A curated miscellany of weird fiction, unexpected non-fiction and sharp poetry, as well as the illustrative work of local artists, the zine sources contributions from Creative Scotland, the Scottish Book Trust and the zine and creative writing circles of Glasgow.
Pushing writers and readers to engage with the strange and unusual, we’ve published everything from psycho-analytical readings of Joanna Newsom’s lyrics to essays on craft and feminism, myth-infused slash-fic, absurdist microfiction, and explorations of gender identity in underground 80s comics.
Oh lord, how to explain this one to polite society?
Basically, I'd read an article in The Believer about erasurist poetry - the "art" of judiciously eliminating somebody else's words to create an entirely new piece of written work - and it sounded easy. I figured I could take a good swing at some erasuring of my own. Before long I was taking a sharpie to a ratty collection of WW2 poetry, and somehow managed to turn these often chilling and heartfelt records of battle into hilariously overblown homoerotic whimsies. Perhaps not my proudest moment.
Even if I can't take them seriously, I still really like them! I like that they look like censored documents, that what's left uncensored is actually pretty vulgar, that passion can be dug out from under the language of war.
Well, that, and all the smut.
Machines in Heaven
Glasgow-based eletronica band Machines in Heaven asked me to revamp a previous logo, and from there I took on the design of their upcoming debut album, Bordersbreakdown. They wanted something dystopian and abstract, something a little dark, a little spacey, something grand.
So of course the only option was to draw up infographics of UK Home Office statistics charting social malaise over the last twenty years, abstracted and arranged into constellations and desolate planetscapes. Of course it was.