multiple-author San Francisco event

SAN FRANCISCO, CA–To launch the release of the amazing new novellas Some Phantom/No Time Flat by author Stephen Beachy and the collection The Starry Dynamo by author Sven Davisson, Three Roads Press/Suspect Thoughts Press and Rebel Satori Press are proud to announce the following multiple-author San Francisco event August 31, 2007.

Friday, August 31, 8:00
Stephen Beachy (Some Phantom/No Time Flat)
with Sven Davisson (The Starry Dynamo)
Dog Eared Books
900 Valencia Street, San Francisco
Phone: 415-282-1901
www.dogearedbooks.com

Some Phantom/No Time Flat
by Stephen Beachy
Fiction, 5×8, 240 pages, $16.95
ISBN-13: 978-0-9771582-7-0
Three Roads Press, an imprint of Suspect Thoughts Press

“Henry Miller said that the moment you have an original thought, you cease to be an American. Some Phantom and No Time Flat are great unAmerican novellas.” -Thorn Kief Hillsbery

In Some Phantom an unnamed woman arrives in a strange city, fleeing a violent relationship in her past. Taking a job with disturbed children, her own mental stability becomes more and more precarious. A marriage of The Turn of the Screw and Herk Harvey’s Carnival of Souls, Some Phantom poses questions about the line between madness and memory, fantasy and abuse, questions elaborated on in No Time Flat. No Time Flat follows Wade, a young boy who grows up on the American plains in an isolated existence with his elderly parents, as he makes his way through a childhood of playground shootings and mysterious strangers. Becoming a wanderer himself, Wade inhabits a sparse American landscape of fleeting connections, missing children, and possible crimes.

Stephen Beachy is the author of two novels, The Whistling Song and Distortion. His fiction has appeared in Best Gay American Fiction, BOMB, The Chicago Review, Blithe House Quarterly and elsewhere, and his nonfiction and critical essays have appeared in such places as New York Magazine, The New York Times Magazine, and the San Francisco Bay Guardian. Raised by Mennonites “somewhere in the Midwest,” he now lives in California, where he teaches at the University of San Francisco.

The Starry Dynamo
by Sven Davisson
Spirituality/Queer Theory, 6×9, 264 pages, $14.95
ISBN-13: 978-0-9790838-0-8
Rebel Satori Press

“The bastard lovechild of William Burroughs and Alistair Crowley-or was he spawned of an orgy involving Rashneesh, Pan, Ginsberg, Foucault and a dozen or so of Burroughs North African wildboys?-Davisson’s vision is a rich distillation of subversive thought.” -Trebor Healey

Spanning over fifteen years of work, The Starry Dynamo presents an eclectic evolution of material running the gamut from the erotic to the divine and the erotically divine to the divinely erotic. The work moves from charged and, at times, provocative fiction and prose-poetry to scholarly and thought-provoking essays on spirituality and philosophy.

Sven Davisson is the founding editor of Ashé! Journal of Experimental Spirituality. A rebel-publishing pioneer, Davisson edited the small, yet groundbreaking, zine mektoub from 1989-1995. During that time, he also received a degree in Queer Theory from Hampshire College and studied photography with Jerome Leibling (of the New York Photo League). In addition to Ashé, his work has appeared in Abrasax: Journal of Magick & Decadence, sneerzine, The New Aeon, mektoub, Lambda Book Report and Velvet Mafia as well as the collection I Do/I Don’t: Queers On Marriage.

“With its wide-open definition of the word queer and fearless publishing choices that ricochet from risky to risqué, San Francisco’s Suspect Thoughts Press has made the book world a more interesting place to inhabit. Suspect Thoughts has swiftly become the hot press for connoisseurs of transgressive, intelligent literature.” -SF Bay Guardian

The Starry Dynamo

My new collection The Starry Dynamo: The Machinery of Night Remixed has been released by Rebel Satori Press. The collection includes writing selected from over 15 years of work—fiction, poetry, critical essays and the occasional rant.

Early Praise for The Starry Dynamo
“Davisson is not only an omnivorous reader and spiritual scholar, but he boldly merges the essence of Eastern wisdom with the Western occult tradition, synthesizing the two with extraordinary originality and grace, and providing us all with a glorious body of work all too rare in this decadent and material age. His vision is fresh as newborn myth, as poetry, as well-rendered prose, or the most passionate sex.” —Trebor Healey author of Sweet Son of Pan

Available through your local independent bookseller or through Amazon.

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Ashé Issue 5.2 Now Available

5.2 CoverThe Summer 2006 issue is now online, www.ashejournal.com.

The 2006 annual book issue, including exerpts of:

Generation Hex, Jason Louv
Seventy Times Seven, Salvatore Sapienza
The New Reformation, Matthew Fox
The Elijah Tree, Cynthea Masson
Sweet Son of Pan, Trebor Healey
Breakdown, Gregory J. DiStefano

And interviews with:
Jason Louv, Sal Sapienza and Matthew Fox

Plus poetry from:
Mitchell Stone, Jennifer Silvia and Trebor Healey

And reviews of:
Nothing Is True—Everything Is Permitted: The Life of Brion Gysin, John Geiger
Loving Mountains, Loving Men, Jeff Mann
Unchosen: The Hidden Lives of Hasidic Rebels, Hella Winston
Vellum: The Book of All Hours, Hal Duncan
A ScarecrowÂ’s Bible, Martin Hyatt

Ashé Issue 5.1 Available

5.1 CoverThe Winter/Spring 2006 issue is now online, www.ashejournal.com.

This issue of the Journal includes a selection of spiritual fiction…

Spray Can Mimesis (representation or imitation of the real world in art and literature). New fiction from Jay Michaelson, Farrell Davisson, Craig Gindey and others.

Plus reviews of the magick of Jack Parsons, Love’s Rite, Kabbalistic Tarot, Oracles of the Dead, God, Jr., The Bull of Ombos, Baba: The Autobiography of a Blue-Eyed Yogi.

Ashé Issue 4.3 Available

4.3 CoverThe Fall 2005 issue is now online, www.ashejournal.com.

This issue of the Journal focuses on Gnosticism…

historical to post-modern…

Burroughs to Velentinus.

Contributors include: Alamantra, Catt Shiflett, Jonathan Sellers, Eric Lerner, Anne McGuire, Jeremy Puma and Sven Davisson; plus books reviews and more.

Plus reviews of The Gospel of Thomas (recent editions), The Secret Mark, Gnostic Philosophy, The Discovery of the Nag Hammadi Texts, Join My Cult, The Magical Dilemma of Victor Neuberg, The Seven Point Mind-Training, Balancing the Mind, The Adornment of the Spiritual Marriage

Ashé Journal #4.2

4.2 CoverThe editors of Ashé Journal are pleased to announce the publication of the Summer 2005 issue (4.2), www.ashejournal.com

The issue includes selections from the five finalist for the 2005 Ashé Journal Book Awards:
Novice to Master, Soko Morinaga
The Shamanic Way of the Bee, Simon Buxton
Queering Creole Spiritual Traditions, Randy P. Conner & David Hatfield Sparks
The Center of the Sunlit Sky, Karl Brunnholzl
Jesus & the Shamanic Tradition of Same-Sex Love, Will Roscoe

Also included in this issue are The Magick of Saints by Adekun, Stories of Hindu Devilry by Mogg Morgan, The Artist and the Tidal Wave by John Goldhammer, poetry by horehound stillpoint and Patrick Frank, as well as reviews of Tritiya-Prakriti, Clay’s Way, The Pseudonomicon, and others.

Lammy Award Winner!

I Do/ I Don’t took the Lammy for best “non-fiction anthology” at the 17th annual Lambda Literary Foundation Awards gala in New York City. The collection from the cutest duo in gay publishing, Ian Phillips and Greg Wharton of Suspect Thoughts Press, getting dah kudos…

Rumor has it that there’s a second volume in the “Queers On…” series in the offing. 😉

Ashé Journal #4.1

Ashé Journal is pleased to announce the release of Issue 4.1
“Occulture in the Fin De Siecle”

www.ashejournal.com

This special edition of Ashé Journal focuses on Occulture and the Fin de Siecle (the end of the 19th century France) and includes original articles by Alamantra, Adrian Eckersley, Eric Lerner, Sven Davisson, Mogg Morgan, Jonathan Sellers.

In addition, the issue includes original source documents from Josephin Péladan, Arthur Machen, Jules Doinel, Erik Satie and J.K. Huysmans.

The issue also contains a special tribute to Cabell McLean (1952-2004).

The Islander & Ellsworth American Holiday Book List

The MDIslander and The Ellsworth American included Foley Craddock for their suggested gift list of Maine Books:

The Islander

The Ellsworth American

Three anthologies from this year are worth noting — all of them quite distinct from one another.

“When Foley Craddock Tore Off My Grandfather’s Thumb: The Collected Stories of Ruth Moore and Eleanor Mayor” (Blackberry Press) is a delightful look at coastal life and wholesome Maine characters.

Moore and Mayor were regional writers who spent many years on Gott’s Island. Many of their stories communicate a way of life rather than characters.

Maine Sunday Telegram Review

Maine Sunday Telegram included a review of Foley Craddock on Oct 3…

A positive review on the whole, but Ms. Merker does begin by calling the choice of title “unfortunate” in the opening sentance. Lesson One: if you’re going to write a positive review, do not open with a criticism. So we’ll skip that bit and since it was relatively long we’ll just hit the highlights:

Readers are the beneficiaries of the ardent editorial hours of Sven Davisson, a nephew of Ruth Moore and the literary executive [sic] of the estate of both women, and Gary Lawless and his Blackberry Press.

Ruth Moore’s knack of capturing Maine coastcal life and linguistics is as relevant today as it was in the early 20th century when she began writing and publishing her stories, poetry and novels. The New York Times wrote, “It is doubtful that any American writer has done a better job of communicating a people, their talk, their thoughts, their geography, and their way of life.” [snip]

Moore’s stories, as you read them, feel like you are sitting around a kitchen table, close to a wood stove, just having conversation, so true is her ear catching, conveying ordinary talk with all its saltiness.

Eleanor Mayo’s stories are quite different–no dialect here, but a sure sense of a woman’s voice, fiction that includes social commentary with a keen sense of transition. [snip]

Davisson notes in his introduction that “both writers had the gift of capturing the universal in the local.” He quotes a New York Times review of one of Moore’s novels: “To deal in human universals, making the individual everybody yes keeping him a sacred self, is a gift most writers lack.” (John Gould, April 1951) [snip]

Such are the writings of Moore and Mayo that their work defies being boxed in by the decades in which they wrote. There is the charm of their humor, the nostalgia of another era, but always the steadying factor of Maine people who do not seem to change….

Fall Ashé Online

Ashe JournalThe new issue of Ashé Journal is now available at www.ashejournal.com.

The issue includes articles by Toby Johnson (Gay Spirit), John Goldhammer (Radical Dreaming), Ko Imani (Shirt of Flame), Dirk Dunbar on “Renewing the Balance,” Polina Mackay on William S. Burroughs’ Naked Lunch, Nathan Horowitz on a pychedelic dream quest; poetry by Gary Lawless (Ruins), S.B. Wilson, Emanuel Xavier (Pier Queen, Americano) and Bryan Dini; reviews of Shirt of Flame: The Secret Gay Art of War, Gay Perspective, Avatar Sessions CD, On the Down Low, The Hare Krishna Movement, Civils Wars: The Fight for Gay Marriage, When I See the Wild God: Encountering Urban Celtic Witchcraft, Zen: Path of Paradox and The Supreme Mystic.