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Literary Stalker, a Novel

If you value your life, don't dare to suggest to Nick Chatterton that he's not a good writer!

My new psychological metacrime thriller, Literary Stalker, is now available in paperback and Kindle on Amazon sites worldwide.

Obsessional, narcissistic author Nick is penning his ‘masterpiece’ – The Facebook Murders – killing off his enemies in the manner of Vincent Price in the 1970s horror classic Theatre of Blood. But as he gets deeper and deeper into imagined worlds, can he be sure where fiction ends and real life begins?

Set within the milieu of British horror, fantasy and sci-fi writing, my new novel continues with the metafictional experiments of The Mad Artist – involving self-begetting and nested narratives looping and interfacing with one another. As a horror/crime piece with liberal amounts of violence and multifarious nods to simpatico novels and movies, it plays with ideas of genre, and in the traditional of metafiction, it’s very ‘nudge-wink’, tongue-in-cheek and blackly comic.

Literary Stalker works wonderfully as a genre thriller with a delightfully absurd comic edge…a clever piece of genre writing, self-aware and self-critical, but uncompromisingly entertaining. If there are any criticisms to be made about the novel, it would take a braver reviewer than me willing to risk pointing them out to the author.” – Noel Megahey, The Digital Fix, Geek Life

Read the full review on Geek Life. Read my blog piece, with more background details: Musings of the Mad Artist.

Further details, including purchase links, can be found on the publisher's site: Darkness Visible Publishing.

Beat Writers and the Psychedelic Movement

My Breaking Convention talk from July 2015 is now up on Vimeo.

In their writings and lifestyle experiments, the Beat writers were very much the precursors of the psychedelic movement. They were pioneering users of ayahuasca, mescaline, psilocybin and LSD; and when Timothy Leary began his Harvard work he naturally tried to induct the three as elder statesmen figures...

The Mad Artist: Psychonautic Adventures in the 1970s

A novelistic memoir, glimpsing into the more rarefied realms of alternative life in 1970s Britain.

‘…a significant addition to the canon of psychedelic literature.’ — Leaf Fielding, author of To Live Outside the Law

‘The whole story is a delight from beginning to end.’  William J Booker, author of Trippers

‘I highly recommend this book to anyone with an interest in psychedelics, good writing and the human condition.’  Rob Dickins, Editor in Chief The Psychedelic Press UK

‘…one of the best UK drug memoirs, highly recommended.’  Professor Harry Sumnall, Liverpool John Moores University

‘…a dazzling, intelligent and ambitious quest to cut through conventional ways of looking at the world that ultimately yields impressive and potentially life-changing results.’  Noel Megahey, Digital Fix Reviewer

Available as a paperback and e-book in online stores in the UK, the USA and many other parts of the world.

For more info, including content description, review excerpts, links to sample chapters and the full range of retail outlets, click here: The Mad Artist

Better value version of The Mad Artist now available on Amazon.co.uk 

Two different versions of The Mad Artist were produced respectively for the UK and US markets, in order to optimise marketing locally. Both versions are absolutely identical in every respect. Since 2010, world distribution patterns have improved and now all version are available everywhere. So the better value Createspace version can now be had, post free, from Amazon.co.uk.

Tripped in the Woods

The Mad Artist contains two epic LSD trip sequences, both taking place in woodland settings in South Devon. This film was inspired by those experiences and shot in the actual location of one of the trips. It replicates the unique primal intensity of woodland tripping, using extensive muti-layered video effects and complementary sound design. 

Other Writings

The Man and the Legend: An Appreciation of Howard Marks

Published in Psypress Vol XXI, my in-depth profile of the legendary cannabis smuggler revisits his colourful career — from Oxford graduate to Mr Big, to jailbird and then author and celebrity. Along the way, I show how he carefully cultivated his own mythos, which proved to be a double-edged sword when the forces of law came after him, but gave him the material for three memoirs and hundreds of stand-up performances. Having died from cancer in 2016, he is much missed.

Leaf Fielding, member of the legendary ‘Operation Julie’ ring, wrote about those experiences in To Live Outside The LawNow he's published a second memoir, continuing with his life story, post prison. It documents volatile mood swings, relationship vicissitudes and extensive travel to far flung locations, such as the Himalayas, the beaches of Goa and rural Malawi. As ever, his writing is vivid and lucid, and he examines himself with a disarming honesty.

This article was adapted from my talk at Breaking Convention 2015, held in London at Greenwich University. It has now been published by the excellent Oak Tree Reviewwhich investigates the many branches of psychedelic culture throughout history, specialising in its manifestations in art and literature. The article explores how the Beat writers were very much the precursors of the psychedelic movement, pioneering use of ayahuasca, mescaline, psilocybin and LSD, as well as the 'hippy lifestyle'.

 

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