Sunday

WEAPONIZER COLLECTION: SPEAK YOUR BRAINS!

If Weaponizer were to publish a collected edition, which format(s) would you rather see?
A slim volume focusing JUST on FlashFiction, followed later by another slim volume of short stories
A thicker compendium of the 'BEST OF' so far, with no restrictions on genre or length
A series of thin volumes collected by theme or length
No! Your ideas are stupid! I am emailing you my idea to editor.weaponizer@gmail.com
Other
Please Specify:
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Thursday

NONFIC: NEIL FORD - AN UNKINDNESS


An interview with artist and designer Neil Ford, whose image ETHEREAL is this month's front cover. Here, we interview Neil about his work, his methods, and his new webcomic, AN UNKINDNESS.

"The only pencil I use is a conte mechanical pencil, given to me by Cam Kennedy (Star Wars / Dredd / Rogue Trooper artist). In my mind it has mystical properties similar to Excalibur, but it's really a very ordinary pencil of course. I like HB leads and a hot press heavy paper (which can be a bitch to paint on), but I’m not too fussy to be honest..."

>>READ MORE

Monday

FLASH: GADGET FICTION ON BOINGBOING


I totally forgot I entered this!

The Boing Boing Gadget Fiction Contest

From the judge, Rob Beschizza:

"A few interesting trends cropped up throughout the entries.
• You like bad sex and bad coffee.
• You are ambivalent about your relationship with consumer electronics.

• You have read William Gibson a lot."


Apparently I was a runner-up. Awesome!

A link to my story, Search Engine.

Vinnie screens the latest updates from his feeds with a small sigh. The sigh is like a compressed squirt of gas escaping from a geosynch-ship’s exhaust vents as it corrects position, fleeing a collision vector in the metal-choked stratosphere. A rattling, liquid squirt ...READ MORE

There are lots more entries here - a good afternooon's reading.

Image by Cesara Studio
. Some rights reserved.

Thursday

2019: CHAPTER 5 - BABEL


From my LJ:

This is the serial I started recently, in ten parts, that delineates a possible future 9 years hence, dominated by the debate over emergent nanotechnology. Originally, the parts of 2019 were designed to be inserts into a more traditional 3rd person narrative. After writing the main story, I decided it was a load of rubbish and chucked it, but the inserts kept haunting me. So I have now started uploading them (another one coming later today), and will let them just stand alone as weird little oddities... but when I have posted all ten, I want to get other writers to contribute stories set in / after / before these little vignettes, using (or not!) some of the characters and situations I have set down, in whatever way they choose. I'm basically opening up my sandbox, and inviting you all to come and play. I should have all of my ten entries posted by the end of next month, so if you are interested in joining in, get those thinking caps on. The stories that are submitted will get published on the site after the ten 'starter' pieces. I'm also thinking this could make a good POD project. Get in touch about that one folks!

CHAPTER 5 - BABEL


>>READ FROM THE START

Wednesday

FLASH: SELF-TITLED


NB. Please note - I got the name of this story wrong the first time round! Now re-posted.

Another new contributor! Everyone say a big hello to Steven Ormosi, writer of the blog Periodical Informant, whose initial offering Zero Percent is a delightfully strange take on the Singularity.

Johnny’s plan was a simple one, backed by some of the most complicated science ever conceived. He didn’t know about that, this had all been borne of a dream a decade ago ...READ MORE

FICTION: SAVE US


New writer Michael Braun is a sometime contributor to The Nothing Files, and is clearly a bit of a comics fan. This story is very clever indeed. I'm not gonna say anything else. If you like capes, read this one. It's super-awesome, you get me?

Her face was streaked with soot, her ginger freckles hidden in a cloud of grey, her hair covered in ash. She was young, was clutching an even smaller girl to her chest. The young one whimpered and let out a small scream as he flew through the side of the brownstone. Dust and sand exploded around them. They were huddled in the corner of the room, the rest of the apartment, the building, ablaze. He moved quickly, slapping his palms together. A gust of air pushed the fire away from them. Pushed it back and he grabbed them. Clutched them in strong, broad palms and then they were on the ground. The firefighters wrapped blankets around them. He was gone seconds later, floating at first, then a splash of sound and scarlet and blue. Later, the reporter for the local station asked the mother what happened and she could only say: "I’m Martha and this is my daughter Jesse and he saved our lives. He was like a God. Like Jesus. He saved us." ...READ MORE

Monday

ASTHMATIC ASTRONAUT @SACRE NOIR, 11TH MARCH


Asthmatic Astronaut is playing a gig in Edinburgh for Sacre Noir on the 11th March, at The Ark, for Savage Recordings. SR is an excellent underground label, and for this gig AA is joined by Shellsuit Massacre and Forward Play. Asthmatic Astronaut has been in the lab recently cooking up some incredible new sounds, so expect a barnstorming set from him on the night.

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FLASH: CANOEING THAT AFRICAN RIVER


Who would have thought that GRIMLY WHETFOX was a romantic? This short story certainly makes him seem like one! Apologies to Grimly for not posting this yesterday as he requested.

Even with all this hot hazy beauty surrounding them, the flowing waters and the jungle and all its raucous wildlife, he had just spent the last two hours watching thin rivulets of sweat gather and run from the nape of her neck, down her perfect spine, moist muscular skin glistening in the bright sunshine, and onwards into the growing dark patch of perspiration gathering at the hem of her thin pink singlet; an expanding symbol of her cumulative effort in helping to push them along. Who gives a fuck if we are lost, he thought. We are lost together ...READ MORE

FICTION: JOLTS ABOVE, JOLTS BELOW


Another piece from a new writer, this time AARON JACOBS, who brings us the thoughtful, violent and elegaic JOLTS ABOVE, JOLTS BELOW. This ticks a lot of my favbourite boxes for a short story: space marines, freaky made-up religions, blood loss and cynical humour. I enjoyed it immesely, hopefully you will too. It's the story of Brother Roach, a misbegotten space-priest on his way to a very dangerous planet...

Brother Roach was a survivor. He was a malformed, balding little man with a propensity for landing on his feet and a reputation for getting any job done. Not a pleasant man by any stretch of the imagination, but he didn’t want to be pleasant. That wasn’t the reputation he had spent his life cultivating ...READ MORE

FLASH: MY NAME IS JOHN BURKE


Meet new Weaponeer Craig Curran. His bio isn't giving much away. His first story is creepy and un-nerving. But I'm sure he's a lovely guy! It's just a story, after all. Thank fuck. This is one for any of you who have ever bought something from a shady guy in a pub.

My name is John Burke, and I sell furniture. Now, I've got a funny little story to tell about that. Because I only sold furniture that one time. It was a Wednesday, I believe. Yes, a Wednesday. Nice evening, nothing particularly special about it. Light rain, mid seventies, a beautiful night really. Felt perfect for selling furniture ...READ MORE

CROWN WEARER BY WILL COUPER


Crown Wearer was Weaponizer favourite Will Couper's Twitter novella, which ran during 2009. It has now been collected and published, with this absolutely gorgeous hard cover edition. The novella itself is a hyper-compressed fusion of Robert E. Howard and Heavy Metal. Go and buy it now, and support Will, a truly original voice in dark fantasy, SF and horror. I'll be reviewing the book when my copy arrives. Order today and get 15% off.

>>BUY CROWN WEARER NOW ON AMAZON

NEW KEMPER NORTON EP


Kemper Norton produce some fantastically psychdelic and involving folk music. Sometimes using found sounds, sometimes delicate instrumentation, but always pushing the envolope, they make for excellent thinking music. Their latest EP, a collection of: "...incomplete, neglected and rejected pieces brought together and forced to go out," is available as a free download. If you like what you hear, check out some more releases on the same site - many of Kemper Norton's albums are available for free.

GODMANWHO, TEXTURE & HARLEQUINADE PLAYLISTED BY DENSITY OF SOUND


Music blogger Density of Sound has included a track by godmanwho on this mix!

EDIT: Doh! He's also played IMPACT by myself and Harlequinade! Thanks guys!


Friday

SERIAL: OPERATION SUNRISE, CHAPTER 6


Grimly Whetfox continues his ongoing psychonautical thriller serial OPERATION SUNRISE (link goes to Chapter 1). In Chapter 6, our hero suffers a strange night of sleep... and meets a pretty girl.

The girl looked almost exactly like her, it was incredible. But this girl was blonde. The zahir would never and could never be blonde. But the similarity was simply incredible. Same height, same shape, same eyes, same smile. He squared off his shoulders towards her and tightened his posture slightly, conscious of how taught his abdominals felt under the thin t-shirt, how buff his mind was from the training, never mind his body. He chuckled inwardly at his boosted confidence, and dove right in. His gaze lowered to meet hers, and he flashed what he hoped was his best smile ...READ CHAPTER 6

Tuesday

FLASH: AFTER THE RAIN


Harlequinade takes up the post-apocalyptic theme in this humorous Flash piece, possibly inspired by last year's intense weather systems, which hammered the UK with floods, high winds and snow.

Maybe we shouldn’t have started cleaning up after the apocalypse. It did take a couple of years before we were ready to start coming down from the mountain caves, sweeping up the rubble, clearing away the bodies, fixing the roofs, dusting ourselves down, rebuilding society ...READ MORE

FICTION: CATCHY


C. Brian Hickey's last story Vamp Origin gained a lot of attention, praise and re-tweeting. With that in mind, we've got another one from the Hickster for you... and this one is absolutely hands down one of my favourite stories ever submitted to the site. An arch, satitrical horror piece with a really gritty feel, Hickey's writing is as challenging as it is entertaining. Get a load of this.

I was a sound engineer on ‘Touch Me (There)’, the catalyst for everything that’s happened. I don’t even know why I’m bothering to get this down; everybody’s going to be dead, soon. But just in case somebody survives all this, they need to know how it happened ...READ MORE

KEEP 'EM COMING


I'm extraordinarily happy to say that I am receiving so many submissions at the moment that I can barely keep up!

We're back to a nearly daily posting schedule, so we should be back to a quicker turnaround for your stories before too long. We're going to make a concerted effort to get the Serials updated on a specific day every week, and we're going to aim for one FlashFic per day if possible.

That said, I am currently sitting on a backlog well into the double figures. So if you have submitted a story recently, and are wondering where it has got to, please be patient for a little while longer. We should be all caught up in two weeks, if we carry on with this timetable.

Thanks, from the bottom of my heart, for all of your suport and submissions. I have the best fun running the site and reading what you send in, so please... KEEP 'EM COMING!

As always, your tweets, FB support and blog interactions are greatly appreciated! Thanks for stopping by!

/texture

Monday

LOKI - MOONLIGHT FLITTING


Loki has been on the Scottish hip-hop scene for as long as I have been listening. This track, which Solareye of Stanley Odd told me to listen to, is absolutely fucking brilliant. Looking forward to hearing the rest of his new album. Can't embed from bandcamp, so follow the link. The track is only £0.79, so if you dig it, support your local rapper.

LISTEN TO MOONLIGHT FLITTING BY LOKI & SCATABRAINZ

SERIAL - 2019, CHAPTER 4: PANDORA


This is the talk which inspired this chapter of 2019:



>>READ CHAPTER FOUR


>>READ FROM CHAPTER ONE


When its 10 parts have all been published, the world of 2019 is open to other writers to set stories in. You can use (or not use) any of the characters mentioned in these datablasts, and you can add to any of the ideas contained herein. Please email all submissions* to editor.weaponizer[at]gmail.com.

*Please withold your entry until all 10 parts are published.

FLASH: KEEP CALM AND CARRY ON


Keep Calm and Carry On is Will Ellwood's response to two flash pieces published earlier this year: Have Another Drink, Survivor by Robin LeBlanc and If It Will Numb The Pain by Rootfireember. Will, Robin and Ember have now produced quite a rich and interesting post-apocalypse world - if there are more additions to the ongoing saga, we'll give them their own serial! For now though, here's Will's take on what's been a very Yankee-centric apocalypse so far. What's been going on across the pond?

"Will the last person to leave the country please turn off the lights." That was the joke we all made when the country was going to hell. While the Americans and the Russian's were throwing nuclear bombs at each other, in the old world we were doing far cruder things ...READ MORE

ÄLYMYSTÖ/ AND THEN YOU DIE - 19:38:00 (EP)


Reviewed by Will Ellwood


I like this EP a lot! It is no secret that I enjoyed Älymystö's first album Atomgrad. It is the perfect album for driving along the A1 towards Edinburgh past Torness nuclear power station. Atomgrad is an oppressive and brooding slab of industrial noise. The sound for after the nuclear apocalypse.

Sadly, I have not heard enough of And Then You Die to comment on their previous releases. I will of course be making every effort to rectify this.

It is, of course, no surprise then, that I like this new EP from Älymystö and And Then You Die. The whole EP has a cool hypnotic quality. The soundtrack to a Noir inhabited by the decadent survivors of a by-gone-age.

It is in many ways comparable to Brian Eno's seminal ambient album Music for Airports, but this is for the people who squat in decaying reinforced concrete former Soviet factories. If you feel that is me pushing the cold war analogies too hard then I advise you to consider putting this EP on your mp3 player and imagine wandering around the shit parts of Detroit.

This EP could also equally accompany a montage of the fall of capitalism.

For me though this EP does have the same function as Music for Airports. There are no songs. No anthems. Nothing that suggests an easy shared sociable music experience. Just well orchestrated industrial noise for listening to alone while consuming high proof spirits. Less traditionally beautiful than Music For Airports, of course. It is certainly far harsher sounding than Nine Inch Nails' Ghosts I-IV album as well. But it fills the same space; it is music to put on in the background. Music for working to while it permeates you sub-concious. Music that quite definitely is a soundtrack to a rainy mid-winters day where the sky is bleak and you have found yourself stuck in traffic.

I urge you to go to the Last.fm page for the album and listen to it. It costs nothing except your time and attention. For me, this was a no regret purchase. There are no bad tracks. There is no filler. It is all good.

Sunday

SOOM T - DIRTY MONEY (JAHTARI RIDDIM)

This is EXPOSIVE! From the mighty Jahtari label. First heard this on a Disrupt live set recorded in Berlin by Team Little Rock. An incredible riddim, and a sick, sick vocal from Glasgow's own Soom T.

Saturday

LIMMY'S SHOW

Best thing on TV right now.



Limmy.com

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@BrianLimond

SERIAL - STILLETTO EYE & RAZORGUT AND THE INFINITE LIBRARY


Ever wandered into a room, looked at the mildewed wallpaper, the bare lightbulb swinging with kamikaze flies circling, ever circling, smelled the scent of damp and rot and despair, turned to the cracked mirror on the wall and seen your own reflection staring back at you? But it's wrong in some way, ineffably damaged and strange. Then you see a door. You go through it. It leads into a room with mildewed wallpaper, a bare lightbulb swinging, kamikaze flies circling, ever circling, you smell the scent of damp and rot and despair, turn to the cracked mirror on the wall and see your own reflection staring back at you. You realise you are dreaming, so you try to wake up. You struggle against the illusion. Fight your way to consciousness. You wake up in a room with mildew on the walls, and... yeah. This is a bit like that. Horror fans rejoice! Here come DWAYNE COLTRANE & THE HYPERDEATHPSYCHOROCK 3!

Passing from room to room, they were constantly assailed by a tortured moan, although in each room it took on a different timbre and quality. Pausing for a while, StilletoEye and RazorGut consulted the books on the shelves, hoping for a map. Each book was a bound with rough leather, and each was a gooey red mess inside, and each moaned, whispered or distantly sang ...READ MORE

Friday

FICTION - VAMP ORIGIN


Ever wondered how this whole Vampire thing got started? C. Brian Hickey enlightens. Read this bloody little gem, and then go and kick fuck out of a Twilight fan.

These are the true things that I know and remember. They are from a very long time ago, but my wit remained as sharp as my tooth, and I tell you now lest I am taken by fire or by stake. I tell the tale of the Three Peoples — Humanity, the Vrykolakas, whom are called 'vampires,' and the Therianthropes, whom are called 'lycanthropes.' I do this to help bring about understanding; though our forms and our ways may seem monstrous to one another, it is imperative that we once again sit in council lest misunderstanding grow into hate. This is why I tell the tale of our peoples and our origins, and I tell it true ...READ MORE

FLASH - IF IT WILL NUMB THE PAIN


The mysterious Rootfireember was: "... abandoned by wolves, raised by wild birds and tamed by geeks." With such exotic origins, we're all extremely excited to see what kind of eldritch morsels of fiction she will drag bleeding from the forest for us to admire. Her first offering is a respoinse to Robin LeBlanc's post-apocalyptic Flash piece HAVE ANOTHER DRINK, SURVIVOR, so you might want to read that one first, if you haven't already.

We sit at the bar, sipping bitter and home-made drinks from glasses that don’t match; a hodge-podge tribe of liars. We’re all trying to look human, all trying to look like we survived the great big fall from heaven unscathed ...READ MORE

Wednesday

BLACK LANTERN TRACKS PLAYED ON RADIO MAGNETIC BY TEAM LITTLE ROCK


We love Little Rock Records. Not only are they one of the finest Scottish netlabels out there, they also host a shit-hot show on Radio Magnetic. This week, they played a track from Texture's Aphasia EP, alongside great stuff from Muslimgauze, Micoland, Siliie and Ali Renault. Thanks to Kid Ritalin, The Niallist and Dalai Dahmer for the bigups!

ROBIN LEBLANC SHOP! ZOMBIES! MUGS! PRINTS!



Robin LeBlanc is a photographer / writer who has been featured as a Weaponizer cover artist, and has also written a Flash piece for us. She is very talented. And now... she sells mugs and tee-shirts at The Emporium Of Purchased Gratifictaion! There's this awesome zombie tee, this immense evil mug, and more to come. PLUS! As mentioned before, Robin's gorgeous prints are still on sale over here. Bravo Robin, you're giving WeaponWear a run for its money!

SPACE SHARK #008 - RISING OUTLAW


The ongoing adventures! By Chris G / Team Mummy! Our favourite webcomic! YEAHS!


"Oh Space Shark / You came and you gave without taking..."




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