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review 2016-10-01 16:53
"Głos z ciemności". Za to dość donośny.
Roman Kostrzewski. Głos z ciemności - Mateusz Żyła,Roman Kostrzewski

Pamiętam w latach 90. przypadkowo stałem się posiadaczem jednego numeru magazynu Brum, jakoś w okolicy wydania katowskiego Szyderczego zwierciadła. Na łamach gazety toczyła się dyskusja pod tytułem: Roman Kostrzewski - demon czy błazen? I powiem szczerze, że z dwojga opcji zawsze kojarzyłem go z tym drugim tytułem. Mimo ogromnej sympatii dla tego człowieka i całego zespołu Kat teksty wokalisty znacznie częściej mnie śmieszyły, niż skłaniały do zastanowienia czy bo ja wiem co tam się robi próbując interpretować poezję.

 

Po lekturze książki jeszcze bardziej utwierdziłem się w przekonaniu, że Roman Kostrzewski doskonale wie, co robi. I ten śmiech co poniektórych słuchaczy był zdaje się zamierzony. Poezje tego człowieka chyba mają jakąś specjalną umiejętność trafiania nawet do najbardziej opornych - a ja, uwierzcie mi, w kwestii szeroko rozumianej poezji jestem bardzo oporny. Najoporny wręcz.

 

Głos z ciemności to lektura na jedno popołudnie. Nie sposób jest się oderwać od specyficznego sposobu z jakim pan Kostrzewski opowiada o swoim życiu. Facet bez fałszywej skromności, ale i bez poczucia własnej mocy opowiada jak było i jak jest. Niejedną nierozwiązaną sprawę związaną z muzyką, karierą, Katem i różnego rodzaju konfliktami z gitarzystą Piotrem Luczykiem tu przedstawia, a robi to raczej obiektywnie, jakby nie uczestniczył w wydarzeniach, a oglądał je z boku. A gdy zaczyna opowiadać o inspiracjach i pozwala sobie na analizę własnej tekstowej twórczości to już całkiem można wsiąknąć.

 

Jednak nie tylko o muzyce i Kacie jest ta książka. Przede wszystkim jest o Kostrzewskim, jego dorastaniu w domu dziecka, rodzinie, szkole a także przynależności do Solidarności i efektach tejże - sporo było plotek na ten temat, słyszanych tu i ówdzie, teraz dowiedzieliśmy się jak było naprawdę.

 

No i wiadomo - jest także o satanizmie, rozumianym na sposób filozoficzny. Jest więc i o kościele, jako instytucji, o władzy, o pragnieniach, o życiu, rodzinie, potomkach, radościach, smutkach. Ale nie nachalnie - to punkt widzenia pewnego człowieka, i można się z nim nie zgadzać, a i tak nieźle się bawić przy lekturze, tak mi się wydaje. Dobra rzecz, dla fana raczej zakup obowiązkowy a dla reszty niezła ciekawostka.

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text 2016-02-13 20:18
The Doorman Advance Review




I was fortunate enough to get an advanced copy of Heavy Metal's upcoming release 'The Doorman' by Eliot Rahal, Daniel Kibblesmith and Kendall Goode. I'll start off by saying -- congratulations to Heavy Metal for picking up such an impressive looking and clever title. Secondly, the artwork by Kendall Goode strikes just the right note here -- reminding me a little of the Men in Black and Sam & Max cartoons of yesteryear. The concept is simple enough -- every populated planet has a DOOR. Those who operate the DOORS are called Porters -- and they are intergalactic doormen, who stand watch over their post with vigilance. But ... when an assassin shows up ... things get a little outrageous. 

Fans of FUTURAMA, HITCHHIKER'S GUIDE TO THE GALAXY, RICK & MORTY and DOCTOR WHO who adore this book -- which is filled with action, humor, and assorted comic gore. 

It's hitting comic shops on March 2nd! 



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text 2015-07-08 04:58
An Update on the Frozen World of C. Dean Andersson

(Reblogged from Illuminite Caliginosus)

 

My previous post was about one of my all-time favorite fantasy series- the Hel Trilogy- written by C. Dean Andersson under the pen name Asa Drake.  I was very happy to find out that Mr. Andersson has just released an omnibus edition of the trilogy called Bloodsong! Hel x3- newly revised and expanded with new chapters- as well as working on a new installment to the series: Valkyries of Hel. Terry Ervin interviewed him about everything he's been up to in recent years, which you can find here.

 

A review of the omnibus is at this site, and includes links to two anthologies which include crossover appearances by Bloodsong one of which is with, of all characters, Michael Moorcock's Eternal Champion (not Elric).

 

Feel free to check out Andersson's webpage for more info on this, his other works and links to his previous blogs.

 

Bloodsong on Facebook

 

Hel x3 on Goodreads

 

Hel x3 on Amazon

 

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text 2015-07-08 04:52
Bloodsong & Freedom!- The Heavy Metal of Fantasy

(Repost from Illuminite Caliginosus)

 

Going through my bookshelves to see what I wanted to drop off at Goodwill, I came across what I can only classify as some old friends. Back in 1986 I was chillin' in the book section of the PX at the Naval Air Station in Millington TN, looking for something to read. Hadn't done Lord of the Rings yet, thought the Hobbit was slow and Interview with the Vampire was really fucking boring. Thankfully I stumbled across what was dubbed at the time as 'the Heavy Metal of Fantasy'.

 

 

Bloodsong and Freedom! Bloodsong and Freedom!

 

Written by C. Dean Andersson under the pen name Asa Drake, the trilogy chronicles the tale of a norse woman, Freyadis, whose entire village was slain by a warlord in the service of Nidhug, a mad sorcerer king devoted to the goddess Hel. At least until he started trying to usurp Hel's power.

 

At Hel's insistance, Freyadis spent her last moments praying to the death goddess, which helped her return to the world as a Hel-warrior, now named Bloodsong, to strike back at Nidhug and free her friends and loved ones, especially her daughter. You see, Freyadis was pregnant when she was killed and her daughter was actually born in Hel's domain, making her rather attuned to the magics of the Underworld.

 

Unbeknownst to Freyadis- now called Bloodsong- her firstborn toddler, Thorbjorn, who'd been killed in the raid, had been resurrected and matured by an evil Hel-witch (is there any other kind?) named Thokk to further the plans that Nidhug had disrupted. Now called Lokith, he's a Hel-witch in his own right and possesses vampiric tendencies. Thokk also seeks to corrupt Bloodsong's daughter, Guthrun, whose unusual birth could make her a very powerful Hel-witch as well.

 

The finale wraps up with Lokith's return to once again strike back at his mother and her allies in an attempt to secure Hel's power. This time Bloodsong receives a bit of divine assistance from a god who likes to keep an eye out.

 

Along the way Bloodsong assembles the usual band of allies, including a Freya-witch named Huld; Jalna the swordswoman; Tyrulf, a sellsword who used to work for Nidhug and a band of berserker/lycanthropes led by Ulfhild- baddest bitch of the bunch. Tack on some amazing cover art by the incomparable Boris Vallejo, and what else do ya need?

 

By no means is this any kind of introspective, angsty, soul-searching literature. It's a light, gory romp to amuse and engage your imagination- and damn if'n it don't! What also makes it work is the way Norse Mythology is so well incorporated into the tale; if you've any familiarity with the topic you've already recognized some of the names used. The depictions of frost giants, the dark despair of the Underworld, Bloodsong's trials with the shapeshifters, all come together to shape an icy world teetering on the verge of apocalypse. My copies of these are very lovingly well-worn for a reason.

 

It's times like these that I truly appreciate growing up when I did. :) While you can find pretty cheap copies of these on Amazon, a casual glance at eBay shows them going at a premium: one seller wanted $120 for a copy of one of these! The late 70s/80s was the Golden Age for Fantasy/Sci-Fi, a true renaissance. Batman, X-Men, Spiderman, Superman, Sword of Shannara, the Belgariad, the Avengers, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Judge Dredd, D&D and other RPGs- it all started coming together right then. It was when geekdom became firmly established as a viable sub-culture and gave rise to everything considered cool and mainstream now. And I firmly believe that this series is one of the foundation stones that helped it along.

 

Amazon: Warrior Witch of Hel

 

Amazon: Death Riders of Hel

 

Amazon: Werebeasts of Hel

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text 2015-05-07 06:08
A Cold-Hearted Music
A Cold Hearted Phoenix: Episode 1: Dark Love (A Cold-Hearted Phoenix) - Isis Sousa,Clare Diston,Celine Frohn
Dark Love (A Cold-Hearted Phoenix, #1) - Isis Sousa

A Cold-Hearted Phoenix has now entered Global Distribution, and is starting to appear on the bookshops! YAY :D  It is available in both paperback & hardcover.

 

For those fans of Dark Wave, Heavy/Symphonic/Gothic Metal and the like m/, here is a selection of video clips of the music mentioned on Episode 1: Dark Love (A Cold-Hearted Phoenix 1):

 

Classics / from the scenes on the Gothic Rave and Madame Satan club:

 

>> Killing Moon - Echo & the Bunnymen

 

 

>> Butterfly on a Wheel - The Mission 

 

 

>> Friday I’m in Love - The Cure

 

 

>> Butterfly FX – Moonspell (from the opening scene at the Gothic Rave)

 

 

Some of the stuff that VIKKI listens when she is at home:

 

>> Alleine Zu Zweit (live version) - Lacimosa

 

 

>> To Mega Therion (Live) - Therion

 

 

>> I Won't Tell You - Lacuna Coil

 

Source: tragicbooks.blogspot.no/2015/05/a-cold-hearted-music.html
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