An Evening with Gef the Talking Mongoose
Weds 19th March, 7:30pm
£5 advance/£6.50 on the door [tix]
The Horse Hospital
Colonnade, Bloomsbury, London WC1 1JD
Featuring Brian Catling, Tony Grisoni and Christopher Josiffe.
What haunted a remote Isle of Man farmhouse in the early 1930s? Was it a spirit? A miniature man-weasel, or a projection from a disturbed family’s collective psyche?
The tale of Gef the talking mongoose is one of the strangest in all the annals of paranormal research, and remains unsolved to this day.
Tonight, we feature a presentation by Christopher Josiffe, the world’s foremost authority on the story, alongside a screening of Vanished! A Video Seance (1999), a unsettling impressionistic account of the events. The film will be followed by a Q&A with writer-directors Brian Catling and Toni Grisioni.
Book tickets here
As a taster for Ken Holling’s forthcoming book from SAP, Bright Labyrinth, you can now revisit Ken’s BBC Radio 3 series Requiem for Networks, broadcast in March 2011.
Ken looks at the Victorian roots of contemporary network technology, the militarisation of the network, our relationship to computers and other inanimate objects, and the meaning of the cloud.
Here’s a somewhat revised publishing schedule for SAP.
Some titles are being put back to early next year due to mysterious ‘forces beyond our control’.
Our apologies for the delays, but we know they’ll be worth the wait and why not order some of our other amazing books while you prepare yourselves for our forthcoming titles?
Savage Pencil presentsTrip or Squeek’s Big Amplifier – available now!
Invisible Ink: How 100 Great Authors Disappeared: Christopher fowler – mid November
Vulcanic Tryst: Brian Catling & Iain Sinclair – January 2013
Epiphanies: Life Changing Encounters with Music – January 2013
England’s Hidden Reverse: David Keenan (revised and updated edition) – Spring 2013
Breaking Convention: A Psychedelics & Consciousness Anthology – Spring 2013
And many more to be announced early in 2013…
Savage Pencil Presents Trip Or Squeek’s Big Ampiflier is now available from Strange Attractor Press – buy it here in signed and special editions, and receive a free postcard set.
And here’s Savage Pencil signing copies at the excellent Supersonic Festival 2012
Trip or Squeek artist and comix legend Savage Pencil, aka Edwin Pouncey, will be appearing at this year’s Supersonic festival in Birmingham on Saturday, 20 October. Edwin will be interviewed by The Wire‘s Frances Morgan about Trip or Squeek and his life in art and music.
Copies of the book, along with exclusive postcard sets, will be on sale and SavX will be signing copies.
Strange Attractor will be sharing a stall with The Wire magazine in the Supersonic dealer area, so do come and say hi!
The Influencing Machine author Mike Jay spoke to the Butcher’s Apron radio show about the visionary madness of James Tilly Matthews and its relationship to the idea of ‘the Game’.
Butcher’s Apron also talks to ‘London’s coolest hula-hooper, Marawa the Amazing; take a tour around the UK’s first super casino; and have the privilege of an exclusive interview with the elusive Kit Williams, creator of The Masquerade, to hear about the game of a lifetime.’
You can listen in directly here:
or download the whole episode here:
The first monograph of Cathy Ward’s incredible Liberty Realm artworks, as featured in Strange Attractor Journal One, is now available as a beautiful, signed and numbered edition of 23 copies.
Measuring 25cm x 21cm, this edition features 23 hand-tipped plates on heavy dark grey stock all encased in a cloth-bound, stamped cover.
Larger plates fold out to a generous size and are printed on archival heavy art stock, each plate is the same quality and otherwise identical to a framed print. The volume also features an essay by art historian Dr Robert Wallis that provides insight and context to the work.
You can explore the book further at the Liberty Realm site.
Some forthcoming titles from Strange Attractor Press.
More details to follow in due course.
– Austin Osman Spare: The Life and Legend of London’s Lost Artist (paperback) / Phil Baker
AUTUMN & WINTER:
– England’s Hidden Reverse (new edition) / David Keenan
– Epiphanies: Life Changing Encounters with Music / ed. Tony Herrington
– Invisible Ink: How 100 Great Authors Disappeared / Christopher Fowler
– Trip or Squeek’s Big Amplifier / Savage Pencil
– Vulcanic Tryst / Brian Catling, Iain Sinclair and Anonymous Bosch
Strange Attractor are thrilled to have three London tours on the bill as part of the international Obscura Day 2012, organised by the brilliant Atlas Obscura. These are:
9am – Walk the ‘lost’ River Neckinger : lead by Tom Bolton
Join Tom Bolton, author of London’s Lost Rivers: A Walker’s Guide for a quest to find the long lost Neckinger somewhere between Waterloo, Elephant and Castle and Bermondsey Discover why no-one can find the lost river’s source and why its name is a mystery. Hear about the radicals and visionaries who lived in its neighbourhood, visit what used to be the smelliest neighbourhood in London (now much more pleasant), and get caught up in the tail end of Oliver Twist. All in 2 hours and 3.5 miles of SE1.
11am – Bloomsbury, London’s Lost Medical World : lead by Richard Barnett (above)
Where in the world could you find transplant surgery on cockerels, hop–head anaesthetists, a graveyard which holds the key to London’s first great public hospital, a medical trade union in the citadel of Theosophy, and the gory story of Samuel Pepys’ paperweight? On a walk through the back streets of Bloomsbury, that’s where. For two hundred and fifty years this quiet district has been the beating heart of London’s medical marketplace – the place where generations of doctors and surgeons have tackled the ills of the sick city. We’ll make the first incision at Holborn tube, and the last stitch will be tied two hours later at Gordon Square.
2.30pm – Secret Bloomsbury : lead by Ross McFarlane
Shhhh. Don’t tell anyone. This historical walking tour is your chance to uncover the Bloomsbury that nobody knows, where you’ll encounter spiritualists, spies, sorcerers and scientists in the heart of literary London. From nuclear bunkers to tales of teleportation, join your guide as he exposes the secrets of this extraordinary area.
Details and booking info can be found by following each of the above links.
As the hardback edition of Steve Moore’s dark romance Somnium reaches the end of its run (a handful of copies are still available but hurry!), here’s a photograph of the author (second right) at the 18th century Severndroog castle on Shooter’s Hill, in South London, where the novel is set.
Meanwhile, SA pal Gyrus has posted this video of Alan Moore discussing his friend Steve – subject of the recent Unearthing text and album – and Somnium as part of the Ecology, Cosmos and Consciousness lecture series at London’s October Gallery – enjoy!