Mounting Abraxas

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It is a great honor and pleasure to announce the release of four new books from Mount Abraxas out in August. The books come with full page illustrations, and with 3 colour text within. Format: 14 inches x 6 inches. Illustrated endpapers, full colour frontispiece page. 

 

Abyssinia

Author: Damian Murphy Art by Jose Gabriel Alegría Sabogal. An original long novella.

Europa

Author: Karim Ghahwagi Art by Denis Forkas.  An original long novella / short novel.

The Ruins of Eden and Other Witcheries

Author: Harold Billings Art by Luciana Nedelea.  A collection of four bleak stories of the occult and the weird folk.

Deeper Flowers Thrive

Author: Oliver Smith Art by Luciana Nedelea.  A collection of four occult sea stories.

Reservations can be made here with the publisher and with Ziesing Books in the US and with Cold Tonnage Books in the UK.

Real-Timing the Dark Fantastic

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Image by Jeffrey Harp

 

Author, editor and publisher D.F. Lewis has done a wonderful reading of all the stories in ALL IS FULL OF HELL here.

And you can find a link to all his Real-Time Reviews for 2017 here, a veritable living, breathing map of the fantastic fiction that is emerging into the world in these troubled times. Venture deeper, and you will find more than a decade of reviews and ruminations, all writ in an erudite, enjoyable, idiosyncratic style; a treasure that I suspect will become, (and already is), one of the most important and essential chronicles of fantastic literature of the past two decades.

A list of his publications can be found here

All his reviews (39 Volumes so far) have been collected in book form, and are available here

 

ALL IS FULL OF HELL Published Today

 

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Study for Flooded Bell Tower II: An Imaginary Belfry by Denis Kostromitin Forkas

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ALL IS FULL OF HELL: a Panegyric for William Blake is published today by Mount Abraxas (an imprint of Ex Occidente Press). Copies can be reserved direct from the publisher, and with Ziesing Books in the US by emailing:  info@ziesings.com, and with Fantastic Literature and Cold Tonnage in the UK. Edited and gorgeously designed and produced by D.T. Ghetu and Damian Murphy with illustrations by Denis Kostromitin Forkas.

Table of Contents

Trefoil is the Grail of Perdition by Sebastian Montesi, The Kings of Cobweb and Dandelion by Colin Insole,​ Feast of Fire by Alcebiades Diniz Migue​l,​ Ghost of a Flea by Rhys Hugh​​es,​ Shadow of Horror risen in Eternity by Stephan Friedman, Great, Pale World by D.P. Watt, Horrox ​​by Andrew Condous, ​​The Secret Wound in Life by Joseph Dawson,​​​ Torso in the Shadow by Adam S. Cantwell, Burnt the Fire of Thine Eyes by Oliver Smith, King Mob by Philip Fracassi, La Fleur Infernale by Leopold Nacht, I Want! I Want! by Henry Jovial, Christian Singles by Thomas Phillips, Wollstonecraft by Karim Ghahwagi​, The Golden Mile by John Howard​, Nocturnal Gardens by​ Ramon Lasalle,​The Living Rapture by Jonathan Wood​, ​Synarchy of Molten Bones by Deathspell Omega.

Photography by D.T. Ghetu

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More pictures and ordering information here

ALL IS FULL OF HELL : A Panegyric for William Blake

 

All Is Full of Hell
A Panegyric for William Blake

Mount Abraxas / Ex Occidente Press
An Anthology of Fiction, Art and Death Poetry
Illustrated by Denis Kostromitin Forkas

Large Format Hardcover

Edited by D.T. Ghetu and Damian Murphy
May 2017

Let us begin,
In whisperd hymns
and mumbling prayers.

Is Nicodemus still in vigil weeping?

Blow Your Trumpet Gabriel!
For Albion is rotten to the core.
Blow Your Trumpet Zachariel!
For Jerusalem has fallen.
Blow Your Trumpet Michael!
For We are All Sick with Love.
Blow Your Trumpet Raphael!
For there are Vipers in Our Dreams.
Blow Your Trumpet Selaphiel!
For All is Full of Hell.

Table of Contents

Trefoil is the Grail of Perdition by Sebastian Montesi
​​The Kings of Cobweb and Dandelion by Colin Insole​
Feast of Fire by Alcebiades Diniz Migue​l​
​​Ghost of a Flea by Rhys Hugh​​es​
Shadow of Horror risen in Eternity by Stephan Friedman
Great, Pale World by D.P. Watt
Horrox ​​by Andrew Condous
​​The Secret Wound in Life by Joseph Dawson​​​
Torso in the Shadow by Adam S. Cantwell
Burnt the Fire of Thine Eyes by Oliver Smith
King Mob by Philip Fracassi
La Fleur Infernale by Leopold Nacht
I Want! I Want! by Henry Jovial
Christian Singles by Thomas Phillips
Wollstonecraft by Karim Ghahwagi​
​​​The Golden Mile by John Howard​
​​Nocturnal Gardens by​ Ramon Lasalle​
The Living Rapture by Jonathan Wood​
​Synarchy of Molten Bones by Deathspell Omega

Copies can be reserved with Ziesing Books in the US by emailing info@ziesings.com, and with Fantastic Literature and Cold Tonnage in the UK.

Bells, Whistles, Smoke and Mirrors

If you missed the Celestial Son show at Dansehallerne, or if you want an opportunity to catch the show again, March 25th is that day. You can get tickets here. This promises to be a great evening. Franklin Zoo support, and visuals by Lasse Hoile and myself, with contributions from the theater group Tidsrum. There will be full screenings of the Flow of Creation, Deathwish, Divide and Conquer and others. I am delighted to contribute to the show, and it is highly recommended to catch Celestial Son live.cropped-laura-flow-header-web-1.jpg

Amerika

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My novella Amerika is sold out at the publisher, but copies are available from these fine booksellers:

Cold Tonnage

Ziesings

America has disappeared. Resources at the US Embassy in Copenhagen are a little stretched, and the extraordinary circumstances therefore require extraordinary measures, even if it means drawing upon the services of the world’s second greatest living detective – a disillusioned American expatriate called Mr. Denmark who is currently living in Copenhagen. Meanwhile, a travel writer called Mr. Sweden finds himself in a precarious position as the very subject matter of his next travel book seems to have disappeared. Copenhagen is gripped by a deep sense of unease. Bookshops and countries are disappearing, animals wearing Bowler hats are overrunning the city, the central immigration services have been beleaguered by tuxedo wearing penguins- infernal forces might be at work. And then there is that walking, talking Mauser-toting cat who might or might not be in cahoots with the Execrate Himself. A weird occult novella in homage to Mikhail Bulgakov’s The Master and Margarita.

Below is a piece of concept art that was not included in the book. The first five people who email me a picture of the book on their shelves will receive a signed copy of the artwork with a handwritten passage quoted on the reverse side, free, anywhere in the world. Email me your picture and postage address to sotjensen(at)gmail.com

Artwork will ship, and offer good through to February 1st, 2017.(If the world is still here)

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Love Jones The Musical

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I have contributed selective visuals for Love Jones: The Musical. Directed by Zadia Ife.  Written by Timothy Allen Smith.  Original music by several cast members produced by MC Lyte and Melvin Childs.  Featuring Jemecia Bennet, Terrell Carter, Adrian Clemons, Raheem DeVaughn, Angie Fisher, Tony Grant, Dave Hollister, MC Lyte, Jerel Maddox, Jackie Michaels, Chrisette Michele, Michel’le, Jamie Montgomery, Chaz Shepard, and Musiq Soulchild.  Choreography by Jerel Maddox and Adrian Clemons.  Produced by Melvin Childs.

The musical is currently on a 40 city US tour into 2017.

The Flow of Creation is out Today

We’re very excited to release the Flow of Creation video today on Halloween. The film originally premiered as a live visual for Celestial Son‘s concert on May 19th in Copenhagen this year. It was a particular treat to experience Celestial Son live, and see all the visual works presented at their show. The Flow of Creation was shot entirely in Stop Motion, and parts of the opening sequence of this film first appeared in Kilt Spirit, and has been expanded to the present film. A few shots in this film also previously appeared in the Figment Notebook, which we hope to release in the not too distant future. I am as always very lucky to have such amazing collaborators: Laura Beckmann, Chris Frandsen, Kindred Lansdown, Ted Haler and Cora Ripatti all made incredible contributions to what is often a painstaking process in shooting these stop motion works. And of course creating this film with Celestial Son’s amazing music is always a privilege and a wonderful collaborative experience. This is our fourth collaboration, and I am particularly excited about releasing this video to this epic music track. You can see the film below. Dedicated to F, in memoriam…

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# Halloween

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CELESTIAL SON LIVE VISUAL SHOW

Thursday May 19th, 8pm

Dansehallerne
Pasteursvej 20 1
1778 København V
Press Release from Celestial Son, on facebook and elsewhere:

”On the 19th of May at Dansehallerne‘s big stage we will play what undoubtedly will be our biggest and most ambitious show ever implementing live shadow theater, an incredible light show and insanely innovative visuals by some of the most praised and skilled international directors around today.

It is really a dream coming true and I can’t wait to show you what the team is working on behind the scenes. It is going to be an absolute stunner of a concert and I’m thrilled and honored to work alongside such talented people – among other the award winning L.A. based director Karim Ghaghwagi (Trentemøller, Efterklang and Kúra) who’s making visuals specially designed for this evening. The likewise internationally praised director Lasse Hoile (Opeth, Dream Theater, Porcupine Tree, Steven Wilson….) will also bring his magic to the screen and behind the curtain members from the aspiring theater group Banyan will act live in a beautifully constructed shadow theater show.

There will only be a limited number of numbered tickets available to this special show, so if you wanna be sure to grab a ticket then don’t hesitate to follow this link:”
http://www.billetten.dk/event/56401

Click here for more info and details:
http://www.dansehallerne.dk/forestilling/celestial-son/

To the above from Celestial son, I just want to add that other press releases, particularly one on the venue’s own page, mention that I will be the evening’s VJ. While I will be at the show, and thrilled to be there, and excited to experience Celestial Son live in concert, Lasse Hoile and myself are leaving the VJ’ing in the capable hands of Jeppe Sølling, who will also contribute exciting visuals of his own.

I want to thank Laura Beckmann, Chris Frandsen, Ivan Hansen, Rasmus Sjøgren, Cora Ripatti, Kindred Lansdown and Ted Haler for their incredible performances featured in the films and music videos in the show.

This promises to be an exciting, very special night, and I look forward to seeing you there!

PAST THE SUN Music Video is out today

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Past the Sun, the new album, and music video from Gitane Demone Quartet, is out today.


Gitane Demone Quartet are Rikk Agnew ~ Guitar/Bass/Vocals, Paul Roessler ~ Keyboards/Programming/Vocals, Deb Venom ~ Keyboards/Bass/Vocals/Loops and Gitane Demone on vocals. The band will be performing live March 12th at 9pm at the Space Gallery 250W 2nd Street, Pomona California, CA 91766, at Photographer Edward Colver‘s exhibition: Images From The Crypt.

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Production photo taken in December 2015 during work on Past The Sun music video.

DEATH WISH MUSIC VIDEO OUT TODAY

Our music video Death Wish, the third single taken from Celestial Son’s excellent album Saturn’s Return, is out today.  Featuring performances by Rasmus Sjøgren (Divide and Conquer, All I Ever Wanted),  Soren Castellanos (Monkey King),  Cora Ripatti (Monkey King), and Chris Frandsen (Ligature Legislation).  I am so lucky to be surrounded with such talented artists, and grateful that everyone was willing to take on this challenging, exciting shoot. Every character featured in this video has appeared in a previous stop motion film of mine, and we felt we wanted to try and push the envelope this time. Shot entirely in stop motion (over 17,000 stills in total were taken during shooting). This video was shot simultaneously with All I Ever Wanted  (a 6000+ stills shoot), over a two week period. Additional photography was completed over a 4 week period. Saturn’s Return is out tomorrow! Go get it! See them live somewhere near you soon!

An exclusive and an article on the excellent  Bands of Tomorrow site: ” Celestial Son release a beautiful, harsh video with a surprising ending” (In Danish) here

Når man har set sommerens mesterstykker af videoer fra bandet, er forventningerne til den tredje video i rækken tårnhøje. Videoen til nummeret Death Wish lever dog ikke kun op til forventningerne – den overgår dem.

Coming to your screen

On their facebook page, Celestial Son have just given an update on the Death Wish music video:

”So today we were supposed to present the next music video for the track Death Wish. The video is all ready to go but unfortunately due to some unforeseen circumstances we have been forced to push the premiere a little while.

But fear not, the plan is to premiere the video next week before the big release concert on Friday the 11th. at JAZZHOUSE.
More info and the exact date will follow soon.”

So there, straight from Saturn’s maw. We are very excited to share this video, when the stars, celestial bodies align, just right. Soon.
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