijana

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1357: Pedro of Portugal dug up his dead mistress, made her queen, and forced loyal subjects to kiss her hand.

Billy makes a zine that no one reads, and puts it round London. At night he searches for 7 of 9 sex tapes and tries to understand fourth-wave feminist theory. Life stays like this until he gets an e-mail from ‘D’ in Ljubljana, asking him to come to stay. He thinks she’s a nut until she sends him eight grand in spending money. Off he goes, to Ljubljana, to Metelkova, to the outskirts of the city, to a castle on a snowy hill, to Damijana and her typewriter. One of them is a sociopath, can you guess which?

Plot-wise, it’s similar to the Star Trek DS9 episode where Jake Sisko gets yellow energy sucked out of his head by Meg Foster while writing his masterpiece, but this one’s set in Slovenia and is better.

Cover done by the legendary Soren who can be found/hired on corpsehaus

Note: this is a rewrite of an old book I wrote called ‘Ljubljana Witch’ – that one was around 40,000 words, this one is bordering on 100,000 so if you’re one of the few who read the original and thought it was a bit short, you’re in luck.

You can buy it on bookdepository

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BLACK HOLES GENERATE NEW FORMS OF DAVID CARUSO

FOLDED, WARM, CAPABLE OF

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GRAVITY LOOKS AND ACTS LIKE A PERV

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Trying to adapt a poem with lines like these into a film script while his city gets absorbed by a fascist state, G. struggles in various ways until an instigator turns up, a guy called Ejaz who claims to be from Planet 9 [or its moon] in the year 2289.

At some point, having salt on you counts as an injury.

Setting: Hong Kong, KRV

Includes: portals, anarcho-communism, Slovenian, Cantonese, hostility, pinballing thoughts on Bakunin, DeBord, Deleuze, Sankara, Garak from DS9, Blake’s 7, the way forward etc.

Similar to Pale Fire, minus the pace.

Calculated to seem uncalculated, except for the more enervating parts.

Desperate.

This one will be out in April over on Schism Press – you can read the PDF for free or buy the paperback if that’s more your thing.

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Psycho Holosuite Issue 1 by [Oli Johns, Berit Ellingsen, Thomas Stolperer, Frankie Sachs, Tyson Bley, Marc Horne, Soren Melville]

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Warning: contains strong language and content, so don’t buy if you’re under 16 years old or found Teenwolf dark and troubling.

Again, cover done by Soren at corpsehaus

Issue 1 has:

– fiction about immortality and cinemas by Berit Ellingsen
– Ray Bradbury misquotes
– fiction about a hybrid destined for Mars by Frankie Sachs
– a great cover by Soren Melville
– adaptation of old German zombie story called ‘Meret’ by Thomas Stolperer
– Fake notes on the Freddy films by me pretending to be Robert Englund
– Chapter 7 of Automatic Assassin by Marc Horne
– Thoughts + half-assed analysis of Masque of the Red Death starring Vincent Price, as well as It Follows and the Town that Dreaded Sundown
– bizarro poem called ‘Barely Riker’ by Tyson Bley
– Other stuff

If you want a physical zine copy then email zizekpress@gmail.com and I’ll see if I can mail one to you [there’s still a few left as of Feb 2021].

At some point there will be an issue 2, not sure when…

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COMING SOON [ISH]

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Earth in the shallows of the 22nd Century where viable tokamaks have liberated all [well, most].

On the face of things, Slovenia is part of an alliance of predominantly anarcho-communist nations, but in truth it’s been co-opted by Potočnik, a crypto-tyrant with purple eyes. He dumps Sila, his friend Chu, his ex-friend Gašper, the physicist Nakagami, the militant Aleša and five other dissidents on a [prototype] ship and sends them off on a Mission of Progress; to develop a potential base on Mars.

The ship has strict rules: No out-going messages, no inter-crew communication longer than four hours each day, and no entertainment.

Can Sila & co. convince the ships AI to turn the ship round and ram bridge-first into Potočnik’s HQ?

Will Rasputin turn up at some point?

Cover is done by the artist chained to my wrist, Soren, over at corpsehaus

This is my attempt at a sci-fi epic with anarcho-communist undertones [or just outright tones, really]. A bit of absurdism thrown in too, mostly to cover my weak science.

Should be out around July 2022, but as I’m doing the formatting myself, there are no guarantees.

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In a near future with VR worlds like Pluto 2280Robot Diablo and Harem Survival 4 to lose yourself in, boredom should be impossible.

Yet, for Japanese Uni Student/space enthusiast Keni, it’s a default state. Late nights walking the streets, avoiding other people in his dorm, skipping a heroic number of lectures, it all blurs into the same thing: tedium.

Then, on a rare visit to university, he finds a flyer for a mysterious Forever Exchange and suddenly his life isn’t boring at all.

Or safe.

Or even in Japan.

Note: this one is pure immersion haze, a hauntological drift through what VR might be like in the future. Should be out around July or August.

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My skewed but affectionate version of Star Trek.

Started as an isekai, grew into something else, will probably end up being an actual series.

Will hopefully be ready by August/September.

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PURPLE MUON CASTLE

[Not even a tentative cover for this one yet cos I might try and submit it somewhere else]

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Wandering around Romania looking for the castle from Masque of the Red Death is pretty much it for Daniella and, even though that castle was probably nothing more than a matte painting, she finds something similar, eerily similar, with a Turkish-looking Prospero and a frustrating Juliana both jabbering non-stop Romanian at her.

Eventually, things settle

doors of Satan are sought after

minds buckle

and the purple above the castle anneals its cage.

Warning: occasional violence + Japanese/Derrida as a weapon

Uses the 1964 Vincent Price version of The Masque of the Red Death as a very rough template for 100 pages or so in the middle, then skewers it.