Monday

NONFICTION: THE NOUGHTIES - WTF JUST HAPPENED?


Prolific blogger, DJ, producer, co-founder of Little Rock Records, radio host - The Niallist (known by his Mum as Niall O'Conghaile) is many things to many people. A stalwart of the Glasgow club scene with an encyclopedic knowledge of several genres of music, not least of all disco and house, The Niallist has decided to take a look back at the decade we've just departed - THE NOUGHTIES. Over the coming weeks, Niall and friends will be bringing us a year-by-year, blow-by-blow, track-by-track examination of the past ten years. Today, Niall kicks us off with a look at the year 2000, focusing on pop, disco, house and urban music.

The summer of 2000 I was living on the sofa in the main room of a friend's flat. It was only a temporary arrnagement, and the whole summer felt like a time of transition in my life. I had finished my third level education and was at a crossroads in my life, and looking back on it now, in my social relationships. As with most years that end with a nought, pop culture too was at a crossroads. Still living under a cloud of influence from the previous decade but still forging on and trying to establish some new ideals ...READ NONFICTION: 'THE NOUGHTIES: WTF JUST HAPPENED?' NOW

FICTION: THE BROKEN HALLELUJAH


A special treat for you to brighten up your Monday - an exclusive Jason December mystery by fan favourite, C. Brian Hickey! We first met corporate warlock Jason December in THE BLACK ART OF THE DEAL, where Hickey introduced his protagonist and the world of demons, witches and high finance through which he moves. He followed this up with the 5-part series SHRIEKONOMICS. Jason December will be appearing soon in his very own webcomic: the forthcoming Jason December comic DECEMBER FALLS has a workblog with sketches by artist Neil Ford - go and subscribe for regular updates! For now, enjoy a brief holiday season outing with December, as he spends Christmas looking for love in all the wrong places. The original image for this story is 'Slow Dancing...' by Sarah Gilbert.

Jason December stepped out of his vintage Porsche. “Do me a favor,” he said as he produced a hundred dollar bill before the astonished valet. “Don’t press this button,” indicating a green key on the anti-theft fob. He handed the younger man the note; he looked about ready to weep. “Thank you, sir! Merry Christmas, sir!” ...READ FICTION: 'THE BROKEN HALLELUJAH' NOW

NEW READERS: READ MORE JASON DECEMBER HERE

THE BLACK ART OF THE DEAL

SHRIEKONOMICS (in five parts)

Thursday

SERIAL: OPERATION SUNRISE, CHAPTER 23: HOLLYWOOD ENDING


And so, we bid a fond adieu to our longest-running serial so far. It's been a wild ride, but it's here at last - the final chapter of para-psychological thriller OPERATION SUNRISE, by the mighty Grimly Whetfox! Their shadowy pursuers have caught up with our heroes in the woods. Scores will be settled, truths will be revealed... but can the young couple survive the final leg of their journey? FIND OUT NOW! The original image for this chapter is 'Eye Don't Cry' by Abdullah Alhourani.

The bald headed one, the leader, had access to technology far beyond the reach of the imagination of most of the general population. Science fiction brought to life with satellite tracking, CC-TV facial recognition systems, scanners and keylogs and experimental cybernetics that melded the energy, the subtle, indescribable energy of the fabric with hand-held portable systems, digital interfaces, all flashing lights and read-outs of unfathomable physics. The bald man didn't have to understand it, really, didn't have to understand exactly how it worked. All he needed was to be able to use it, to use this science fiction made flesh to track them, track them down and complete the mission. He smiled to himself with relish at the thought. He enjoyed that part, always liked that bit, the end bit. That was what he loved about his job. Everybody should love their job, right? ...READ CHAPTER 23: 'HOLLYWOOD ENDING' NOW!

NEW READERS: START HERE


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Wednesday

SERIAL: STILETOEYE & RAZORGUT AND CHNeBiRS2


StiletoEye! And RazorGut! Return! In their 16th Adventure! Travelling to the depths of the sea! By pulp iterature's most deranged gestalt entities! DwayneColtrane and the HyperDeathPsychoRock Three! Featuring! Exclamation marks! And another grisly cameo from your humble editor! Mutant fish! Cars that swim! Exclamation marks! The original image for this story is 'Underwater Dome 1' by Adam Fagen.

Bathed in the aquatic bioluminescence, StilletoEye and RazorGut cruised Betsy, their sleek 55 Cadillac, through the deep waters. All around swam fish, creatures and strange wonders either completely distinct from anything found in biology books or so grotesquely changed or enlarged that they were unrecognisable. Seahorses the size of a man, piranhas with moose antlers and swarms of whales the size of tadpoles ...READ CHAPTER 16: 'STILETOEYE & RAZORGUT AND CHNeBiRS2' NOW


NEW READERS: START HERE


>>READ FROM THE BEGINNING

Tuesday

FICTION: BLIND LOVE


M. Asher Cantrell is a playwright, screenwriter, a novelist, and on the evidence of the story you're about to read, quite possibly a very disturbed individual. He writes for US comedy site Cracked.com, and has decided to grace the Weaponizer servers with this short body horror tale, about a couple of newlyweds who have a very strange problem with marital relations. 

The 'complication,' it seemed, was merely a misunderstanding. Their midwife was not actually a midwife at all, but had lied to the family in a confidence scheme. She had given Emilia a concoction of lemon grass, rainwater, and rust sanded off of Robert's own wheelbarrow! Naturally, it was fairly harmless, but the experience had made Emilia ill. I treated her as best I could with some magnesium tablets and delivered the child. (I reported the midwife to the sheriff the next day, and she was escorted out of town not two days after!) I did not charge the couple any money, as I felt pained by their existing hardships ...READ FICTION: 'BLIND LOVE' NOW

SERIAL: KANSAS, CHAPTER 13 - OVER KANSAS


Agents Jhel Phen and Lee Kennedy expose the final truth about the identity of Hatcher Aspen, as Matthew McLean's post-cyberpunk thriller KANSAS gathers pace. A weaponized virus, a high-security prison and some high-tech spook adventures abound in Chapter 13: Over Kansas.

Getting out from under the microscope of GT was not easy, even with Lee's assistance. Faking vacation notices, re-directs and travel plans for the time needed was a monumental effort that required social engineering as well as an understanding of the machine. Jhel and Lee couldn't rightly explain why they needed to take a trip to one of the oldest and biggest Federal prisons in the middle of nowhere, Kansas. The resulting effort had left him with little time to sleep over the past few days ...READ CHAPTER 13: 'OVER KANSAS' NOW

Friday

FLASH FICTION: THE WANDERING


Another new piece of Flash Fiction today, and a retraction / apology from your humble editor. Yesterday we published a story called 'The Golden Field,' crediting it to David D. Sharp. In actual fact, that story was submitted by a Zachary Leverton. Zach, if you're out there, send us your bio so we can put the story back up again! Apologies for the mixup, both of you. So David! You all met him yestetrday - this is his actual submission: a story of love, loss and being lost. The original image for this story is  'My Wedding Ring' by Michael Randall.

Duncan tapped his pockets again before remembering once more that both his mobile and his wallet had been left behind in the car. Funny how quickly he felt lost and disconnected without those two simple items that he would normally have taken so for granted. He couldn't even ring anyone for help, so the only option would be to walk back to the road and try and flag someone down ...READ FLASH FICTION: 'THE WANDERING' NOW

FLASH FICTION: SAFE AGAIN


Please welcome our newest Weaponeer Jacq Kelly, author of the blog In At The Shallow End, with a Flash Fiction piece about love, lust and its decay. The original image for this story is 'Shut Your Eyes' by Blue Mac Girl.


Our kissing had changed. I'd been warned; read articles in magazines and advised by like-minded friends that if the kissing changed, everything else would follow ...READ FLASH FICTION: 'SAFE AGAIN' NOW

Thursday

SERIAL: WEAPON EYES, SIR - CHAPTER 2


Paul S. Grimsley continues the story of post-human enhancile stanley, in the second part of his new ongoing serial WEAPON EYES, SIR. Paul runs several blogs, and is the author of the collection 'Warchalking'. His stories for Weaponizer in the past have included the mathematical thriller 'Simplexity,' and 'One Bad Decision.' 

stanley's vision was low resolution since they had reconstituted his skull, and plugged in the i-eyes. why hadn't he remembered that the police took holographic mapping shots of their prisoners in case such an event occurred ...READ SERIAL FICTION: 'WEAPON EYES, SIR' CHAPTER 2

NEW READERS: START HERE

>>READ FROM THE BEGINING

Wednesday

SERIAL: BALE'S GAME, CHAPTER 7 - A PAUSE BETWEEN MOVES


If you've been following BALE'S GAME, you'll know about Bale's quest for the elusive, retired spook Caldwell, and the complex web of deception, cross and double-cross, intrigue and mystery that scribe K. Patrick Glover is weaving. In this chapter, we take a break from all that - Bale goes to a bar and drinks whisky! It's really awesome. Prepare for fisticuffs and terse dialogue.

I slept through the night and most of the next day. I awoke, disoriented, in time to watch the sun set from my window. I had a lot to do over the next few days, but little of it was going to happen tonight. I called Jake Newman, an old friend who lived in the area. His band was playing at a nearby bar and I arranged to meet him there in a few hours. I showered and dressed, thought about the Ruger and decided to leave it in the room. Tonight wasn’t work ...READ CHAPTER 7 - 'A PAUSE BETWEEN MOVES' NOW!

NEW READERS: START HERE

>>READ FROM THE BEGINNING

Monday

FLASH: THE CAFENEIO IN FORTY CHURCHES


Please welcome Scotland-born, Greece-based author Andrew McCallum Crawford, whose first novel 'Drive!' is currently available. His first piece of Flash Fiction for Weaponizer is a nicely observed slice of expat village life.

George dipped the razor into the pint tumbler and shook off the suds. ‘All right, there?’ he said, and drew the blade across his cheek. Andy sat at the table in the corner. George finished shaving and wiped his face with a towel. He placed the small, long handled pot on the burner and added some coffee and sugar. When the mixture started to hiss, he poured it into a cup and brought it over ...READ FLASH FICTION: 'THE CAFENEIO IN FORTY CHURCHES' NOW

Friday

SERIAL FICTION: OPERATION SUNRISE, CHAPTER 22


It's the penultimate chapter of Grimly Whetfox's engaging para-psychological thriller / romance serial, OPERATION SUNRISE! A flashback to deep childhood memories shows our two protagonists to be even more entangled than they had previously imagined... The original image for this chapter is 'Hold My Hand, Let's Run Away' by Kat P.

He was sitting at the oversized lunch table by himself, away from the other kids, a tiny chocolate bar in his hands, peeling the wrapper away with small fingers and biting the first chunk off, with a foil packaged orange sunshine drink on the picnic bench in front of him, unopened. She liked that boy, something about his face, something in his eyes. He had been at the playgroup for as long as she could remember, for as long as her short life had had a functioning memory system ...READ SERIAL FICTION: 'OPERATION SUNRISE' CHAPTER 22 NOW
 
>>READ FROM THE BEGINNING

Thursday

SERIAL: STILETOEYE & RAZORGUT AND THE SOUND OF THE DAWN OF TIME (PART 2)


Those of you who have been following the misadventures of StiletoEye & RazorGut for sometime know the score by now: A 55 Cadillac called Betsy, hellbeasts, monsters and unspeakable villains, cheeseburgers and milkshakes, and guaranteed thrills and spills. We left you last week on a cliffhanger: Betsy, the beloved Cadillac of our dynamic duo, has been kidnapped and dragged underground. Aided by a gang of post-apocalyptic bikers, the pair now flee for their lives, pursued by hideously mutated creatures from the depths of recorded time. Join Dwayne Coltrane and the HyperDeathPsychoRock Three for another chilling installment of... STILETOEYE & RAZORGUT AND THE DAWN OF TIME!

StilletoEye and RazorGut ran after the foul beasts dragging Betsy underground, a building collapsed, blocking their path. A few of the surviving bikers came hobbling over and dragged them, coated in plaster, away from the blooming cloud of noxious dust ...READ SERIAL FICTION: STILETOEYE & RAZORGUT AND THE DAWN OF TIME (PART 2)

>>READ PART 1

>>READ STILETOEYE & RAZORGUT FROM THE BEGINNING

Wednesday

FICTION: THE TUMBLEWEED MAN

Supernatural shenanigans in the Old West today, in this original short story by Aaron Jacobs, author of 'Overdue' and 'Reunion in Ice 'Neath Stone'. As we've come to expect from Aaron, the story is creepy, funny, un-nerving, and gripping to the end - enjoy. The original image for this story is 'Sunset Cowboy' by Matt Tinsley.

The wagon train was a few miles out of Fort Hall when Clyde first spotted the tumbleweed man. A dust storm had just picked up and it was hard to see details, but the thing stood at least eighteen feet tall. It was bulky and misshapen, but unmistakably in the rough form of a man. At first Clyde thought it was a selection of tumbleweeds tangled together, but as the weather cleared throughout the day he was astonished to see that instead it was as if someone had layered dried plants upon a giant and then stripped the flesh and bones out, leaving a cage of withered weed ...READ SHORT FICTION: 'THE TUMBLEWEEED MAN' NOW

Monday

SERIAL: KANSAS, CHAPTER 12: REUNION


Matthew McLean's post-cyberpunk espionage thriller KANSAS continues! Dragon-san and Hatcher meet up in Madrid.. things are about to get hectic! For those readers just joining us, you can read KANSAS from Chapter 1 here, and there's a Series Catchup post here!

Lawrence Dragonowski casually looked out over the park in the square. The roof of his bar in downtown Madrid afforded him some degree of privacy as well as giving him a somewhat decent view, at least of the park. The spiraling arcologies had successfully enshrouded several blocks of downtown Madrid as the corporates pursued their goal of masses of labor huddled together, and the masses pursued their goals of consuming and working and providing for their children, the perpetual force that kept the economy rolling ...READ CHAPTER 12: 'REUNION' NOW!


>>READ FROM THE BEGINNING

Friday

FREE MUSIC! [BLM032] KROWNE - QUANTUM LIVING


 The second solo EP for Black Lantern Music by producer Krowne (after 2010's 'Orders From Mars,') is an electronic concept album about the fundamentals of quantum physics. Drawing on classic electro, techno and hip-hop influences, Krowne weaves muscular synth lines around pulsing 808 drums and lithe bass, creating a sound which combines achingly hip futuristic production techniques with classic electronic forms and structures.

Lushly mastered by Asthmatic Astronaut (with whom Krowne collaborates as Kromatic), and with a hip-hop vocal contributed by label-mate Texture on the album's title track, this is an EP for the true connoisseur of electronic hip-hop music.



>>DOWNLOAD KROWNE - 'QUANTUM LIVING' NOW

WEBCOMICS: A WICKED LITTLE TOWN TEASER!


Teaser panel from Keith Perkins!

NEW SERIAL FICTION! WEAPON EYES, SIR


Today sees the start of a new serial by Paul S. Grimsley. A prolific, gifted and experimental writer, Paul runs several blogs, and is the author of the collection 'Warchalking'. His stories for Weaponizer in the past have included the mathematical thriller 'Simplexity,' and 'One Bad Decision.' Now, Paul returns with an ongoing serial, and a clever play on words... Chapter 1 was previously up on the site as a Flash Fiction, part 2 will be along in 2 weeks. Welcome aboard!

his excuse was he wasn't used to them - that there was a hair-trigger problem with the device. there were all kinds of explanations doing the rounds - that his pupils did not dilate properly and that the targeting system misread the intent of the user. whatever the reason, the outcome was a small girl with a large smoking hole through the centre of her head. sure, they could probably use the buffered personality from her nanite riders, and they could reconstruct the physical aspects of her damaged head, but the motivation was still a problem ...READ CHAPTER 1: 'WEAPON EYES, SIR' NOW

Thursday

TEXTURE INTERVIEWS BEANS (ANTI-POP CONSORTIUM)


I interviewed Beans, one of all-time favourite hip-hop artists and rhyme writers, this month for The Skinny - you can read the article by clicking through, and there's a free mp3 after the jump. Holla!

Beans has returned with his latest solo album, the rhyme-focused End It All, to be released by Los Angeles (via Oakland) independent / experimental pioneers Anticon. This time, Beans has brought a raft of guest producers in to provide the beats: ranging from Four Tet to Sam Fogarino of Interpol, Son Lux, and Tobacco. The result? A rhyme-focused, wildly inventive collection of straight-up hip-hop rhymes over exotic, leftfield beats: from the addictive funk-shuffle of the DJ Nobody-produced Deathsweater, to the menacing Mellow You Out, featuring Tunde Adebimpe of TV On The Radio. We caught up with Mr Ballbeam, and quizzed him on End It All, his Anticon move, and what he makes of the current crop of rising hip-hop stars.

Having recently finished the Fluorescent Black tour with the full band, is it very different working on solo material again?

It’s a matter of not having to make those necessary concessions that have to be in place in a group situation. Everything is under my control, and I have to oversee everything, make sure everything is right on my end. So yeah, it’s different – sometimes being in a band situation makes things easier, because you can delegate certain responsibilities, but I kind of like being on my own... watching and overseeing everything. Total control. I kind of enjoy that.




Download 'Deathsweater' free from RCRDLBL!

*I'd like to point out that I massively buggered this one up by alleging that Beans had worked with Prefuse73 and FlyLo on his new LP. This is not in fact true. Which will teach me to check my facts from Wikipedia before submitting. This is my ashamed face. 
/texture

Wednesday

SERIAL: BALE'S GAME, CHAPTER 6 - PAWN TO KING’S ROOK FOUR


After a short hiatus, wherein scribe K. Patrick Glover ('The Invisible Skein,' 'Shuffle') was planning and writing his new ongoing Western comics serial for Weaponizer, 'A Wicked Little Town', we are proud to present the return of his ongoing neo-noir serial, BALE'S GAME! The story so far... Manipulated into tracking down rogue spook Caldwell, Bale is now being pursued by Homeland Security and the cops through Los Angeles.

I had ten minutes to look around and get out, if I was lucky. It wasn’t a position I wanted to be in. I needed to take my time, look, analyze. But I couldn’t risk contact with the local police, not with Homeland Security looking for me. Caldwell was building up a long list of things he was going to have to answer for ...READ SERIAL FICTION: 'BALE'S GAME' CH. 6 NOW


>>READ FROM THE BEGINNING

NEW EP FROM KROWNE COMING SOON!

Krowne's first EP for Black Lantern, 'Orders From Mars,' is one of my personal favourites from our catalogue, so I'm extremely excited to announce the imminent release of his new EP, 'Quantum Living.' Here's a promo clip for the album, featuring the track 'Man Behind The Curtain.' Drop by on Friday to download the whole EP!

Tuesday

FLASH FICTION: CURSES


Today's Flash Fiction comes not from a newbie, but from one of our esteemed old lags - Richard Fannon, author of 'No Heroic Measures' and 'Two Minutes Miss Donna,' brings us a succinct tale of the interconnectedness of things. The original image for this story is 'Psychic New York' by Eric Archivell.

Sit down, love. I'll get Cassandra to get us a cup of tea while you tell me your problem. Cassandra? Milk-no-sugar, and my usual, please. You said on the phone that you think you're under a curse, is that right? Well, cross my palm with plastic, give me access to your lifeline and I'll take a look ...READ FLASH FICTION: 'CURSES' NOW

FICTION: LAMB BONES


Please give a big warm welcome to our newest Weaponeer, Glasgow-based writer Andrew Taylor, a former sociology Student whose writing style is challenging, non-linear and dream-like. So what do you reckon, are you up for some feline-themed auto-suggestive cut-up fictional weirdness? If not, you may be on the wrong site, please allow us to redirect you. Rest of you still here? Cool, here we go!

The cat looks up with a happy expression on its face and begins to speak. The jars littering the upper shelves of the kitchen fill themselves with dogs barking in a manic fashion. Entire populations disappear around the globe as disaster after disaster befalls them. A true cataclysmic destiny, upon its arrival, brings with it biblical consequences; all from the insane and out-of-the-understanding-of human-knowledge act: feline speech. The Dead Sea does in fact die, dormant volcanoes consume themselves and polar ice caps willingly melt by sinking into great cracks in the earth’s very bottom. Hollywood panics. The inner molten assumption of the earth’s core cools and gravity changes as she falls out of line with the sun. The whole solar system begins to disappear and unimaginable millions of miles now distance America from Pluto ...READ FICTION: 'LAMB BONES' NOW

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