Saturday, October 24, 2009
Coming soon from Mauve Zone Recordings: James Champagne's "Grimoire" [MZR020]
On October 31st, Halloween, Mauve Zone Recordings, in conjunction with Black Dulia Press, will be releasing Grimoire, the new short story collection by James Champagne. A project that has been in development for over a year, this will be the first book released by Mauve Zone Recordings, who up until this point have released only sonic artifacts. It is hoped that with Grimoire, we will begin to see the appearance of other interesting non-musical products. The book will be in PDF format, is 220 pages long, and consists of 11 short stories, or Neo-Goth Narratives, with a cover created by Typhonian artist Stafford Stone (http://www.staffordstone.com/).
If all books are gateways to other realities, then Grimoire is a portal into a realm of the most profound darkness, a twilight world of black flowers thriving under the monstrous shadows cast forth across time by the writers and poets of the 19th century French Decadence, the art of the Surrealists, and the weird fictions of H.P. Lovecraft and his acolytes. Each of the eleven stories, or Neo-Goth Narratives, which make up this collection presents the reader with a world view of cosmic nihilism, a morbid atmosphere haunted by the revenants of the fin de siècle practitioners of black magic. Those who lose themselves in these sunless and Satanic vistas will learn arcane words of power, experience forbidden knowledge, and encounter fantastic and grotesque alien beings whose forms and powers we are unable to comprehend, whose very presence can drive one to insanity. Grimoire is no mere book: it is a 90,000 word scream from the Abyss of non-existence, a descent into Hell itself, a dream journal of God's nightmares. Let the Danse Macabre begin!