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28 April 2017 @ 03:01 pm
I've been using Livejournal for a long time now, and in many ways I really do like its format - it suits me and to be honest, I was very used to it. Having said this, there are a number of reasons why I need to move on to a different platform, a few related to events over recent months (I wont get into). Consequently, I have a new blog site: https://gerryhuntman.com, which is in the process of being completed as I write this post. All my old posts have already been ported to it - it is now a matter of filling in the gaps by way of static pages.

I will no longer be posting to this blog site.

I will be removing this site in a week or two.

Please visit my new site at https://gerryhuntman.com, and subscribe etc.

I would absolutely love to see you there - promise to post interesting things regularly!
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Current Location: Melbourne, Australia
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Delighted to have my short story, The Girl Who Floated to Heaven, published in Disturbed Digest #16. This one was hard to sell as it was recent historical in setting, having strong science fiction undertones, and was highly disturbing, covering topics such as domestic violence and suicide. And yet, it was also about unrequited love, and the editor who accepted my piece, stated that he thought it was primarily just that - a romance piece with all the other trappings. First time anyone called any of my pieces 'romance'.

Regardless, I am over the moon to see this in print - hope you read it.

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Current Location: Melbourne, Australia
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Pleased that my maritime flash piece, Journey to the Depths, was accepted for the Anemone Enemy anthology, to be published by Oscillate WIldly Press. I love writing ghost stories and so this was a pleasure to write - and as always, a little tougher to work through for sub 500 word fiction. Looking forward to seeing it in print.
 
 
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NB. I was provided a copy of this book from the author as a result of a long standing friendship. He didn't solicit a review.

I've read pretty much everything by Smith and for a good reason - he has a unique voice in the dark fiction writing world, and it is very effective. This is his first novel, and certainly one of the things I was looking for when reading it was the transition from short ficiton to substantial length pieces, particularly in terms of theme and style. When completing Riding the Centipede I was not disappointed - it has Smith's style all over it and then some. It is an excellent work and deserved shortlisting in last year's Stoker Awards.

Riding the Centipede is a story centred around a journey that only can be taken by a select few - which is facilitated by the taking of esoteric drugs. The spinal chord of the novel is the point of view of Marlon Teagarden, who has been ''a ghost' for 10 years, living in society's underbelly, and who has chosen to Ride the Centipede. His sister has been searching for him all this time and rehires PI Terrance Blake to continue the quest. Unbeknownst to all, a third party is also interested in Marlon and has hired an unusual man to do his dirty work, “some kind of new breed of human and radiation, a blotch, an aberration, cancer with teeth.”

The novel has three parallel threads running through most of its length, each with its own POV - Marlon, Terrance and Chernobyl, the aberration. Most interestingly, one of the threads is written in first person, which is unusual but most effective, as it allows Smith to explore in intimate detail the effects of the drugs and the journey on Marlon.

Smith draws heavily from his intimate knowledge of the beat generation of writers, and in particular the ideosyncratic genius of William S Burroughs. In fact, the link to Burroughs is very strong as the writer is referenced heavily and makes an appearance in the book. This is not random fancy on Smith's part, but more a physical manifestation of what the book is all about - the journey, the outcome, the consequences - and Burroughs is at the centre of it all. Smith has made reference to Burroughs and the beat generation in his short fiction as well - most notably Autumn in the Abyss, the short story whose title is used for his second collection, and I notice a number of stylistic and theme threads running from it to Riding the Centipede (I'm interested to know if Smith can confirm this or not). If there isn't a tie from a specific inspiration point of view, it cannot be denied that Smith is immensely influenced by Burroughs, the Beat Generation, the historic LA writing scene, and society's underbelly in general.

Riding the Centipede is not for the squeamish - there are passages that become intense and graphic, which is entirely warranted for the type of work that it is - this visceral dimension isn't gore for gore's sake, nor aberrant sex for aberrant sex's sake, but rather it effectively amplifies the Ride - gives it colour and texture that otherwise was unachievable.

I enjoyed Riding the Centipede immensely and have seen a good writer become a master with this novel. I would recommend this work to any discerning reader of the weird and horror.
 
 
Current Location: Melbourne, Australia
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It is with pleasure that my flash fiction piece, Roland's Merry Christmas, is included with a wonderful group of flash fiction stories by notable and excellent writers - all of whom (myself included) are members of the Australian Horror Writers Association. The theme can easily be determined from the cover:

It is available in ebook format through Amazon and Smashwords.
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Current Location: Melbourne, Australia
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Happy to see a home for my short dark fiction piece, Derelict. It is set in the same fictional geography as a story I published in Tico4 years ago, and it was inspired by some thoughts about people who are down and out - what stories do they have? Anyway, glad to see this out and about.
 
 
Current Location: Melbourne, Australia
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Pleased to have my psychological horror piece, Old Bones, Young Bones published in The Refuge Collection (6.2). It is the second story of mine that got into that great collaberative effort, edited by Steve Dillon.

This story is probably the most disturbing I have written yet, in part because it is inspired, and was partly re-told, from a real conversation I had when I was much younger  - and reality is the most disturbing of all things in this world.

It is currently available as a stand alone ebook, but it will later be incorporated in an anthology. This is the link to the stand alone - support this great cause!

Love the artwork by Will Jaques :)



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Current Location: Bendigo, Victoria
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Very pleased to have two stories accepted for The Refuge Collection, a long running collaberative venture. Good causes and great company.

The first has been published: Gerald's Memory House - first in a stand alone ebook format, and soon to be added to a print version holding volumes 4 to 6 (this story is in Volume 5).

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Current Location: Melbourne, Australia
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Very pleased to have my dark short story, 'Old Bones, Young Bones' accepted by The Refuge Collection (ed. S Dillon). Aside from proceeds going to a great cause, I am extremely appreciative of a publisher accepting a story covering very disturbing topics. This was meant to be, methinks. Thanks to Lee Murray for great copy editing.

Details on the project can be found here.
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Current Location: Melbourne, Australia
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Very pleased to have my weird dark short story, 'The Memory-House' accepted by The Refuge Collection (ed. S Dillon). Aside from proceeds going to a great cause, it is a privilege to be added to an amazing collection of great authors who have already contributed.

Details on the project can be found here.
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Current Location: Melbourne, Australia
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