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TagsFantasy (133), Science Fiction (83), Horror (74), Modern Novels (67), Fabulation (60), Anarchism (55), Dark Fantasy (52), London (49), Philosophy (46), Short Stories (42) — see all tags

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About meI love reading (and do a bit of writing too)and is the quickest and safest route to other worlds and psychologies. You can travel to strange lands, experience weird mental states, feel terror and fear from the safety of your armchair or just enjoy a great story. To add to the pleasures of reading you can gain knowledge and understanding of the world and the cosmos around you. What other media or artform compares to that?
I am an average inhabitant of Britain, living in a London suburb with a dull, low paid office job (working only four days a week) but a denizen of an imaginative inner world.
To quote the great J.G. Ballard: 'I believe in the power of the imagination to remake the world, to release the truth within us,to hold back the night, to transcend death, to charm motorways, to ingratiate ourselves with birds, to enlist the confidences of madmen.'

About my libraryMy library contains books I have bought since my early teens and the content, style and subject matter of the novels and short stories tend to be highly imaginative and fantastical or science fiction. The non-fiction are mostly books on left libertarian politics and history, general philosophy, popular science and cosmology, and the arts (literature, cinema and music.)
I have rid myself of many books over the years due to lack of space or I have borrowed from libraries. Likewise many books important to me in childhood and adolescence I have lost or again borrowed from public or school libraries and so I have decided to include those I enjoyed reading, although not in my collection.

GroupsCheating The Ferryman, Cinebooks, Happy Heathens, New Wave Science Fiction and Fantasy, Radical History, Revolutionary left, The Horror Film: History, Reference, and Beyond, The Weird Tradition, Weird Fiction

Favorite authorsPeter Ackroyd, J. G. Ballard, William Blake, Jorge Luis Borges, Ramsey Campbell, Angela Carter, John Crowley, Charles Dickens, Philip K. Dick, Fyodor Dostoevsky, M. John Harrison, Michel Houellebecq, M. R. James, Franz Kafka, H. P. Lovecraft, China MiƩville, Michael Moorcock, Alan Moore, George Orwell, Mervyn Peake, Edgar Allan Poe, Iain Sinclair, Clark Ashton Smith, Gene Wolfe (Shared favorites)


Real nameGeorge Matthews

LocationWalton-On-Thames, Surrey, England

Account typepublic, lifetime

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Member sinceSep 5, 2006

Currently readingThe Cornelius Chronicles: "Final Programme" and "Cure for Cancer" Bk. 1 by Michael Moorcock
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Offbeat: British Cinema's Curiosities, Obscurities and Forgotten Gems by Julian Upton

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Hi George,

Goood to hear from you. You are not alone in thinking that the book will be all 'new-agey' and flaky. The fault lies with the title. This was insisited upon by my publisher. I wished it to be 'Cheating The Ferryman' which is much more accurate description of its contents. Indeed I now spend my time going round bookshops and moving the book out of the 'New Age' section into 'Popular Science' wher it should be. Also it may amuse you to know that many who come to my talks say (jokingly) that I should be done under the trade descriptions act. They expect wishy-washy and unsupported anti-scientific personal experiences and they get The Copenhagen Interpretation, Everett's Many Worlds and neurotransmitters. Carl Sagan once wrote that 'extraordinary claims neeed extraordinary proofs' and I follow that diktat. Everything I write about in the book is cross-referenced to academic papers or books. This allows my readers to decide for themselves whether my conclusions are justified opr not given the known facts.

I hope that the reader-reviews to be found on may help you in this regard.

Thanks again for responding - I look forward to some interesting (and challenging) comments.

Best Wishes

Yes, Little, Big is always described as a "classic," but it's certainly an obscure classic! It has everything I love about really good fantasy (or "fabulation," to borrow one of your tags--great word!)--wonderfully gritty attention to detail, resonant mythic/fairy tale reference, and great erudition. I recently learned that Crowley teaches at Yale, which doesn't surprise me one bit. He also has a blog that's fun to read. Have you read Jonathon Carrol?
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