Author, editor, publisher Des Lewis has just completed his real time reviews of my three most recent novellas published this spring and summer by Egaeus Press and Mount Abraxas Press. I had initially planned that two of the novellas- Children of the Crimson Sun and The Liminal Void appear in the same volume- one story taking place in Malta in 1606, and the second story occurring in an indeterminate location, about six hundred years later. I decided to ultimately separate these two stories, and a third story, A Haunting in Miniature, was added to the first Egaeus Press volume. Below you can find links to Des Lewis’ perceptive reviews- wonderful real time engagements with the stories, as he experiences them over the period of his readings. I feel immensely lucky that Mr. Lewis has shared his illuminating thoughts below, and I feel very grateful also, to have these stories so wonderfully presented by these two extraordinary publishers. Thank you to Mark Beech, Dan Ghetu, Des Lewis, and thank you to the readers who have read the stories, reviewed them, or sent me heartening messages about them. Below the three reviews, author and publisher at Raphus Press, Alcebiades Diniz Miguel has also reviewed Children of the Crimson Sun, and interviewed me about the origins of the stories on his excellent Bibliophage blog. All linked below.
Children of the Crimson Sun Review by Des Lewis.
The Liminal Void Review by Des Lewis.
Review and interview with Alcebiades Diniz Miguel about the origins of Children of the Crimson Sun.
The Liminal Void by Karim Ghahwagi
Mount Abraxas Press July 2019
Limited edition deluxe oversized hardcover, clothboards with blind folio, silk ribbon, and printed on thick colored paper in two editions.
From the publisher:
”Western sulphur, cults, atavism, murders, heathan rituals and metaphysical journeys, all collide in the Liminal Void, a new superlative horror / folk horror novella by Karim Ghahwagi.
The ghosts of three martyred women trapped in a single body, are assigned by their collapsing Kratocratic pagan regime, to investigate a crime against humanity, in a distant and secluded village, stationed at the end of time. The regime itself, the women suspect, has instigated the very crime they have been charged to investigate. An occult existential terror novella of the dark fantastic, forensic investigation, ancient pagan ritual, and the end of days.”
Books can be purchased by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org, or other fine booksellers.
Children of the Crimson Sun
An Egaeus Press Keynote Edition
A diptych of dark, richly wrought, strange tales, exploring faith, identity, and those mysterious currents which inhabit the spaces in between them. At once psychological tales of mounting spiritual horror, and investigations into the dark fantastic.
The title novella, Children of the Crimson Sun, concerns a young medic of the Hospitaller Knights of Malta, charged with investigating an unsettling case in a local fishing village, where spiritual forces both contemporary and ancient saturate the sprawling archipelago’s villages, churches, monasteries, megalithic temples, and deep subterranean caverns.
In the second piece, A Haunting in Miniature, a village in the Moravian region of the Czech Republic is unsettled by a series of ghostly visitations. The supernatural intrusions give rise to suspicions that the region’s history has resurfaced in strange and foreboding circumstances.
The book is a lithographically printed, 192 page pocket sized sewn hardback (105mm x 165mm); limited to just 220 copies. ISBN 978-1-916465725.
Books can be purchased for 21 English pounds / 27 US Dollars / 24 Euro, including worldwide shipping Here
The Secretariat of Tenebrous Anatomies by Karim Ghahwagi. With an introduction by Alcebiades Diniz Miguel. Poster Artwork by Bethany White. Handcrafed at Sol Negro Atelier by Márcio Simões. Interior design and layout by Alcebiades Diniz Miguel. Raphus Press, August 2018.
2 handcrafted volumes: a story (40 pages) and a rulebook Afterlife (90 pages), a black or white compass on thick card, and an A3 poster / gameboard hybrid designed by Bethany White. A pamphlet: I’ll be your mirror, and you’ll be my mirror by Alcebiades Diniz Miguel, while stocks last.
Copies of this special limited edition can be purchased direct from Raphus Press here, and from other select fine booksellers.
Wonderful video below from the Raphus blog Bibliomania which also features additional videos and scans of my original rules notebooks, and exciting ongoing new projects from the very forges of Raphus Press.
I am delighted to release the original collage film live visuals for Anders Trentemøller’s opening track, Take Me Into Your Skin, taken from his groundbreaking album The Last Resort. Assembled from old and worn VHS tapes, the film was the opening chapter of a series of six interconnected collage films, exploring identity and gender, in re-constructed haunted narratives. The set would go on to tour the world with live band members Mikael Simpson on bass and guitar, and Henrik Vibskov on drums. Only a single collage film, The Very Last Resort, has ever been released until now; this track serves as its prequel. Pokerflat Recording’s triple vinyl edition of The Last Resort, is out June 8th,2018.
I am interviewed by author and publisher Alcebiades Diniz Miguel on the Bibliophage website on the origins of Amerika and Europa. To accompany the interview, he has also created a film with beautiful graphics and with an audio excerpt of our conversation. The interview and the film can be read and seen here at Bibliophage.
Alcebiades Diniz Miguel is the author of the magnificent collection Lanterns Of The Old Night. His fiction has recently appeared in All IS FULL OF HELL a panegyric to William Blake. His imprint Raphus Press, has just published three beautiful chapbooks: Monsters, Black Mirror and The Origins. They will look like this on your living room table as pictured on the bottom tier below, and can be purchased here.
And Des Lewis has completed his wonderful real time review of Europa.
Image by Des Lewis
I was tempted to pull some of his remarkable and eloquent and surprising passages and insights from his reading, but this is one journey into Europa that really has to be experienced in its entirety. You can embark on that journey here.
Death of Simon Magus by Denis Forkas Kostromitin and Appassionata by Jiri Anderle
by Karim Ghahwagi
Art by Denis Kostromitin Forkas and Jiri Anderle
Mount Abraxas, August 2017
Deluxe cloth boards, illustrated end papers, color frontispiece page,
3 color text inside, extra thick dust jacket, silver silk ribbon, 14 inches x 6 inches, Limited to 93 hand numbered copies and 8 copies with an alternative cover.
Ever since Amerika has disappeared, the Supreme Chancellor of Europa and his military apparatus have been on high alert. Caustic with fear and paranoia that they could be next, the Supreme Chancellor’s Purple Guard and the D.S.V. now rule the walled- in jigsaw of nation states with an iron fist- and the occasional motivational slogan. Dogs and baboons in military uniforms routinely march on the streets, rockets are tested fired into the Atlantic in the direction of the disappeared continent, huge air balloons release hourly precipitations of info confetti upon the hoi-polloi as special treats, service announcements and surveillance alerts blare out of static filled speakers on every street corner, sprawling Mar-a-Lago detention centers are strained by the large influx of newly arrived American refugees.
But the fires of revolution are starting to stir in the ancient forges of Europa. Now rumors are circulating that the steady stream of American refugees have been infiltrated by infernal forces. All six thousand paintings of the Supreme at the National Portrait Gallery have vanished overnight. Postal services are in flux. Carousels are all turning in the wrong direction. The Roshlon mannequin of the Great Dictator Himself at the Albion Waxworks seems to have been reassigned to the Fifth Dimension. Chimneys over London release huge clouds of blackened smoke in fearful symmetries. Suddenly Travel Writers, Epic Poets and the occasional Pamphleteer are subject to increased scrutiny and suspicion… Meanwhile the Eternal Detective, long dormant in a strange, fugue-like space, has begun to stir…
Reservations can be made here with the publisher and with Ziesing Books in the US where copies are exclusively accompanied with signed cards. In the UK copies are available at Cold Tonnage Books and Fantastic Literature.
Europa is a short novel available as a part of a wonderful trilogy set published in the same format consisting of the novella Abyssinia by Damian Murphy, and a collection of 4 novelettes: The Ruins of Eden and Other Witcheries by Harold Billings.
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.
Author: Damian Murphy Art by Jose Gabriel Alegría Sabogal. An original long novella.
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.
October 31st. Celestial Son music video featuring performances by Laura Beckmann, Chris Frandsen,Cora Ripatti, Ted Haler and Kindred Lansdown.
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.”