September 17th, 2007

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Lost Pages; The Little Black Book 5

Nov. 16 1975

(Eric Henvry: “The African panther is like a lion, but with longer legs, and a more slender body. It is completely white, spattered with black spots like rosettes. Its beauty delight the other animals, which would all flock to it were it not for the panther’s terrible stare. Aware of this, the panther lowers its eyes; other animals approach it to drinks in such beauty, and the panther pounces on the nearest of them.” -- Borges, Book of Imaginary Beings)


I wish I could shake — I wish I could shake — I wish I could shake this feeling of impending doom that’s clinging to my back.

Nov. 17 1975


Isabella [Angelica in WTM]] : 2 mirrors facing each other across a room: pointing down the corridors of shadow: “Look! Look at all the people who look like us!”

I am thinking and rethinking the natures of things in people I see — I’d like to believe it’s all very new, me discovering the concept of good and evil, but unfortunately it just ain’t so. School here [CUA in DC] is different; I feel like I’m waiting for the rest of my baggage to arrive. It’s a strange trip: I know I’ve grown away from most everyone at home, save Brigid, but I haven’t yet grown into everyone here. Isabella and Oliver grow dearer to me every day, but there’s something that still has to come."Collapse )
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Sixties Novels, Part 37

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OEDIPUS IN DISNEYLAND, Hercules Molloy, Paranoid Press, 1972.

I've been prominsing to present to you one of the weirdest entries in this series for some time, and here it is.

First off, the author. What do we know of Hercules Molloy? Nada. His putative existence is undocumented and imaginary, as far as the web is concerned. Almost certainly a penname, maybe meant to invoke echoes of Beckett's then-popular novel MOLLOY...? In any case, a classic certified Sixties trickster figure.

Can anything be learned about Paranoid Press of San Francisco, the publisher? Nope. Only that this seems to be their single publication. (And isn't that running, shadowed man logo of theirs, below, a great "lesser-known icon"?)

Second, the book as object. It's a giant trade paperback, dimensions 12" x 9". The better to display the artwork, no doubt. For if you check out the title page below, you'll see that the book features repurposed art by Durer and Tenniel, as well as original work by Brown and Parker. Clinical-style drawings of the vagina are labeled with points of interest from Carroll's ALICE books, etc.

Creeative fonts and typesizes strive for a multimedia effect.

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What is the story about? Someone posting at the Subgenius site ( explains:

"Read OEDIPUS IN DISNEYLAND by Hercules Molloy. Clark Kent discovers the truth about Alice in Wonderland--it's actually Queen Victoria's pornographic autobiography (a way better literary conspiracy than 'Frances Bacon wrote Shakespeare's plays')--then he has an LSD freakout at Disneyland, becomes Queen Victoria, and kills all the Disney characters."

One of the sellers on ABEBOOKS (where there are 27 copies available, the cheapest at a mere $9.00) opines:

"A really strange book about Clark Kent, Queen Elizabeth, Queen Victoria (or Victula), orgys, Jews, sex, Alice in Wonderland, Superman & Alice's restaurant, not necessarily in that order."

How forgotten is this volume? At LibraryThing (, we learn:

"1 members [sic] have the book in their library. There are 1,834,494 books more popular."

All hail Hercules Molloy! You let your freak flag fly!

Posted by Paul DiFi.
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Tolkien magazine news

Editor Henry Gee writes:

Dear Friends,

As if I do not have enough to do, I have taken on the honorary editorship (honorary means there’s no money) of MALLORN, the literary magazine of the Tolkien Society. This goes out once a year to members of the Tolkien Society (though issues can be purchased by others). I’d like to broaden the remit from the conventionally Tolkien-related to include things like:

* reviews of fantasy fiction or related non-fiction, whether books, films, music, games or other media;

* literary criticism related to fantasy and its relationship with other areas of life e.g. science, politics, other literature;

* short fantasy fiction (no more than 3,000 words, preferably shorter) – although FanFic isn’t allowed, and I am curiously averse to sword-and-sorcery, for some reason.

As I am starting with zero material, I’d be keen to learn if you have anything in your bottom drawer you’d like to submit – stuff which is good, but which you haven’t placed elsewhere.

I must stress the position of contributors is as honorary as mine. You’d retain the copyright to your own material, naturally – but there is no monetary reward whatsoever.

All best

Henry Gee

PS: I’d be obliged if you replied to this address, rather than my NATURE one:

Posted by Paul DiFi.