Notes from New Sodom

... rantings, ravings and ramblings of strange fiction writer, THE.... Sodomite Hal Duncan!!

Sunday, August 23, 2015

Sad Puppy

PLAY:



SING:

Sad Puppy get up get coffee
Sad Puppy go to work
Sad Puppy write awesome fiction
For SJW jerks
Jerks say Sad Puppy very diligent
But his output stink
His work not "functional" or "elegant"
What do Sad Puppy think?
Sad Puppy think SJW want to kill science fiction out of spite
Sad Puppy not racist, just prick
Sad Puppy not sexist, just dick

Sad Puppy hate Hugos
Sad Puppy hate SJWs
Sad Puppy very straight white man
With wee cold broken rotten heart:
Sad Puppy hate you
Sad Puppy hate you

Sad Puppy try to game the Hugos
Tell you better vote right
Sad Puppy offer slate of garbage
Bring you hate, bring you spite
You say no thank you for the garbage cause
Garbage pile of kack
No Award is better than these nominees
No time for hacks
Sad Puppy have long walk back to internet he sit down to whine at world
Sad Puppy not thinking so straight
Sad Puppy not feeling so great

Sad Puppy hate Hugos
Sad Puppy hate SJWs
Sad Puppy very straight white man
With wee cold broken rotten heart:
Sad Puppy hate you
Sad Puppy hate you

Sad Puppy have every reason
To shut up at last
Sad Puppy just keep on whining
Living in the past
Much rather rant and throw a hissy fit
Take hump, take huff
This genre "ruined by the politics"
Such a load of guff
Sad Puppy swear someday he have everything even sweet award like you
Sad Puppy just waiting for now
Sad Puppy say someday, somehow

Sad Puppy hate Hugos
Sad Puppy hate SJWs
Sad Puppy very straight white man
With wee cold broken rotten heart:
Sad Puppy hate you

Sad Puppy hate you

Saturday, July 18, 2015

And a Pinch of Salt

Issue 15 of Farrago's Wainscot as my latest short story, "And a Pinch of Salt," up there on the interwebs for your perusal. Click through for a tale of Anselm and cocksucking:

God works in mysterious ways—down strange back-alleys mostly, in enchanting side-streets off the boulevard, past the corner boys and through, between the narrow of tenement walls warped to concave overhangs, weird tiered storeys of them rising each side of the cobbled lane to swallow an urban explorer of New Sodom, as a crack in the cityscape, a gorge of interstice all dumpsters and darkness and fire escapes zigzagging up to the jut of rooftops limned with moonlight, and framed between them, in the distance up ahead, a queer red iron Tour Eiffel straight from Delaunay's cubist canvas, standing as a foundry-wrought sentinel at avenue's end, down past the rhombuses of redlit brothel windows where, inside, nine muses are kissing an amorous john called Humphrey to ecstatic death just as is chalked on the pavement underfoot in couplets...

Thursday, July 02, 2015

The Wolf and the Three Wise Monkeys



This is the first reading vid for my Patreon patrons, released by their kind support for the general public to enjoy. If you enjoy it, do spread the word via Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, whatever. And if it whets your appetite for more, you can sign up for access to all future reading videos, which should be coming out monthly, at only a dollar a pop. Go here:

patreon.com/HalDuncan?ty=h

Wednesday, July 01, 2015

Lord Byron's Prophecy

Lord Byron's Prophecy, Sean Eads

"... readers will be engrossed by Eads’s skillful weaving of the past and present through the troubled psychology of sympathetic, fully human characters."

Publishers Weekly

I'm dead chuffed to see Sean Eads's Lord Byron's Prophecy get a very nice review in Publishers Weekly. Where I've been doing the book doctoring for a while, this is the first novel I can officially say I was a proper bona fide editor on. Steve Berman at Lethe Press brought me in to give some feedback, and I immediately saw exactly what that review picks up on. It's a complex novel, very hard to summarise in plot terms, but fascinating and compelling stuff, powered by all manner of psychological tensions and, yes, with a real richness to the characters. Sean was an absolute pleasure to with too, open to all the suggestions I made, so I'm well happy to have been a helping hand in getting the book to its finished state. Anyhoo, it's available now for pre-order, and I encourage you all to go get a copy set aside for yourself. It's well worth checking out.

Friday, June 26, 2015

First Patreon Vid



My first Patreon reading is now posted for patrons to enjoy and/or download in video and/or audio, depending on reward level, so if anyone out there fancies a wee story for their Friday evening fun, go ye and make a pledge. A promise of even just a dollar a work should, as I understand it, get you access to the poststream, where you can currently see me resplendent in Rat Pack black suit, replete with cigarette and tumbler of booze, spinning a sweet wee bedtime yarn by the name of “The Wolf and the Three Wise Monkeys.”

Just click on the Patreon logo above or right here.

Thursday, June 04, 2015

Patreon

In an endeavour to sustain my terrible food habit, (because eating is good,) I've set up a Patreon account. Pledge support at your chosen level, and you'll get access to readings in video and/or MP3 form, with chapbook rewards for patrons at higher levels. More details here.

Monday, May 11, 2015

TESTAMENT at Tor.com

Niall Alexander of The Speculative Scotsman asked me some questions about the upcoming TESTAMENT for a British Fiction Focus over at Tor.com. So, if you want a wee bit more sense of what to expect come July (fingers crossed--that's a tentative release date and might shift by a wee shoogle to accommodate Unforeseen Eventualities,) go read the words.

Yeah, my Sunday School teachers told us we should be like Jesus; so I started by arguing with them.