Jim Ferguson Weird Pleasure

Poems and lyrics from free-flowing Glasgow writer Jim Ferguson ― poet, novelist, dissenter, teacher and performer.

Jim's loose, kinetic and improvisational rhythms are drawn from Scots speech and the ebb and flow of consciousness itself. 

With a sometimes gentle, sometimes psychotic candour, and a weird pleasure all of its own, Jim's voice shares politics, dreams and the surreal effects of globalism on the individual.

"If it wasn't so Kafkaesque, it would be Orwellian."

 

 

Weird Pleasure by Jim Ferguson

 

Trans Poetry Lesley Storm

It's About Time

POEMS OF AN UNCERTAIN WOMAN
by Lesley Storm
  

"I’m a woman. I support them. I’m bisexual. I support them. I’m a feminist. I support them. I endure regular abuse for being trans. I support them. I am called a “poof” by the unenlightened. I support them. My name is Lesley, and I'm a woman ― that is to say that I am human, just like you, and you like me."

A meditation on the passing of time, a declaration that life, love and poetry are defined by time, are all about time and timing.

 

Order IT'S ABOUT TIME by Lesley Storm

 

Black Vampire

WARNING: Contains moderate bloody violence against slavers and plantation owners.

This pioneer vampire tale from 1819 spills revenge-cold blood.

The story's narrator leads us through high gothic terror, to radical outrage, to broadsides on the morality of slavery, reaching a blood-soaked conclusion dripping with 'biting' polemic vilifying the bankers who caused the horrendous economic recession of that same year.

A horror fable from 200 years hence, The Black Vampyre was the first ever vampire story to be published in America, now reprinted as it rises from its literary grave!

 

 

The Black Vampyre

 

John Herdman's masterpiece of the modern Scottish Gothic appears in print, e-book and audio book with a new introduction from the author. 

Raw and immoral, Imelda is a puzzle, mocking the reader in its quest for answers. Murder and madness this way lie―but who if anyone is to be believed in unpicking the deadly secrets behind the birth of cousin Imelda's child?

An assured masterpiece from Scotland's finest chronicler of the dark side, Imelda, first published in 1993 became an instant classic of Scottish letters.

 

Imelda at Gothic World Literature Editions

 

 

one o clock gun anthology cover

The One O'Clock Gun Anthology

 

Distributed free in Edinburgh's bars and bookshops the One O'Clock Gun began in 2004 as a thought provoking, ballsy and often irreverent paper that initially appeared with a humble few followers.

Today, over fifteen years later, The Gun is an Edinburgh institutution.

 

More about THE ONE O'CLOCK GUN

 

Discovering the runes in his early teens, James is an avid folklorist and historian with a particular focus on ancient pagan cultures. He is a practising neo-pagan with an emphasis on the Nothern Tradition, but likes to see that as part of a larger global discourse that spans back to Neolithic times and hopefully distantly into the future. Trained as an artist and illustrator, James Flowerdew currently writes and paints in Edinburgh.

 
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