Ardent Press titles back in stock, for the last time…

Ardent Press titles restocked at Underworld Amusements Direct, probably for the last time. Three of the books arrived with damage that could NOT have happened during shipping, even though the books were shipped poorly packed in boxes that I’m pretty sure they stole out of a grocery store dumpster. They intentionally packed damaged books and sold them to me as new (no note, no partial refund, nothin’), but I cannot do that to you, so those three copies are marked down for sale.

Confessions of a Failed Egoist

It’s no joke that April 1st we’re releasing Portland author and artist Trevor Blake’s Confessions of a Failed Egoist. Visit the book page to find out more or buy it.

NewWorkingCover-02-23-14bExplication, rumination and fulmination from Portland author Trevor Blake. Sixteen selections range from a critique of Objectivism to the career of filmmaker Nabil Shaban (focusing on The Skin Horse, a documentary on the sex lives of cripples). In addition there is a history and usage of Multiple Names (popular from obscure art movements like Neoism to common folk mythologies), a biographical sketch of Baltimore native and mutant tENTATIVELY, a cONVENIENCE, among other topics. Putting the “I” in “history”, the author touches on a cultural history of Egoism, a personal “trajectory”through Anarchism, and his personal shift on 9/11 are also detailed herein.

Confessions of a Failed Egoist‚ is somewhere at the crossroads between The Satanic Bible‚ and‚ Prometheus Rising. Everything you know is wrong, but don’t worry: It’s just the punchline to the great epistemic joke. Blake’s book is a throwback to the days of H.L. Mencken mercilessly skewering sacred cows on the left and right, while firmly rooted in our present day victimology industry conundrums. Blake’s book provides inspiration for thought. Bring it up at your next boring work party and scare your colleagues.”

- Nicholas Pell

“Trevor Blake hails and assails the ‘ism’ closest to His heart in a Mencken-like step-right-up, soapbox style that is smart, dense and fun to read. Blake is a meticulous thinker, and this book is bound to delight and challenge individualists, egoists, and people who would dramatically object to the idea of egoism–but then do and say exactly what they want to anyway.”

-Jack Donovan, author of Androphilia and The Way of Men

LibraryThing, Shelfari, Goodreads links…

BookLinksI’ve made a major update to the single page book catalog. Though most people will just go to a specific title in the drop-down menu, the parent page has a chronological listing of every Underworld Amusement title since we started publishing.

Recently we added links to places where you can buy our titles, but also to a few of the popular library cataloging sites, such as LibraryThing, GoodReads, and Shelfari. These links should help you add the titles to your library, or mark them as things you’d like to read in the future.

The most recent “News of Unusual Books” newsletter contains a condensed list without the graphics.

“The One Literary Reference You Must Know to Appreciate ​True Detective”

KingInYellow-CreateSpace-FINAL2014-COVERBaltimore writer Michael M. Hughes wrote a post for io9.com about True Detective, and the book seemingly at the heart of the series, The King In Yellow:

Two episodes into the series, True Detective dropped a reference to one of the strangest, most compelling tales in the canon of weird fiction: Robert W. Chambers’ The King in Yellow, a collection of short stories published in 1895. Knowing this book is key to understanding the dark mystery at the heart of this series.

This collection of stories has influenced writers from H.P. Lovecraft and Raymond Chandler, to Robert Heinlein, Grant Morrison, Neil Gaiman and George R. R. Martin. The King in Yellow and his legendary city of Carcosa may be the most famous character and setting you’ve never heard of.

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In fact, the more of the show you watch, and the more carefully you pay attention, you’ll find a number of Easter eggs aimed squarely at hardcore fans of the weird fiction genre. I’ll touch on a few of the more prominent ones, but I have a feeling the rest of the series will be a bonanza for true detectives of strange fiction.

(read the full article for more)

Since the show has been on, I’ve had a few people ask if I had any extra copies of the Halloween 2011 edition available, and the answer was “No, but I’ve been wanting a reason to put out a regular edition,” followed by “I’ll get back to you.”

Today, pre-orders are now available for our new edition of that proto-Lovecraftian tome. We expect to be shipping copies by the end of the month.

 

Thanks for the exposure Facebook!

My story is a tired and common one, at this point. I understand that, and I am slow to complain about poor performance of a free service. While finally garnering a base of 1k “likes”, the actual “reach” of my updates are lower and lower. The only way I can get exposure to my posts is to repost them from my personal account, and I’ve been wanting to close that down.

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That said, I’m not complaining without some solution. About this time last year I set up a customer only newsletter. It would go out only to people who had purchased from Underworld Amusements Direct. Part of the problem was the signup form was merely a link in an order confirmation e-mail, and it was frequently overlooked by the customer. Now it is open to anyone interested in our work, and out infrequent mailings often have freebies and material not posted anywhere else.

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On typos and small presses…

If you publish, you will typo. This is true of every publisher I know of except Jim Goad.
They’re incredibly frustrating for all parties, the writers, the publishers and the readers.
I’ve considered writing something on the topic, but for the time being I figured I’d post a positive review that mentions typos, and our response to the review.

This is from Amazon.com

(four stars)
homo99-COVER-FINAL-6-18-13I Agree with the Author, January 11, 2014
By Bes Sallur
This review is from: HOMO, 99 and 44/100% NONSAPIENS: Revised With New Introduction (Paperback)

And the other reviewers, humans are irrational evolved apes hardwired to prey, conquer and kill. We do have some positive behaviors, but these come more from nurture then nature, or the rare individual who isn’t hardwired for irrationality and seeks knowledge instead of predation.This book explains it better then anything else I’ve read and should be required reading for anyone attempting to understand our species.

There are some things to consider when reading this though. The author rants sometimes, repeating the books central themes and I think this is intentional, we cannot be reminded enough of our stupidity. Lorentz covers human history and other subjects well in context and obviously has done research, but this new edition needed some editing. There are misplaced letters and typos that should have been corrected, in particular personal names, “Hernando Cortex” (Cortes) on page 46. And not all the information is correct. I noticed on page 268 the author talks about Sir Isaac Newton and his equations determining the orbit of Earth’s moon is shrinking and it will one day hit our planet. Actually the Moon is moving away from Earth by a few centimeters a year and will one day break out of orbit. Don’t know if this is a mistake of Newton’s or the author. This is a small publisher book, things happen and maybe I’m nitpicking, but I wanted this known.

Still please read this book, its interesting and gets people thinking as books like this should. If nothing else it should be read for the chapter on “Race”, not what you’re expecting and got me reconsidering previous notions.
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The following was written by me and posted as a response on 01-16-2014:

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Thank you for the review. I’m the publisher and appreciate the positive comments.
There are a few different types of editing… one is to check on the accuracy and flow of the text, look for inconsistencies and factual errors. The other is editing for grammar (looking for typos).

Though there were a few issues that could have been addressed that relate to the authors interpretation of facts, Mr. Lorentz had already passed away by the time those could have been addressed. I felt it was more important to allow him to express his views. He was clearly a quirky guy and I find it endearing that there is some really solid thinking mixed with ALL CAPS RANTING.

As for the typos, thank you for pointing one out. Underworld Amusements is a small press with limited resources, producing odd books that will appeal to a very small market. Because of the length of this book, we relied on about 4 volunteer proofreaders. The source material we had to work from was a poorly OCRed html file that the author produced quite some time ago. His OCRing introduced a quite a number of typos to a manuscript that already had a few in them. Obviously we were unsuccessful at correcting all of them.

I’ve noted the pg 46 typo and it will be corrected in a revision, along with hopefully others. Constructive feedback is always appreciated.