The Court of Midnight by Mark Samuels

 “new quests for nothing”

The writer Melchior — having lost “a position of great respect and status in society” and beset, along with other artists and writers, by lunar fever — comes to the Court of Midnight with his English gin so as to follow up the promise of a doctor called Dr Prozess. Including a striking scene with Melchior’s friend Santon finally falling by the wayside, and we realise the dreadful diminuendo involved, as, one by one, the residue of us thinkers and artists and poets wanes…

My extrapolation of this provoking work –
We sense that our own preciously mannered masque alongside these gifted words is one of realising that the process is of a tontine not of a deadly attrition. And the writing here is writer Melchior’s pitch for such a prize. While the rest of us wait in great suspense for our own telegrams of a hopeful process of procession or a doomful moon’s precession (sic).

A court or a court’s court?

(A story in UNCERTAINTIES Vol. 2 – Swan River Press 2016)

UNCERTAINTIES Vols. I & II

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Edited by Brian J. Showers MMXVI

One Foreword by John Connolly

My previous reviews of SWAN RIVER PRESS books are linked from HERE.

Stories by John Reppion, Derek John, Martin Hayes, Robert Neilson, John Kenny, Reggie Chamberlain-King, Maura McHugh, Sarah LeFanu, Timothy J. Jarvis, Mark Valentine, Lynda E. Rucker, Peter Bell, R.B. Russell, John Howard, Steve Duffy, Emma Darwin, Rosalie Parker, Steve Rasnic Tem, Mat Joiner, Helen Grant, Mark Samuels, Gary McMahon, Adam Golaski, V.H. Leslie, Reggie Oliver.

When I review these anthologies, my comments will appear in the thought stream below….

 

THE SATYR & Other Tales

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THE SATYR & Other Tales – by Stephen J. Clark

The Swan River Press MMXV

My previous reviews HERE of work by Stephen J. Clark, much of which has been rewritten and republished for the above new book that I have just purchased.

My previous reviews HERE of books published by The Swan River Press.

If I re-assess this work, it will eventually be found in the thought stream below or by clicking on this post’s title above.