Welcome To A.F. Knott STORIES
Presented here are ongoing writing and illustration projects. Ramonst, a southern-gothic child's tale of brutality, was published by Hekate in 2016 following a second edition of The Trainee. A depraved cross-genre noir treatise on global warming is shortly to follow; then a surreal tale concerning a peculiar small town with its own cultural bound syndrome. Several excellent gritty and wayward novels have also been submitted to Hekate Publishing which I hope come to fruition, if not there, then somewhere. A much cherished book of poetry by Idaho writer D. B. Tompsett is also in the works. At present the washboard's raked as the the knee cymbals clank, just trying to keep time.
Unseen coercion and hidden agenda is afoot; it pays, these days, to hold one's cards close to the chest, live simply and try to understand motivation in oneself and others as best one can. Attention spans remain short and our reward systems create barriers to authenticity. Awareness and autonomy come at a price. The challenge is to find a protected place to do your work. As some writer said, at a certain point, even your friends won't be of much help. Everybody has to decide for themselves how much they are willing to give up, and whether it's worth it or not.
With regard to writers, aside from my father's admonition not to become one, I relish a story about Jean Genet: While imprisoned at Fresnes in 1942, he wrote Our Lady of the Flowers on brown paper issued to the inmates for the purpose of making bags. A guard confiscated his original manuscript and burned it. Who knows what the politics within Fresnes were at the time, but Genet managed to write it again. Imagine that. He showed it to Paul Valery, the poet, who was impressed but thought it should be destroyed due to inflammatory content. Genet smoked quite a bit.
In the early 1980s, I left college to work in Louisiana's offshore oil industry then, subsequently, as a parking lot attendant, lunch deliverer, thoroughbred handicapper, paper broker, cyclotron engineer, PET operator, and physician. This litany represents job experience not necessarily accumulated wisdom; but, of course, stories fall from all those trees.
Hekate Publishing has certainly become a labor of love: Gold Classics are the means to share enjoyment of underappreciated books, particularly those relating to "The Uncanny," and make them available as cheaply as possible. We are always on the look out for authentic writers and translators. We are currently passing through the bloody birth canal and should be out shortly with the usual distressed wale.
The Tales of Mayhem are comprised of scenes scientists might observe within a level five containment cell, for instance, while transmogrification is taking place; a peek through a trepanned burr hole, the characters and narrators within covered in primordial brainstem matter, unreliable at best, yet begrudgingly familiar.
The collages I'll mention because they resided here previously. They host a site of their own now: afknottcollage.com; not so much art as craft. The intent is to have the pieces accessible, the prices negotiable or, no prices at all - Always willing to barter for something - another collage, a short story, a book review. But the intent is to make extra money. They're on Saatchi Art and Curioos as well.
Hidden in the Mountains of East Tennessee, eleven-year-old Rodney goes about the business of being a boy during the summer of 1970. In the playground of his grandmother’s overgrown garden, he bears silent witness to the relentless cruelty of a teenage psychopath.
It's 1982. Rodney Pepper, a socially inept college drop-out, heads to New Orleans seeking to engulf himself in despair and abject misery in the belief this will lead him to Wisdom. . . As he looks for work and moves between dilapidated downtown rooming houses, he is preyed upon by agents of the city’s underworld and bears witness to ancient buccaneering atrocity.
Stories of Mayhem
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