May 2, 2012

This anthology from Chomu Press can now be pre-ordered, with various links to such here.

Info and line-up:

Dadaoism is the first anthology from Chômu Press. Editors Justin Isis and Quentin S. Crisp have selected twenty-six novellas, short stories and poems setting out an aesthetic manifesto of rich and stimulating prose style, explosively unhindered imagination and anarchic experimentation.

In their submissions guidelines, they challenged would-be contributors as follows: “We aspire to edit and compile an anthology that will be the literary and psychic equivalent of a tour around the edges of a dying galaxy in a spectacularly malfunctioning space vehicle.” Please “take your protein pills and put your helmet on”; this is not easy reading. Expect views of some fantastic literary nebulae, and encounters with word-form singularities.

From Reggie Oliver’s ‘Portrait of a Chair’, in which consciousness is explored from the point of view of furniture, to John Cairns’ ‘Instance’, a nano-second by nano-second account of a high-speed telepathic conversation, to Julie Sokolow’s ‘The Lobster Kaleidoscope’ in which naïve wordplay acts as a foundation for existentialist philosophy in a story of inter-species love; from those such as Michael Cisco, with growing followings, to unexpected new voices such as Katherine Khorey, Dadaoism presents a mystery tour of the literary imagination to demonstrate that outside of exhausted mainstream realism and uninspired genre tropes, contemporary English-language writing is thriving and creatively vital.


1 ‘Portrait of a Chair’, by Reggie Oliver
2 ‘Autumn Jewel’, by Katherine Khorey
3 ‘Visiting Maze’, by Michael Cisco
4 ‘The Houses Among the Trees’, by Colin Insole
5 ‘Affection 45′, by Brendan Connell
6 ‘M-Funk Vs. Tha Futuregions of Inverse Funkativity’, by Justin Isis
7 ‘Spirit and Corpus‘, by Yarrow Paisley
8 ‘Timelines’, by Nina Allan
9 ‘Jimmy Breaks up with His Imaginary Girlfriend’, by Jimmy Grist
10 ‘Body Poem’, by Peter Gilbert
11 ‘Testing Spark’, by Daniel Mills
12 ‘Noises’, by Joe Simpson Walker
13 ‘Romance, with Mice’, by Sonia Orin Lyris
14 ‘Grief (The Autobiography of a Tarantula)’, by Jesse Kennedy
15 ‘Orange Cuts’, by Paul Jessup
16 ‘Instance’, by John Cairns
17 ‘Kago Ai’, by Ralph Doege
18 ‘Fighting Back’, by Rhys Hughes
19 ‘Nowhere Room’, by Kristine Ong Muslim
20 ‘Koda Kumi’, a Justin Isis re-mix of ‘Italiannetto’ by Quentin S. Crisp
21 ‘The Lobster Kaleidoscope’, by Julie Sokolow
22 ‘The Eaten Boy’, by Nick Jackson
23 ‘Poppies’, by Megan Lee Beals
24 ‘Abra Raven’, by D.F. Lewis
25 ‘Pissing in Barbican Lake’, by Jeremy Reed
26 ‘Rock ‘n’ Roll Suicides’, by Jeremy Reed

The latest

November 14, 2010

1) Some poems that my wife and I transalted by Swiss-Italian poet Alberto Nessi are in the latest issue of the Poetry Salzburg Review.

2) At Innsmouth Free Press, Lyndsey Holder reviews Unpleasant Tales, saying:

“Connell is the Hieronymous Bosch of the written word…”

3) Ros Jackson at WarpcoreSF gives a nice review of the Blind Swimmer anthology.

4) Stephen Theaker at the Theaker’s Quarterly blog, reviews The Transation of Father Torturo, saying:

“I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend this provocative and grimly amusing book…”

5) The Life of Polycrates and Other Stories for Antiquated Children seems to be available for pre-order in the UK.

A Manifesto

October 18, 2010

Everyone needs to play the Grand Cham at least once, write at least one Manifesto, so I wrote mine. Theme: Neo-Decadence. It is up at Gestalt Mash.

Realms of Fantasy / Metrophilias

August 30, 2010

The October issue of Realms of Fantasy seems to already be making its rounds. In it Matt Staggs reviews Metrophilias, saying:

“While the subject matter at the heart of this daring experiment in fiction will ensure that it isn’t for every reader, the lyricism of Connell’s prose, and his ability to employ the same unflinchingly to the portrayal of the most outre expressions of human venality, is worthy of recognition. This collection should, at the least, cement Connell’s reputation as fantasy literature’s reigning Neo-Decadent.” 


May 23, 2009

The tufted carpet finds the floor very smooth, and gives it silent kisses with its fringes.

—Hector Chainaye