Notes from New Sodom

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

Thursday, September 28, 2006

Clive Barker's Speech

I just found out that Clive Barker's impromptu speech at Fantasycon has been transcribed and put on the web. It was one of my favourite moments at the con.

I think we should cancel the word genre, I think we should throw the word genre out. We are not a genre, which suggests a small or perhaps even somewhat besieged condition - we are a continent and, actually most of the smaller things which came along afterwards like naturalism, realism, these things are a mere 200 years old, to pick up Ramsey’s word, they are striplings. How long has naturalistic fiction been around – maybe 300 years?


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hal - you ran past us at speed (in the bar!) in Nottingham last weekend when we so wanted to say "hi" and talk about Vellum. We'd love it if you'd please drop us a note at the Revelations site if you get the chance... All best wishes, Sarah and Phil at

11:43 pm  
Blogger Hal Duncan said...

Oops. Sorry about that. Sounds like the Friday arrival (post 8 hour car journey when Neil Williamson and meself were in a race to get the pints in). Shall pop over and say Hi.

11:46 pm  

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