Literature Long Read: Utter Dismemberment in House Of Leaves

There is a very strange and small subgenre of literature that is so esoteric and self-reflexive that conventional attempts at categorisation seem to be powerless to define it. The Norwegian academic Espen Aarseth, in attempting to define the outer limits of literary potential made possible by advances in electronic media, noted such texts as ergodicContinue reading “Literature Long Read: Utter Dismemberment in House Of Leaves”

The Rings Of Saturn – Chapter 1

After publishing two novellas last year I’ve been encouraged to serialise another here on the blog. This novella was concocted after one of my visits to Madrid, one of my favourite places. I’ve visited Madrid around a dozen times, and I almost always get the hankering to visit the magnificent Museo Del Prado, especially asContinue reading “The Rings Of Saturn – Chapter 1”

The Gigantomachy Of Antonios Costas, Chapter 6

Last week, tensions were heightened in the sinkhole dig as whispers of a malevolent force being the cause of the accident made their way through the camp. This week, Antonios and his friends consider the merits of such superstitious claims, and Medas pays a visit on Antonios in the night. We stopped for the night.Continue reading “The Gigantomachy Of Antonios Costas, Chapter 6”

The Gigantomachy Of Antonios Costas, Chapter 5

Last week, Antonios and Medas met up with fellow academics Albert Winston and Helena Papidou at the bottom of the Athenian sinkhole. In the wake of the accident they saw investigations are conducted, but whispers hurry through the workforce that something unexplainable caused it. The tunnel was cordoned off for the day as the accidentContinue reading “The Gigantomachy Of Antonios Costas, Chapter 5”

The Gigantomachy of Antonios Costas, Chapter 4

Last time, Antonios and Medas began their descent by helicopter into the abyss of the Athenian sinkhole. When they arrive at the bottom, they find a hive of activity as the dig team are already excavating the area. Among the initial discoveries are some unexpected acquaintances. And no sooner than they have arrived, tragedy visitsContinue reading “The Gigantomachy of Antonios Costas, Chapter 4”

The Gigantomachy of Antonios Costas, Chapter 3

Last week Antonios and Medas signed the contract to investigate the Athens sinkhole. This week, as they await their transportation into the subterranean depths they consider the idea of divinity, the lack of it in the human world, and the finitude of human civilisations, all while they stare into the gaping abyss.

Resurgam: Chapter 7

Vivienne is all in. Having been shown things that are mysterious and inexorable, she takes the plunge and sees what lies behind Ignatius’s facade, and in doing so witnesses something horrific. In a narrow alley just off Cheapside a small church sat by an even smaller livery building. The evening heat hadn’t been helped byContinue reading “Resurgam: Chapter 7”

Resurgam: Chapter 6

Vivienne remains unconvinced of her former mentor Robert’s arguments in favour of the rational. The empiricist in her knows to believe what she sees, but the rationalist in her still fights this instinct. Work loses its favour for her. Science seems foggy. She is invited to a conference and meets somebody she does not expectContinue reading “Resurgam: Chapter 6”

Resurgam: Chapter 5

Last time, Vivienne was given a shocking insight into the fiery secrets of London’s history. This week, as her faith in science and rationality unravels, she seeks the advice of an old colleague from her university days. But is she seeking the validation of her old ideas, or the new ones? Viv hadn’t smoked aContinue reading “Resurgam: Chapter 5”

Resurgam: Chapter 4

Last time Vivienne turned her back on Ignatius and his strange shenanigans, but when he made her a scoop interview with the billionaire Aton Petrowski, she sparked back into interest. This time Ignatius talks about space, time, and fire, and gives Vivienne a history lesson that turns her understanding of London – and the worldContinue reading “Resurgam: Chapter 4”