A great deal has happened in the nearly six months since my last update. The vast majority of them very good. As relaying them would just be a self-serving exercise, I won't bother doing so. I will, however, share this series of alternate vintage covers I designed for Jeff Vandermeer's Southern Reach series.
Apologies for the considerable absence of updates over the last few months. Following the unexpected death of my father, life was (and, to an extent, still is) thrown into chaos. I am slapping myself out of my fugue state long enough for an exciting announcement.
My latest book, 'Basal Ganglia' is available now! This is my first book with the great Lazy Fascist Press. 'Basal Ganglia' represents a major shift in my writing and those familiar with my earlier work may well be surprised by what I'm presenting here. I will say that this has been a very natural development. I feel I'm writing what I need to write. I hope you like it.
As teenagers, two lovers, Rollo and Ingrid, escape the world as it is known to live underground in a sprawling pillow fort that mirrors the structure of the human brain. Construction of the fort takes 25 years and once complete, their life exists to honor the fort in all it requires. Basal Ganglia begins countless years after they have become enslaved to the fort process. Rollo and Ingrid have lost any connection to their pasts and each other. Nothing exists beyond the patterns required by the fort. In an effort to become more than stasis, Ingrid expresses her desire to have a baby. Not wanting to subject another human to their strange world, she decides she will knit the baby using materials Rollo gathers from the fort. The emergence of this baby leads to paranoia between Rollo and Ingrid with both believing the other means the child harm. Within the confines of their cloistered world, the two engage in psychological warfare, desperately searching for a conclusion they don't understand. As a result, they will find connection with their past, each other and the true nature of their identities.
Please consider supporting 'Basal Ganglia' by picking up a copy here.
"Basal Ganglia casts an unsettling spell, but one that in its aphoristic intensity and lightning-flash insights into human loneliness and connection, achieves a genuine empathic wisdom."
"Matthew Revert is one of the visionaries. What else can you say?"
My debut book, 'A Million Versions of Right' will soon be out of print. The contracted publication period is about expire and I thought it might be a good opportunity to give it a rest. It may return some day if life deems it appropriate.
When this was released in 2009, I had no idea if I'd still be writing books. The doors 'A Million Versions of Right' opened for me are something I will forever be grateful for. The amazing opportunities I have been afforded of late owe their genesis to this very unusual book.
Thanks to anyone who supported this book in any way.
My story, 'Finding Yourself As Someone Else' is featured in Eraserhead Press' upcoming anthology, 'In Heaven, Everything is Fine: Fiction Inspired By David Lynch'. The impressive list of contributors also include: Michael J Seidlinger, Ben Loory, Blake Butler, J David Osborne, Cody Goodfellow, Violet LeVoit, Sam Pink, Jeffrey Thomas, Andy Adams, Garrett Cook, John Skipp, Bradley Sands, Laura Lee Bahr, Kevin Sampsell, Gabriel Blackwell, Matty Byloos, Kirsten Alene, Lavinia Sheets, Suzanne Burns, Nick Mamatas, Jarrett Middleton, Chris Kelso, Ed Morris, Joseph S. Pulver Sr., M.P. Johnson, Jody Sollazzo, Jeff Burk, Liam Davies, Jeremy Robert Johnson, Kris Saknussemm, Mike Kleine, Simon Logan, Thomas Ligotti, Nick Antosca, and David J (David J!).
I designed the jacket for this. I believe it will be available in August, which really isn't far.
The internet continues to offer remarkable things. Terrance Dwyer's 1971 book, Composing with Tape Recorders, has become something of a classic among fans of tape music. Being long out of print, the price is, as you'd imagine, rather high for secondhand copies.
Well... in true internet excavation style, some kind soul has scanned the whole book and made it available as a free PDF download.
You can grab it here.
Thanks to the kindly uploader.
I'm very excited to announce that the eVersion of my third book, 'How to Avoid Sex' is soon to be released by the excellent, Dark Coast Press. I have personally been very impressed by Dark Coast, both for the books they release and the production quality of their catalogue.
At this stage, I don't have an exact release date, but I am led to believe it is imminent. The cover to the right is exclusively for the eVersion and provides an interesting contrast to the overt absurdity of the paperback design.
More details soon.
As an aside...
I am in the process of completely rejuvenating my website. Soon I will be removing my Trash Complex blog and moving all blog-like activity here. I see little point in maintaining two homes.