Now reading: James Herbert | The Dark (1980)

A blackness leaves its lair, and begins slowly to spread. It came like a malignant shadow with seductive promises of power. And somewhere in the night… a small girl smiled as her mother burned… Asylum inmates slaughtered their attendants… in slimy tunnels once-human creatures gathered. Madness raged as the lights began to fade and humanity was attacked by an ancient, unstoppable evil.

Now reading: James Herbert | The Dark (1980)

A blackness leaves its lair, and begins slowly to spread. It came like a malignant shadow with seductive promises of power. And somewhere in the night… a small girl smiled as her mother burned… Asylum inmates slaughtered their attendants… in slimy tunnels once-human creatures gathered. Madness raged as the lights began to fade and humanity was attacked by an ancient, unstoppable evil.

Now reading: Garrett Cook | Time Pimp (2013)

"One part Doctor Who, one part Hustler Magazine, and the most fun you’ll have reading cosmic smut." - Jeff Burk, author of Shatnerquake The Time Pimp has been saving the galaxy by getting history’s most important figures laid. From Caligula to Teddy Roosevelt, the Time Pimp has rolled up to the scene in his interstellar purple Cadillac and got them some ass. But a new power threatens the future of the Time Pimp - The Morality Front, a prudish force hell-bent on imposing its values on the galaxy. With the aid of the Death Pimp they will stop at nothing to end Free Love across time and space. But the Time Pimp ain’t taking no shit from these jive-ass turkeys!

Now reading: Garrett Cook | Time Pimp (2013)

"One part Doctor Who, one part Hustler Magazine, and the most fun you’ll have reading cosmic smut."
- Jeff Burk, author of Shatnerquake

The Time Pimp has been saving the galaxy by getting history’s most important figures laid. From Caligula to Teddy Roosevelt, the Time Pimp has rolled up to the scene in his interstellar purple Cadillac and got them some ass. But a new power threatens the future of the Time Pimp - The Morality Front, a prudish force hell-bent on imposing its values on the galaxy. With the aid of the Death Pimp they will stop at nothing to end Free Love across time and space.

But the Time Pimp ain’t taking no shit from these jive-ass turkeys!

Now reading: Rob Hirst | Willie’s Bar and Grill (2003)

" … a terrific read. Hirst writes with some genuine flair and tempers his sharp eye for detail with a seen-it-all-before rock veteran cool. (He) is also insightful enough to recognise the not-yet-spoiled delights that lurk just off the USA’s smog-choked, SUV-clogged interstates. Think Bill Bryson rewriting Almost Famous." – Rolling Stone
Part tour diary, part war commentary, part history brush-up and cultural junket, Willie’s Bar and Grill charts legendary Australian band Midnight Oil’s progress through North America shortly after the 11 September 2001 terrorist attack on the US. Rob Hirst, the band’s drummer/songwriter, relates his version of life on the road in an alternately serious, light-hearted but always entertaining, fashion, introducing the group’s American tour manager, Willie, as well as the band members and the often bizarre characters they meet.
Get on the bus and take the trip.

Now reading: Rob Hirst | Willie’s Bar and Grill (2003)

" … a terrific read. Hirst writes with some genuine flair and tempers his sharp eye for detail with a seen-it-all-before rock veteran cool. (He) is also insightful enough to recognise the not-yet-spoiled delights that lurk just off the USA’s smog-choked, SUV-clogged interstates. Think Bill Bryson rewriting Almost Famous." – Rolling Stone

Part tour diary, part war commentary, part history brush-up and cultural junket, Willie’s Bar and Grill charts legendary Australian band Midnight Oil’s progress through North America shortly after the 11 September 2001 terrorist attack on the US. Rob Hirst, the band’s drummer/songwriter, relates his version of life on the road in an alternately serious, light-hearted but always entertaining, fashion, introducing the group’s American tour manager, Willie, as well as the band members and the often bizarre characters they meet.

Get on the bus and take the trip.

Now reading: James Craig | The Circus (2013)

When the body of journalist Duncan Brown is found in the back of a rubbish truck, Inspector John Carlyle is thrown into the middle of a scandal that threatens to expose the corrupt links between the police, the political establishment and the hugely powerful Zenger media group.Hunting down Brown’s killer, Carlyle finds himself going head-to-head with his nemesis, Trevor Miller. A former police officer turned security adviser to the Prime Minister, Miller has dirty money in his pockets and other people’s blood on his hands. Untouchable until now, he is prepared to kill again to protect his position - having failed once already to dispose of Carlyle he is not prepared to slip up again…

Now reading: James Craig | The Circus (2013)

When the body of journalist Duncan Brown is found in the back of a rubbish truck, Inspector John Carlyle is thrown into the middle of a scandal that threatens to expose the corrupt links between the police, the political establishment and the hugely powerful Zenger media group.

Hunting down Brown’s killer, Carlyle finds himself going head-to-head with his nemesis, Trevor Miller. A former police officer turned security adviser to the Prime Minister, Miller has dirty money in his pockets and other people’s blood on his hands. Untouchable until now, he is prepared to kill again to protect his position - having failed once already to dispose of Carlyle he is not prepared to slip up again…

Now reading: Ambrose Bierce | The Devil’s Dictionary (1911)

The Devil’s Dictionary is a satirical “reference” book written by Ambrose Bierce. The book offers reinterpretations of terms in the English language, lampooning cant and political doublespeak, as well as other aspects of human foolishness and frailty. It was originally published in 1906 as The Cynic’s Word Book before being retitled in 1911. Modern “unabridged” versions that include Bierce “definitions” that were for various reasons missed by earlier editions continue to be popular a century later.

Now reading: Ambrose Bierce | The Devil’s Dictionary (1911)

The Devil’s Dictionary is a satirical “reference” book written by Ambrose Bierce. The book offers reinterpretations of terms in the English language, lampooning cant and political doublespeak, as well as other aspects of human foolishness and frailty. It was originally published in 1906 as The Cynic’s Word Book before being retitled in 1911. Modern “unabridged” versions that include Bierce “definitions” that were for various reasons missed by earlier editions continue to be popular a century later.

Now reading: Christopher Hitchens | The Missionary Position: Mother Teresa in Theory and Practice (1995)

Among his many books, perhaps none have sparked more outrage than The Missionary Position, Christopher Hitchens’s meticulous study of the life and deeds of Mother Teresa. A Nobel Peace Prize recipient beatified by the Catholic Church in 2003, Mother Teresa of Calcutta was celebrated by heads of state and adored by millions for her work on behalf of the poor. In his measured critique, Hitchens asks only that Mother Teresa’s reputation be judged by her actions-not the other way around.With characteristic elan and rhetorical dexterity, Hitchens eviscerates the fawning cult of Teresa, recasting the Albanian missionary as a spurious, despotic, and megalomaniacal operative of the wealthy who long opposed measures to end poverty, and fraternized, for financial gain, with tyrants and white-collar criminals throughout the world.

Now reading: Christopher Hitchens | The Missionary Position: Mother Teresa in Theory and Practice (1995)

Among his many books, perhaps none have sparked more outrage than The Missionary Position, Christopher Hitchens’s meticulous study of the life and deeds of Mother Teresa.

A Nobel Peace Prize recipient beatified by the Catholic Church in 2003, Mother Teresa of Calcutta was celebrated by heads of state and adored by millions for her work on behalf of the poor. In his measured critique, Hitchens asks only that Mother Teresa’s reputation be judged by her actions-not the other way around.

With characteristic elan and rhetorical dexterity, Hitchens eviscerates the fawning cult of Teresa, recasting the Albanian missionary as a spurious, despotic, and megalomaniacal operative of the wealthy who long opposed measures to end poverty, and fraternized, for financial gain, with tyrants and white-collar criminals throughout the world.

Now reading: Robert Sheckley | The Journey of Joenes (1963)

Tomorrow…and the day after. Citizens worship the Almighty Machine. Passion is a beatnik, love the new frontier. Both God and Satan have been driven underground. The insane are treated by making their delusions real. Jail is a place to break into. Government is lost in the mapless Octagon. And science has given birth to superstition. Where? In America. When? Less than forty years from today.

Now reading: Robert Sheckley | The Journey of Joenes (1963)

Tomorrow…and the day after. Citizens worship the Almighty Machine. Passion is a beatnik, love the new frontier. Both God and Satan have been driven underground. The insane are treated by making their delusions real. Jail is a place to break into. Government is lost in the mapless Octagon. And science has given birth to superstition. Where? In America. When? Less than forty years from today.