Selling the Primal to the Conscious Mind

Just sort of thinking out loud tonight, and why not share it on the blog?

I’ve been thinking a lot lately about how we sell our primitive impulses to the conscious mind. How we justify sexual desires, petty jealousies–all that kind of stuff–so that we can sleep comfortably at night while remaining animals for the most part.

The artwork that initially got me thinking about this was Cannibal Holocaust. The film features all of these violent acts, but of course these primal, violent acts against other humans are justified by the one-second observation at the end: “I wonder who the real cannibals are”

The violence throughout the film is encapsulated by a “message.” The violence is the conduit through which the message’s relevance and poignancy is conveyed.

Or is it?

Does the means justify the ends?

I see this also with Marquise de Sade’s work. Inherent within his work–or perhaps more accurately, the critics and analysts of his work–is this attempt to intellectualize sexual violence.

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The same with Salo: 120 Days of Sodom, Pasolini’s adaptation of de Sade’s most notorious work. While some critics dismiss the film as unnaturally crude, others laud the film for the juxtaposition between beautiful panoramic footage of naturalist landscapes and the violent scenes that are cradled gently by the aesthetic of the environment surrounding the torture compound.

The contrast is certainly unsettling, but it is difficult to engage the film without acknowledging both its artistic merits and its violent detriments.

The same can be said for A Serbian Film. Sure, it features some of the most grotesque scenes in modern film, but by god, the aesthetic . . . the artistic merit of the film . . . the depth with which this political allegory is explored . . .

https://www.theguardian.com/film/filmblog/2010/dec/13/a-serbian-film-allegorical-political

What a joke.

It all just seems so superficial, the way that we try to sell our primal urges to the conscious mind.

I look at Harlequin romances, the way that infidelity is wrapped in a shroud of true love and unrequited passions.

Or the way murder and abuse is justified in countless narratives.

The way violence is used as a conduit through which violence can be justified.

The way evil is justified by the greater evils committed by victims.

It’s all just mankind trying to sell the animal within to itself, desperately trying to justify our primal urges as intellectual explorations of the depth of humanity and depravity.

There’s really no need though. There’s one 21st-century meme that encapsulates the phenomenon perfectly:

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Aetherchrist Available for Pre-Order

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2018’s release is now available for pre-order. The best deal is to get the book directly from Apex. There’s a discount code, and you can get the digital ARC right now, months before the book is released through other venues. Click on the picture above (or image error if you’re reading this on Goodreads. Sigh . . .), and it’ll take you directly to their page.

While you’re there, check out the other offerings from Apex. They have a beautiful magazine, and some great books from some of the top names in horror, like Brian Keene.

I’m particularly excited about Jerry Gordon’s Breaking the World, an alternative history book about the Branch Davidians, a branch of which was involved in the ATF/Davidian standoff, and eventual destruction of the compound back in 1993.

Goodreads Reviewers: If you review for both Goodreads and a blog/web site, feel free to contact me on here about review copies of the book. I’d love to broaden my readership, and I love working with reviewers. Aetherchrist is classified as dark sci-fi. It all takes place right here on planet earth, with otherwise normal folks who just get thrust into a surreal experience not far removed from reality. Here’s the back cover description:

The digital era: Analog is all but dead, but the rusted towers still strobe on the evening horizon. They project a conflicting myriad of hope, despair and eyeless ghouls who claim to see the world in gigahertz. 

A small town in Vermont broadcasts prophecies of its residents’ deaths. Rey, a cutlery salesman, seems to flicker at the center of every murder on screen. He thinks the town is rigged with cameras, or the locals are trying to set him up. But as the broadcasts grow increasingly surreal, and maniacs start showing up in town to remove his sensory organs, Rey starts to realize that the images pulsing beneath the static-riddled airwaves have woven him into a battle between people who believe that analog is the frequency of the gods.

Apex is a great publishing house to work with. Earlier this year they had an open submission period. It’s possible they’ll do another in the coming year, so get those manuscripts ready! I’m plugging away on one myself currently, but I’m only about half way through. I had hoped to be done by the end of March, but I have taken on a lot of new responsibilities at work, my car died, and have been a bit lazy about writing on weekends. I’ve always aimed a bit high on my expectations anyway, so this falls right in line with everything else I’ve worked on.

Tell you what. I’ll race you! My new goal is to get a draft completed by the end of April. Nose to the grindstone.

Thanks for reading, folks.

What Kind of Scumbag are You?

We are all scum, and the sooner we embrace that reality, the better off we’ll all be.

The first step is to resign ourselves to this harsh reality.

Next, we need to determine what kind of scumbag we are, and that’s what the following quiz purports to do.

Using scumbag archetypes from Die Empty, the quiz will help you understand what kind of scum you are. Are you a user? A selfish drunkard? A delusional pervert? A vegetable? Click on the image of the douchebag below to take the quiz and find out:douche.jpg

 

 

New Release: Die Empty

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Have you ever felt like most of the dreams you had convinced yourself were worthy of your pursuit really didn’t amount to much?

Like everything was vacuous?

Like you’d been stringing yourself along with goals that were starting to get too lofty or unwieldy for the steps you were taking towards them?

Lance has.

The one thing he doesn’t have is a way out.

He’s not sure he’d take it even if he did.

Someone would have to push him through the escape hatch . . . and that’s exactly what Death intends to do . . .

About the Book

In sum: Midlife crisis. A character who has no purpose and direction finds autonomy in trivial pursuits. Petty, white, middle class toxicity that serves as undercurrent to all the charms and trappings of Americana. The grime beneath the fingernails of the dream you’ve come to loathe, long for, or you’ve deluded yourself into believing you’re a part of.

A depiction of the most practical hell you could imagine.

Check it out:

More Free Fetus Soap! And Free Fetus Cookie Cutters!

Hey, gang:

It is time for a giveaway. Not for books, necessarily. This time, we’re giving away another bar of fetus soap

Remember this?

Remember this?

We’re also giving away some fetus cookie cutters. Cover your creations in red frosting and bring them to pro choice rallies! Bring them to pro life rallies and become the coolest kid on the block! You can throw them at folks walking out of Planned Parenthood! We don’t condone it, but you could hypothetically, we suppose.

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If that doesn’t float your boat, how about one of these stickers?

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And of course, I’ve got my abortosphere pins as well:

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So how do you get your hands on all of these goodies?

Write a review on Amazon or Goodreads (or both!) before December 23rd and you’re entered to win. Drop me a line on Facebook so I know who you are if you use a pseudonym on Amazon or Goodreads.

Here are the prize packages:

1st winner gets the soap, a Nuke the Fetus sticker and 2 pins.

2nd winner gets a fetus cookie cutter, a Nuke the Fetus sticker and 2 pins

3rd place gets a fetus cookie cutter, a Nuke the Fetus sticker and 2 pins as well

4th gets a Nuke the Fetus sticker and 2 pins (and I’ll throw in a copy of Uncle Sam’s Carnival of Copulating Inanimals if you don’t have it or if you want one for a friend)

5th gets a Nuke the Fetus sticker and 2 pins (and I’ll throw in a copy of Uncle Sam’s Carnival of Copulating Inanimals if you don’t have it or if you want one for a friend)

6th: sticker and a pin

Six winners, so the odds are in your favor unless 20 people do this. It doesn’t have to be a positive review, just a review from folks who read the book. 

Fetus Soap! (and cheap books, but seriously: fetus soap)

Billy Mays here! I’m going to cut right to the chase!

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Look at all this shit you get for only $14!

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Just to break it down that’s:

1 signed copy of Journey to Abortosphere

1 signed copy of the 2010 NBAS release Uncle Sam’s Carnival of Copulating Inanimals

1 8×10 glossy print of cover art from Uncle Sam’s Carnival of Copulating Inanimals, signed by artist Anastasia Sultzer

3 2” pins with the cover art from Journey to Abortosphere. That’s Revert art right there, folks! And it fits so perfectly in that pin. Use it to gain entry into ultra conservative pro-life rallies!

$14 includes shipping for folks in the states.

International bidders PM and Kirk will pay half of the shipping costs once calculated. Then you’ll get your total.

Payment accepted via Paypal. PM Kirk Jones for details, or send your payment to jonesk@canton.edu. Ask him to write potentially incriminating messages inside the book for you!

As if that deal isn’t sweet enough, each buyer is entered to win this awesome human fetus soap. We only have one bar of this shit!

There are only 10 bundles available. Buy two and increase your chances of winning that kick ass soap! You know you want to rub that shit all over your body!

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Interview on the Surreal Grotesque Podcast

Surreal GrotesqueA few weeks ago, I was lucky enough to be interviewed by Jeremy Maddux on the Surreal Grotesque podcast. It was a great experience, and I regret that it has taken me so long to post it here. As belated as it is, if you click on the image to the left the link will take you to the interview.

Among many things, we talked about people marrying inanimate objects. Here’s a link to more information on that: CLICK HERE

We also talked about the Philadelphia Experiment, which you can learn more about that business if you click to the right, RIGHT HERE

We also talked about butts, which you can learn more about HERE