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The Three Ages of D.F. Lewis
0. 1948-1985 — Zeroist Group (1960s), The Visitor (Novel) 1973, Agra Aska (novella) 1983.

1. 1986-2000 – Over 1000 fiction publications in magazines and anthologies, some selected for the Prime Books D.F. Lewis collection ‘Weirdmonger’ (2003).
D.F. Lewis awarded the BFS Karl Edward Wagner Award in 1998.

2. 2001-2010 – Publishing the ground-breaking multi-authored ‘NEMONYMOUS’ Journal.

3. 2008 to date —
The DES LEWIS GESTALT REAL-TIME REVIEWING of fiction books,
Plus one novel NEMONYMOUS NIGHT (Chômu Press), a story collection and two novellas entitled THE LAST BALCONY (InkerMen Press), E617925D-676D-41D2-B29A-67A7608E2ABB and a novella entitled Weirdtongue (InkerMen Press), and a self-published reprint of ‘Agra Aska’ that was originally published in 1998 by Scorpion Press,
Plus three originally created multi-authored anthologies that D.F. Lewis published,
Plus two D.F. Lewis books from Mount Abraxas Press, and an Eibonvale chapbook called ‘The Big Headed People’. And the Eibonvale Collection DABBLING WITH DIABELLI in May 2020,
Plus a past D.F. Lewis story selected for THE BIG BOOK OF MODERN FANTASY edited by Ann and Jeff VanderMeer.

A Smile of a Dream

SOMETHING CHILDISH BUT VERY NATURAL by Katherine Mansfield
“I am sure he wrote it when he was half-awake some time, for it’s got a smile of a dream on it.”CDB23253-3D66-484F-9256-A1A76FEBD250
As city folks walk as though with real bodies under their clothes, and “stiff blood” (later “wild blood”), we learn of Henry and the eponymous poem that he reads at a station book stall, this love of books causing him abruptly to change carriages on the train and meet a young girl called Edna with the strange but beautiful hair he immediately wants to touch. She claims she is over 16 and he claims he is 18. But I sense she exaggerates in one direction, and he in the other. A sense of forbidden touch that lasts for most of this book’s social distancing of such supposed illicit love. The dream becomes one of Picnic at Hanging Rock, I feel, and a vision of their life together in an idyllic abode halted by the story’s ending, as all stories are halted by their endings. A story that can “steam open an elephant’s ear of an envelope.” The childish secret exposed. But did you know a cottage can stand on tiptoe?
“If I start flying suddenly, you’ll promise to catch hold of my feet, won’t you? Otherwise I’ll never come down.”

From my review of her collected stories here: https://etepsed.wordpress.com/760-2/

Kaleidostars’ Creative Colliding

Charles Schneider, the writer and artist, has been inspired enough to create these wonderful kaleidoscopic adaptations (shown below) of some of my wife’s quilted stars, i.e. the 28 quilt squares in their raw state as they were when I photographed them and posted them here: https://dflewisreviews.wordpress.com/2020/05/26/this-sites-randombanner-images/ and then used randomly in my site’s heading, currently above:

The Sixevenighties

D58B71C8-9646-4CFE-9BBA-B21A59713D48The decades of stoicism, tawdriness, the first Troubles, the first peccadilloes, the first mock colours of fashion and TV screens, seedy Paradise Lounges, school dinners, short-lived hopes, familial disloyalties, quiet humour, diminishing churches, receding ghosts (but still haunting us), tentatively to become receding humilities…from dead audiences to quiz show upstarts…
I continue to read and review HERE each story in the HUGE William Trevor canon…

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This ‘Walking Horatio’ Mark Patrick Lynch book, so far, has now become the finest possible on-going complement to that project, FEELING as if it is (even if it isn’t) happening in that First Dyspraxic Age … an Age before the word ‘dyspraxia’ hardly existed (even if this Lynch novel uses it!)…